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Formerly inhabited by the Monahoac Native Americans, the town of today was founded in 1671.
Fredericksburg is now known for its colonial architecture, history, riverfront, and the continuous debate on whether or not it is truly a part of the Northern Virginia, or, "Nova," area.
People Born in Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg in People's Lives
George Washington: I spent much time here as a boy, at Ferry Farm, which was owned by my father outside this town. When my father died in 1743, I inherited the farm at the age of 11. My mother and I lived here, and she fretted over the fact that without my father's influence, I would not be able to recieve a prestigious boarding school education, as my elder brothers had. I continued my education with a variety of private tutors, including a clergyman in this town. When I was 15, the suggestion came up that I should be sent to join England's Royal Navy. Surely, history would have been much different if my mother had not strongly objected to this, and convinced my other relatives to drop the idea. At the age of 17, in 1749, my older brother Lawrence helped me to secure a place as an official surveyor. I enjoyed my job scouting out different areas of Virginia, including Culpeper County and the Shenandoah Valley. Also thanks to Lawrence, who was now a commander of the Virginia militia, I came to the attention of my state's governor, Robert Dinwiddie. I was hard to miss - at six feet tall, and being a commanding and graceful young man, I stood out in a crowd. In the summer of 1752, Lawrence tragically passed away, taking away my father figure, beloved brother, and best friend all at once. In early 1753, I was appointed a district adjutant of this area, along with three other men, and was also made a major in the Virginia militia, by Dinwiddie. I became a Freemason while here, though I was never anything more than minimally involved.