historic district of Fredericksburg draws crowds of tourists
and includes many notable homes. Kenmore was the home of George
Washington’s sister Betty, and the Mary Washington House
is where his mother spent her final years are . Other historic
buildings and museums include the late 18th century Rising Sun
Tavern, Hugh Mercer apothecary shop, and the James Monroe law
office museum. Significant public buildings include the 1852
courthouse designed by James Renwick.
and Spotsylvania National Military Park
The area’s Civil War battles are commemorated in Fredericksburg
and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military
Park. The national military park preserves portions of the battlefields
of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, the Wilderness, and Spotsylvania
Court House. The Fredericksburg National Cemetery, also part
of the park, is located on Marye’s Heights on the Fredericksburg
battlefield and contains more than 15,000 Union burials from
the area’s battlefield and Spotsylvania National Military
Park is a unit of the National Park Service commemorating four
major battles in the American Civil War. The military park encompasses
four major Civil War battlefields:
Battle of Fredericksburg
- Battle of Chancellorsville
- Battle of the Wilderness
- Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
also preserves four historic buildings associated with them:
Chatham Manor, Salem Church, Ellwood, and the house where Stonewall
Jackson died. The ruins of the Chancellor family mansion are
included. There are two visitor centers staffed by Park Service
rangers, one in Fredericksburg near the foot of Marye's Heights,
and another at the Chancellorsville site. Exhibit shelters are
staffed on a seasonal basis at Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court
House. Chatham Manor in Stafford County is open daily. The park
was established as Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields
Memorial National Military Park on February 14, 1927, and transferred
from the War Department August 10, 1933. The park includes 8374
acres of which 7369 acres are owned by the Federal government.
Fredericksburg National Cemetery, adjoins the park. All sites
Hart Community Center
The Dorothy Hart Community Center is the home of our department
and the majority of our programs. Located at 408 Canal Street.
Parking is located in the back of the building. Parks and Recreation
administrative office are located within the Community Center.
The Center has an auditorium, three classrooms and a kitchen
which hold many Parks and Recreation indoor activities. (540)
Discover this hidden treasure within our city limits! This wooded
park is located at the end of Greenbrier Drive extended. It
is equipped with a renovated picnic shelter, picnic tables,
restrooms, grills, play equipment, walking paths, and a fitness
The City's newest outdoor facility is 46 acres and features
athletic fields, outdoor swimming pool, playground equipment,
1.5 miles of trails, restrooms, and nature preserve areas.
Located on Kenmore Avenue near Mary Ball Street. This is a special
fenced-in area available to residents and their pets only. This
dog park is self-monitored by its users and is designed for
dogs 4 months and older.
An historic downtown park with a fountain, brick sidewalks and
benches. Local farmers sell produce on Saturdays and some weekday
mornings. The park is located at William and Prince Edward Streets.
Run Reservoir Recreation Area
This 860-acre natural area including the 160-acre reservoir,
is a haven for fishing, boating canoeing, hiking and picnicking.
It also serves the residents of Fredericksburg and parts of
Spotsylvania County with drinking water.
Run Nature Center
Manned by volunteers, this beautiful one-room log cabin features
hands-on nature displays, our resident snake "Pocket"
and information that the whole family will enjoy. Looking for
a fun family day? The Nature Center is free to the public during
regular open hours.
Located on Fall Hill Avenue, this park has playground equipment
and basketball courts. The playground structure is designed
for 5 – 12 yr. olds. The court is a two bank basketball
Located on Fall Hill Avenue. There are two baseball diamonds
as well as generous parking for sports enthusiasts who are attending
practices and tournament games. There is also an open field
area for recreational activities such as field hockey, Frisbee
toss and more.
more information about Fredericksburg parks and recreation,