• Sunken Road, Stone Wall and Innis House

    Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania

    National Military Park Virginia

Places

In addition to the park visitor centers at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, there are four historic buildings that are open to the public. Chatham is open daily, the others less often depending upon the time of year.

* Chatham Manor is a stately colonial mansion with beautiful gardens and views of old town Fredericksburg and the Rappahannock River. The house was a major Union headquarters and hospital during the Civil War. It is possible that no home in America has a longer list of famous people who have walked the floors of this historic building. Half of the ten rooms have exhibits and docents are on hand to give tours and answer questions. It is also the park headquarters. It is open daily 9:00-4:30.
* Salem Church is a Baptist Church that served as a refugee center for the citizens of Fredericksburg during the Battle of Fredericksburg. During the Chancellorsville Campaign, on May 3, 1863, fighting surged around the church. In the aftermath of the fighting the church was used as a hospital by the Confederates. The church is open seasonally, but the grounds are open daily from sunrise to sunset.
* Stonewall Jackson Shrine is where Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson died on May 10, 1863. After being wounded at Chancellorsville on May 2, Jackson was transported to Guniea Station to await the repair of the railroad which would send him to a hospital in Richmond. He developed pneumonia and died. The room he died in contains the original bedframe, blanket and clock. The building is open daily from 9:00-5:00 through October 28. From October 29 through early April, the building will be open on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays only. The grounds are open daily from sunrise to sunset. When the buidling is open, historians tell visitors about the last days of Jackson's life.
* Ellwood Manor was used as a hospital by the Confederates during the Chancellorsville Campaign and as a headquarters and hospital by the Union during the Wilderness Camapign. "Stonewall" Jackson's arm is buried in the family cemetery. The pastoral grounds around Ellwood are a pleasant change to the urban sprawl and nosiy traffic that dominates the Fredericksburg area. The building and grounds are open from 11:00-5:00 seasonally, usually on weekends in the spring and fall and daily in summer. At all other times to visit the grounds you must register your vehicle at the Chancellorsville Visitor Center where you will receive a pass and directions.

 
Chatham Manor
Chatham Manor
 
Salem Church
Salem Church
 

Did You Know?

Chatham Manor Gardens

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.