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Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Weedon’s Tavern

 
 
Weedon's Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 2, 2007
1. Weedon's Tavern Marker
Inscription. Constructed shortly after Fredericksburg’s founding in 1728, the tavern across the intersection became a popular gathering place under the proprietorship of its first owner, John Gordon, and then of his son-in-law, George Weedon. George Washington was sometimes a guest there.

In January 1777, the Virginia Assembly’s Committee of Law Revisors, met at the tavern. At that time, William Smith rented and operated the establishment, as Colonel Weedon was in New Jersey with General Washington’s Continental Army. Weedon’s son-in-law, Hugh Mercer, was also serving with Washington. Mercer, a doctor in civilian life, had practiced in an office just one block to the north. He died of wounds sustained at the battle of Princeton, while the Committee was meeting in Fredericksburg.

The tavern burned in a fire that swept through these blocks in 1807.
 
Erected by City of Fredericksburg.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the George Washington Slept Here marker series.
 
Location. 38° 18.223′ N, 77° 27.577′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of William Street (Virginia Route 3) and Caroline Street, on the right when traveling east on William Street
Weedon’s Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, September 4, 2008
2. Weedon’s Tavern Marker
. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stating Inalienable Rights (here, next to this marker); Seeking Civil Rights (here, next to this marker); Lewis Randolph Ball (within shouting distance of this marker); First Town Hall / Market House (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Town Hall / Market House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Market Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Gun from the CSS Virginia (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing); Lease Land (about 400 feet away); Site of Barton House (about 400 feet away); Prisoners of Christ (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
Categories. Colonial EraWar, US Revolutionary
 
A 20th century building today sits on the Weedon Tavern site. image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, August 20, 2008
3. A 20th century building today sits on the Weedon Tavern site.
 
 
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