Twilight History 2023

July 31, 2023 @ 6:00PM — August 3, 2023 @ 8:00PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) Add to Calendar

Washington Heritage Museums: 1500 Washington Ave Fredericksburg, VA 22401 Get Directions

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Four nights, four historic sites. Walk in the footsteps of history!

Explore some of the area's most precious historic sites; the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop, the Rising Sun Tavern, the Mary Washington House...and now for the FIRST time, the Mary Washington Monument. This a perfect chance for parents to enjoy downtown Fredericksburg while we educate children ages 8 to 12 with hands-on 18th-century skills, trades, and recipes.


  • 6pm Monday, July 31: At the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop, campers will have the exciting chance to learn about spies, codes, and intelligence that heroes like General Mercer would have studied during the Revolutionary War. Don't forget an educational take-home medicinal leech kit for sewing practice!
  • 6pm Tuesday, August 1: The Rising Sun Tavern offers campers an explorative experience like none other, with a mapping activity to find our lost billiards hall and a taste of the popular syllabub dessert (non-alcoholic).
  • 6pm Wednesday, August 2: After a behind-the-scenes tour of the Mary Washington House and its kitchen, campers will learn to embroider their own initials, decorate a take-home flower pot in 18th century style, and even write a letter to Mary.
  • 6pm Thursday, August 3: Family Fun night at the Mary Washington Monument! Parents, guardians, and siblings are invited to stay and enjoy snacks, more syllabub, games, and dancing.

Hear Ye, Hear Ye...WHM members get $20 off each registrant! Consider enrolling your camper as a Scholar level member ($25) entitling your camper and one additional household member to the benefits of membership, including discounts and early access to events for one full year. Join today - it's like receiving a Scholar membership for only $5 and allows your student to enjoy history all year long! Current members, check your email or call 540-373-5630 for the discount code.

All campers receive a camp t-shirt and hat! During registration, you will be asked for t-shirt size and which hat your child would like.

Want to be a partner in history education? Donations toward our youth programming are greatly appreciated and sponsorships are also available at the Candlemaker, Lamplighter, and Philosopher levels.

Participants must be aged 8 to 12 years. Youth aged 15 and older may be interested in volunteering as a Camp Apprentice: Sign Up Now!

Water will be available at all times for campers. Snacks are not provided. Campers should come fed and ready to have fun while learning!

Refund Policy: 90% refund at 14+ days prior, 50% refund at 7-14 days prior; no refunds after 6 days prior to the start of camp. Activities are subject to change.

A big thank you to our sponsors!

Alma & Billy Withers
Carl & Anne Darron

$150 raised by 2 people


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