Alerts & Conditions

Coronavirus Response

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park is currently performing only “Primary Mission-Essential Functions” and services. These essential functions relate to law enforcement, the health and safety of staff and visitors, protection of park resources, and maintaining access for residents dependent upon park roads. Employees not essential to these functions have been instructed to remain home and, when possible, work remotely. The park is following the most updated health guidance and Virginia's phased reopening closely.

The NPS recognizes the critical role the park’s open spaces play during this emergency, and so the park’s roads, trails, and grounds will remain open. That said, visitors must assume a heightened responsibility for their own safety and well-being when normal levels of staffing are not present. We need the public’s help in abiding the CDC guidelines for social distancing and the Commonwealth’s prohibition of groups of ten or more people.

The following closures are in effect:

  • Visitor centers and other public buildings are closed, this closure includes:
    • Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center

    • Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center

    • Chatham Manor

    • Stonewall Jackson Death Site

  • Bathrooms are closed.
  • The park will not collect trash, mow, maintain roads or trails, or have staff available to provide information.
  • All public programming is currently cancelled. We will be reevaluating visitor services in concordance with Virginia's phased reopening plans and current health guidelines.

What can you do?

  • Practice the principles of “Leave no Trace.” Carry out of the park what you carry in; help keep outdoor spaces safe, healthy, and sightly.
  • Follow CDC guidance for protecting yourself, your family, and your community during this time.
  • Follow the park via our Social Media channels. We will be sharing park stories in virtual form during this time.

These are extraordinary times. The unprecedented steps our society and community are taking in the name of public health will inevitably entail some unwanted physical impacts on the park itself. Grass will not be mowed. The National Cemetery may soon be in a state that at any other time would be unacceptable. If nature intervenes with storms or floods, we may have to close trails, scenic roads, or significant areas of the park. While unpleasant, all of these things are temporary—they can be remedied once the crisis passes. In the meantime, they constitute some of the burden we will all have to shoulder as we work our way, together, through this emergency.

For current information about the disease and information on how to protect yourself, please visit NPS Public Health Update.


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Last updated: May 18, 2020

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