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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

111-0132 Fredericksburg Historic District

Fredericksburg Historic District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 03/02/1971

NRHP Listing Date 09/22/1971

NPS property number 71001053

Fredericksburg’s historic district is a forty block area including the original fifty-acre town site of 1728. The city was originally a frontier port at the falls of the Rappahannock, serving settlers to the west. It grew as a trading center and county seat during the colonial period. Economic prosperity following the Revolution resulted in the over two hundred Federal buildings still standing. Laid out on a grid the district comprises one of the South’s outstanding historic townscapes, including fine examples of colonial, Federal, Victorian and Colonial Revival architecture. Notable structures are the 18th-century Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop, the 1849 Norman style St. George’s Episcopal Church, and the 1851 Gothic Revival courthouse by James Renwick (shown). Fierce fighting centered on Fredericksburg during the Civil War, but the downtown was spared significant devastation. The rehabilitation activity of recent decades has enhanced the district’s historic character.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated October 18, 2018