Spotsylvania County takes great pride in welcoming you to this commemorative
observance of the cultural experience that forever changed the lives of our ancestors and help defined our national identity.
The 140th anniversary of the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse will be on May 7 - 9, 2004.
For more than 50 years, the National Trust has been helping people protect
the irreplaceable. A private nonprofit organization with more than a quarter million members, the National Trust is the leader
of the vigorous preservation movement that is saving the best of our past for the future.
The mission of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is to promote
the preservation, enhancement, and productive use of our Nation's historic resources, and advise the President and Congress
on national historic preservation policy.
Coalition to Save Chancellorsville Battlefield Seven national and local nonprofit conservation groups, a partnership
of preservation, conservation and civic organizations determined to protect historic Chancellorsville battlefield. The goal
of the coalition is to promote the long-term preservation of Chancellorsville battlefield. This includes prevention of the
most immediate menace to the historic site - an enormous 2,350-house development complete with 2.4 million square feet of
commercial and office space.
is a non-profit, tax-exempt Civil War preservation organization dedicated to
providing education programs, advocacy, fundraising, and service projects for the preservation of both National Park Service
lands and privately owned battlefield property in the Fredericksburg, Virginia area where numerous Civil War battles occurred.
Using the Future to Preserve the Past. Their purpose is to help preserve America's
rich, but vanishing, culture of yesterday, for the generations of today and tomorrow. Dynamic visuals and fresh perspectives
are integral to keeping history before our rapidly changing global culture. By using technologies such as High definition
video and DVD, they can help to guarantee that the "history" they shoot has a future of its own.
Approximately 110,000 casualties occurred during the four major battles
fought in the vicinity of Fredericksburg, Virginia making it the bloodiest ground on the North American continent. In 1927
the U.S. Congress established Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Memorial National Military Park to commemorate the heroic
deeds of the men engaged at the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House.
Dedicated to the Acquisition of battlefield
land, Preservation of the artifacts for posterity, and Education of the public about one of the
most important battles of the Civil War.
Belvedere is a 245 year-old farm of approximately 1000 acres. The Fulks
family purchased the property in 1968. They took it from conventional farming to sustainable biological/organic farming. Grain
crops include corn, wheat and soybeans. Direct marketed areas include Strawberries, The Great Pumpkin Patch, Educational Programs
for school children, Flowering Plants and the Great Adventure Maze.
In 1721, a vast new county
was formed in the young colony of Virginia. Extending far beyond the Blue Ridge Mountains, this frontier outpost was named
for Alexander Spotswood, Colonial Governor of Virginia. Four major Civil War battles were fought on Spotsylvania soils, including
one of the bloodiest of the war, the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse in May 1864. Here the armies of Ulysses S. Grant and
Robert E. Lee saw one of the most intense clashes in American history: the Union attack on the Confederate-held "Bloody Angle."
This battle marked the beginning of the fall of the Confederacy. Also, it was in Spotsylvania County, at Chancellorsville,
that Stonewall Jackson fell to the mistaken fire of his own men. The National Park Service maintains more than 4,400 acres
of the Civil War battlefields in various locations throughout Spotsylvania County.
The Fredericksburg Area was the scene of four major Civil War battles and
the death of Stonewall Jackson. The Civil War Life Museum brings this turbulent period to life with extensive displays of
original artifacts and life size displays. Visit the museum's HomeFront gift shop for a large selection of books for serious
buffs as well as children, hand blown glass, candles, music, jewelry, home accents and historically relevant gifts.
is the largest library in the world, with more than 120 million items on approximately 530 miles
of bookshelves. The Library's mission is to make its resources available and useful to the American people and to preserve
a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations.
a non-profit historic lands trust, was established in 1996 to stand up to the mindless destruction
of fields where thousands fought and died. Its two fold mission: (1)To purchase significant Civil War battlefields and landmarks,
both in fee and in easement, to preserve them in perpetuity. (2)To serve as a facilitator and advocate for battlefield preservation
on a local, state, & federal level.
is America's largest non-profit organization devoted to the preservation of our nation's endangered Civil
War battlefield lands. The Trust also promotes educational programs and heritage tourism initiatives to inform the public
about the war and the fundamental conflicts that sparked it.
The Virginia Department of Historic Resources is the State Historic Preservation Office. Our mission is to foster, encourage,
and support the stewardship of Virginia's significant historic, architectural, archaeological, and cultural resources.
is Virginia's largest preservation network, supporting preservation interests at the local, state, and national levels.
The Alliance provides services and technical advice for preservation projects and programs; communication among individuals,
businesses and organizations interested in preservation; and educational opportunities for preservationists and the public.
mission is two fold. (1) To promote the study of the Civil War from the perspectives of all professions,
occupations and academic disciplines. (2) To locate, index, and make available all appropriate private and public data on
the Internet regarding the Civil War.
promotes the preservation of significant historic battlefields associated with wars on American soil. The
goals of the program are 1) to protect battlefields and sites associated with armed conflicts that influenced the course of
our history, 2) to encourage and assist all Americans in planning for the preservation, management, and interpretation of
these sites, and 3) to raise awareness of the importance of preserving battlefields and related sites for future generations.
The ABPP focuses primarily on land use, cultural resource and site management planning, and public education.
of Virginia was established in 1988 to help preserve and protect Spotsylvania County's natural and historic resources. SPFI
is concerned with the preservation of natural habitats, archaeological sites, historical landscapes and structures of historical
and architectural significance. As a non-profit all-volunteer organization, they are steadfast in their goal of
ensuring the perpetuity of these assets so that future generations may enjoy and learn from them.
The National Archives is not a dusty hoard of ancient history. It is a public
trust on which our democracy depends. It enables people to inspect for themselves the record of what government has done.
It enables officials and agencies to review their actions and helps citizens hold them accountable. It ensures continuing
access to essential evidence that documents.
is the Nation's official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. Authorized under the
National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register is part of a national program to coordinate and support
public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect our historic and archeological resources. Properties listed
in the Register include districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that are significant in American history, architecture,
archeology, engineering, and culture.
The Library of Virginia Foundation, a private, nonprofit corporation
supporting the Library of Virginia, was established in 1984. The Board promotes and supports the Library of Virginia in all
In 1860 Gordonsville's Exchange Hotel offered a welcome stopping
place for weary passengers on the Virginia Central Railway. Waist-coated gentlemen and hoop-skirted ladies were treated to
the sight of the hotel's handsome architecture of wide verandas and stately columns. Inside, guests received a warm greeting
and gracious hospitality that was the hallmark of the South, but the leisurely pace of life belied a worsening political situation
that would soon become the War Between the States.
The Rappahannock Valley Civil War Round Table was founded in 1989 as an organization
open to all people interested in learning about the Civil War and in preserving the hallowed ground where the soldiers fought.
We hold monthly meetings that feature a guest speaker or discussion topic. We take an annual field trip and for many years
offered evening walking tours of local battlefields during the summer. Between 1993 and 1999 we held a Civil War preservation
conference to promote understanding and support of battlefield preservation in Virginia.
is a family oriented Civil War reenactment group based in Northern Virginia.
This unit provides opportunities to have a lot of fun while working together to present authentic impressions of soldier and
civilian life during the American Civil War.