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Encyclopedia > Fredericksburg, Virginia
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Location in Virginia
Coordinates: 38°18′6.5″N, 77°28′15″W
Country United States
State Virginia
County Independent City*
Founded 1728
Incorporated 1781
Government
 - Mayor Thomas Tomzak
Area
 - City  10.5 sq mi (27.2 km²)
 - Land  10.5 sq mi (27.2 km²)
 - Water  0 sq mi (0 km²)
Elevation  59 ft (18 m)
Population (2000)
 - City 19,279
 - Density 1,833.0/sq mi (707.6/km²)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Independent from Spotsylvania County.
Website: City of Fredericksburg, VA

Fredericksburg is an independent city in the U.S. Commonwealth of Virginia, 50 miles south of Washington, D.C., and 55 miles north of Richmond, Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the city had a population of 19,279. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Fredericksburg with neighboring Spotsylvania County for statistical purposes. This city is a part of the Washington Metropolitan Area and, because of the vast abundance of commuters that travel to Fairfax, Prince William, and Arlington Counties as well as Washington, DC, is considered by many to be a part of Northern Virginia, and is sometimes regarded as the southernmost suburb of Washington, DC.[citation needed] Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Adapted from Wikipedias VA county maps by Seth Ilys. ... 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History

Located on the Rappahannock River near the head of navigation at the fall line, Fredericksburg developed as the frontier of colonial Virginia shifted west out of the coastal plain. The land on which the city was founded was part of a tract patented in 1671. The Virginia General Assembly established a fort on the Rappahannock in 1676, just below the present-day city. In 1714, Lt. Gov. Alexander Spotswood sponsored a German settlement called Germanna on the Rapidan River, a tributary of the Rappahannock upstream from the future site of the city, and led an expedition westward over the Blue Ridge Mountains in 1716. The Rappahannock at sunset The Rappahannock River is a river in eastern Virginia in the United States, approximately 184 mi (294 km). ... The fall line has meanings in both geographical features and the sport of alpine skiing. ... Events May 9 - Thomas Blood, disguised as a clergyman, attempts to steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London. ... The Virginia General Assembly is the state legislature of the Commonwealth of Virginia, a U.S. state. ... Events January 29 - Feodor III becomes Tsar of Russia First measurement of the speed of light, by Ole Rømer Bacons Rebellion Russo-Turkish Wars commence. ... Battle of Gangut, by Maurice Baquoi, 1724-27. ... Alexander Spotswood c. ... Introduction Germanna refers to a German colony in Virginia, settled in two waves, first in 1714 and then in 1717. ... The Rapidan River is the largest tributary of the Rappahannock River in North-central Virginia. ... Blue Ridge Mountains, Shining Rock Wilderness Area Appalachian Mountain system The Blue Ridge is a mountain chain in the eastern United States, part of the Appalachian Mountains, forming their eastern front from Georgia to Pennsylvania. ... // Events August 5 - In the Battle of Peterwardein 40. ...


As interest in the frontier grew, the colonial assembly responded by forming a new county named Spotsylvania (after the governor) in 1720 and establishing Fredericksburg in 1728 as a port for the county, of which it was then a part. Named for Frederick, Prince of Wales, son of King George II and father of King George III, the colonial town's streets bore the names of members of the royal family. The county court was moved to Fredericksburg in 1732 and the town served as county seat until 1780 when the courthouse was moved closer to the county center. Fredericksburg was incorporated as a town, with its own court, council, and mayor, in 1781, and received its charter as an independent city in 1879. The city adopted the city manager/council form of government in 1911. Spotsylvania County is a county located in the U.S. state — officially, Commonwealth — of Virginia. ... // Events January 6 - The Committee of Inquiry on the South Sea Bubble publishes its findings February 11 - Sweden and Prussia sign the (2nd Treaty of Stockholm) declaring peace. ... Events Astronomical aberration discovered by the astronomer James Bradley Swedish academy of sciences founded at Uppsala The founding of the University of Havana (Universidad de la Habana), Cubas most well-established university. ... The Prince Frederick, Prince of Wales (Frederick Lewis; 1 February 1707 – 31 March 1751) was a member of the British Royal Family, the eldest son of King George II. He was born into the House of Hanover and, under the Act of Settlement passed by the English Parliament in 1701... George II (George Augustus; 10 November 1683 – 25 October 1760) was King of Great Britain and Ireland, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg (Hanover) and Archtreasurer and Prince-Elector of the Holy Roman Empire from 11 June 1727 until his death. ... George III (George William Frederick) (4 June 1738–29 January 1820) was King of Great Britain, and King of Ireland from 25 October 1760 until 1 January 1801, and thereafter King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland until his death. ... Events February 23 - First performance of Handels Orlando, in London June 9 - James Oglethorpe is granted a royal charter for the colony of Georgia. ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... 1780 was a leap year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... Ronda, Spain Main street in Bastrop, Texas, a small town A town is a community of people ranging from a few hundred to several thousands, although it may be applied loosely even to huge metropolitan areas. ... 1781 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... An independent city is a city that does not form part of another general-purpose local government entity. ... 1879 (MDCCCLXXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... 1911 (MCMXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar). ...


