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The Rising Sun Tavern on Caroline Street.
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On July 1, 2013, The Free Lance-Star published a letter titled "Most historic city neglects its treasures." The letter-writer called into question the condition of the paint at the Rising Sun Tavern and other local historic sites.
On May 6, the entire Fredericksburg region will have the power to help fund the critically needed painting of two of those local and national treasures.
Washington Heritage Museums, the relatively new nonprofit charged with the care of four of the region's 18th-century buildings, will be participating in the Community Give.
Organized by the Community Foundation, the Community Give is a 24-hour online day of giving for the entire region during which nonprofits can receive donations and compete for cash prizes.
WHM will be using the funds it raises that day to help defray the costs of painting the exteriors of the Rising Sun Tavern and the Mary Washington House.
Not only is this work needed for aesthetic purposes, but it is also critically needed to preserve the condition of the structures. Further information on the Community Give can be found on the Community Foundation's website or on Washington Heritage Museums' website.
WHM is grateful to the Community Foundation for providing this opportunity for residents to help with critically needed projects throughout the Fredericksburg region.
Anne R. Darron
The writer is administrator for Washington Heritage Museums.