History & Culture

Living History volunteers demonstrate a line of cannon firing

Living History demonstration of a line of cannon firing at Spotsylvania Court House

NPS Photo / Buddy Secor

Preserve. Protect. Educate. Commemorate.

There are many ways to tell a story. At Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania, the National Park Service is tasked with telling a complex set of stories on a constantly changing landscape. The daily lives of people. The hopes and devastation wrought by war, followed by decades of restoration and remembrance. Stories of community and family. Stories of grief, bravery, and freedom. The story of creating a national park.

Explore the following pages to learn about the people, places, and stories that complicate our understanding of the past.

Be a part of telling these stories. Learn what the National Park Service and associated organizations are doing to preserve our nation's history, and how you can help. Also discover how to further your research into the Civil War, your family history, or the park.

 

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