History of Fredericksburg, Virginia

February 7, 2011

A well-regarded physician, Dr. Michael Snedden commands more than 20 years of experience in the field of orthopaedic surgery. From 2002 to 2010, Dr. Michael Snedden practiced at Central Virginia Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Fredericksburg sits on the Rappahannock River, less than 50 miles South of Washington, D.C. An historic U.S. city, Fredericksburg boasts an array of noted houses, battlefields, and museums. The city also remains key to Virginia’s thriving commercial sectors. Nonetheless, Fredericksburg’s Historic District serves as a principal influence on the city’s cultural, social, and political identity. The city of Fredericksburg, Virginia currently possesses more than 19,000 residents.

Noted explorer Captain John Smith discovered the area now known as Fredericksburg in 1608. The region continued to experience significant growth and Fredericksburg subsequently received incorporation as a township in 1728. Due to its location approximately midway between the opposing capitals of the North and South, Fredericksburg acquired a key strategic position during the American Civil War. Following the war, Fredericksburg reassumed its role at the center of Virginia industry and the area continued to achieve strong commercial development. Fredericksburg, Virginia officially became incorporated as a city in 1879.

Among other historical points of interest, Fredericksburg’s Historic District maintains an array of more than 350 homes from the 18th and 19th centuries. Fredericksburg’s oldest surviving building dates back to 1737.

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