Chancellorsville Visitor Center Closed Beginning Dec. 23
The Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center will be closed for renovation work until March 15, when we expect to open on a limited basis. The information desk, restrooms, and bookstore will open then, but exhibits will be closed as we install new.
Exhibit renovations at Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center
Exhibits are currently unavailable at the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center, as we remove old exhibits and prepare the building for new exhibits in June 2014. The information desk, bookstore, and restrooms are available.
Plan A Field Trip
Before taking any field trip you should become familiar with the layout of the park and decide what you want the students to see. This may be accomplished with the help of the park staff. The park's education specialist, Peter Maugle, may be reached at (540) 654-5498 or via email here. See our webpage for tour options. To download a fillable reservation form, click here. Completed forms may be submitted to Peter at the email above, or by fax to him at (540) 654-5521. You will receive confirmation of your reservation within seven days.
You need to finalize plans with the park staff giving such information as to the day and approximate time of the field trip and the grade and number of students to be expected. For large groups it will be necessary to arrange a staggered schedule so that no more than one bus arrives at a site at a time. This will prevent overcrowding and allow the students a more relaxed environment in which to enjoy their visit.
Students will learn and enjoy their visit more if preparatory activities are done first. Review with them the schedule for the day. Go over the rules and regulations with your students and chaperones. Discuss your expectations for their conduct on this trip. To assist teachers, see our webpage of lesson plans for visiting the park.
Should it be necessary to cancel your visit, please contact the park as soon as possible. Our staff is scheduled based upon the needs expected on the days that groups will visit.
Picnicking facilities are extremely limited and there are no shelters in the park. Lunch plans might include a stop at local fast food businesses or a nearby community park.
Did You Know?
Both Ellwood and Chatham were owned by the Lacy family during the Civil War. Both houses are part of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.