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Civil war history visit.

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Civil war history visit.

Hi we are a family of four with two boys aged 9 and 5 travelling Washington to Gatlinburg and on to florida. We would like to learn some US history and are looking at possibly staying in Fredericksburg on the 2nd of July and visiting local sites on the morning of the third.Would this be a good place to start our trip or would anyone suggest another stopover on the way from DC to Gatlinburg.We would be looking to spend 2-3 hours maximum before hitting the road again and any help would be greatly appreciated.We are heading for the Thornton Gap entrance of Skyline drive immediatly afterwards if we decide to visit Fredericksburg.

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1. Re: Civil war history visit.

You will have more than enough to see in Fredericksburg before heading to SNP / Skyline Drive.


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2. Re: Civil war history visit.

While Fredericksburg is a nice town with good Civil War history, it's somewhat out-of-the-way if your are driving to Thornton Gap. Manassas Battlefield NP is on a more direct path to Thornton Gap and you could see it well in 1 - 2 hours. You could then drive to SNP or to Luray for an overnight stay and then on to SNP the next day.

I'm not saying that Fredericksburg is a bad idea (I enjoy it!), but I just wanted to present another option.

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3. Re: Civil war history visit.

Hello. With only 2-3 hours to spend before hitting the road, I would suggest that Manassas battlefield would be the best choice. Although the "Burg is wonderful, 2-3 hours would barely do it or you justice. At Manassas you can see 2 battlefields which are essentially the same ground, and it would be more convenient for your accessing Skyline drive. Do be aware that the speed limit on Skyline drive is much less than 65mph, and it will take you a very long time to get to Gatlinburg. Hope this helps, and enjoy.

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4. Re: Civil war history visit.

You may have found this already. A great site. Page down just a very small bit and you'll see the link to "100s of Civil War Battlefields" which gives descriptions, photos. Great info on the whole site:


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