Experience History Near Your Stafford VA Home

Dated: 07/03/2016

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Stafford VA home owners are steeped in important events in American history. In 2013, the Civil War Park opened, providing Stafford VA residents with a way to experience one of the important sites of Civil War history. In 1863, the Union Army 11th Corps pitched their winter camp here, after the Battle of Fredericksburg in December of 1862. The conditions were difficult and over 3,500 soldiers lost their lives. Stafford residents suffered as well, as their houses were commandeered for hospitals and fences and outbuildings were dismantled so the wood could be used to make fires for the army.

Stafford VA Residents Can Take a Self-Guided Tour of the Park

The Civil War Park is 41 acres in size and preserves the remains of the small huts soldiers used to shelter from the weather, as well as mounds that were used to keep tents out of the wet. There were three artillery batteries around the camp, which can still be seen today. The remains of two roads can also be seen. These roads were called “corduroy roads” because of the logs that were placed across the track. Visitors to the park can take a self-guided tour to the major sites and read signs which give historical context. There are also picnic tables, set in the old-growth woods, which are a great setting for an outdoor meal. Located conveniently from any Stafford VA home, the park is open from mid-March through October 31st, Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the rest of the year from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Visit the Civil War Park to learn more and plan a visit.

Dan Lesher

After 15 years in sales, Dan Lesher began his career in real estate in 1997 with the goal of providing superior customer service, inspired by his own experience with lackluster real estate agents. Ove....

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