Historic Walk, Home Made Ice Cream, and an Old Fashion Dinner
Join me for a historic walk thru history in Spotsylvania Battlefield Park. As I have never been to the park this should be exciting for all attendees (just be warned there may be some re-direction as I have never been on the trails here).
After the walk we can head over to a nearby town for lunch or Home made ice cream, or both (friends of mine say they have the best mint chocolate chip ice cream anywhere!). All at your own expense
From the NPS website:
Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park is the second-largest military park in the world, and the entire park driving tour encompasses nearly 60 miles, connecting the park's four battlefields and several historic structures.
The locomotive ground to a halt at a little depot amidst a drenching downpour. An eager figure scanned the cars for two passengers who meant more to him than anyone else on earth.
The legendary "Stonewall" Jackson, renowned as the quintessential grim warrior, revealed his gentler nature on April 20, 1863, at Guinea Station, 12 miles south of Fredericksburg as he greeted his beloved wife and saw his infant daughter for the first time. The blissful family repaired to a nearby house and passed the next nine days enjoying the only domestic contentment they would ever share. In less than three weeks, at a small frame building near Guinea, Jackson would be dead.
The campaign that resulted in Jackson's demise, paradoxically remembered as "Lee's greatest victory," emerged from the backwash of the Battle of Fredericksburg. That Federal debacle and subsequent political intrigue at army headquarters prompted a change of command in the Army of the Potomac. Major General Joseph Hooker, a 48-year-old Massachusetts native endowed with high courage and low morals, replaced Burnside in January. Within weeks, Hooker's able administrative skills restored the health and morale of his troops, whom he proudly proclaimed "the finest army on the planet."
Start Time: 10:00 am - Arrive Early As I Start VERY Promptly
Hike Distance: Approx 5.5 miles
Hike Speed: Casual pace of 2.0 mph with stops for picture taking
Terrain: Unknown Elevation gain/loss; but I suspect relatively flat
Limitations: No one under 18 years old and No pets
Equipment: Hiking boots recommended and bring water
Meeting Location: Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor CenterDirections:
To reach the Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center, take exit 130 west from I-95. Proceed west approximately 7 miles. The visitor center is on the right, north side of Route 3. The address is 9001 Plank Road, Spotsylvania, Virginia.