The Richard Johnston Inn Bed & Breakfast

711 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401
Innkeeper(s): Lindi Calegari
  • Introduction

    Dining RoomThe 1700s-a time of history, independence and glorious homes. Come to the Richard Johnston Inn in Old Towne Fredericksburg for a unique, upscale 18th century inn.

    John Taylow, architect, and one of the original signers of The Declaration of Independence, constructed this unique, upscale 18th century Inn in 1770. In the 1800’s, it served as the home of the mayor of Fredericksburg, Richard Johnston. The award winning Inn offers seven beautifully appointed guest rooms, 2 suites and caters to small, intimate weddings and other special events in our courtyard or parlors. Fredericksburg is a beautiful, quaint restored town and the battlefield tour allows you to understand the street to street fighting that took place” Located in the heart of this is a wonderful Bed and Breakfast, The Richard Johnston Inn and The 1890 Caroline House are located in the heart of Historic Fredericksburg, across the street from the Fredericksburg Visitors Center and just blocks away from historic sites such as Mary Washington’s House, Fredericksburg Museum, the Rising Sun Tavern, unique shops and a variety of wonderful restaurants.

    ParlorNew Addition For Our Guests:
    Relax and revitalize yourself after a long trip with massage therapy by Ms. Christina Culley here at The Richard Johnston Inn. By appointment only, please inquire when you make your reservations.


    Chosen by Southern Living Readers Choice Awards as "One of the Best Bed and Breakfast in the South"

    Voted "The Best of Washington for Weekend Get Aways" by The Washingtonian


    Voted "Best in the Burg" by readers of the local newspaper, The Front Porch

    Featured on WUSA TV with reporter Jan Fox as "One of the Most Romantic Inns in Virginia"

    The Washington Post states: "In less than an hour from Washington, you can feel far, far away by visiting Historic Fredericksburg and The Richard Johnston Inn."

    The Perfect Place for Meeting With FriendsThe seven rooms and two suites, all with private baths, have been decorated with antiques, luxurious linens and oriental rugs. We now offer wireless, highspeed internet access to our guests at no charge - great for corporate guests or corporate meetings.

    "Gift Certificates Available"

    $150 Gift Certificate includes one glass etched Richard Johnston Inn coffee mug
    $250 Gift Certificate includes 2 glass etched Richard Johnston Inn coffee mugs

    The Richard Johnston Inn along with Old Towne Fredericksburg makes an ideal get away for a vacation, weekend retreat, business trip or conference. We are located just two blocks from the Amtrak Station, and only an hour by train from Washington, D.C. There are many activities for you to enjoy including carriage and trolley tours, a cruise on the Rappahannock River or a walking/driving tour of historic Fredericksburg.

    Relax By The Fire

    Experience the charm of our candlelight courtyard, stroll to wonderful restaurants featuring everything from elegant French or Italian cuisine to simple Southern cooking, shop to your hearts content in our numerous antique and gift shops, or just relax and wake in the morning to freshly brewed coffee and baked goods being served in the large Federal style dining room set with fine china, silver, crystal and linens.

    The Courtyard

    The city of Fredericksburg has over two hundred years of our nation's history, beginning with George Washington's boyhood home, Ferry Farm, which is located just across the Rappahannock River. As you continue through town there are historic homes and museums to explore as well as the Fredericksburg Battlefield, Confederate Cemetery, churches, and many other interesting sites. Among these are local wineries.



    We look forward to your visit! We answer the phones between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST., or you may email us inquiring about availability.


  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Linda Calegari and Bonnie De Lelys for sharing their own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Pleasure, leisure, special occasions: anniversaries, birthday, wedding nights or just for fun!

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We have two Historical properties/Voted best in the South by Southern Living /Romantic Homes Magazine 2011.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Historic Fredericksburg Virginia is the Most Historic City in America.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    “Five star service and five star Staff. ”

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Our sister property is The 1890 Caroline House, The Most Luxurious Bed & Breakfast in Historic Downtown Fredericksburg Virginia.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    So many things to choose from we can actually customize packages. Trolley tours, horse drawn carriage tours, museums, dining, shopping, antiquing, relaxing, picnics, concerts, dinner theater.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Yes, we are centrally located on the Main Street of Historic Fredericksburg Virginia, 711 Caroline Street.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Bistro Bethem, La Petite Aurberge, Restaurante Renato’s, Foode, to name just a few.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    The Fredericksburg area Guide Book.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    12 rooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    Yes we have rooms that accommodate children and pets.


