Visit This Spring to Enjoy a New Children’s Walking Tour, a Reenactment of the Battle of Chancellorsville and a New Route in the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon
As flowers begin to bloom, leaves turn to green and the sun shines warm on your skin, visitors can step outside and see the Fredericksburg area bloom into vibrancy once again. Immerse yourself in the past as you stroll through the 40-block historic district in downtown Fredericksburg. Take your family on the new Children’s Walking Tour or explore colorful grounds during Virginia’s Historic Garden Week Tour. Test your endurance as you race to meet U. S. Marines at the finish line or stand witness to a reenactment of the Civil War’s Battle of Chancellorsville. The following story ideas are centered on the Fredericksburg area’s spring events. For more information, visit www.visitfred.com.
Immerse Your Kids Into Fredericksburg History With a New Children’s Walking Tour:
The Fredericksburg area is now featuring a new Children’s Walking Tour created for children by children. The self-guided tour takes you on an exploration of various museums and historic homes throughout the area such as Kenmore Plantation, Rising Sun Tavern, Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop, Mary Washington House, the James Monroe Museum and the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center. Clues on the tour brochure steer children to locate items at each specific site to collect stamps. The brochure was produced by eight scholarship recipients, ages 10-16, from the Fredericksburg area that participated in the “Mapping History” workshop facilitated by PONSHOP Studio and Gallery. The students visited six historic sites and studied the character of each site, documenting the architecture, history, and practices and created the brochure from their observations. The Children’s Walking Tour brochure can be found at the Fredericksburg Visitor Center or on www.VisitFred.com.
Spotsylvania County Remembers the Heroes and Sacrifices of the Civil War during the Battle of Chancellorsville Reenactment:
150 years ago, America was in turmoil while the North and South were at war. The Civil War is now considered the country’s greatest tragedy and no region suffered more than the Fredericksburg, Virginia area. Spotsylvania County is known as the “Crossroads of the Civil War” with over 30,000 causalities the Confederates encountered during the Battle of Chancellorsville. During the Battle, General Robert E. Lee won his greatest victory for the Confederate Army, but lost his famous commander, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, in May 1863. On May 3-5, 2013 at the Spotsylvania County Courthouse, the county will commemorate the Sesquicentennial with two full-scale reenactments and living history events, a craft fair, period music, a commemoration dinner and additional activities designed to enhance the awareness of this significant milestone in American history. The National Park Service also will host a series of events within the battlefield park. For more information on the Battle of Chancellorsville or other Sesquicentennial events, visit www.battleofchancellorsville.com or www.visitfred.com.
New in 2013, a 10K and Challenging New Course During the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon:
On May 19th, test your endurance and race through the Sunken Road where Union soldiers fought the Confederates in 1862 during the 6th Annual Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon, the Semper Fred 5K, and new this year, the Historic 10K. The half marathon begins at 7 a.m., and will challenge racers at every level during a grueling test of physical strength and endurance. Runners will journey from Central Park through the historic downtown streets, up the challenging 200-foot incline of Mary Washington Healthcare’s famous hospital hill to the awaiting Marines cheering you on at the finish line. Historic landmarks and sites along the course include Sunken Road, Kenmore Plantation and the General Hugh Mercer Memorial Statue. The Semper Fred 5K and the Historic 10K begin just minutes after the start of the half marathon and also include the trek up hospital hill. The race weekend kicks off at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center during the Healthy Lifestyle Expo from May 17-18. The registration fee for the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon is $75. For additional information or to register for the race, please visi twww.marinecorpshistorichalf.com.
Take in the abundance of colorful blooms during Historic Garden Week:
On April 23, 2013, Virginia’s Historic Garden Week Tour will feature several historic homes including Belmont, Chatham, Brompton and Fall Hill. Also included in the tour is Snowden House, an imposing Greek Revival home that dates back to 1815 and has a spectacular view of the Rappahannock River. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the tour and can be purchased at the Fredericksburg and Stafford Visitor Centers. Tickets also include admission into Kenmore, George Washington’s Ferry Farm and The James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library. 100% of ticket proceeds are used to enhance Virginia’s historical landscape. For more information on Historic Garden Week, visit www.vagardenweek.org.
The Full Monty Opens at the Riverside Dinner Theater with Sally Struthers This Spring:
From March 15 – April 28, Sally Struthers will be returning to Riverside for The Full Monty, the multiple award-winning musical stage version of the 1997 British film. Struthers performed at the theater from May – July 2011 for the showing of Hello Dolly. Riverside Center opened in 1998 with the dinner theater’s inaugural performance of Oklahoma! and since then has been the site of over 60 mainstage Broadway musical productions. For more information visit www.riversidedt.com.
The Fredericksburg Area, which includes the city of Fredericksburg and the counties of Spotsylvania and Stafford, is a classic blend of modern life with small town charm. Conveniently located along I-95, between Washington and Richmond, the area features a variety of chef-owned restaurants, numerous art galleries, a wide range of specialty shops, and one of America’s most authentic, historic downtowns. Stafford is home to George Washington’s boyhood home, Ferry Farm and Belmont, the residence of 20th Century American impressionist painter Gari Melchers. Spotsylvania is not only the site of 4,400 acres of Civil War battlefields; it also boasts the beautiful Lake Anna Winery. The Fredericksburg Area rests on the banks of the picturesque, pristine Rappahannock River. For visitor information, visit www.VisitFred.com. For online trip planning, visit www.FredericksburgVAcations.com. For media information and digital images, click on www.fredpressroom.com.Visit us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/visitfred.