Richard Johnston Inn

711 Caroline Street Old Town, Fredericksburg, VA 22401-5903 USA (Show map)


The 1700's - a time of history, independence and glorious homes. Come to The Richard Johnston Inn located in the heart of Historic Fredericksburg, 3 blocks from the train station, for an unique, upscale 18th century inn. The Inn was constructed by architect, John Taylow, one of the original signers of The Declaration of Independence and served in the 1800's as the home of the mayor of Fredericksburg, Richard Johnston. The award winning Richard Johnston Inn still reflects the charm and grace of a past era while providing all of the amenities for the comfort of our guests.




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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.6

A perfect weekend

5 on June 20, 2016

We were so comfortable and relaxed at 1890 Caroline House. The house was beautifully decorated and Cheryl and Cynthia made us fee right at home. Everything was perfect. I couldn't ask for more.

A very wonderful stay

5 on June 16, 2016

The room was beautiful, the breakfast was outstanding and the people there were very friendly and pleasant. I highly recommend this place.

A quick anniversary getaway

4.6 on June 11, 2016

A quick anniversary getaway I wanted to do something special for my wife for our first anniversary and the Richard Johnston Inn more then fulfilled my wishes. The Manager is exceptionally attentive and caring and goes above and beyond to make sure everything is just right. The common areas are beautifully decorated and arranged and if you're coming here to absorb history it get you in the mood right away. I cannot more highly recommend a place to stay in Fredericksburg then the Richard Johnston Inn. Nick from Williamsburg


5 on May 30, 2016

We celebrated our Anniversary here and it was perfect! The inn is beautiful and located right downtown within walking distance to quaint little shops and restaurants. The staff was so sweet and breakfast was delicious! I highly recommend this inn for your Fredericksburg visit!


5 on April 10, 2016

In addition to the perfect location, beautiful room, and wonderful breakfast, as a woman traveling alone, I felt absolutely welcome and safe in this lovely inn.

Great Stay!

4.4 on April 02, 2016

Convenient location near shops, restaurants, and the train station, the Inn has lovely rooms, a friendly and helpful staff, good amenities, a pretty patio, and plenty of off-street parking. They serve a tasty breakfast.

A Lovely Weekend!

5 on March 16, 2016

I recently stayed at the Richard Johnston Inn. My only regret, is that I could not stay longer than one night. The room that we stayed in (The Virginian) was well-kept, inviting, and cozy. The staff was incredible, welcoming us as family and helping us feel at home during our stay. In the morning, a wonderful spread of food had been prepared and we enjoyed the company of another couple staying at the Inn. Despite never staying at a bed and breakfast before, I think my husband and I will never step foot in another conventional hotel again! A huge thank you to the staff at the Richard Johnston for giving us a wonderful weekend experience.

Anniversary Celebration

5 on December 31, 2015

The Richard Johnson Inn has been our favorite B&B for years. The location in Old Town Fredericksburg, couldn’t be better. The beautiful courtyard in the back is private yet spacious and open, and all the rooms are spacious and beautifully appointed with upscale country charm. The home is rich with colonial style architecture, woodwork and furnishings. The breakfast meals were customized to our preferences and excellently prepared. But most of all, the best thing was the very, friendly warmth of the entire staff. They were very accommodating and professional in caring for their guests. Innkeeper Cheryl set the standard high for the rest of the staff in the way she went “above and beyond” seeing to not only the needs but also the desires of the guests in a very professional, yet personable, warm, laid back sort of way. We felt relaxed and at home almost immediately. We will definitely be going back for our next vacation. Smokey & Linda Winstead Manassas VA

Richard Johnston Inn

5 on March 20, 2014

The Inn is very conveniently located in downtown Fredericksburg. The inn personnel were very helpful and friendly. It appears that there has been a change of on-site management as some of the amenities normally expected at this inn on check-in were not available. No one was able to show us to our room, there was no explanation of if, or where, coffee, sodas, etc. were available after hours, no explanation of any of the common rooms, etc.. There was a problem with the temperature control in the inn during our stay (rooms on one side of the facility were too cold while ours was too warm). There was no local, in room temperature control (the thermostat was locked) so it became quite uncomfortable overnight. This was tolerated well, however and I would still stay here again (perhaps in a different room location). A delicious breakfast was served in the dining room in the morning and again, the staff was great, service was superb and the interaction with the other guests was terrific.

Look no further!

4.2 on May 11, 2013

My wife wanted to go to Fredericksburg for our 37th anniversary. I found the Richard Johnston Inn and the Caroline House (where we stayed) online. They are both centrally located in Old Town Fredericksburg with easy parking---we parked right in front of the Caroline House both nights. They are operated by the same people. Our room was great--roomy, clean, and lots of automation. Only complaint was the street noise from Caroline Street at night...sounded like our windows were open and could hear conversations of people walking down the street, plus every car that passed. This is the ONLY thing I can think of that wasn't superb. The breakfast at the Richard Johnston Inn was fabulous. Lindi was very friendly and warmly welcomed us each day. We enjoyed talking with the other guests each morning at breakfast. I'm a cheapskate, so I always wince when I get the bill (high or low), but my wife was VERY PLEASED, and in the end, that's all that matters. When we return to Fredericksburg in the future, there's a very high probablility that we'll stay at one of these places. I cannot recommend and endorse it highly enough.

