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History Calendar for week of Oct. 28, 2012

 Take the edge off a stormy week. Step back in time with the Friends of Chatham. They're having a Colonial Tavern Evening on Thursday at Tru Luv's Modern American Bistro.
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Date published: 10/30/2012

Please enter information at events.fredericksburg.com. Select "History" category. You may also email
Email: tandc@freelancestar.com (subject: History Calendar), or fax 540/373-8455. Deadline: noon Thursday preceding Tuesday publication. 540/374-5461.


Chatham Across the River: A Colonial Tavern Evening, Thursday, Nov. 1. Friends of Chatham, established in 2011, announces its first fundraiser for a Fredericksburg landmark. Join Robert LeChance, tavern keeper at Tun Tavern, National Museum of the Marine Corps, at Tru Luv's Modern American Bistro 5:30-8 p.m., for Colonial fare and drink. Reserve by emailing friendsofchatham.org; $30/FoC member, $35/nonmember. Participants will get rare look at an illuminated Chatham Manor, directly across river from Tru Luv's. Built between 1768 and 1771 by William Fitzhugh, the Georgian-style house overlooking the Rappahannock was long the center of a thriving plantation. In the Civil War, it served as a Union army headquarters and field hospital. Today, Chatham is headquarters of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.

Civil War Program and "Hall of History" Showcase of Wilderness Area. Saturday, Nov. 3. From 1 to 3 p.m., public is invited to afternoon portion of annual meeting of Friends of Wilderness Battlefield. At Lake of the Woods Church. Free. Hall of History, a showcase of Wilderness-area history spanning nearly 300 years, will be open 12:30 to 3 p.m. At 1 p.m., the Civil War presentation--"Behind the Lines: Confederate Hospitals in the Wilderness During and After the Battle of Chancellorsville"--will begin and last about one hour. Guest speakers are Greg Mertz, supervisory historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, and John Pelletier, who specializes in Civil War-era medical practices. After their presentations, until 3 p.m., guests are encouraged to continue informal discussions with speakers and browse the Hall of History. Non-LOW residents, inform guard at gate that you are attending Friends of Wilderness Battlefield program. Details: contact Zann Nelson at 540/547-2395, M16439@aol.com or see fowb.org.

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