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

The Market Square

 
 
The Market Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 5, 2007
1. The Market Square Marker
Inscription. The space you are standing in is historic Market Square. When Fredericksburg was created in 1728, seven leading landowners in Spotsylvania County were appointed to design the town. The men set aside this block for use by the Anglican Church and the public market, In its early years, the square was the site of numerous activities such as fairs and militia musters. After the Revolution, the town council created and ran a market in this space for “… the sale and vending of all manner of cattle, victuals, provisions, goods, wares and merchandizes whatsoever.” This outdoor market continued to operate in the Square until the late 19th century. Today, this small space is all that is left of Fredericksburg’s original market place.
 
Location. 38° 18.188′ N, 77° 27.599′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Princess Anne Street south of William Street (Business Virginia Route 3). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 907 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Second Town Hall / Market House ( here, next to this marker); First Town Hall / Market House ( within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Barton House
Market in the mid-20th century. image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 5, 2007
2. Market in the mid-20th century.
( within shouting distance of this marker); Lewis Randolph Ball ( within shouting distance of this marker); Weedon’s Tavern ( within shouting distance of this marker); Stating Inalienable Rights ( within shouting distance of this marker); Seeking Civil Rights ( within shouting distance of this marker); Gen. Stonewall Jackson ( about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Courthouse ( about 300 feet away); A Vast Hospital ( about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
Also see . . .  Fall in for the March Muster. (Submitted on June 6, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Market Square and Second Town Hall image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 4, 2007
3. Market Square and Second Town Hall
Muster Reenactment in Market Square image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 4, 2007
4. Muster Reenactment in Market Square
March Muster is one of the several annual events now held at the Market Square. Public events such as this one have helped restore the Square to once again being a center of activity in downtown Fredericksburg.
Confederate Reenactors Drill in the Market Square image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 13, 2008
5. Confederate Reenactors Drill in the Market Square
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 5, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,125 times since then and 33 times this year. Last updated on June 10, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 5, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on December 14, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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