Friday June 23, 2017
9:00am to 9:00pm
Saturday June 24, 2017
9:00am to 4:30pm
Fredericksburg Expo and
2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Admission and Parking
Admission is completely FREE, and there is no need to preregister! Donations are greatly appreciated. (If you would like to make a donation, you can do so now using a credit card. At the conference, we will only be able to accept cash or check.) Parking is plentiful and free.
We suggest a donation of:
$20 per person or
$30 per family.
Should I Bring My Children?
While younger children are allowed, the conference is not really designed with them in mind, and we do encourage parents to find childcare options if possible. There is a teen program and college fair on Saturday which is designed for kids ages 13-18. The conference is like a professional development day for teachers.
Our National Conference is by far the largest Catholic homeschool conference in the country with 1,300 attendees in 2016.
There is no single hotel associated with the Fredericksburg Expo Center, but there are three beautiful hotels within easy walking distance. We have been to all three of these hotels and would recommend them.
The National Park Service refers to the Fredericksburg area as “the bloodiest landscape in North America.” For those unfamiliar with Fredericksburg’s history, this title might seem surprising, but the area is home to not just one or two, but four major Civil War battlefields (Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, The Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Courthouse). While Gettysburg might have been the single largest battle in terms of casualties, The Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse was the third largest, Chancellorsville was the fourth (where famed Confederate General Stonewall Jackson was mortally wounded), and the Battle of the Wilderness was the fifth. The National Park Service has done an admirable job preserving these battlefields, and they are well worth visiting while in Fredericksburg. Learn more from the National Park’s website:
Battlefields are not all that Fredericksburg has to offer. Not only does it have a record holding Military Park, but it also has the largest unenclosed mall (a.k.a. retail power center) on the East Coast. In fact, the Fredericksburg Expo Center is practically located within this expansive 310 acre shopping center called Central Park. With over 255 shops including: Toys “R” Us, Chuck E. Cheese, Regal Theaters 15, and a Wegmans (which is within walking distance of the Expo and a great place to pick up lunch if you want an alternative to the Expo concession area), Central Park provides many options for Dad to spend a great day with the younger children while Mom attends the talks at the conference or vice versa.
As anyone who has been to this conference before can attest, traffic on I-95 South can be a pain. If possible, you might consider an alternative route. The other thing to consider is that it might be significantly more relaxing to come down on Thursday evening.