The space you are standing in is historic Market Square. When Fredericksburg was created in 1728, seven leading landowners in Spotsylvania County were appointed to design the town. The men set aside this block for use by the Anglican Church and the public market, In its early years, the square was the site of numerous activities such as fairs and militia musters. After the Revolution, the town council created and ran a market in this space for "? the sale and vending of all manner of cattle, victuals, provisions, goods, wares and merchandizes whatsoever." This outdoor market continued to operate in the Square until the late 19th century. Today, this small space is all that is left of Fredericksburg's original market place.