Antique-Filled Inn Close to Historic District
The Inn at the Olde Silk Mill is located in Fredericksburg, Virginia, the site of many pivotal moments in early US history. Not far from the inn, you can see a house George Washington bought for his mother as well as more than 350 other 18th- and 19th-century buildings. The Inn is walking distance to Historic Downtown where chef-owned restaurants, cafes, antique, and specialty stores are mixed in alongside historic landmarks. The new Rappahannock River trail provides scenic opportunities for jogging, walking, or biking.
The inn is decorated with period antiques, such as marble-topped walnut dressers and an old-time upright player piano that can also be played manually. A recently converted silk mill hosts weddings and other events, such as comedy shows. Click here to view a full list of upcoming events including an evening of dinner and dancing on New Years Eve.
Guest rooms are individually decorated with four-poster beds and Victorian-era reproductions. Most are single rooms, but a handful of family suites feature either a separate bedroom or parlor joined by a private bathroom. All stays include a continental breakfast of fresh fruit, bagels, croissants, english muffins, yogurt, hot and cold cereals, herbal teas, and fruit pastries.
See the inn's host for complimentary admission to some of Fredericksburg's historic distilleries, breweries, and local wineries. You can tour the Prohibition-era A. Smith Bowman Distillery, see how beer is brewed at the Blue & Gray Brewing Co., or stroll the vineyards at Potomac Point Winery.
Fredericksburg, Virginia: Civil War Battle Sites and Museums About an Hour Outside of DC
Few American towns pack as much history into a 40-block historic downtown area as does Fredericksburg, a quaint colonial village situated 55 miles south of Washington, DC. Fredericksburg has played host to some of the nation’s key historical figures—this is where George Washington spent his formative years, fifth president James Monroe began his law practice, and Abraham Lincoln met with his generals during the Civil War. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Fredericksburg Historic District is lined with hundreds of historical landmarks and several museums. One standout site is the Fredericksburg Confederate Cemetery, where more than 3,000 soldiers and generals have been buried.
Another one of the area's highlights is Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, which marks the grounds where the Civil War reached its violent climax. It's the second-largest military park in the world, spanning four battlefields, and it's possible to tour each of them on foot or by car. Among the five historic buildings in the park you'll find Chatham Manor, which operated as a headquarters for the Union during the Civil War. The property hasn't changed much from the days when Clara Barton and Walt Whitman tended to wounded soldiers inside.
Though famous for its Civil War heritage, Fredericksburg also features charming boutiques and cafés as well as wineries and breweries. Across the river, you can visit the estate of late 19th- and early 20th-century American artist Gari Melchers, home to a large collection of his naturalist and portrait paintings.