This small museum packs a powerful punch. My friend and I were looking to learn about Fredericksburg on her recent visit and this is where we ended up. We were a little bit put off because the museum opened about 10 minutes late and it was FREEZING outside. We had to come back twice. The museum covers the ugly past of Fredericksburg as it relates to the Civil War. It treats the war with an uncomfortable neutrality common in parts of the south trying to reconcile without condoning the chaos wrought on them by occupying Union troops.The loss of life in just an 18 month period is staggering. Significant space is also given to the experience of the large number of slaves in town both before and after the war. The museum continues into the history of Fredericksburg as it relates to the Civil Rights Movement and the World Wars. Other topics covered are transportation (roads, trains, and ferries) and the importance of the Rappahannock River. We did not make it to the building that borders Market Square, but there is an additional building with more information. Overall, we enjoyed our experience and did not expect to find so much in a small town museum.
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