Mary Ball Washington: “His Revered Mother”

By Barbara Crookshanks Fredericksburg's Mary Ball Washington was an intrepid 18th-century woman who raised five children alone. The oldest became the first President of the United States. Mary Washington's name and heritage are alive and well in the Fredericksburg area and beyond. Her home is at the corner of Lewis and Charles streets; the Mary Washington Monument is on…
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African-American History of Fredericksburg, Virginia

By Ruth Fitzgerald* Introduction: Blacks first inhabited Virginia in 1619. They came to the sparsely settled Rappahannock Valley long before Fredericksburg was officially founded in 1728. In colonial times, Fredericksburg and Falmouth, across the Rappahannock River in Stafford County, were important centers of trade. The towns were considered the gateway to the mountains and the…
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Ghosts of Fredericksburg

By Fredericksburg Area Tourism Department The spirit of the past still lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia. George Washington's footsteps seem to echo on the paths and streets of his hometown. The voices of Thomas Jefferson and other colonial leaders seem to resound through the Rising Sun Tavern. However, many residents and visitors to Fredericksburg have been…
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If you like the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris

Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. Until the vampire of her dreams walks into her life-and one of her coworkers checks out . . . maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn't such a bright idea.  Dead Until Dark True Blood was a American dark fantasy horror television series on HBO produced and…
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From Pens to Pistols

Free Lance, Tuesday, March 6, 1888 VIRGINIA EDITORS IN A DEADLY DUEL A Newspaper War Ends in a Tragedy—Ellis Williams Shot Through the Heart, and Edwin Barbour Seriously Wounded— [illegible] CULPEPER, VA, March 1. — One of the most desperate and deadly shooting affrays that ever happened in this vicinity occurred here this morning, between Edwin Barbour…
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