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Kettering, United...
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Civil War signs

This might seem a silly question but are Civil War sites clearly signposted. I'm coming to Philadelphia at the end of March and after a couple of days there I will be first driving to Gettysburg and then driving down past Into Virginia probably stopping at Winchester and then Charlotteville, after that its either Richmond or Fredericksburg before finishing off in DC. I've read lots on the Internet and have also got some guides but in someways it's information overload. As I'm driving along will I find lots of signs pointing me to historic sights? I've never been to this part of the USA before so have no idea what to expect.

Arlington, Virginia
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The Civil War battlefields (such as Gettysburg and Fredericksburg) are National Military Parks administered by the National Park Service. Thus, there will be brown road signs in the vicinity of the parks indicating where they are and when to exit the highway. I can't promise you will find "lots" of signs, but these brown NPS signs are distinctive, so you should have no problem finding them.

If you are looking for other Civil War sites, I can't promise what kind of signage to expect. I would rely more on directions provided through the site's website and a good map of Virginia than on road signs.

Kettering, United...
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2. Re: Civil War signs

Thanks. That's exactly the information I needed.

Cherry Hill, NJ.
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3. Re: Civil War signs

Hi being from Philly I can attest that the historical sites are well posted. That is in the downtown historical segment of the city.

You can literally work your way through the city. Starting at the lowest numbered streets. Such as 2nd St at Arch you'll find Besty Ross'S house there and going south on 2nd st you'll find Elfreth's Alley a whole block of authentically preserved colonial homes (still privately owned & occupied). Going south further 1(full city) Block and turn right on Market going up Market st till 4th on the left side you'll find a restored Ben Franklin post office. Going into the adjacent courtyard you will be in the simulated Franklins house. It is only represented by a frame (as I said a simulated representation). There is a underground tour that leads you through a historical panarama of Ben Franklins life a plethora of unbelievable accomplishments and inventions.

Upon exiting the tour you'll be alongside one of Thomas Jeffersons house. Which is not open to the public. Going west on Market to 6th St go south 2full city blocks and you'll be at Olde City Hall home of where the Constitution was signed. When you leave City Hall go north on 5st past Market St till you come to Race St turn left onto Race go west 1block and you'll be at the entrance to the Constituion Center a museum.

After this you can visit the newer Phila City Hall or by going west on Market st to you past 13th you'll see it centered in front of you. You can then proceed to the Ben Franklin Parkway to you cross the Eakins Oval where you'll find the Museum of Natural Science and the Franklin Institute and a little further down the parkway the Phila Art Museum.

This should be enough to keep you busy for a couple of days.

Have fun!

Mike Horton Sr


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Virginia is in the middle of commemorating the Civil War's Sesquicentennial so it's a great time to visit. If you stop at the Visitor Center for any of the cities you've planned on visiting, they should be able to map out a route and give you some background info (and maybe a discount coupon or two)

Take a look at Virginia's Civil War Trails website...yeah, I know, you're sick of the Internet ;-) But there's a graphic showing the sign you'll be looking for, as well as a lot of other info.

Virginia's Scenic Byways map clearly shows a number of Civil War sites. You can get a free copy at www.virginiadot.org/programs/prog-byways.asp.

But wait, there's more! It appears that THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT :-)

I don't have my smartphone with me, but I'm planning on downloading the Battle App (it's free, and I *love* free!) from the Civil War Trust's website.


Kettering, United...
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5. Re: Civil War signs

Thank you. I'm not sick of Internet. In cacti ant get enough! Just that's there is so much. Will download the app.

Kettering, United...
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That was shocking typing. Meant to say I can't get enough!

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And I thought "in cacti ant" was some new Brit expression.... ;-)

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