|Rob, Laureen and Tom|
Virginia:The Kenmore and Chatham House.
THE KENMORE HOUSE EXPERIENCE - Well, we never got the tour. After driving 90 minutes to get there, we were met with the choice of waiting over 45 minutes for the first 30 minute tour or nothing. We could not even walk the grounds. So, we left.
|Kenmore House that we didn't get into|
VISITING THE COOL CHATHAM HOUSE -This was a really nice and much better experience. This house is managed by the National Park Service
and well-run. It had 2 NPS employees on hand to greet us and both were friendly, very knowledgeable and accommodating. There was also no fee to visit this property. This was a totally opposite experience from the Kenmore House (so go here instead).
|About the Chatham|
|Front Entrance to Chatham|
HISTORY - Built between the years 1768 and 1771 by William Fitzhugh. In addition to the main house were dozens of supporting structures: a dairy, ice house, barns, stables. Down on the river was a fish hatchery, while elsewhere on the 1,280 acre estate were an orchard, mill, and a race track!
FAMOUS VISITORS - George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Robert E. Lee, Abraham Lincoln and President-elect William Henry Harrison.
|Tom and Laureen in the Gardens (created in the 1920s)|
CIVIL WAR HEADQUARTERS - Northern officers initially utilized the building as a headquarters. In April 1862, General Irvin McDowell brought 30,000 men to Fredericksburg.
|Exterior of the house shows where the portico was removed|
GHOSTLY ENERGY - In one room on the far north side of the house, we watched a 12 minute film of the history of the house and property. We both felt VERY uncomfortable in that room and learned that it was where the "Surgery" was located. We were told that the room was covered with blood and many died there, while others lost limbs.
|Nice view of Fredericksburg in the distance|
WHO IS PAN? - Pan is the god of the wild, shepherds and flocks, nature of mountain wilds and rustic music, and companion of the nymphs.
|A musical railing in the backyard of the Chatham|
In 1975 he willed it to the National Park Service.
NEXT: RECONSTRUCTING GEORGE WASHINGTON'S BOYHOOD HOME
|Laureen and Tom looking at Fredericksburg|
|Gazebo with Pan the flute player|