I lived in Fredericksburg, Virginia, for ten years. I attended Mary Washington College (now the University of Mary Washington) and lived there following graduation. I really enjoyed Fredericksburg, but I was a different person then and have only been back one time since the late 1970s. Today, Tim and I spent the day in the city.
|A Part of the Campus of the University of Mary Washington
|Mary Washington House
Because Tim and I have been following a Civil War theme lately, we wanted to visit the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park (wow, that’s a mouthful!). Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania represent the most contested ground in the country, a place where four horrifying battles were fought. Because of the strategic location of this area, the Union army launched three major campaigns and suffered staggering defeats. There were more than 100,000 casualties during these battles, and the area has been dubbed the bloodiest landscape in North America.
|Fredericksburg National Cemetery
|A Section of the Original Stone Wall Along Sunken Road
|Monument to Richard Kirkland, "The Angel of Marye's Heights" -
Kirkland Was a Confederate Soldier Who Offered Water to Wounded Union Soldiers
During the Battle of Fredericksburg
One of my favorite parts of the day, however, was lunch. When I lived in Fredericksburg, I was introduced to good Southern barbeque at Allman’s, a tiny, 1954 restaurant that looks like a dive. I had hoped against hope that Allman’s might still be open, and it was! Neither the restaurant nor the food had changed, and the staff was incredibly proud of that fact. Allman’s barbeque sandwiches are topped with cole slaw, and the barbeque sauce has a pronounced vinegar base. What good memories that lunch brought back! This was our first taste of barbeque on the trip, and I can’t wait to sample different regional variations as we travel south and west.