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
The Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center will be closed Friday, March 7, and exhibits will be unavailable as we work on dismantling existing exhibits and prepare for new. The bookstore will remain open.
Park Purpose and Priorities
The purpose of the park is to preserve, maintain, protect and provide access to the cultural and natural resources of the Civil War battlefields of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House and associated sites and to interpret and commemorate them in the larger context of the Civil War and American History for the benefit and education of visitors and the general public.
Priority 1: Protect Cultural and Natural Resources: Protect, maintain and improve the condition of core cultural and natural resources, including buildings, landscapes, and archeological sites.
Priority 2: Prevent encroachment and protect the park from external development and traffic: Through cooperative planning, diligent monitoring, negotiation, partnerships, advocacy, and acquisition, protect the park from physical encroachment, increasing traffic, the negative impact of adjacent or nearby development, and incompatible recreational uses.
Priority 3: Improve and upgrade interpretive facilities and media: Replace or upgrade outdated media (A-V programs, waysides, exhibits, website, and publications) parkwide and ensure that visitor facilities, including roadsides and trails, enhance the visitors’ experience.
Priority 4: Safety: Ensure a safe environment for both employees and visitors.
Priority 5: Ensure orderly succession at adequate staffing levels: Plan for personnel succession and organizational change due to retirements and constrained budgets.
Priority 6: Improve visitor services: Expand the nature and reach of interpretive programs, educational programs, and special events to increase visitation and support for the park, better serve children, and illustrate the park’s relevance to 21st-Century visitors.
Did You Know?
Kenmore Mansion was the home of Betty Washington Lewis and her husband Fielding Lewis. Betty was the sister of George Washington. The house contains two rooms listed as being among the 100 most beautiful rooms in America. The house is open to the public.