Possible closure of Tredegar Visitor Center
Due to construction, our visitor center at Historic Tredegar may be closed occasionally. This may continue over the next week or two. Rangers are still on duty to greet visitors in the Education Building next door. Signs will direct you.
Richmond National Battlefield Park Commemorates The Seven Days that Saved Richmond
Contact: Mike Andrus, 804 226-1981 x. 30
Richmond National Battlefield Park will present a series of talks, tours and living history programs to commemorate the 146th anniversary of the Seven Days Battles around Richmond. The week-long series will begin on June 26 at the Civil War Visitor Center at Tredegar Iron Works, and will end with a tour on July 1 of the Malvern Hill battlefield. Each program will begin at 7 p.m.; all battlefield tours are expected to last one and a half hours.
In the spring of 1862 George McClellan led the Union army to the gates of Richmond. Confederate General Joseph Johnston lay convalescing in the city, suffering from wounds received at the battle of Seven Pines on May 31. President Davis turned to his military advisor, Robert E. Lee, to take command of the forces defending the beleaguered capital. On the anniversary date of these momentous events, please join us as we walk the same fields the soldiers fought on.
All events are free. Visitors wishing to attend the evening walks should wear comfortable walking shoes (no flip-flops, please). Insect repellent is also recommended. Call 226-1981 for directions to the battlefield sites or go to the address page on the park web site for a list of street addresses.
Did You Know?
Scattered throughout the Richmond area are 58 historic markers erected by the Richmond Battlefield Markers Association beginning in the 1920’s. One of its members was Douglas Southall Freeman, editor for the Richmond News Leader and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Robert E. Lee.