Stafford County Churches Remember the Civil War
For Immediate Release – August 19, 2013
Contact:John Hennessy, NPS, at( 540) 371-0802 or
Dennis Sacrey, Fredericksburg Baptist Church, (540) 373-4402
Churches Remember The Civil War—Stafford County
A Unique Sesquicentennial Event
September 21, 2013
The Fredericksburg-Stafford-Spotsylvania Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee announces the presentation of "Churches Remember—Stafford County" a special day-long event on September 21, 2013, that will give visitors access to several of Stafford County's Civil War- and Reconstruction-era churches, while each congregation tells its own story in its own way, using music, images, and talks.
Because of the distances involved and the shortage of parking at several sites, the program is accessible by bus only.
Reservations for the day-long event can be made by calling the Fredericksburg Battlefield bookstore, at 1103 Lafayette Boulevard, Fredericksburg, 540 372-3034.The cost of the event is $45, and includes transportation to each church and lunch.Reservations must be made by September 17.Because of the small capacity of a couple of the churches, registration is limited to 100.
"Churches Remember—Stafford" is the follow-up to 2012's highly successful program in Fredericksburg, which attracted well over 1,000 visitors."All of the churches in our community have an important story to tell," said Dennis Sacrey, head of the work group organizing the event. "Their experiences are a vivid window on this region's experience during the Civil War and Reconstruction."
The "Churches Remember" programs are believed to be the only programs of their kind being undertaken anywhere during the Civil War Sesquicentennial.The programs highlight both the wartime experiences of the churches and the emergence of African American churches in the postwar period.
The program begins at 9 a.m. Attendees should gather at Hartwood Presbyterian Church,
50 Hartwood Church Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22406.
The bus will depart from Hartwood Church and return there at day's end.
The churches and programs include:
Hartwood Presbyterian Church: "No Sanctuary: The Occupation of Stafford and Hartwood Presbyterian Church"
Mount Olive Baptist Church: "A Recollection Past and Present"
White Oak Primitive Baptist Church:"A Shelter in the Storm: From Saving Souls to Saving Lives"
Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church: "Civil War to Civil Rights Through the Eyes of Gordon White"
Briefer visits will also be made to three other churches:
Berea Baptist Church: "A Safe Harbor in a Sea of Change"
Union Church:"The Iconic Symbol and Centerpiece of the Falmouth Community"
Bethel Baptist Church:"Reconciliation and the Birth of a Church"
Did You Know?
John Lee Pratt willed his house and 30 acres to the National Park Service. His remaining land was willed to Stafford County for recreational parks and most of his possessions were auctioned with the proceeds going to charity.