I have visited Chatham Manor several times, in various seasons, and there is always something new to see. Chatham has bore witness to the American Revolution, the Civil War, and so much more. Chatham is the only personal residence in the United States that has been visited by 4 different Presidents. There is so much history that it would be impossible for me to capture everything about Chatham in one post so I plan to break it up into several different posts.
I will be taking the entire estate and separating it into several different periods of history. The original front of the home, the west side, will be covered with the impact of the Civil War. The east side of the home and gardens will be covered with the post Civil War era. And the interior of the home as well as the outbuildings will be covered in an additional post.
Part I: The Beginnings of Chatham
Part II: The Gardens
Everything is Relative
I think that this property, as well as many other buildings in the Fredericksburg area, are so extremely important to document because they are part of American history. Almost all of the landmarks within Fredericksburg tie into each other in one way or another. While researching for my post on Alum Spring Park, I discovered that an altercation at a Christmas party at Chatham led to a duel at Alum Spring.
The amount of history that is contained on this property is absolutely astounding. While doing the research for these posts, I continue to be amazed at how much of a treasure Chatham is. Hopefully you enjoy reading about this amazing piece of history and seeing some of the beautiful photos that I was able to capture. If you’d like to see more photos, be sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook.
Throughout all of my visits to Chatham, I was able to record quite a bit of video footage. Photos really don’t do Chatham justice, so I have included the video that we put together so that you can get a better idea of how stunning it is. The video is best viewed with sound.
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Until the next Adventure,