Fredericksburg and the surrounding area saw some of the worst battles during The Civil War. The Civil War, like any war, is about more than one thing. It’s complicated and messy. At times brutal, others inspiring. There was good and bad on both sides. It was sad note in our history. The Wilderness Battlefield was the site of the beginning of General Grants Overland Campaign. Nearly 30,000 soldiers died during a battle that lasted 3 days and it led to another battle a few miles away at Spotsylvania Courthouse where another 30,000 would die. The Battle of Wilderness is the 4th deadliest battle of The Civil War. Whenever I visit it’s impossible not to imagine them walking across the fields And wonder how they felt.
I headed out this week, not for a walkabout, but for a country drive. This area is also farm country and there are plenty of windy, twisty roads to simply drive. If you did, you might pass cows across from a gas station, horse farms, a winery, battlefields, George Washington’s Boyhood Home, one of the best places to get donuts in the state (they’re a-MAZ-zing!) annnnnnd….the mall. IF you were to do all of that driving, you might need some gas, but I wouldn’t trying stopping at any of these places. These really were around the bend and down the road aways.
Drive over the Chatham Bridge towards Fredericksburg and you will see another fantastic feature of Old Town. It’s Murals. This was painted by Mirinda Reynolds, Carol Coffman and a small group of high school students. This is one part of 5 panels. It’s titled “The Warmth of Fredericksburg” and was painted by Jay D. Anderson. There are so many things I love about both of these. The details, the tone, the sentiments. They’re amazing.
Downtown Fredericksburg is an eclectic town filled with historic architecture, tatoo parlors, beautiful murals, antique shops and seriously fantastic food. And yet, you can still find a place a to park. Even better! I started out this day with a view of the steeple from St. George’s Episcopal Church. The current structure dates back to 1849 and George Washington attended the congregation in the orginal wooden structure that was on the site on 1738. There are plenty of details that add to the charm of oldtown as well. Sconces outside shops And patios down alleyways. And ironwork steps There is just so much to explore.
Fredericksburg, Virginia sits right on the Rappahannock River. George Washington, Mary Washington, James Monroe lived in the area just to name a few. Then there are the civil war sites. More than you can shake a stick at, that’s for sure. Several pivotal battles occured in the area. At some point, I’ll have to tell you the story of The Sunken Road and the man who crossed enemy lines. It’s an amazing story. My walk began at the Confederate Cemetary. The Civil War is one I hope to never see repeated in the United States again. I’m always a little quieter when I walk near places like this. From there I went downtown. I turned a corner as I was walking and this bright blue door practically begged to have it’s picture taken. I only needed to dodge a few cars to get it, too. Down the road a bit is the Fredericksburg Baptist Church. It is a beautiful building. I have a lot of respect for their history …