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    Fort A.P. Hill, VA Museums


    The Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center houses 7 permanent exhibits featuring a rotation of thousands of local artifacts. Topics include Native Americans, colonial settlements, various American wars, slavery, and civil rights.

    Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park is made up of 4 important Civil War battlefields from the Battle of Fredericksburg, Battle of the Wilderness, Battle of Chancellorsville, and Battle of Spotsylvania Court House. There are also 4 historic landmarks among the battlefields including Chatham Manor, Salem Church, Ellwood Manor, and the plantation house now known as the Stonewall Jackson Shrine. These battlefields saw 15,000 soldiers killed, 85,000 wounded, and many hours and months of bloody battle and are now steeped in history.

    George Washington's boyhood home at Ferry Farm was the home of the Washington family in 1738 when young George turned 6 years old. The visitors center today holds many colonial and 18th century artifacts found on the farm, and self-guided tours are available of the grounds, gardens, and nature trails along the Rappahannock River where the family home once stood.

    Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop shows visitors what an 18th century pharmacy was like, complete with leeches and snakeroot which passed for adequate, if not always effective, medical treatment. There is also a history of Hugh Mercer, a Scotsman with ties to George Washington and the American Revolution.

    Kenmore Plantation is a Georgian-style mansion built by George Washington's sister, Betty, and her husband around 1770. The 1300-acre plantation was to be used for corn, wheat, and tobacco harvesting, and is located nearby the siblings' childhood home, Ferry Farm. The Kenmore is known for its magnificent molding work on the ceilings and is decorated as it would have been in the 18th century.

    The National Bank Museum is one of the oldest buildings in the country to still be serving as a bank. The museum reflects hundreds of years of banking history in America and was used by the Union as a headquarters during the Civil War.

    The National Museum of the Marine Corps houses 60,000 artifacts and items related to the 230 years of the U.S. Marine Corps' history. Items include uniforms, vehicles and aircraft, art, medals, flags and more. The museum is situated on a 135-acre facility complete with hiking trails, parade grounds, a chapel, and conference rooms.

    The White Oak Civil War Museum is dedicated to the many thousands of soldiers who died during battle and in camps in the Fredericksburg area by showcasing one of the country's most complete collections from both the Union and Confederacy. There are thousands of artifacts from uniforms, weapons, and personal items, to replica huts that were hand-made to the Civil War specifications so visitors may walk inside and get a real sense of what it was like to live in one of them for months at a time.

    Caroline County:

    Caroline County was the site of the Battle of the North Anna River during the Civil War, where in May of 1864, General Lee stopped General Grant from reaching the Confederate's capital of Richmond. The county still retains 5 historic landmarks that were associated with the battle as a part of the Civil War Trail tour: Bethel Church, Guinea Station, the Caroline Courthouse, the Star Hotel, and Carmel Church.

    The Stonewall Jackson Shrine is the building at Guinea Station where General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson died. The old plantation house still holds the bed in which Jackson took his last breath and many original furnishings. The house and shrine are a part of the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park.