“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.
I am a Civilian UAV pilot Just flew over it a few days ago
Enjoy the video its still there for now!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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