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Rooms & Rates

#01 The Loft

The Loft is a private 2 level suite overlooking the courtyard with a king size bed in the loft, living room area, kitchen nook, 2 tvs and full bath with a jetted tub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

#02 Old Town

The Old Town has a hand painted mural depicting Historic Fredericksburg on the wall behind the king size bed. This room is on the third floor/top of the house, with a full, private en-suite bath. Due to the distinct shape of this room, the shower headroom is slightly lower than in our other rooms.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

#04 Frejus

The Frejus is named for our sister city in France with a hand painted mural of a French Chateau on the wall behind the bed. This is a king size room on the third floor/top of the house, with a full private en-suite bath. Due to the distinct shape of this room, the shower headroom is slightly lower than in our other rooms.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

#05 Virginian

The Virginian is beautifully decorated in red, white and blue, This is a Queen size room on the second floor overlooking Caroline Street with a full, private en-suite bath.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

#10 Isabella's Suite

The Isabella's Suite is located off of the courtyard and contains a living room, small kitchen and eating area. The bedroom has two queen size beds and large bath with a jetted tub. Additional Adults/Children (Children under 12 free) - $30 extra per person, per night. Pets - $50 extra per pet per night (2 pet max)

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

#101 William Riley Suite

The William Riley Suite has a private entrance that brings you into the living room with a gas fire place which also faces the king size bedroom. Relax in a Jacuzzi or enjoy the large shower. This suite also has its own private entrance to the courtyard. Handicap accessible.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

#103 Luke Henry

The Luke Henry has the original antique wall mirror that graces this mauve king size bedroom with a Jacuzzi tub, and shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

#06 Peyton Mae

The Peyton Mae is decorated in blue and white. This is a Queen size room overlooking the courtyard with a full, private bath across the hall.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

#07 Olivia's Room

The Olivia's Room invites you to relax under a canopy bed in this room decorated in greens and creams overlooking Caroline Street. A Queen size room with a full, private en-suite bath.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

#09 Kitchen House

The Kitchen House is located off of the courtyard, and features the original wood stove to the home. It has the original brick floor and is furnished with 2 queen size beds and a large bath with jetted tub. Additional Adults/Children (Children under 12 free) - $30 extra per person, per night. Pets - $50 extra per pet per night (2 pet max)

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

#08 Canopy Room

The Canopy Room contains a beautiful canopy, queen size bed in a lovely rose colored room overlooking the courtyard with a full, private bath across the hall.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

#102 Sawyer Scott

The Sawyer Scott is upstairs in the front of Caroline Street. This room features a luxurious king size bed nestled in a grand bay window overlooking historic Caroline Street. Decorated in Black and White, this suite offers a large, jetted claw foot soaking tub and an electric fireplace.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

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Location Type

Downtown, Small town, Urban, Waterview


Washington DC, DC (DCA-Ronald Reagan National) 55 miles

Directions to property:

From I95 exit 130a, get in the left hand lane to William Street. Follow William Street to Sophia, take a right. Our parking area is 3 blocks down on your right hand side. WELCOME!

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Belmont Estate, Rising Sun Tavern, Kenmore Mansion, Fredericksburg Battlefield, Chatham Estate, Trolley Tours, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Tours, University, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Historic Inn, Boutique Hotel, Apartment

On-site amenities

Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Microwave, Movie library, Outdoor grilling, Parking, Secretarial services, Telephone, Walk to mass transit, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , catering available, on-site meeting, private parties

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Library, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Videos, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Historic Museums, Historic Museums, Historic Museums, Historic Museums, Historic Museums, Historic Museums, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 3 PM - 6 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Children are welcome in The Isabella Suite & Kitchen House
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes In two rooms, Isabella Suite and Kitchen House
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: certain weekends
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One nights deposit will secure your reservation request
  • Cancellations: Cancellation outside of ten days of arrival offers a refund, less $25.00 cancellation fee. Refund pro-rated if a cancellation is requested within 10 days of arrival and will include a $25 cancellation fee as well.



Cheryl Conarty

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About the innkeepers

Owners of The Richard Johnston Inn & 1890 Caroline House

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Continental & Hot Breakfast

  • Time Served: 8am-9:30am
  • Serving Location: Our patio area is available for breakfast too! , Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , We make every effort to acoomodate dietary needs and restrictions - to include gluten free, diabetic and vegetarian.

Signature Dish

Fresh Seasonal Frittata
We offer a sweet as well as savory dishes for our main course and the Seasonal Frittata allows us to serve what is seasonal and fresh - This dish begins with goat cheese and then veggies - Corn, Basil & Leeks, Artichoke & Roasted Red Peppers, Spinach & Mushroom, Asparagus & Roasted Red Peppers . . . and served with oven roasted red potatoes and breakfast meats.