Germanna Community College is one of the twenty-three community colleges in Virginia that comprise the Virginia Community College System. It is a two year public institution of higher education established in 1970. As a comprehensive community college, Germanna provides quality, accessible, and affordable educational opportunities for the residents of the City of Fredericksburg and the counties of Caroline, Culpeper, King George, Madison, Orange, Spotsylvania and Stafford.
As Virginia's public undergraduate college of the liberal arts and sciences, Mary Washington is unique. MWC is a highly selective college, enrolling approximately 3,700 men and women. The College features a beautifully landscaped 176-acre campus of wide lawns and traditional Jeffersonian architecture.
The mission of the Children’s Museum is to inspire growth in all children by engaging families in learning through play.
We’re the originators of wall-to-wall aerial action, and we never stand still. We’re always working to invent epic new ways to play, gather, and compete. The only way to understand it is to come experience it. So rally your crew and let’s go!
In 1947, Carl Sponseller bought a property and created Carl's Frozen Custard. A couple of years later he made the world famous sign, and now the building is part of the Virginia Historical Society and registered as a Virginia Historic Landmark.
With more than 20 attractions plus over 100 video and ticket & prize games, Fun Land of Fredericksburg has plenty of family-friendly things to do. From laser tag and mini golf to arcade games and go-karts, there's something for all ages.
Grab your friends and family and come to Kings Dominion – Virginia’s ultimate destination for summertime fun! We’ve got 400 acres packed with more than 60 rides, shows and attractions -- everything you need for creating lifelong memories. Thrill-seekers will get their fix with one of the East Coast’s largest collection of breath-taking roller coasters – a whopping 15 in all -- including Intimidator 305™, which stretches 305 feet tall and screams at more than 90 miles per hour. Families will delight in the zany rides and activities at Planet Snoopy, featuring Snoopy and the entire PEANUTS™ gang. Everyone will enjoy our spectacular high energy live shows. When the heat rises, cool down at the newly renovated for 2015, Soak City: our 20 acre waterpark with two gigantic wave pools, exhilarating water slides, a lazy river and so much more. Plus, Soak City is included in your park admission – the only Virginia destination offering two parks for the price of one!
Stafford has been on the front lines of history. George Washington grew up in Stafford on the banks of the Rappahannock. Stone for many of the building in Washington were quarried in Stafford. Civil War soldiers walked the county on their way to war.
But we’re not all about history. Our growing collection of breweries, wineries and restaurants provides a great entertainment experience. Our outdoor resources include Virginia’s newest state park and lots of opportunities to get out on the trail on on the water. And our arts community is always creating new things.
Visit Stafford and find what you’re looking for.
The 18th-century Belmont estate was the home and studio of prominent portraitist and American Impressionist painter Gari Melchers (1860-1932) from 1916 until his death. The Georgian mansion, outbuildings, and formal gardens were modified and expanded to serve as an elegant country retreat for the artist and his wife, who left their European home at the outbreak of World War I.
The Battle of Fredericksburg was fought December 11–15, 1862, in and around Fredericksburg, Virginia in the Eastern Theater of the American Civil War. The combat, between the Union Army of the Potomac commanded by Major General Ambrose Burnside and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia under General Robert E. Lee, was part of the Union Army's futile frontal attacks on December 13 against entrenched Confederate defenders on the heights behind the city. It is remembered as one of the most one-sided battles of the war, with Union casualties more than twice as heavy as those suffered by the Confederates. A visitor to the battlefield described the battle to President Abraham Lincoln as a "butchery."
George Washington was 6 years old in 1738 when his family moved to a farm in Stafford County, Virginia. The Washingtons called this place the Home Farm but it later became known as Ferry Farm because people crossed the Rappahannock River on a ferry from the farm to the town of Fredericksburg.
Government Island, a historic 18th and 19th century quarry site provided Aquia sandstone for the construction of the U.S. Capitol and the White House and other historic buildings in Washington, D.C.
Today this 17-acre park is a historic scenic nature preserve and archaeological site. It has a boardwalk, ideal for observing aquatic and native plants, birds and other wildlife. Other amenities include a 1.5-mile trail (the first two trail segments are handicap accessible), and interpretive signs to help depict its rich, nationally significant history. Government Island is a scenic heritage trail, and also on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register.
Opened in April 2013, the Stafford Civil War Park is the site of 1863 winter encampments and fortifications of the Union Army’s 11th Corps, 1st and 3rd Divisions, following the December 1862 Battle of Fredericksburg. Many of the soldiers referred to the site and that winter, then and afterwards, as their “Valley Forge.” Over 3,500 soldiers died throughout Stafford County during that winter. Situated on 41 acres, park visitors can see and learn about Civil War era battery and winter hut site remains, a corduroy road, a late 18th and early 19th century sandstone quarry, and remnants of the 1660s Potomac Church Road bed.
Risking all, many slaves left their masters and sought the protection of Union forces. Some served with Federal troops in support positions. By mid-September 1862, at least 10,000 freedom-seekers passed through the area, traveling thousands of miles by foot, wagon and rail, months prior to the Emancipation Proclamation on their way to Washington, DC and beyond.
Located halfway between Richmond, Virginia and Washington, DC, the Trail to Freedom retraces the routes of these freedom-seeking men, women, and children through the City of Fredericksburg, Virginia and the County of Stafford, Virginia.
Spotsylvania Towne Centre is your one-stop shopping destination with over a 150 stores and restaurants!
Central Park is a shopping complex in Fredericksburg, Virginia, with over 170 businesses.