Exploring Fredericksburg

Poppa Higg and I spent his last day in town exploring my historical new home. So of course I had to blog about it so you will come on my next exploring trip.

Our first stop was the Fredericksburg Battlefield…He’s so excited!!

While Gettysburg was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, the four battles that occurred around Fredericksburg were the cause of the most casualties (Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania). We chose to explore the Fredericksburg Battlefield. And it. Was. Awesome.

The Confederate soldiers dominated the Union soldiers in this battle. The Confederate soldiers were situated behind this original piece of the wall as the Union soldiers marched towards them.

This battlefield also houses a cemetery. This entrance still displays the bullet holes from the battles.

Our next stop was the James Munroe Museum situated right downtown. I couldn’t take any pictures because I wasn’t technically allowed to and the manager lady was following me around like a hawk. Long story short–James Munroe did lots of stuff and owned lots of stuff.

Fun Fact: James Munroe was the first president to live in the White House (Then called the “President’s House”) after it was re-built from the British burning it. The oldest furniture in the White House today is from James Munroe’s family.

After eating downtown, we visited George Washington’s boyhood home called the Ferry Farm. Sort of.

You see, there aren’t any remains from anything on GW’s farm or home. So they’ve attempted to recreate it–or guess where it happened.

See this house?

It’s not George Washintgon’s. It’s the Visitor’s Center for the Ferry Farm.

George Washington’s family grew tobacco. Not this tobacco, but his tobacco probably looked like this.

We started walking around the property and we got confused. You see, George Washinton’s home was no longer standing. But archeologists think it was somewhere in a huge field. We think Poppa Higg is pointing to it. Maybe.

Then we found these stones they believe outline GW’s home. Maybe. Poppa Higg swears he found a sapling that had re-sprouted from THE cherry tree that GW chopped down as a young boy. He is a Doctor of Forestry. And cannot tell a lie.

We continued to explore the Ferry Farm and found ourselves lost in the woods. Poppa Higg was blazing his own trail so we got lost for a minute. But we used our excellent skills to break out of the forest. I was sweaty and tired and ready for a nap.

Take Aways from the Ferry Farm: We paid $8 to wander around land guessing where stuff happened.

GW had a dog. He probably ran with him here.

GW liked surveying. He probably surveyed this land.

Overall the day was a success and I’m definitely looking forward to some more exploring.

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