George Washington at Chatham
Although he is usually associated with Mount Vernon on the Potomac River, George Washington spent much of his youth at Ferry Farm on the Rappahannock River, several hundred yards downstream from Chatham. He often returned to Fredericksburg to visit his family and friends. On many occasions George Washington visited Chatham to see his good friend William Fitzhugh. On April 29, 1786, Washington recorded in his diary that he had "set out from the Bowling Green a little after sunrise. Breakfasted at General Spotswood's. Dined at my Sister Lewis' in Fredericksburg and spent the evening at Mr. Fitzhugh's of Chatham." During Washington's visits, he enjoyed the lavish hospitality and entertainment for which Fitzhugh was well noted.
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Did You Know?
In 2003, a monument to the 7th Michigan Infantry was placed where that unit crossed the Rappahannock River into the streets of Fredericksburg. It was the first Union regiment to cross the river during the Battle of Fredericksburg.The monument is on Sophia Street at the foot of Hawke Street.