Spotsylvania National Military Park
120 Chatham Lane
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22405
Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center
Explore the Fredericksburg
& Spotsylvania National Military Park
The Bloodiest Landscape in North America
Wilderness, and Spotsylvania - more than 85,000 men wounded;
15,000 killed. No place more vividly reflects the Civil War�s
tragic cost, in all its forms. These places reveal the trials of a
community and nation at war. The park is closed on Thanksgiving
Christmas and New Year's Day. Call (540) 654-5532 for information
on park closure during inclement weather.
Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National
Military Park is the second largest military park on the planet.
It preserves and interprets the history of four major battlefields
scattered over the city of Fredericksburg and four counties.
It takes about two full days to visit the
entire park, but there are many options. Some people decide to
concentrate on only one battlefield. Some decide to spend a little
time on each battlefield. There are driving tours through each
battlefield, numerous walking trails of various lengths, two
visitor centers and four historic buildings.
It is best to begin your visit at a park
visitor center, one on the Fredericksburg Battlefield and one on
the Chancellorsville Battlefield. Historians can orient you to the
park and battlefields, provide you with walking and driving tour
brochures, inform you of park activities and answer
The visitor centers also have exhibits and
films on the battles as well as large bookstores where additional
literature on the park and battles can be purchased. Be aware that
there are no visitor centers at Wilderness and Spotsylvania and
historians are only present during the summer season and on
weekends in the spring and early fall.
There are also four historic buildings that
are open - Chatham Manor, Salem Church, "Stonewall"
Jackson Shrine and Ellwood Manor. Of these, only Chatham is open
daily. The others are open less often depending on the season of
the year, day of the week.
Each of the battlefields and historic
buildings has its own section of this website that provides
information on visiting the site, information on the history,
brochures for the walking trails and links to additional
This massive website also includes
information on special events, a section for teachers and for
students writing reports, a section on doing research that
contains information how to research your Civil War ancestor and
links to dozens of archives, libraries and websites and brochures
for touring other Civil War battlefields such as Brandy Station,
Kelly's Ford and Mine Run.
Click here to connect to the park webpage on
the hours that the buildings are open and the daily events and
click here to learn about special events.
The Fredericksburg City Visitor Website has
information about visiting the city of Fredericksburg including
restaurants, motels, and events. The Spotsylvania County Visitor
Center has similar information for Spotsylvania County as does the
website for Stafford County.
The military park encompasses four major
Civil War battlefields: Battle of Fredericksburg, Battle of
Chancellorsville, Battle of the Wilderness, and Battle of
Spotsylvania Court House. It also preserves four historic
buildings associated with them: Chatham Manor, Salem Church,
Ellwood, and the house where Stonewall Jackson died.
The ruins of the Chancellor family mansion
are included. There are two visitor centers staffed by Park
Service rangers, one in Fredericksburg near the foot of Marye's
Heights, and another at the Chancellorsville site. Exhibit
shelters are staffed on a seasonal basis at Wilderness and
Spotsylvania Court House. Chatham Manor in Stafford County is open
daily. All sites are free.
The park was established as Fredericksburg
and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military
Park on February 14, 1927, and transferred from the War
Department August 10, 1933. It was listed on the National Register
of Historic Places on October 15, 1966. The park includes 8374
acres, of which 7369 acres are owned by the Federal government.
Places to Picnic
- Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor
- Lee Drive
- Sauders Field
- Spotsylvania Battlefield Exhibit Shelter
- Stonewall Jackson Shrine
Did You Know?
Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park is the
second largest military park in the world. Chickamauga &
Chattanooga is the largest and oldest.
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