Birthplace of George Washington and home of Robert E. Lee, this historic town is located halfway between Richmond and Washington DC. Visitors can tour the Mary Washington House, the home that the first president built for his mother, and Kenmore Plantation where his sister, Betty, lived. The James Monroe Museum contains items belonging to the fifth president who practiced law here, and the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop displays medical implements from the 18th Century. Several major battles of the Civil War, including the Battles of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania, were fought around this strategically located area. Fredericksburg is 55 miles north of Richmond.