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“Interesting for Civil War buffs” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Brandy Station Foundation

Brandy Station Foundation
19484 Brandy Road, Brandy Station, VA 22714
(540) 727-7718
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Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks
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“Interesting for Civil War buffs”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

the Graffiti House, owned by the the Brandy Station foundation! was used as a field hospital during the Civil War. It was about to be burned by the local fire department in the 1990's when the grandson of the owner found signatures under paint and wallpaper in the house and research confirmed the signatures, sayings and drawing saw ere done by soldiers from both the Union and Confederate side of the war. It's very low key, with a volunteer guide, but interesting.

Visited October 2013
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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“wonderful information about an iconic civil war battle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

the preservation efforts for the graffiti house, where you can read the writings and view impromptu drawings of civil war soldiers, are to be rewarded... this is extraordinary history as is the driving tour of a very important battlefield, itself the product of preservation efforts
this is an absolute must for any person with an interest in the southern rebellion

Visited April 2013
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Ellicott City, Maryland
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“Civil War buffs have to check this out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

What an amazing piece of Civil War history. I read about the Graffiti House in the Culpeper visitor guide and decided to check it out on our way home. I am so glad we made the decision to stop. There is something to please everyone- Civil War history of course for the historian but there are also some ghost stories & paranormal activity for any ghost hunters with a little bit of romance as well as the ladies came to visit their soldiers who were convalescing at the Graffiti House after the battle. From the outside it just looks like a house but what is on the inside is nothing but amazing. Charcoal writing in 3 rooms of the second floor which have survived for almost 150 years from Civil War soldiers. This is well worth the stop and not far off of 29. The guides at the Graffiti House are very enthusiastic, extremely knowledgeable, full of information and passionate about preserving a piece of history. Visiting the Graffiti House is free; of course donations are welcome and appreciated. It only took about an hour to tour but I strongly encourage you to make the trip to the Graffiti House you won't be disappointed!

Visited October 2012
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Centreville, Virginia
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“There's Nothing Like This House!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

Don't be fooled by the ordinary exterior of the Graffiti House - what awaits you inside is nothing short of extraordinary! That's because the walls throughout the entire second floor of this house are covered with the writings, signatures, and drawings of Civil War soldiers. This house, like others in the area during the 1863 Battle of Brandy Station and throughout the war, was the "home" and workplace of soldiers, who took to recording their presence on its walls in charcoal. Thanks to luck and the efforts of preservationists, we can now enjoy this link to history. And enjoy it, you will! The first floor houses a small museum with exhibits about the house and the Battle of Brandy Station, where you'll learn briefly about the house and why the graffiti is there. Then, it's on to the second floor where one of the very knowledgeable guides will walk you through each room, sharing history and stories of those who visited the house. These volunteer guides truly love their "work" and it shows in how they interpret the stories contained on the walls. You'll learn of the important generals who passed through, but mostly you'll hear the fascinating stories of the many "common" soldiers - each of whom has a tale of his own (even--perhaps especially--the rogues!). And every visit will be unique because each guide has his own favorite stories to tell. On top of that, there are many historical mysteries in the who and why of the writings and drawings, allowing guests to take part in trying to unwrap these questions, too. Once back on the main floor, you might have a chance to hold and sight an original musket from war and learn more about the weapons used by both sides. As a last treat, if you have an ancestor who fought at Brandy Station or lived in one of the many encampments in the Culpepper area, you can sign their Wall of Honor beneath the flag of your ancestor's home state. As a measure of how fun this place was, we went expecting to spend half an hour and were there for nearly two hours. You won't regret taking time to go the short distance off the beaten path (it's visible from Rt. 29) to explore this gem!

Visited March 2012
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North Carolina
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“Brandy Station Battlefield - Extraordinary Civil War History”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012

The mere breadth of the battlefield is enough to make you awestruck. The thought of thousand of armed cavalrymen advacning and charging will stir your imagination in this incredible setting. The story of how many times this particular place ssaw both armies passing through back and forth during that bloddy conflict is truly mind boggling. This historic site is really in need of supoort from it's visitors.
Due to the lack of financial support, this site is a little short on amenities, but the tours are well worth it. Please take into consideration that this site has battled developers (who wanted to build a racetrack) in the last few years and could well be lost id we don't ALL show our support.

Visited May 2011
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