The history of Chatham Manor spans a good portion of American history. It was built as a plantation on 1200 acres by William Fitzhugh, over looking the town of Fredericksburg. As a supporter of the American Revolution, he hosted George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. During the Civil War, President Lincoln visited Chatham as did Clara Barton and Walt Whitman. The manor served as a headquarter and then a field hospital during the war. You can see where the Union soldiers scribbled their names & regiments on the interior walls.. There are exhibits on the main floor along with an excellent movie about the history of the property. You can tour the grounds and enjoy the view overlooking the Rappahannock River to Fredericksburg, enjoy the beautiful gardens as see the remaining out-buildings, the kitchen and the laundry. Very interesting and thought provoking .
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