The city has close associations with George Washington, whose family moved to Ferry Farm on the Rappahannock opposite Fredericksburg in 1738. Washington's mother Mary later moved to the city, and his sister Betty lived at Kenmore, a plantation house then outside the city. Other significant early residents include the Revolutionary War generals Hugh Mercer and George Weedon, naval war hero John Paul Jones, and future U.S. president James Monroe. George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799)[1] led Americas Continental Army to victory over Britain in the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), and in 1789 was elected the first President of the United States of America. ... Ferry Farm is the name of the farm and home at which George Washington spent much of his childhood. ... Events February 4 - Court Jew Joseph Suss Oppenheimer is executed in Württenberg April 15 - Premiere in London of Serse, an Italian opera by George Frideric Handel. ... Hugh Mercer (sketched by John Trumbull). ... George Weedon (1734-1793) was an American soldier during the Revolutionary War from Fredericksburg, Virginia. ... This article is about the American naval commander. ... James Monroe (April 28, 1758 – July 4, 1831) was the fifth President of the United States (1817-1825), and the fourth Virginian to hold the office. ...


During the 19th century Fredericksburg sought to maintain its sphere of trade but with limited success, promoting the development of a canal on the Rappahannock and construction of a turnpike and plank road to bind the interior country to the market town. By 1837, a north-south railroad, which became the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad, linked the town to Richmond, the state capital, but a much-needed railroad joining the town to the farming region to the west remained unfinished until after the Civil War. The Canal du Midi, Toulouse, France Canals are man-made channels for water. ... A toll road, turnpike or tollpike is a road on which a toll authority collects a fee for use. ... A plank road or puncheon is a dirt path or road covered with a series of planks, similar to the wooden sidewalks one would see in a Western movie. ... The Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad (AAR reporting mark RFP) was a railroad connecting Richmond, Virginia to Washington, DC. It is now a portion of the CSX Transportation system. ... Nickname: Motto: Sic Itur Ad Astra (Thus do we reach the stars) Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia Coordinates: Country United States State Virginia County Independent City Government  - Mayor L. Douglas Wilder (I) Area  - City 62. ... This article is becoming very long. ...

Fredericksburg, Virginia, February 1863. View from across the Rappahannock River. To the right is the steeple of the Baptist church and towards the center is the tower of St. George's