  • The 1890 Caroline House (our sister property)

    THE 1890 CAROLINE HOUSE - located 1 block from the train station on the main street of Historic Fredericksburg. Built in 1890 and purchased at auction by Jackie and Chuck Leopold March 17th, 2006. The Caroline House has the perfect marrige of new-world amenities and old-world charm.

    We offer you 3 elegant rooms with Jacuzzi tubs, exquisite hand-made mosaic showers, king size beds, quality linens and amenities.

    The home is located one block from the train station servicing Amtrak and VRE to Washington and Richmond.

    Breakfast is served from 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

    See the available rooms and suites at the Caroline House

    If you are planning a Fredericksburg vacation or business meetings in Fredericksburg, Washington, DC or Richmond, enjoy the comforts of an exquisite home in historic Fredericksburg. Perfect for parents of the wedding party, family reunions or friends getting together.

    Extended Stays:
    Relocating, looking for an extended stay, The 1890 Caroline House offers your choice of 3 rooms and use of the kitchen.  Call for current rates.
    Sorry, we do not accommodate children or pets - see The Richard Johnston Inn for these accommodations


  • Weddings


    Reserve The Historic Richard Johnston Inn and The 1890 Caroline House

    9 rooms and 3 suites

    We offer you the flexibility of having your event when you want it at an historic property with affordable pricing and personal service. Relax with family and friends in our common areas or outside in our courtyard, which comfortably seats 40 - 50 guests. Courtyard weddings may be booked from May 1st-October 15th. We can accommodate 30-40 guests inside at The Richard Johnston Inn.

    The Richard Johnston Inn and The 1890 Caroline House are historic properties located in the heart of Fredericksburg, Virginia for intimate weddings and small events. Pricing includes the rental of all 12 rooms with double occupancy, use of the courtyard and Inn (not including the kitchen) from 5 p.m. Friday evening until 11 a.m. Sunday. Please call Lindi-Ann Calegari to make an appointment and discuss your special day.

    A full breakfast is served from 8 a.m.- 9:30 a.m. Monday-Sunday.
    Catering provided by a licensed caterer
    Large off street parking area for our guests
    You may bring in your own beverages without a bottle fee
    Use of a 20 X 30 enclosed tent with a 15 X 15 dance floor
    Wedding cake cut and served at no charge
    Champagne or Sparkling Cider for each guest

  • Business Travelers

    The Richard Johnston Inn has location, amenities, breakfast from 8- 9:30 a.m.
    and a large private parking area behind the Inn

    The Richard Johnston understands you have a corporate budget. We offer our business travelers a 10% corporate discount based on single occupancy Sunday through Thursday evenings with arrangements for late arrivals and early departures.

    We are located just minutes from I-95 in the heart of Historic Fredericksburg and within walking distance to wonderful restaurants and shops.

    Business Travelers Amenities: We have installed high speed Internet access in all guest suites along with a multi- purpose plug and have a laptop computer with a printer you can use in our living room. A copier and fax are also available. We also offer "On Site Meeting" specials for corporate meetings

    Please give us a call and see what a difference a Bed and Breakfast can make in your busy day!

  • Kid Friendly

    Children over 12 are welcome at The Richard Johnston Inn Bed & Breakfast for an additional charge of $30 per child.  Special arrangements may be made for younger children with no additional charge.

  • Pets Welcome

    We "Welcome" and accommodate pets in 2 rooms off of the courtyard,
    (The Kitchen House and Isabella's Suite) with an additional $50 fee.
    Charge payable in cash. The pet must be on a flea control medication,
    you must take the pet with you when you leave the room and we do ask where the pet sleeps.

  • How to Find Us



    From I-95 North or South:

    Take exit 130A and get into the left lane of traffic to William Street.
    Turn left onto William and go 17 blocks to Sophia Street, turn right and our parking area is three blocks down on your right hand side.

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