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Contact: John Hennessy, 540-693-3200 x 4010Last month the National Park Service kicked off a new weekend tour at Chatham—a 1771 plantation on Stafford Heights, overlooking the Rappahannock River and Fredericksburg. Due to the popularity of the program “Life of a Plantation: War, Freedom and Change”, park staff will add an afternoon tour time for the remainder of the summer. Visitors are invited to join a park ranger for a free guided tour offered every Saturday and Sunday at or through .
Chatham witnessed tumultuous and even violent transformations over the course of two centuries, and scars of the past still remain on the landscape. This 45-minute guided walk of the gardens and grounds at Chatham helps participants understand the site in the wider context of American history. Historians use personal stories of those who lived at Chatham, both enslaved and free, to explore topics like the Civil War, the search for freedom, life on the plantation, and more.
Chatham has enjoyed a rising number of visitors, with more than a 30% increase in the last five years. This formal program offers new and returning guests a new way to explore and enjoy this site. For questions or more information about this tour, visit the Plan Your Visit section of the website.