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.