During the American Civil War, Fredericksburg gained strategic importance due to its location midway between Washington and Richmond, the opposing capitals of the Union and the Confederacy. During the battle of Fredericksburg, December 11-15, 1862, the town sustained significant damage due to bombardment and looting at the hands of Union forces. A second battle was fought in and around the town on May 3, 1863, in connection with the Chancellorsville campaign (April 27 - May 6, 1863). The battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House were fought nearby in May 1864. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1448x1060, 333 KB)Fredericksburg, Virginia, February 1863. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1448x1060, 333 KB)Fredericksburg, Virginia, February 1863. ... This article is becoming very long. ... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United... Combatants United States of America Confederate States of America Commanders Ambrose E. Burnside Robert E. Lee Strength Army of the Potomac ~114,000 engaged Army of Northern Virginia ~72,500 engaged Casualties 12,653 (1,284 killed, 9,600 wounded, 1,769 captured/missing) 5,377 (608 killed, 4,116... 1862 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... May 3 is the 123rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (124th in leap years). ... Year 1863 (MDCCCLXIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Combatants United States of America Confederate States of America Commanders Joseph Hooker Robert E. Lee Stonewall Jackson† Strength 133,868 60,892 Casualties 17,197 (1,606 killed, 9,672 wounded, 5,919 missing)[1] 12,764 (1,665 killed, 9,081 wounded, 2,018 missing)[1] The Battle of... April 27 is the 117th day of the year (118th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 248 days remaining. ... May 6 is the 126th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (127th in leap years). ... Year 1863 (MDCCCLXIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Combatants United States of America Confederate States of America Commanders Ulysses S. Grant George G. Meade Robert E. Lee Strength 101,895 61,025 Casualties 18,400 11,400 For the French and Indian War battle, see Battle of the Wilderness 1755. ... Combatants United States of America Confederate States of America Commanders Ulysses S. Grant George G. Meade Robert E. Lee Strength 100,000 52,000 Casualties 18,000 12,000 The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, sometimes simply referred to as the Battle of Spotsylvania, was the second battle in Lieut. ... 1864 (MDCCCLXIV) was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a leap year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ...


After the war, Fredericksburg recovered its former position as a center of local trade and slowly grew beyond its prewar boundaries. The University of Mary Washington was founded here in 1908 as the State Normal and Industrial School for Women. Adopting the name of Mary Washington College in 1938, the college was for many years associated with the University of Virginia as a women’s liberal arts college. The college became coeducational in 1970 and is now independent of UVa. Recently the College changed names from Mary Washington College to The University of Mary Washington. A separate campus for graduate and professional studies is located in suburban Stafford County. The University of Mary Washington (formerly Mary Washington College) is a coeducational, selective, state-funded, four-year liberal arts college and a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges in Fredericksburg, Virginia about 55 miles (88 km) north of Richmond and 45 miles (80 km) south of Washington... 1908 (MCMVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... The University of Virginia (also called U.Va. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Stafford County is a county located in the U.S. state — officially, Commonwealth — of Virginia. ...


Today Fredericksburg is the commercial hub of a rapidly growing region in north central Virginia. Despite recent decades of suburban growth, reminders of the area’s past abound. A 40-block national historic district embraces the city’s downtown area and contains more than 350 buildings dating to the 18th and 19th centuries. Notable homes include Kenmore, home of Washington’s sister Betty, and the Mary Washington House, where his mother spent her final years. The historic district draws crowds of tourists to Fredericksburg during the summer months. Elizabeth Washington Lewis was the sister of George Washington, and the first daughter of Augustine Washington and Mary Ball Washington. ... Mary Ball Washington was the mother of George Washington. ...


Other historic buildings and museums include the late 18th century Rising Sun Tavern, Hugh Mercer apothecary shop, and the James Monroe law office museum. Significant public buildings include the 1852 courthouse designed by James Renwick, whose works include the Smithsonian Institution’s castle building in Washington and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, and the 1816 town hall and market house. The latter building now houses a local history museum and cultural center. Hugh Mercer (sketched by John Trumbull). ... James Monroe (April 28, 1758 – July 4, 1831) was the fifth President of the United States (1817-1825), and the fourth Virginian to hold the office. ... 1852 was a leap year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... James Alexander Renwick (died 1984) was a Canadian politician. ... 1816 was a leap year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ...


Nearby points of interest include George Washington Birthplace National Memorial, located 38 miles to the east in Westmoreland County, and the Ferry Farm historic site in Stafford County where Washington spent his boyhood across the river from Fredericksburg. The historic community of Falmouth lies across the Rappahannock to the north and includes the historic house Belmont, home of American artist Gari Melchers. Westmoreland County is a county located in the Northern Neck of the state of Virginia. ... Ferry Farm is the name of the farm and home at which George Washington spent much of his childhood. ... Stafford County is a county located in the U.S. state — officially, Commonwealth — of Virginia. ... Falmouth is an unincorporated place located in Stafford County, Virginia. ... Gari Melchers or Julius Melchers (August 11, 1860 - 1932) was an American artist. ...


