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New Guided Tours at Chatham

Expanded Tour Offerings Explore the Life of a Plantation at Chatham

Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Please be aware that these tours are currently put on hold due to the pandemic.  The rangers are looking forward to being able to host them once again as soon as it is safe to do so.

During the summer season, the National Park Service is offering weekend tours at Chatham—a 1771 plantation on Stafford Heights, overlooking the Rappahannock River and Fredericksburg. Visitors are invited to join a park ranger for “Life of a Plantation: War, Freedom and Change,” a free guided tour offered every Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 am and/or 2:00 pm.  Please call the information desk at Chatham (540-693-3200 ext1030) to confirm tour times.

Chatham witnessed tumultuous and even violent transformations over the course of two centuries, and scars of the past still remain on the landscape. This 45-minute guided walk of the gardens and grounds at Chatham helps participants understand the site in the wider context of American history. Historians use personal stories of those who lived at Chatham, both enslaved and free, to explore topics like the Civil War, the search for freedom, life on the plantation, and more.

Chatham has enjoyed a rising number of visitors, with more than a 30% increase in the last five years. This formal program offers new and returning guests a new way to explore and enjoy this site.

For questions or more information about this new tour, visit

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The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.


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