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Traipse Walking Tours

Traipse Walking Tours

TAKE YOUR BRAIN FOR A WALK. Explore streetscapes, historic landmarks, and locally owned businesses while challenging your brain with fun puzzles and clues. Tours to take: African-American Heritage of Fredericksburg Tour provides an opportunity learn and reflect. This...
Helmet & Goggles Biplane Rides

Helmet & Goggles Biplane Rides

Fly over scenic Colonial Fredericksburg in an open-cockpit WWII biplane.  Aerial tours over the nearby Civil War Battlefields are also available.  Experience the sights and sounds of a historic Stearman PT-17 used to train WWII aviation cadets and see the...
Spotsylvania Court House Battlefields

Spotsylvania Court House Battlefields

Trail Length: 4.4 mile loop, with access to the 1.1 mile Bloody Angle Trail Skill Level: easy  Main Usage: walking, hiking, jogging, biking Scene of nearly two weeks of fighting, the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse reached a climax at the “Bloody...
Chatham Manor

Chatham Manor

Chatham is one of America’s most beautiful and historic houses.  Built in the 18th century by William Fitzhugh, the house served as a headquarters and hospital for the Union army during the Battle of Fredericksburg.  Ransacked during the Civil War, the house was...
James Monroe Museum

James Monroe Museum

The James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library, located in historic downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia, is the largest repository in the country for artifacts and documents related to the fifth president of the United States. The museum was first opened in 1927 by Monroe...
General Hugh Mercer Monument

General Hugh Mercer Monument

This bronze statue by Edward V. Valentine was erected in 1906 by the U.S. Government. In 1761, on the advice of Washington, Hugh Mercer opened an apothecary shop in Fredericksburg. Mercer was a general in the Revolutionary War and was killed at the Battle of Princeton...
Aquia Church

Aquia Church

A national historic landmark, built between 1751-1757, Aquia is one of the finest examples of colonial church architecture in Virginia, and one of the oldest churches still actively used in America. The church is noted for its Aquia stone trim, like what was quarried...
Fielding Lewis Store

Fielding Lewis Store

On the corner of Caroline and Lewis streets sits a small red brick building built in 1749. This building was originally the Fielding Lewis Store. Besides being one of the oldest buildings in America and the oldest in Fredericksburg, the Fielding Lewis Store can also...
Thorton Cemetery

Thorton Cemetery

The cemetery where some of the earliest settlers to the area (including some Washington family members) are buried is a small, handsome burial ground with notable ironwork and old monuments.
Fredericksburg Confederate Cemetery

Fredericksburg Confederate Cemetery

Six Confederate generals and more than 3,300 Southern soldiers lie buried here; 2,184 of them are unknown. A complete roster of known soldiers buried here can be found online. A life size zinc statue with granite base of a soldier on dress parade, an impressive...
Wilderness Exhibit Shelter

Wilderness Exhibit Shelter

The Battle of the Wilderness first pitted General Robert E. Lee against Union General Ulysses S. Grant in May of 1864. The battle turned the tide of the war as Grant continued his march, “On to Richmond.” The shelter exhibits explains the Battle of the...
Lee vs. Grant: The 1864 Campaign

Lee vs. Grant: The 1864 Campaign

Trace the route of Grant’s Overland Campaign beginning in Spotsylvania County for a revealing look at the fateful days of struggle during the Civil War. Lee vs. Grant is part of Virginia’s Civil War Trails, the most comprehensive driving tour undertaken by...
Massaponax Church

Massaponax Church

Massaponax Church was founded in 1788, and the church building was built in 1859. The original church was only the front portion of today’s church building. During the Civil War, the church was used as a headquarters for both the Confederate and Union armies, a...
Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site)

Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site)

In the mid 1800’s Shiloh Baptist was sold to its all black congregation for a sum of $500. Over the years the church grew and had several name changes. Today there are several Shiloh Baptist churches in the Fredericksburg area. During the Civil War, the original...
Spotsylvania Court House Historic District

Spotsylvania Court House Historic District

Spotsylvania County proudly shares a distinctive heritage that visitors can experience through our significant sites, markers and battlefields. Be sure to see the Spotsylvania Courthouse District, designated a Virginia Historic Landmark and listed in The National...
Spotswood Inn

Spotswood Inn

Spotswood Inn, ca. 1820, has been a school, post office, and tavern, as well as a popular inn. It served as military headquarters for General Jubal Early and as an observation point for General Robert E. Lee during the war. Restored.