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Abandoned Renaissance Fair

1175 Kings Hwy, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22405 USA

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“awesome, but on private property!”

NOTE THIS IS PRIVATE PROPERTY NOT FOR PUBLIC VISITATION

The land where the VA Renaissance Faire is currently decaying was once owned by George Washington's mother, because pretty much everything in Virginia was owned by the Washington's at some point. The area the abandoned fairgrounds are located on is called "Sherwood Forest", because duh! The Ren-Faire itself operated from 1996 until it tanked from low ticket sales in 1999. The property has been decaying deep in the Virginia woods ever since. 

It's a pretty epic abandoned fairground, with loads of huge buildings still standing in pretty good condition, though a lot more weedy than before. There's even an abandoned ship sitting in a moat. There are towers, a jousting arena, a bar with built-in kegs, and of course the obligatory graffiti and paintball vandalism. 

Should you venture out to the fairgrounds, douse yourself in bug spray as the area is a notorious breeding ground for ticks. Oh yeah, and wear orange if you visit during hunting season.

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Reviewed by
blu.skyone

  • 1 Review
  • 10 Helpful
October 17, 2013

I am a Civilian UAV pilot Just flew over it a few days ago
Enjoy the video its still there for now!
http://youtu.be/TYWe0DO4oNk

10 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Tatiana Danger

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September 5, 2014

This listing is for INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY! The abandoned Fredericksburg Renaissance Fairgrounds is a piece of history, it's in a horrible state of decay, and if no one knows about it and learns of its existence it's at risk of complete and total destruction. Which would suck!

Be warned, this is private property. I've been told trespassing is strictly prohibited.

8 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
wayne.rickards.1

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  • 5 Helpful
December 25, 2013

the old fair is open for offers, so you can beat the price down from 7 million, its the land you are paying for, not the fair which does not even come into question. The buildings are beyond saving, and it be cheaper simple to pull them down and rebuild. The reason the fair fail was because of the remote location, so a new fair or theme park is out of the question.

5 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Elena.Gigli

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  • 3 Helpful
January 9, 2014

Yeah, I just went there. Its not deep in the woods, its actually one of the easier places I've been. There are fresh prints everywhere though.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
randylvc

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  • 2 Helpful
August 12, 2014

so join the hunting club problem solved

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Tink_lilly

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  • 2 Helpful
May 11, 2014

Confirmed hunters presence and it is a bug ridden place.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Midnight.Tree.Bandit

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  • 2 Helpful
May 6, 2014

wayne.rickards the Faire did not fail because it's remote (it's a stone's throw from Frederiscksburg -- FAR less remote than most Ren Faires) nor beecause of poor ticket sales -- it was the most successful of the four faires operated by Renaissance Entertainment Corp. They shut it down because their older faires were losing money so they wanted to scale back to save their older properties. As I understand it, the property is too close to wetlands for commercial or residential development, so it has been difficult to sell.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
amber.scala.7

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  • 2 Helpful
August 30, 2013

Definitely getting worse :( Incredibly hard to get around the overgrown areas. The bugs are extremely bad. But the buildings are incredible. Beware of the hunting and horse back riding club. This area is also private property and clearly marked for trespassing. The owners really just need to give this place up to someone who gives a crap about it.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
VBarkley

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  • 4 Helpful
June 30, 2013

Go while you can - the property is for sale for $7 million as of 06/20/2013. Here the Google address if you want to look at the satellite and street views. 1149 Kings Hwy
Fredericksburg, VA 22405

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
_meg_lee_

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  • 1 Helpful
January 11, 2016

Recently went here (2016), and it is incredible... Anyone who has an appreciation for the abandoned/decrepit would love this place BUT BE WARNED!!!! THE CLUBS WILL HAVE YOU ARRESTED as me and my friend learned. After talked to one of the people who watch the property, there have been over 100 arrests made and 60 cars towed away!!!! These people are no joke, we were lucky not to get charged. I WOULD NOT ADVICE GOING HERE, it's constantly watched.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
otto.lorenz.96

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  • 0 Helpful
September 7, 2014

Is there a way to contact the owner for possible renting the site for a weekend?
Bob

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
danelle.lenz

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  • 3 Helpful
August 26, 2014

Bluskyone...thanks for the video. Such a shame it looks like such an amazing area to explore. It's a shame it's not being seen by those who would appreciate it.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
emily.b.mcclure

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
July 8, 2014

Really want to go would like as much info on this place and is it possible to get in?

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
mel.carver.9

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  • 4 Helpful
July 6, 2014

I went to this Ren faire as a kid, really sad to have seen it go under.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
jash4322

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  • 1 Helpful
November 25, 2013

msphoto, I'd be interested in the realtor's information as well if you still have it!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
lizardbug

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  • 1 Helpful
November 1, 2013

Heads up! There are some very intimidating NO TRESPASSING signs at the entrance. Parked my car there for probz half an hour in broad daylight before the sheriff arrived (just as I was driving off). He knew what was up, told me about the abandoned fairground, and I pretended I hadn't gone in. Don't know how much trouble I would've been in if he'd caught me! :)

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
SpiralSlipping

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  • 1 Helpful
October 19, 2013

Any idea what company or bank has it available for $7 million? Could anyone provide a link to that listing?

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
nadine.sarich

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  • 1 Helpful
September 30, 2013

Its for sale at $299,900 THE BANK FORECLOSED

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
mcd131

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  • 1 Helpful
September 29, 2013

WHAT HAPPENED AT NIGHT? DEVIL WORSHIP?

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
JenniferLangdon

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  • 4 Helpful
July 5, 2015

I didn't feel safe trespassing with children, but we did see some really awesome birds and got some great photos on the road to the fair. I didn't drive right down the road only about halfway.

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Reviewed by
DougHollingsworth

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  • 0 Helpful
March 16, 2015

Who owns it

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Reviewed by
Cary Underwood

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  • 6 Helpful
January 24, 2015

I'm getting different accounts of whether to visit this location or not. Some people are saying it's alright to visit, just bring a vest to avoid being shot. Others are saying not to go because cops watch the Fair, it's on private property, you'll be arrested for trespassing and this, that and the other. I'm fairly new to urban exploration and I'd really like to see this site. Any information regarding the actual availability of this location would be great.

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Reviewed by
kayla.witt.96

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  • 0 Helpful
January 23, 2015

DONT GO not worth it I went to look at the houses and got a trespassing charge! So did 10 other people! Just admire the pictures. But definitley will get charged if you are caught going there!!!!!!

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Reviewed by
vbrtrmn

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  • 0 Helpful
January 20, 2015

The land is listed on Stafford County GIS which links to the Stafford Public Access Assessment site. The owner is listed as "Best Industries, Inc." out of Springfield, VA. There is a Best Industries in Springfield listed in the Virginia State Corporation Commission site.

http://va-stafford-assessor.publicaccessnow.com/PropertySearch/PropertyDetails.aspx?p=59%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%2071A

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Reviewed by
thedaysleeper

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  • 0 Helpful
December 27, 2014

I spend my Christmas morning visiting this place & it was totally worth the drive. The fair is on a huge lot, (private property of course) but was completely run down and beautiful. The drive from the main road to the entrance is fairly quick, and there is so much to explore. Definitely wouldn't recommend climbing on any buildings or going inside, they were quite decayed and looked like they were ready to fall down. But if you decide to make this a stop on your trip it's totally worth it! You just have to bite the bullet and decide if it's worth getting arrested or not. Safe travels!

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Abandoned Renaissance Fair

1175 Kings Hwy
Fredericksburg, Virginia
22405 USA

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