The area’s Civil War battles are commemorated in Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park. Formed by an act of Congress in 1927, the national military park preserves portions of the battlefields of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, the Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House. The Fredericksburg National Cemetery, also part of the park, is located on Marye’s Heights on the Fredericksburg battlefield and contains more than 15,000 Union burials from the area’s battlefields. A cannon on Maryes Heights at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park is a unit of the National Park Service in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and elsewhere in Spotsylvania County, commemorating four major battles in the American Civil War. ... 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar). ...


Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 27.2 km² (10.5 mi²). None of the area is covered with water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


It is bounded on the north and east by the Rappahannock River; across the river is Stafford County; and is bounded on the south and west by Spotsylvania County. The Rappahannock at sunset The Rappahannock River is a river in eastern Virginia in the United States, approximately 184 mi (294 km). ... Stafford County is a county located in the U.S. state — officially, Commonwealth — of Virginia. ... Spotsylvania County is a county located in the U.S. state — officially, Commonwealth — of Virginia. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 19,279 people, 8,102 households, and 3,921 families residing in the city. The population density was 707.6/km² (1,833.0/mi²). There were 8,888 housing units at an average density of 326.2/km² (845.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 73.18% White, 20.41% Black or African American, 0.34% Native American, 1.51% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 2.56% from other races, and 1.95% from two or more races. 380.4 of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The Hispanic world Hispanic (Spanish: Hispano) is a term denoting a derivation from Spain, its people and culture. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 8,102 households out of which 21.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.8% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 51.6% were non-families. 39.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.8% had someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 2.81. This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 17.8% under the age of 18, 23.8% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 18.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 81.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.4 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $34,585, and the median income for a family was $47,148. Males had a median income of $33,641 versus $25,037 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,527. 15.5% of the population and 10.4% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 19.9% of those under the age of 18 and 8.8% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Points of interest

A cannon on Maryes Heights at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park is a unit of the National Park Service in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and elsewhere in Spotsylvania County, commemorating four major battles in the American Civil War. ... Kenmore Plantation was the home of Fielding Lewis in Fredericksburg, Virginia. ... This is the house in Fredericksburg, Virginia that George Washingtons mother Mary Ball Washington resided in. ... The University of Mary Washington (formerly Mary Washington College) is a coeducational, selective, state-funded, four-year liberal arts college and a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges in Fredericksburg, Virginia about 55 miles (88 km) north of Richmond and 45 miles (80 km) south of Washington... St. ... A sign at the Route 3 entrance to Central Park Central Park is a shopping complex in Fredericksburg, Virginia, with over 255 businesses. ... The Fredericksburg (Amtrak station) is located at 200 Lafayette Blvd. ...

Media

Fredericksburg's daily newspaper is The Free Lance–Star. The Free Lance was first published in 1885, and competed with two twice-weekly papers in the city during the late 19th century, the Fredericksburg News and The Virginia Star. While the News folded in 1884, the Star company began publishing the Daily Star in 1893. In 1900, the two companies merged, with both newspapers continuing publication until 1926, when they merged under the present title. Since that time, the Free Lance–Star has been owned and operated by members of the Rowe family of Fredericksburg. 1885 (MDCCCLXXXV) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Year 1884 (MDCCCLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Thursday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Year 1893 (MDCCCXCIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Year 1900 (MCM) was an exceptional common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar, but a leap year starting on Saturday of the Julian calendar. ... 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar). ...


