Quality of Life

The Fredericksburg region is home to an abundance of family friendly activities to keep you and your family entertained. From recreational sports and live music entertainment, hiking and walking trails to award-winning breweries, wineries and distilleries, the region has a vibrant culture emerging from its deep roots in American history. Home to National and State parks- along with multiple museums and a historic district spanning 40 blocks in the heart of downtown Fredericksburg, the region offers a relaxing charm with urban amenities.

 

Healthcare

Mary Washington Healthcare is the largest medical system in the region with two hospitals and 28 healthcare facilities, with at least one located in every one of our five localities: Caroline County, Spotsylvania County, King George County, City of Fredericksburg and Stafford County. Mary Washington Healthcare system has been awarded numerous accreditations, certifications and licensures which ensures its mission to improve the health in the communities it serves.

 

 

Mary Washington Hospital contains 437 beds and is one of seven level II trauma centers in Virginia. MWHC Stafford Hospital contains over 188 beds and is a state-of-the-art healthcare facility.

In addition to Mary Washington Healthcare, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center also serves the region as a general acute care hospital with over 133 beds and a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services. Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center is a part of HCA Virginia, one of the state’s comprehensive healthcare networks.

Sports & Recreation

  • University of Mary Washington’s Battlegrounds and Anderson Center (Fredericksburg)
  • VCR, Canal Path Trails
  • Motts Run Reservoir
  • Fredericksburg Field House (Spotsylvania)
  • Spotsylvania Parks & Recreation Sports
  • Dominion Raceway
  • Fredericksburg FC
  • Dixon Park
  • Virginia Sports Complex (Caroline)
  • Shooters Archery
  • King George County Parks & Recreation (King George)
  • Jeff Rouse Swim and Sport Center (Stafford)
  • Stafford Gymnastics and Recreation Center
  • Courthouse Community Center

Entertainment Venues

  • Celebrate Virginia Live
  • Riverside Theater
  • Dodd Auditorium
  • Klein Theater
  • Fredericksburg Festival for the Performing Arts
  • The Groove Music Hall

Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries

  • Sassafras Shade Vineyard
  • Lake Anna Winery
  • Mattaponi Winery
  • Wilderness Run Vineyards
  • Eden Try Winery
  • 1781 Brewing Company
  • Maltese Brewing Company
  • Strangeways Brewing
  • Adventure Brewing Company
  • A Smith Bowman Distillery
  • Red Dragon Brewery
  • Spencer Devon Brewing
  • Highmark Brewery
  • 6 Bears & A Goat Brewing Company
  • Potomac Point Winery & Vineyard
  • Oak Crest Vineyard & Winery

K-12 Schooling

Public Schooling

Each of the 5 localities in the Fredericksburg region has their own public school system. Collectively, the public schools in the region serve over 64,100 students and contain 42 elementary schools, 18 middle schools and 13 high schools. These school’s follow Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs) which lays out learning and achievement expectations for the core subjects in grades K-12. Students are tested on this information at the end of the year. In addition to the multiple elementary, middle and high schools, the region also has campuses of two of the eighteen public magnet governs schools in Virginia, Commonwealth Governor’s School in Spotsylvania County and the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School with a campus in Caroline County. In addition to these school’s, Spotsylvania Career and Technical Center also serves the region.

Private Schooling

Along with the over 75 public schools that serve the region, there are eight private schools ranging in levels K-12 that serve the localities. These include:

The Carmel School
Fredericksburg Academy
Fredericksburg Christian School
St. Michael the Archangel High School
St. Patrick School
Elite Academy
Faith Baptist School
Holy Cross Academy

History & Culture

The Fredericksburg Region lays claim to a rich and distinguished historic heritage which today has become part of the localities’ thriving cultures.

Established in 1664, Stafford County is known for Ferry Farm, George Washington’s boyhood home where the stories of the Cherry Tree and the Silver Dollar Toss originate. Stafford was also home to Civil War Battle of Aquia Creek. 19th century American Impressionist artist Gari Melchers late home, Belmont, is also a museum and gallery in the Falmouth district of Stafford.

King George County, established in 1720, is birthplace to fourth president of the United States, James Madison. King George boarders Maryland through the Potomac River, which became an important access point for both the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War.

In 1721, Stafford County was established and is home to four Civil War battles including: Battle of Chancellorsville, Battle of the Wilderness, Battle of Fredericksburg and Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse. All of these battlefields can be visited by the public and are run by the National Parks Service.

Established in 1727, Caroline County serves as the death place of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson. Along with this, Caroline is also the birthplace of renowned racehorse Secretariat, winner of the Triple Crown. Today, Caroline is the home to the Virginia State Fair.

Though settled as early as 1671, the City of Fredericksburg established itself in 1728. The city is home to historic residents including mother of George Washington, Mary Ball Washington and Revolutionary War heroes Hugh Mercer and George Weedon. Fifth President, James Monroe also practiced law in the city. As a result of these famous residents along with others, the 40 block Fredericksburg Historic District is home to multiple house museums and landmarks. Because of Fredericksburg’s strategic location between the Union capital of Washington D.C. and Confederate capital of Richmond, two major civil war battles took place in and around the city. Today, Fredericksburg showcase’s it’s expansive history in its downtown area which also thrives with various forms of arts, food and culture activities.

Housing

Median Home Price, Average Monthly Apartment Rental

Median Sold Price: $300,000

Source: Q2 2018 MarketStats

Average monthly apartment rent: $1,289/ month (July 2017)