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.
Your Dollars At Work
Click here for a PDF file version of the park accomplishments for 2008.
Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania NMP
$3.8 million budget
65 permanent/term/seasonal staff
1249 volunteers working 31,601 hours
$25,682,000 spent by non-local visitors in local
Hired 13 seasonal workers with Centennial funds.
$250,000 of Friends of Wilderness Battlefield funds and in-kind service were matched by $246,500 of Centennial Challenge funds for the restoration and interpretation of Warren’s Headquarters (Elwood) on Wilderness Battlefield.
Received $60,000 in Centennial Challenge funds to create a digital map of the Fredericksburg Battlefield.
With the help of a dedicated team of volunteers, completed digitizing and indexing more than 500 volumes of obscure or unpublished primary source material.
Completed restoration work on three rooms at Warren’s Headquarters (Ellwood).
Supported the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust in their successful effort to acquire and sell historic Braehead with a protective easement.
Improving Visitor Experience:
Presented a wide variety of programs in support of the 145th Anniversaries of the battles of Fredericksburg (December ’07) and Chancellorsville (May ’08).
Commenced a project to develop six podcasts with associated online tours. This work is being done with the University of Virginia’s Center for Digital History.
Continued installing new wayside exhibits. More than 70 are now in place.
Signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Spotsylvania County regarding a proposed cell tower. The agreement contained mitigation measures for the park.
Participated in local Sesquicentennial plans with Spotsylvania County and Stafford County and the City of Fredericksburg.
Provided major assistance to the Fredericksburg Area Museum in the development of the Civil War component of their new facility.
Supported with public presentations the major re-enactment sponsored by Spotsylvania County on the newly protected May 1, 1863 battlefield at Chancellorsville.
Engaged Spotsylvania County Schools in the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program, a highly successful experiment that energized the park and the teacher involved in the program.
Worked the City of Fredericksburg in developing its first Preservation Plan.
Had an Environmental Audit performed by a contractor, Prism, early in the fiscal year. Overall the park faired well.
Completed Core Operations Analysis. While no major savings were identified, it was a useful exercise in reassuring us that our efforts are focused on our core mission.
Began General Management Plan process.
The new General Foreman was instrumental in revitalizing the division safety program. New weekly tailgate safety sessions and monthly safety meetings are performed on a regular basis and the crew had no lost time incidents this year.
Did You Know?
Marye's Heights is what Civil War soldiers called the high ground immediately west of Fredericksburg. It would be more accurate to call it Willis Heights. The heights consisted of two hills where the Willis and Marye families lived prior to the war. Willis Hill is the larger of the two hills.