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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...
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.
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...
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.
Spotsylvania Jail 1855

Spotsylvania Jail 1855

The masonry Jail that visitors see today was built in 1855 after the 1839 Jail, positioned closer to the Courthouse, burned in 1853. The exterior brick walls are two feet thick. The Jail is open during special events where you can get a picture behind the iron bars....
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...
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...
Government Island

Government Island

Trail length: 1.5 mile loop Skill level: easy Main usage: walking, hiking, trail running See the Quarry where the stone that was used to build two of the nation’s most significant buildings – the White House and the U.S. Capitol – was sourced....
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...
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...
Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop

Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop

This 18th-century building restored as the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop presents a vivid living history interpretation of colonial medical practices. Visitors can hear about the popular treatment of the day for a lady’s hysteria or a medicine so potent that it would,...
Chancellorsville Battlefield

Chancellorsville Battlefield

Located 13 miles west of Fredericksburg, the area around this visitor center was the scene of the accidental wounding of Confederate General “Stonewall” Jackson in the May 1863 battle known as Robert E. Lee’s greatest victory of the Civil War. Audio-visual program,...