Friends of Chatham
From Fitzhugh to Faberge

Special Programs from the National Park Service
Summer 2018

History at Sunset, Friday June 22 at 7pm

Roaring into Modernity: 20th Century Chatham

Chatham was a private residence until 1975, and much of the landscape today reflects the 20th Century. NPS historian Becky Oakes will explore Chatham’s transformation into a modern home, the people who envisioned it as an ornate retreat, and those whose labor made it a reality. 

New Walking Tour Explores the Life of a Plantation
Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00am

This summer, the National Park Service is pleased to announce new weekend tours at Chatham.  The program, “Life of a Plantation: War, Freedom and Change”, is a 45-minute guided walking tour of the gardens and grounds at Chatham.  Visitors are invited to join these tours every Saturday and Sunday at 11:00am throughout the 2018 summer season.

These programs are designed to look at Chatham through the eyes of those who lived there (both enslaved and free) and to understand the site in the wider context of American history.  Over the course of two centuries, Chatham witnessed tumultuous and even violent transformations of life and society in Fredericksburg and beyond.  The tour will use personal stories and various features still visible on the landscape to explore the experience of Chatham and its people, including topics like the Civil War, slavery, life on the plantation, and more.

Campfire Program:  Saturday, August 4 at 8:00pm
No One Path to Freedom

Join us as we trace the lives of two freedom-seekers enslaved at Chatham, and their diverging paths to freedom. Learn how historians uncovered these stories with limited source material.


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