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Date published: 12/8/2012


All day: Virginia HistoryMobile at Chatham Manor; pontoon boats, bridge crossing, street fighting in "Fire on the Rappahannock" at 10 a.m. at City Dock and Battle of Marye's Heights at 3 p.m., at UMW's Trench Hill; National Park Service tours; music, living history at Chatham; re-enactors' camps, living history at Ferry Farm and Slaughter Pen Farm.

HFFI Christmas Candlelight Tour, 11a.m.-5p.m.: Historic Fredericksburg Foundation Inc. hosts 42nd annual tour today and Sunday in a neighborhood that was an attack route for Union troops. (Same-day tickets are $30; one-house tickets $10.) Featured homes include: 704 Sunken Road (Brompton); 123 Lee Drive (Braehead); 700 and 701 Hanover St., and 919 Hanover (James Wilkins house). See hffi.org.

NPS programs

All-day: Living history at Chatham: medicine, civilians, music and headquarters. Hourly tours of the Sunken Road and Marye's Heights. Children's muster, Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center.

8-9:30 a.m.: "Fire in the Streets." Union and Confederate soldiers battled house by house, block by block, in the first street fighting on American soil. Meet at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, 1201 Caroline St.

10 a.m.-noon: "Protecting Jackson's Left." A Union breakthrough threatened to unhinge Jackson's line south of town and became the decisive moment in the Battle of Fredericksburg. Meet at the Bernard's Cabin trailhead, South Lee Drive.

1-2:30 p.m.: "Across the Bloody Plain." Follow in the footsteps of Union soldiers who attacked the Confederates along the Sunken Road. Meet at Hurkamp Park, at the corner of George Street and Prince Edward Street.

4-5 p.m.: "The Dreaded Heights." NPS historians will staff Sunken Road and Marye's Heights. Begin at corner of Hanover Street and Sunken Road.

7 p.m.: "Ordeal of the Town." NPS historian John Hennessy will use letters and diaries to explore the experience of civilians during the battle. In the sanctuary of St. George's Episcopal Church, 901 Princess Anne St.

"Fire on the Rappahannock" re-enactments:

8 a.m.-5 p.m.: Ferry Farm, 286 Kings Highway, Fredericksburg 22405 (programs cost $1 for ages 6 and up). Union camps, Civil War hot-air balloon, field hospital, black women's history, pontoon boats, cooking, laundry and quilting. Enjoy taking tea with the ladies of the 5th Regiment in the Gallery at Ferry Farm from 4-5 p.m. (Shuttle available.)

8 a.m.-5 p.m.: Slaughter Pen Farm, Confederate camps, artillery and infantry demonstrations, Civil War games and field hospital. Free.

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For the complete details:

Program: tinyurl.com/frd150

'Fire on the Rappahannock': fredericksburg150.org

Tourism: visitfred.com

NPS/Facebook: bit.ly/fbfred

News coverage: bit.ly/fred150


Limited seating will be provided for programs that are stationary and expected to last more than 20 minutes. Visitors are urged to bring easily carried lawn chairs. Some events cover a considerable distance. Plan ahead.


Food will not be available for purchase at any of the National Park-sponsored events. Visitors are encouraged to bring lunches, snacks and water bottles with them. Water fountains will be available at the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center.


Please stay on designated trails and note special-event signs on roadways and trails.


Pets on leashes are allowed within Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, but park buildings and the National Cemetery are off-limits to all pets except service animals.


For downtown events today, park on the street, in the VRE lot (shuttle provided) or in the parking deck at 600 Sophia St. There are also several municipal lots on Sophia Street.

Shuttle services will be provided from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with parking available at some stops.

Shuttle stops are:

11032 Tidewater Trail (former GMC Plant), public parking

Slaughter Pen Farm (no parking)

Fredericksburg National Military Park Visitor Center (limited parking)

VRE parking lot (Frederick and Caroline streets), public parking.

Fredericksburg Visitor Center, 706 Caroline St., use parking deck at 600 Sophia St.

Chatham Heights Shopping Center, 411 Chatham Heights Road, public parking.

Ferry Farm (only handicapped and special-needs parking at this site; use Chatham Heights lot)

Most events and programs are fully accessible to the disabled, though several walking/hiking tours take place over long distances with uneven and rough terrain.