Summer’s here, let the roadtrips officially begin! We realized that with the transition to summer, we only have about a year left here in Washington before it’s time to pick up and move again – location still to be determined. It’s time to start making bucket lists and time to start taking advantage of the area, this year will blow by before we know it. This weekend we arranged for a blueberry picking outing (more on that to come still) but on our way back we stopped through the town of Fredericksburg, Virginia, which really is a bit of a throwback to another era.
Fredericksburg really made its mark historically during colonial times as the birthplace of George Washington is just outside the town in Ferry Farm (we passed through on our way to the berry farm), and it was the site of not one but two major Civil War battles. I guess when you’re halfway between the Union capital of DC and Confederate capitol of Richmond, you draw that kind of attention. And finally, during the civil rights movement, Fredericksburg had some movement of its own with sit-in’s at four separate lunch counters after the Woolworth’s model in 1960 (see the original Woolworth’s counter at the American History Musuem here in DC), resulting in the desegregation of the counters. Most of the lunch counters have now been reworked into antique malls, but one still functions and you can even still order a Coca-cola straight from the fountain while on a chrome stool.
Today, the town caters a lot to antiquers, and there are tons of music shops that line the streets as well. Classic cars seem to be a dime a dozen as well. History buffs will find plenty to study up on here but it’s also just a pleasant walk through the town, and if you happen to be into classic typography and fonts, there are all sorts of gems on the original signage around town. A nice surprise for a Saturday afternoon.
All photos by The New Diplomat’s Wife via Instagram.