Fredericksburg is often considered part of the Washington, D.C. media market, and city residents receive television and radio signals from both Washington and Richmond, as well as the newspapers of those cities. Fredericksburg and the nearby region also have several radio stations, including (on the FM dial) WJYJ (90.5, Christian), WFLS (93.3, country), WGRQ (95.9, "Rockin' Oldies"), WWUZ (96.9, classic rock), WYSK (99.3, modern rock), WBQB ("B-101.5", adult contemporary), and WGRX ("Thunder 104.5", country). Fredericksburg AM stations include WFVA (1230, news/talk) and WYSK (1350, Spanish-language). WFLS, WWUZ and WYSK are owned by the Free Lance–Star Company. In 2001, the Arbitron media service began listing the Fredericksburg area as a nationally rated radio market. As of the fall of 2005, the area ranked 154th out of 297 markets surveyed, with a total market population of more than 280,000. Large broadcast companies like Clear Channel Communications and Cumulus Broadcasting are not active in the local market, and almost all of its stations remain locally or regionally owned. FM broadcasting is a broadcast technology invented by Edwin Howard Armstrong that uses frequency modulation (FM) to provide high-fidelity sound over broadcast radio. ... AM broadcasting is radio broadcasting using Amplitude Modulation. ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Arbitron is a radio audience research company in the United States. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Not to be confused with clear channel radio stations, which are AM radio stations with certain technical parameters. ... Cumulus Media, Inc. ...


Notable residents and natives

Mary Ball Washington Sangford was the mother of George Washington. ... Fielding Lewis was married to Elizabeth Betty Washington, the sister of the American President and Revolutionary War General George Washington. ... Elizabeth Washington Lewis was the sister of George Washington, and the first daughter of Augustine Washington and Mary Ball Washington. ... This article is about the American naval commander. ... Hugh Mercer (sketched by John Trumbull). ... George Weedon (1734-1793) was an American soldier during the Revolutionary War from Fredericksburg, Virginia. ... Keller Williams (also known as K-Dub and the Jam-Man) is a one man jam band from Fredericksburg, Virginia. ... William Penn Taylor was a nineteenth century congressman from Virginia. ... Alonza Benjamin Bumbry (born April 21, 1947 Fredericksburg, VA - ) was a utility player with a 14 year career from 1972 to 1985. ... Florence King Miss Florence Virginia King (b. ... Jeffrey Norman (Jeff) Rouse (born February 6, 1970 in Fredericksburg, Virginia) is a former international swimmer from the United States, who won the gold medal in the 100 metres backstroke at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. ... Derek Hartley (born on October 28, 1969) is an American gay talk show host of the Derek and Romaine Show, a talk radio show on Sirius Satellite Radios Sirius OutQ channel. ... Dave Smalley has been a lead singer with the punk rock bands DYS, Dag Nasty, ALL and Down By Law. ... ALL Promotional Photograph (Epitaph Records) ALL is a spin off punk band formed by members of The Descendents. ... Dag Nasty was a punk/hardcore band formed in 1985 by Brian Baker (guitar) of Minor Threat, Colin Sears (drums) and Roger Marbury (bass), both of Bloody Mannequin Orchestra, and Shawn Brown (vocals). ... Down By Law is a famous Punk band formed in or around 1990. ... The Sharpshooters are a Punk band formed in or around 1998 by Down By Law frontman Dave Smalley. ... Henry Crist (October 20, 1764 - August 11, 1844) was a United States Representative from Kentucky. ... The House of Representatives is the larger of two houses that make up the U.S. Congress, the other being the United States Senate. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Frankfort Largest city Louisville Area  Ranked 37th  - Total 40,444 sq mi (104,749 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ... John Kevin Maine (born May 8, 1981 in Fredericksburg, Virginia) is a Major League Baseball pitcher for the New York Mets. ...

Sister cities

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Fredericksburg, Virginia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1617 words)
Fredericksburg is an independent city in the U.S. Commonwealth of Virginia, 50 miles south of Washington, D.C., and 55 miles north of Richmond, Virginia.
The county court was moved to Fredericksburg in 1732 and the town served as county seat until 1780 when the courthouse was moved closer to the county center.
Fredericksburg was incorporated as a town, with its own court, council, and mayor, in 1781, and received its charter as an independent city in 1879.
All about the City of Fredericksburg, Virginia. South of Stafford and North of Spotsylvania Virginia - by ... (1137 words)
The Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania and Stafford area is reported to be one of the fastest growing areas in the CommonWealth and in the top 20 in the nation.
Fredericksburg was incorporated as a town in 1781 and became a city in 1879.
Fredericksburg is positioned 38.29 degrees north of the equator and 77.48 degrees west of the prime meridian.
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