Special Events

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The park holds many special events throughout the year!

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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 park at 540-693-3200 and/or check the park's facebook page.

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

Missed a program you really wanted to attend? Check to see if it was livestreamed, and watch from the comfort of your own home!

This listing contains events either within the park, or events hosted or facilitated by park staff or one of our partners. Looking for other Civil War events in the Fredericksburg area? Check out the Fredericksburg community event calendar for more!

Note: The list below does not include the park's popular, free History at Sunset programs that occur on Friday evenings each summer, or our Fit-History Hiking Series in the spring and fall.

Events are added as dates and times are confirmed. Please check back as event dates draw nearer for more details.


155th Anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg

December 9-10, 2017


On Saturday, December 9th and Sunday, December 10th, join the National Park Service to commemorate the 155th Anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg with historian-led programs.

This year’s programming combines traditional battle walks and more topical programs. See the full schedule of events below:

Saturday, December 9th: (NOTE: All programming scheduled for Saturday, December 9th has been cancelled due to the potential for inclement weather)

11 a.m.: Men fell like leaves in autumn:” The Fight for Prospect Hill

Explore the southern end of the Fredericksburg Battlefield, where Union troops were able to penetrate the Confederate defensive line. Program will last about 90 minutes. Meet at Tour Stop 6, Prospect Hill. (NOTE: All programming scheduled for Saturday, December 9th has been cancelled due to the potential for inclement weather)

1:30 p.m.: Legends, Lives, and Monuments: Fredericksburg in Stories and Stone

The area around the famed Sunken Road is one of the most heavily commemorated landscapes in the park. Explore what these stone sentinels can tell us about the generations that created them as well as those they memorialize. Program will last about 90 minutes. Meet at the entrance to the Fredericksburg National Cemetery, 1013 Lafayette Boulevard, 22401.(NOTE: All programming scheduled for Saturday, December 9th has been cancelled due to the potential for inclement weather)

4:00 p.m.: Eve of Battle: Sunset at Chatham

Watch the sun set on the terraces at Chatham as we explore the lead-up to the Battle of Fredericksburg—and the sense of foreboding that gripped soldiers on the eve of battle. Program will last about 60 minutes. Meet on the riverside terraces at Chatham Manor, 120 Chatham Ln., Fredericksburg, VA 22405. Bring a lawn chair.(NOTE: All programming scheduled for Saturday, December 9th has been cancelled due to the potential for inclement weather)

Sunday, December 10th:

11:30 a.m.: In the Footsteps of the Irish Brigade

Walk through the streets of Fredericksburg in the footsteps of the legendary Irish Brigade, from the river crossing to the Sunken Road. Program will last about two hours. Meet at the City Dock, 201 Sophia Street. Plan to walk back to your car after the program.

2:00 p.m.: 155th Anniversary Remembrance Walk

Join park staff and the community for a walk of remembrance walk along the Sunken Road. See more details about the Remembrance Walk here. Program will last about 60 minutes. Meet in the Sunken Road below Brompton, 1013 Lafayette Boulevard, 22401.

4:00 p.m.: Day's End: A Walk through the National Cemetery

As daylight wanes, join us for a walk in the Fredericksburg National Cemetery. Hear stories of soldiers who gave their last full measure of devotion in December of 1862, and honor their legacies. Program will last about 60 minutes. Meet at the entrance to the Fredericksburg National Cemetery, 1013 Lafayette Boulevard, 22401.

Weather in the Fredericksburg region during December can be unpredictable. Wear warm clothing and footwear, check the forecast in the days leading up to the programs, and keep an eye on the park’s Facebook page for weather updates.

Book Signing with Author John Cummings

December 9, 2017, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Join us at the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center bookstore on Saturday, December 9th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a book signing with John Cummings! A local historian, Cummings will be signing copies of his new book, Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania Through Time.

The bookstore is located at 1013 Lafayette Blvd, Fredericksburg, VA 22401.

Book Signing with Author Chris Mackowski

December 10, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.


Join us at the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center bookstore on Sunday, December 10th from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. for a book signing with Chris Mackowski! Mackowski will be signing copies of his book, Simply Murder: The Battle of Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862.

The bookstore is located at 1013 Lafayette Blvd, Fredericksburg, VA 22401.


A 19th Century Christmas at Ellwood Manor

Saturday, December 16
and
Sunday, December 17


(Note that Santa will be at Ellwood on Saturday only, from 9:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M.)

On Saturday, December 16, Friends of Wilderness Battlefield will host our 9thannual event: "A 19th Century Christmas at Ellwood Manor." The doors will open at 9:00 A.M. and children of all ages may visit with Santa and enjoy making period arts and crafts until 12:00 P.M. Parents will want to be sure to bring their cameras! After Santa departs at NOON, the house will remain open until 2:00 P.M., for guests who would like to enjoy the beautiful period decorations provided by the Fawn Lake Garden Club.

The house will be open again on Sunday, December 17, from 12:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M., with live period music provided by Evergreen Shade, for visitors who would prefer to enjoy the house in a more relaxed setting. Friends of Wilderness Battlefield volunteers will be available to talk with visitors about the history of the house and volunteer opportunities with the organization throughout the day.

As always, this event at Ellwood is free and open to the public. Donations are always welcome and appreciated.

For additional information contact Bob Lookabill at ellwood@fowb.org
or go to www.fowb.org.

Christmas at Chatham

Sunday, December 17, 2017


On Sunday December 17th, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., join park staff, living historians, and Civil War Santa for Christmas at Chatham!


Excited to visit with Santa? Park staff will be distributing time cards at Chatham’s front desk so that each family will know exactly when to report for their visit. The entire group must be on-site to receive a time card, and no time cards will be distributed prior to 11:45 a.m on December 17, 2017. Due to the popularity of the program, families should anticipate a wait to see Santa, and are encouraged to enjoy some of the other activities:

Learn about how soldiers and civilians experienced Christmas during the Civil War, and participate in 19th Century Christmas traditions! Union soldiers encamped on the riverside terraces will share stories about being in camp for Christmas, and how soldiers entertained themselves during the cold winter months. Educational activities will be available in the house. Children can decipher a Civil War era letter, and discover what soldiers wrote home when they were away in camp for the holidays. Another station will focus on different Christmas traditions from the 19th century, including how people decorated Christmas trees and the types of gifts they received.

Friends of Chatham will be serving light refreshments in the Summer House.

The program will occur at Chatham Manor, 120 Chatham Lane, Fredericksburg, VA, 22405.

For additional information, check our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FredericksburgSpotsylvaniaNMP, or call Chatham at 540-693-3200 ext. 1030.

 
 
 
 
 

Last updated: December 8, 2017

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