History of Fredericksburg

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The City of Fredericksburg was established by an act of the Virginia General Assembly in 1728, on land originally patented by John Buckner and Thomas Royston of Essex County in 1681. It was named for Frederick, Prince of Wales (1707-51), eldest son of King George II of Great Britain and father of King George III. Its older streets still bear the names of members of the British royal family.

Remembering our History

The City of Fredericksburg is committed to advancing the diversity, equity, and inclusion and engaging in important conversations in our community to ensure our past is told in an inclusive manner, reflective of ALL voices. 

Our history page/section is currently under construction.

Coming soon we are launching new material in our pursuit to tell the full story. Take a look at what has been done with more to come.

Where We ALL Come Together.

"As our community grows in diversity and looks to our future, I am proud of how we have taken on honest and important conversations to create a more welcoming Fredericksburg," said Fredericksburg Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw. "We are truly a better community when we come together, get to know each other, and recognize the important contributions of all. I am confident the changes we are making are contributing to an inclusive future for Fredericksburg."