The Fredericksburg Dog Mart is decendent from an event that was established in 1698 to facilitate trade between the Pamunky Indians and the settlers of what would become Fredericksburg. The Indians would trade their produce and furs for the English hunting dogs the settlers raised. The annual event continued until the start of the Revolutionary War.
The Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce brought back the Dog Mart in 1927 and it became an annual event, held at the Maury School, until it was suspended during World War II. When The Dog Mart was brought back again after the war, The Izaak Walton League stepped up to run it. A delegation of 100 Pamunkey Indians from their reservation in nearby King William County and led by Chief T.D. Cook, attended the 1949 Dog Mart.
The event was moved to the Izaak Walton League Fredericksburg-Rappahannock Chapter Park in Spotsylvania County in the 1970's where it continues to the present day.
Please join us for the oldest dog event in the country! Events will include the Barrel Train, Dog Demonstrations, Hunting Dogs & Displays, Dog Judging Contest & Awards, Military Displays with Jeeps & Soldiers, Civil War Displays & Re-enactors, Great IWL Food, and a Patriotic Flag ceremony at 12 o’clock noon. There will also be Gun Displays, a Gun Raffle Give-Away, and Archery & Shooting Demos by the Manahoac Bowmen and much more! You can also meet Boy Scouts & learn what Scouting is about, Young Marines & learn what Marines do, and the SCA Medieval Group to learn about life in Medieval Times. There will also be a booth about the Fred-Rapp Chapter of the IWLA and Karate Demos!