The Greatest Vacation in History


How would you define the greatest vacation in history? A day that never ends? Some might say that the best part of a vacation is enhanced by the eager anticipation that leads up to the big event and joyfully recalling the swell of memories that remain long after the vacation is over.

That’s history.

It’s the little moments, strung together with photos and stories, that make a lasting impression. Enjoying these moments make a vacation memorable, exciting, and forever a part of the historic blueprint from which new vacations are planned. Modern technology affords us the luxury of being in the now, seeing minute by minute happenings and sharing big events the second they take place. It’s the instant gratification that leaves an indelible mark on how we live the next moment.

Interpreting the past to help set a course for the future. A great vacation encompasses all of the fun, excitement and emotion into an event that lives on for years to come.

That’s history.

In Fredericksburg, Virginia, we know a little something about that. Our very core is rich with the history of presidents, victorious battles, and the very backbone of our nation’s humble beginnings. So much history is wound around such a fascinating destination, it might start to sound like a vacation in the making.

We think Fredericksburg, Virginia’s rich history makes us great. From a beautifully restored and vibrant historic downtown district to sprawling acres of grapes grown in areas where a boy who would president once frolicked, the beauty of a Fredericksburg vacation is enjoying the moment while excitedly anticipating the next.

That’s history.

How would you define the greatest vacation in history? Start a Fredericksburg, Virginia vacation tradition. Make your own history.

Let us help with the itinerary. Follow our guide to create some of the greatest vacations in history.

Battle of Fredericksburg 150th Anniversary 

150 Years Later, Remember the Heroes and Sacrifices of the Civil War in Fredericksburg during the Sesquicentennial FAM Tour

The Fredericksburg area, birthplace of street fighting and the home to four Civil War battle sites, will begin observing key events, starting with the Battle of Fredericksburg, on December 7 to honor the history and sacrifice that was made here during the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

Step into a world long-gone during the Fredericksburg area’s Sesquicentennial FAM Tour from December 7-9, 2012:

  • Watch as the Union Army once again occupies Stafford Heights and the Confederates defend the downtown port area of Fredericksburg in the first-ever recorded history of street-fighting in America.
  • Observe the re-enactment of the Battle of Fredericksburg where the Confederate Army stopped the Union advance at Mayre’s Heights.
  • Bear witness to the sacred grounds of battle. Tour the battlefields of Spotsylvania County, where four major Civil War battles were fought, one of which marked the beginning of the fall of the Confederacy. Or, visit Chancellorsville, to see where Stonewall Jackson fell to the mistaken fire of his own men.
  • Take a Trolley Tour of historic downtown Fredericksburg to see historic homes, attractions, and famous Civil War landmarks including the Sunken Road and Marye’s Heights.
  • Experience all that the Fredericksburg area has to offer with the Timeless Ticket; a discounted admission pass to exciting attractions such as the Fredericksburg Area Museum, Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop, Rising Sun Tavern, Mary Washington House, and George Washington’s Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm.

Accommodations, tours, attractions and some meals are complimentary for invited journalists on assignment. Space is limited on this FAM.

Located centrally on the East Coast, halfway between Washington, D.C. and Richmond, Virginia, the Fredericksburg area offers easy fly/drive access for travelers. And, Fredericksburg’s walkable downtown district and rail service makes it easy for travelers to leave the car at home and take a vacation from driving. Regular passenger railway service, Amtrak or Virginia Railway Express, is available.

We look forward to hosting you in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Sesquicentennial FAM Tour
December 7-9, 2012
RSVP to Kari Journigan
(757) 497- 4811

Last Updated:
December 14, 2018