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"Few places in Virginia offer the diversity of history that you'll find in Fredericksburg. Not only was it where George Washington spent large parts of his boyhood; it is rich in Native American history, Revolutionary War history, Civil War history (including 4 major battle sites), African American history, and more. Visit the Fredericksburg Museum and Cultural Center, take trolley tours, see the James Monroe Museum or stop by Hugh Mercer’s pre-Revolutionary War Apothecary Shop…just to name a few of the attraction available. "
Above aerial image of Fredericksburg taken in 1933. Just past the second bridge (top of photo), on the left side of the Rappahannock river is "Ferry Farm", boyhood home of George Washington. (Stafford County)
In 1888 a photographer mounted the steeple of St. George’s Episcopal Church on Princess Anne Street and took a series of eleven panoramic images of Fredericksburg, spanning the compass. The panorama isn’t perfect–there are gaps–but it is as thorough a documentation of any Virginia town as exists from that period. (from fredericksburg.files.wordpress.com John Hennesey...click on image to enlarge, then click on any specific part of the image to zoom in)