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I am a Civilian UAV pilot Just flew over it a few days ago
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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.
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.
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.
gravylaugh in reply to on September 8, 2014
Fresh Prince is there?!
Okay, I went out there at the end of August, VERY quick trip and no real exploration, as there are "no trespassing" signs posted everywhere. Someone decided to go out there 2 days ago and were caught by the hunters - THIS AREA IS BEING ACTIVELY USED BY BOW HUNTERS. They told them they found it on my Facebook page - I'm not responsible for anyone's free will, safety or stupidity. After a threatening phone call from the listing agent, and then a nice email from the trustee, I am posting that I HAVE been in contact with the OWNER and they have asked me to post that VIOLATORS WILL BE PROSECUTED. IT IS UNSAFE TO VISIT and the hunters will report violators.
And SpiralSlipping... I can give the realtor's information, but I can tell you this now, I have NEVER dealt with someone so unprofessional as that. You will NOT be granted permission to go out there. I already asked.
so join the hunting club problem solved
Confirmed hunters presence and it is a bug ridden place.
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.
HenryCTorrance in reply to on July 10, 2015
this faire was built by Disney after being rebuffed on a Civil War theme park, they were the silent backers and they gave the management "X" years of funding and that was it, after that it was supposed to be self sufficient. Sadly the management mis managed the funds and were left high and dry. The faire was litterally locked up and the merchants had to sneak back in to get their goods in some cases. This was a "turn key" operation, vendors unlike other festivals, did NOT build their own booths, the village was completely built and ready to open as a faire, and was locked up the same way. As for those that wish to join the hunt club, you should be aware that most hunt clubs are not just something you apply to and join, they are "good old boy" networks and you as an outsider are unlikely to get in. I for one would love to see someone take on the property and open another festival, since though the buildings may be in disrepair, the infrastructure is probably reasonable.
Midnight.Tree.Bandit in reply to on October 6, 2014
Jeff, I worked with several former cast members who went on to form the new Virginia Renaissance Faire at Lake Anna Winery, and all agree that ticket sales and weather had nothing to do with it (in fact, weather was beautiful in 98 and 99 before they closed). There may have been other reasons they were not getting cash flow, but it was a growing Faire and 4 years was not enough time to get a foothold (it was 5 years before the new VaRF turned a profit. Not sure how they lost money considering vendors had to contruct their own shops.
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.
emilys0urs in reply to on October 6, 2014
I second that question. I would definitely join any club to just see it. The realtors should set up tours or something, they would be making money from that instead of just letting it sit there!! I know plenty of people who would go. PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU ARE THE REALTOR!!!
Sammi.W.Oakley in reply to on August 12, 2014
Is there anyway to join said hunting or horse back riding club to get a peek inside? 😉
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
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.
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.
kangley in reply to on January 11, 2016
How come you didn't get charged? I want to go so badly!!
Is there a way to contact the owner for possible renting the site for a weekend?
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.
Really want to go would like as much info on this place and is it possible to get in?
I went to this Ren faire as a kid, really sad to have seen it go under.
msphoto, I'd be interested in the realtor's information as well if you still have it!
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! :)
Any idea what company or bank has it available for $7 million? Could anyone provide a link to that listing?
Its for sale at $299,900 THE BANK FORECLOSED
WHAT HAPPENED AT NIGHT? DEVIL WORSHIP?
Why are these types of places even listed on roadtrippers if it is expressly prohibited to visit? Is this a dare or are you hoping someone gets arrested in the process?
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.
Who owns it
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.
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!!!!!!
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.
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!