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.
Our Social Media Team
Have you ever wondered about the faces behind the posts you see on our social media sites? Meet our social media team! These individuals share their insights, research, park views, and photos to help you connect to our battlefields from wherever you may be.
(bp) Born a true Mountaineer, Beth's passion for sharing Civil War history with the public drew her away from the mountains of West Virginia to the battlefields of "other" Virginia. Beth's love of the park began as an intern a few years ago, and she is thrilled to spark the same love and curiosity in visitors. Her work as a Park Historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania enables her to follow her consuming quest to understand people, modern and historical. How did men experience battle? How did the Civil War compel society to change?
When she isn't tromping the battlefields with visitors, you'll find her working on media or organizing volunteers and interns. Beth helped to initiate the park's first steps into the social media avenues of Facebook and Twitter, and you can catch her initials on Facebook posts and on the park's historians' Twitter.
(ejm) Eric began his career at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania NMP right out of college. His career has taken him to Gettysburg NMP, Manassas NBP, and Richmond NBP, but he always wanted to return to Fredericksburg. As the park's cultural resources manager, Eric enjoys working with the resources that define the park and its significance. In addition to the Fredericksburg area's Civil War history, Eric finds the park's developmental history fascinating as well. Until Boston's Fenway Park becomes a unit of the National Park Service, Eric is happy to make his home at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania NMP.
You'll find Eric's initials behind several Facebook posts--including the popular "Inside the Vault" historic photo series--and as a frequent author for the park's blog.
Noel G. Harrison came to history via his interests in railway grades, abandoned quarries, and sixties garage music, and to public history in Fredericksburg via degrees in history and historic preservation at the University of Mary Washington. Noel has worked as a historian at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park off and on since 1984, with excursions into a curator's job at the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center and stints as a fortysomething graduate student at the University of Virginia. He has published two books on the houses, house-sites, and other civilian landmarks of the Chancellorsville and Fredericksburg battlefields, and a number of booklets and articles on Virginia's military and transportation past, as well as on Civil War photogaphy and cycloramas.
Look for "Harrison" on our park blog for Noel's fascinating insights into photographs and sites.
JH John Hennessy is the Chief Historian/Chief of Interpretation of the park. He brings a passion for both history and interpretation, always looking for new and better ways to transfer the passion we feel for history to the hearts and souls of visitors. He's written a couple of books, but most of his energy these days is devoted to developing new media and new programming for the park. He's worked for the NPS for 25 years (starting at Manassas), with an intervening stint with the New York State Historic Preservation Office.
John is involved in almost all of the park's social media ventures. He pioneered much of the park's intial blogging forays (and continues to post stimulating thoughts and research), contributes to Facebook, and manages the parkwide Twitter account.
(adk) Andrea, more commonly known as Andie, started her NPS career at Women's Rights NHP while attending graduate school in Upstate New York. Ten years later, she moved to Fredericksburg with her husband, two-month-old baby, mother-in-law, and five lovebirds (we'll leave you to guess who suffered the most stress during that eight-hour drive). Andie is excited to join the staff of FRSP as a Park Historian. When she's not working, Andie can be found watching/reading anything sci-fi or staring bleary-eyed at the clock wondering how a baby can have so much energy at 3 in the morning.
Andie serves as our webmaster and may soon branch into our social media offerings.
Did You Know?
The park maintains a summer internship program. The program allows college students to work behind the information desk, as well as give tours of the battlefields and historic structures.