How the ‘Burg has Changed

If you are from Fredericksburg and were asked to describe it, you would most likely say historical.  Most of the students here may think it is super boring, but when it comes to learning about history, they are lucky to live here.  From the historical buildings to battlefields, Fredericksburg is the place to be if you enjoy history.  You can go to museums, war reenactments or just downtown.

Fredericksburg was founded in 1728, and since then, it has had many ups and downs.  Since then, Fredericksburg city has grown and developed to nearly 29,000 people and is still changing.  Whereas the Fredericksburg Region includes parts of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford county.  Including all of these places, there is a population of over 338,000.

With most students from Fredericksburg we don’t value the history all around us.  Mr. Morello, RHS U.S. Government teacher, is originally from Buffalo, New York.  He compares living close to Niagara Falls to living in Fredericksburg, by the town taking granted of the opportunity to live here.  He said, “As someone that loves history and government, this was always one of the most exciting things about moving here.”

Mr. Reighard, AP U.S. History teacher, was also drawn to Fredericksburg for the history, telling his students, “I believe we live in the most historic area of the country.”

Driving west on route 3 away from downtown, you find Harrison Crossing Shopping Center, which is still being developed today.  In the past year, many fast food restaurants have been added to the shopping center including McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Popeyes, and rumors about a Burger King.

The development of the Fredericksburg area definitely takes away from the town’s history, in the sense that we are covering the rich history up.  Whether we like it or not, we cannot stop this from happening.