I had the privilege of wandering around Fredericksburg, VA this evening. It’s a rare occasion that I’m in a city long enough to explore, and rarer still that I have car to do so. So when I do … I take advantage!
I ended up, quite unexpectedly actually, at the Vistitor’s Center for the Fredericksburg Battlefield.
Why you ask? Out of guilt.
I WAS going to skip up the interstate to a nearby suburb and grab some party supplies for my son’s three year old birthday party. (Why, you ask, would I do that shopping in VA on a business trip? Um, because I have time and a car to myself. This, my friend, is rare.)
As I drove toward exit 130B, I saw signs for “Historic Downtown Fredericksburg” and “Battlefield of Fredericksburg” indicating exit 130A. I debated. I hemmed and hawed…and you know what got me to turn off on 130A instead of 130B?
Knowing that my father in law, Tim Lindeen, would be totally bummed if I said I was THAT CLOSE, but didn’t go. And so, I followed his lead in my mind, and went. And I’m glad I did!
I’ll just share some of the photos I took below. I just have to say, it was a slightly eery experience. I think in light of the tragedy in Boston, walking these grounds where so many gave their lives so long ago, I was struck at the history in our country. We miss so much of it, living in younger states and cities. I love when my job takes me to the East coast, and I love it even more when I have a chance to explore. While we no longer have physical battlefields like this to commemorate the epic fighting we engage in, we are still at war. Battles are fought often, and fought hard. And I’m proud to be a part of a country that is willing to fight the hard battles; to band together in the face of adversity and defend our way of life, and our people. I do believe this is the first battlefield I’ve been to, and I must say, I wish I’d had more time to explore. Enjoy the pictures; I enjoyed discovering them.