Fredericksburg in Virginia boasts of heritage tourism

Published on : Friday, December 1, 2017

indexDuring this time of the year, it is great to reflect on the importance of historic or heritage-related tourism in the Fredericksburg area and across Virginia.

 

Walking around Fredericksburg has a historic flavor any time of year, but with stores and homes decked for the holiday season and the streets lined with decorations, it is a different story altogether.

 

Fredericksburg and Virginia are indeed places worth visiting for lovers of history.

 

The first Thanksgiving in the New World was held shortly after the settlers arrived in Jamestown in 1607. There are few places across the country as rich in history as the Fredericksburg area. From the story of Pocahontas that unfolded on the shores of the Potomac, to the Founding Fathers who made their homes in and around Fredericksburg, to the Civil War blood spilled on the area’s battlefields and the region’s strategic location between Washington and Richmond along the Rappahannock River, there is so much to know about the place.

 

Virginia’s tourism provides adventure for visitors interested in focusing on diverse pursuits as wine, birds, oysters, bicycling, country music, scenery, shopping and, of course, history.

 

A recent study says that tourism of all kinds generated nearly $23 billion in economic activity in Virginia in 2016. A third of that, or about $7.7 billion, was spent on heritage tourism.

 

According to the Virginia Tourism Corporation, the travel industry is the fifth largest employer in the state. Of the 230,000 jobs generated directly or indirectly by tourism across Virginia, around 105,000 are attributed to heritage tourism.

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