History

Discover Your Special Place in History

History is woven into the fabric of everyday life in the Fredericksburg, Virginia area. Here, George Washington grew up and, according to legend, threw a silver dollar across the Rappahannock River. Patrick Henry met with Thomas Jefferson and other patriots at local taverns to decry the offenses of the British crown. Today, you can walk those same streets in Old Town Fredericksburg, home to the largest collection of restored 18th century homes in America.

The Fredericksburg area, including the land on which Fawn Lake now stands, had more Civil War battles than anywhere in our country. The Battle of the Wilderness was fought on land that is now a National Park and borders Fawn Lake. This explains the significance of some of Fawn Lake's street names like Stonewall Jackson, Longstreet and Baldy Ewell, Confederate generals who played major roles in the Battles of the Wilderness, Chancellorsville and Fredericksburg.

From the 18th century, when Fredericksburg was the central hub of colonial commerce and the movement of American independence…to the 19th century when it played a pivotal role in the Civil War…to today, this beautiful town on the Rappahannock River offers a unique combination of historic charm and a vibrant lifestyle for the 21st century…which is why Fredericksburg is ranked "One of the Best Small Towns in America".