Special Events

The following are special events scheduled 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.

June 6-7, 2015: Living History Weekend and Naturalization Ceremony at Chatham Manor

Chatham Manor, 120 Chatham Lane, 22405

The Civil War era comes alive on Saturday and Sunday, June 6-7, 2015, with live period music and special programs and activities. Living historians will portray soldiers, civilians, sutlers, surgeons, and the U.S. Sanitary Commission. There will be interactive presentations and firing demonstrations throughout the weekend—and visitors can join in the fun to learn how to drill like a soldier. The weekend will have many hands-on activities for the whole family to enjoy!

Events will start at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday with a unique walking tour conducted by Chief
Historian John Hennessy, looking at area slaves' quest for freedom.

The park is excited not only to recreate history, but to host history in the making. At 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, the office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will hold a Naturalization ceremony on the front lawn of Chatham. Come on out, join the fun, and welcome America's newest citizens!

Living history demonstrations will run from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Visitors will be able to explore a soldier encampment, and visit various stations where they can discover what it takes to join the Signal Corps, engineers, quartermasters, sutlers, or work in a field hospital or as an embalmer. Kids can join in a scavenger hunt, visiting all of these stations to earn a reward.

Upright monument to Andrew Humphreys lit by moonlight and candlelight during our annual National Cemetery Illumination

Annual Memorial Day Illumination in the Fredericksburg National Cemetery

NPS Photo


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