Parks and Recreation

Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center
(540) 373-6122

The National Park Service maintains more than 4,400 acres of the Civil War battlefields in various locations throughout Spotsylvania County. Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, 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. Spotsylvania Department of Parks and Recreation has numerous parks and recreational facilities:

Battle of Fredericksburg

The December 13, 1862 battle is known as General Robert E. Lee’s easiest victory. A visitor center contains exhibits, 22-minute movie and bookstore to help orient visitors to the battle. A five- mile driving tour and several walking trails provide access to the key spots on the battlefield.

Battle of Chancellorsville

The May 1-5, 1863 battle is known as General Robert E. Lee’s greatest victory. A visitor center contains exhibits, 22- minute movie and bookstore to help orient visitors to the battle. A seven-mile driving tour and several walking trails provide access to the key spots on the battlefield.

Battle of Wilderness

The May 5-6, 1864 battle began a six-week campaign that began the bloodiest campaign in American history. An open-air shelter provides orientation exhibits. A five-mile driving tour and several walking trails provide access to key spots on the battlefield.

Battle of Spotsylvania

On May 8, 1864 the Union army seized initiative by moving from Wilderness to Spotsylvania Court House. That shift changed the course of the war as the armies began the road to Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House. An open-air shelter provides orientation exhibits. A five-mile driving tour and several walking trails provide access to key spots on the battlefield.

Chatham Manor

Chatham Manor is a historic building that served as a headquarters and hospital during the battle. Indoor and outdoor exhibits can be viewed. Volunteers are available to lead tours and answer questions.

Fredericksburg National Cemetery

Fredericksburg National Cemetery is the final resting place of over 15,000 United States Americans. Most of these are soldiers who died during the Civil War in the Fredericksburg area, but there are nearly one hundred 20th century veterans and a few spouses. Read more about the cemetery.

Fredericksburg Confederate Cemetery

The Fredericksburg City Cemetery and Confederate Cemetery are situated at the corner of William Street and Washington Avenue, surrounded by a common brick wall. Six Confederate generals and more than 3,300 Southern soldiers lie buried there amid quiet, peaceful surroundings; 2,184 of them are unknown.

Pyramid

In the early 20th century a pyramid shaped monument was erected along the railroad on the Fredericksburg Battlefield to mark the area of General Meade's breakthrough. The purpose was to alert railroad passengers that they were passing through the Fredericksburg Battlefield.

Arritt Park
Southeast Spotsylvania
9718 Wallers Road

Mary Lee Carter Park
Northeast Spotsylvania
9901 Benchmark Road

Chewning Park
Southwest Spotsylvania
13013 Post Oak Road

Cosner Park
Northeast Spotsylvania
1 H.C.C. Drive

Lee Hill Park
Northeast Spotsylvania
910 Lee Hill Park Road

Loriella Park
North Spotsylvania
10910 Leavells Road

Marshall Park
East Central Spotsylvania
8525 Courthouse Road


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