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    Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania

    National Military Park Virginia

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Special Events

The following are special events scheduled for 2014 at the park or at institutions hosting programs by or in cooperation with park historical staff. For more information, including possible schedule changes due to inclement weather or other factors, please call the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor center at (540) 373-6122 and/or check the park's facebook page.

For more details on each event, check our Events Calendar.

Note: the list below does not include the park's popular, free History at Sunset programs that occur on Friday evenings each summer.

September 28, 2014, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. "Taming the Wilderness" at Ellwood Manor What was life like on Virginia's frontier in the 18th century? Join us for hands-on living history demonstrations of late 18th and early 19th century building methods and domestic practices. Living History demonstrations will be ongoing through the day, and the program features two special presentations: 1:30 - 2:00 p.m. Professor Gary Stanton (University of Mary Washington), "Architecture of Ellwood Manor," and 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Storyteller Sheila Arnold Jones, "Life as an Enslaved African American in Virginia."

October 4, 2014, 10:00 a.m.: USS Chancellorsville Plaque Presentation Join us on Saturday, October 4, at 10:00 a.m. for a remarkable presentation from the USS Chancellorsville to the National Park Service at the Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center. Captain Curt Renshaw, USN, Commanding Officer, USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) will address park staff, friends, and visitors from San Diego, California for the special occasion, and Commissioning Committee Chair Joe R. Wilson of the USS Chancellorsville will present an official ship's letter and a plaque from the ship's officers and crew to the National Park Service on the occasion of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Chancellorsville. Free event.

October 4, 2014, 10:00 a.m.: "Historic Photography on the Sunken Road: Then and Now" Join us on Saturday, October 4, at 10:00 a.m. for an exploration of Sunken Road photography led by local historian John Cummings. This free, hour-long program will gather at the far end of the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center parking lot (1013 Lafayette Boulevard). The tour will explore historic photography along the Sunken Road both during and after the Civil War by artists like Captain A. J. Russell, Dr. Reed Brockway Bontecou, and Frances Benjamin Johnston. Event is co-sponsored by the National Park Service and the Friends of Fredericksburg Area Battlefields.

Luminaria Program in National Cemetery
Memorial Day Luminaria Program in the National Cemetery




Did You Know?

Chatham Manor Gardens

Both Ellwood and Chatham were owned by the Lacy family during the Civil War. Both houses are part of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.