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 by viewing artifacts, photographs and documents from the early Woodland Indians who were the original inhabitants of Spotsylvania through the Civil War in 1865, with a special emphasis on the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse in May 1864. Make this your stop prior to visiting the nearby Courthouse Battlefield.
Alexander Spotswood, colorful colonial governor, for whom the County is named is prominently displayed along with an English Bible Box/Writing Desk attributed to his family. Marquis de Lafayette shares a nearby wall in tribute to his heroism and courage at Yorktown after camping in Spotsylvania.
Learn about the citizens of the County, their struggles during the Civil War and the impact the terrible devastation of the fighting had on the years to follow.