Spirits’ Old Town Fredericksburg History & Tradition

The building that Spirits now occupies was the scene of a massive fire that began on April 22, 1822.  The building was then occupied by John Wellford.  Before the blaze was put out it had consumed all of the buildings in the square, in total 7 stores and dwellings.  The only exception being the Farmer’s Hotel.  After 2 years, the building was turned into a dwelling house by John Wigglesworth, who was said to be a good friend of George Washington.

The fires of 1807 and 1822 were not the only blazes to strike 816 Caroline Street.  In 1981 a couple bought and renovated the building.  Taking 2 years to construct the dining room, the fire destroyed the entire downstairs only two weeks before the opening.

Once again, 816 Caroline Street is alive and well to be enjoyed by all who cross its threshold!  The fires of 1807 and 1822 paved the way for the look for Fredericksburg today.  By the burning of the old wooden colonial buildings, they were replaced by the current architectural style.  It is common for visitors from Great Brittan to comment on “how English it looks”.

The restaurant and bar we know today as Spirits was founded in 1992, as an uncomplicated, truly American restaurant for downtown Fredericksburg, VA.  Since then Spirits has served Fredericksburg natives, visitors, and guests with terrific cooking, great prices– and a Cheers atmosphere that you won’t find anywhere else in town.  It keeps more money in your pocket and is easy to get to.  Make sure you make Spirits your first stop when you next visit Old Town Fredericksburg, VA.

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Stop By On Your Next Visit to Old Town!


We’re open Monday- Thursday- 10AM-9PM, and Friday-Sun- 9AM-10PM. Our bar is open from 12 PM – 2 AM Sunday- Saturday. We have Happy Hour every day from 12-8pm. Stop by for 1/2 off apps!