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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...
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...
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...
Ellwood

Ellwood

This 18th century building was used as a Union headquarters during the May 5-6, 1864 Battle of the Wilderness. One year earlier, during the Battle of Chancellorsville, wounded men were cared for at the nearby; the most famous patient in the hospital was Confederate...
Old Salem Church

Old Salem Church

Salem Church was an important, yet often overlooked, part of The Battle of Chancellorsville. The church was used as a hospital by both sides, and it served as a civilian refugee center during the Battle of Fredericksburg. Today, this part of the battlefield has been...
Confederate Cemetery in Spotsylvania County

Confederate Cemetery in Spotsylvania County

Local women concerned about these unattended plots formed the Spotsylvania Memorial Association. In 1866 they established a Confederate Cemetery on five acres of land a half mile northeast of the Court House. The Association reburied nearly 600 soldiers from 10 states...
Trail To Freedom

Trail To Freedom

In the spring and summer of 1862, as many as 10,000 slaves crossed the Rappahannock River to freedom. The TRAIL TO FREEDOM retraces their route. HISTORY: Many slaves saw the arrival of the Union army in Stafford, opposite Fredericksburg, in April 1862 as a chance for...
Spotsylvania County Museum

Spotsylvania County Museum

The Museum relates County history from 1722 with its collection of artifacts and exhibits beginning with John Smith’s earliest expiration through the Civil War exhibit, “17 Days in May”, the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse.  You will enjoy learning the history...
Hallowed Ground Tours

Hallowed Ground Tours

Personal in-car or bus step-on service from the area’s Premier Tour Guide service is available for in-depth tours highlighting local history, from the area’s Colonial past through the Civil War era, and beyond. Visitors can walk among the sites, not just...
Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County National Military Park

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County National Military Park

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County National Military Park encompasses four major battlefields of the Civil War in which more than 100,000 Americans were either killed, wounded, or captured.   At the Battle of Fredericksburg, Union troops made repeated brave but...
George Washington’s Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm

George Washington’s Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the bulk of your tour of Ferry Farm will take place outside. Time inside the Washington house will be more limited than normal. Except for access to the restroom, our visitors center, museum gallery, and gift shop are closed. Please...
Chancellorsville Battlefield

Chancellorsville Battlefield

Chancellorsville is considered the greatest victory of General Robert E. Lee’s career.  Outnumbered more than two to one and outmaneuvered in the early stages of the battle, Lee, by daring and confidence in his troops, succeeded in throwing the Union army back...