Abandoned Virginia Renaissance Faire – Fredericksburg, Virginia - Atlas Obscura
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Fredericksburg, Virginia

Abandoned Virginia Renaissance Faire

The remains of a failed attempt at medieval nerdery are hidden deep in the woods of Virginia. 

Only open in their Fredericksburg location from 1996 to 1999, the Virginia Renaissance Faire attempted to create a replica medieval square where dads could be bards and bards wouldn’t be laughed at, but today all that remains are the tick-infested, mouldering husks of those bygone fantasies.

Built deep in the Virginia wilderness both to create an immersive atmosphere and to hide their shame, the Virginia Renaissance Faire attempted to create the illusion of a bustling feudal port. Multiple buildings were erected in the style of medieval European architecture with towers and improbable buildings on stilts. There was even a replica sailing ship sitting in the small pond on the lot, where performers would put on small shows and entertainments.

Unfortunately the swampy land and muggy climate proved a bit too much for the normal ren-fest crowds and after just two seasons of waning profits, the faire shuttered its gates and abandoned the regal site as it stood. Many of the decorations and props were moved to a similar operation in Wisconsin, but the structure were simply left in place to rot.

Today the Virginia Renaissance Faire has moved its festivities to another nearby location but the old locations still stand, slowly being overgrown and falling apart. Adventurous explorers have rediscovered the hidden ruins a number of times over the years reporting more decay, graffiti, and even paintball damage. Recently a drone pilot even recorded a scenic fly-over of the site. It must be noted that the abandoned buildings are located on private property which is also frequented by hunters so visiting is prohibited. Not even full plate mail can stop bullets and trespassing tickets.   

 

Know Before You Go

This property is under surveillance and regularly monitored by Stafford County Sheriffs Dept. Anyone caught trespassing will be prosecuted. The old buildings on site are all badly deteriorated, falling down, and extremely unsafe. A sportsman's club utilizes the property for hunting, shooting, and recreational activities year-round.