Don’t be alarmed if you hear cannon fire, heavy artillery, and gun shots this weekend….we’re not being attacked, it’s the Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Fredericksburg! There are all sorts of events, reenactments, and educational programs going on this weekend, through next week, and into next weekend so something is bound to pique your interest. Visit the official website or the City’s tourism website to learn more.
There is a lot going on at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Battlefield Park aside from the 150th anniversary. The Park received $1.2 million from the federal government to rehab the visitors centers at the Park location on Lafayette Street and the visitors center at Chancellorsville. Both of these centers contain exhibits original to construction dating back all the way to the 1930s. The Park was the only park in the entire northeast region stretching from Maine to West Virginia to receive funding, so it’s quite an achievement. The new exhibits at both locations will focus less on the actual events of the battles, but the why behind the war and how the south was impacted. Both projects are expected to be complete by next summer.Tweet