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.
November 1-2, 2014, Chatham Manor: Trail to Freedom Join us for two days of events as part of Stafford County's Trail to Freedom. A concert, dramatic readings and performances, and walking tours on slavery at Chatham Manor will illuminate the importance of slavery and the journey to freedom in Stafford County. Free event. For more information on the Trail to Freedom and the November 1 program, check here.
November 1: On Saturday, November 1, the National Park Service will offer ongoing programming featuring an exploration of the slave history at Chatham and culminating with a dramatic presentation by noted performer Elliott Dash--"I Was Born a Slave," a portrayal of Fredericksburg slave John Washington in both words and music on the front lawn (river side) at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.
Park historians John Hennessy, Beth Parnicza, and Peter Maugle will join visitors to explore the history of slavery at Chatham continuously throughout the day, with programs commencing at 9:30 a.m. and continuing every half hour through 3:00 p.m. These tours will be synched with Mr. Dash's program to allow visitors to participate in both.
Visitors may drive to Chatham in their own vehicles or use one of the shuttles departing from the Stafford Government Center, which will depart at 30-minute intervals beginning at 9:00 a.m.
November 2: At 2:00 p.m. on the lawn at Chatham, famed local music historian and performer Jim Thomas will present "Songs from the Field." Mr. Dash will join Mr. Thomas in this performance. Mr. Thomas is the director of the American Red Cross Chorus, soloist at the Kennedy Center, and former member of the world famous Fisk Jubilee Singers of Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Thomas has spend years performing and researching slave spirituals. His presentation will include not simply the songs themselves, but interpretation of their symbolism and use by slaves.
Presentations will go on rain or shine. A performance tent will be available in case of rain.