Historic Christ Church & Museum Announces Summer Crawl to Fredericksburg

April 2016

As part of its “Everyday Life in the 18th Century” 2016 educational theme, Historic Christ Church & Museum is sponsoring a bus trip to Fredericksburg on Wednesday, June 1. Open to the public and museum members. The tour will visit three sites at Historic Fredericksburg: Hugh Mercer Apothecary, Rising Sun Tavern, and the Mary Washington House, said HCC&M Education Director & Curator Robert Teagle.  

The Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop is an 18th-century building restored to interpret colonial medicine and the life of Dr. Hugh Mercer, who practiced in Fredericksburg in the 1760-70s. Interpreters will show how Mercer used leeches, snakeroots, lancets, crab claws and other remedies to treat colonial Virginians, including Mary Washington. 

Rising Sun Tavern was constructed ca. 1760 and first used as a home for Charles Washington, youngest brother of George Washington. It opened as a tavern in 1792 and includes a collection of 18-19th century American and English pewter. Taverns played a critical role in the social and political life of colonial Virginia, said Teagle.

Purchased in 1772 by George Washington for his mother, Lancaster County native Mary Ball Washington, the Mary Ball Washington House is a white frame house that includes a complex floor plan with refined interior woodwork; the site also features an 18th-century kitchen. Mary Ball Washington lived here the last seventeen years of her life.

This event is open the public and HCC & M members. The trip is by chartered bus and will depart Historic Christ Church & Museum at 8:00 a.m. and return at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $65 and includes bus, admissions, lunch at Brock’s Riverside Grill and treats on the bus. Seating is limited.

To purchase tickets or for more information, please visit online or call 804-438-6855.