In 1980, Fredericksburg, Virginia became a sister city to Fréjus, France, a small city founded by Julius Caesar in 44 BCE, on the French Riviera located between Cannes and San Tropez. Remnants of Roman architecture from that timeframe can still be found there.
Fréjus Place in Fredericksburg is a small park that celebrates the bond between the two cities. It features a small plaque in a sitting area with benches, a wall with additional plaques, and a sundial that was given to Fredericksburg by Fréjus in 2005 to celebrate their 25th anniversary as a sister city. There is also a small garden that adds ambiance and beauty to the small park.
In addition, there are two historical markers in the park that shed light on events related to the American Civil War that occurred in Fredericksburg.
Fredericksburg displayed solidarity with France, flying the French flag throughout the city during the 35th-anniversary celebration of their sister city relationship with Fréjus in 2015. The two cities share a student exchange program and residents of each town regularly travel to attend festivities in the sister city to celebrate milestone anniversaries.
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Smoking, littering and trespassing after dark are prohibited. The park is open daily from 8 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.