Spotsylvania includes both unspoiled rural areas and a community of homes and shopping areas that are quickly developing.
Spotsylvania is one of the fastest growing areas in the DC Metro area. It is a highly desirable area because of its convenient location between Washington, DC and Richmond, as well as its proximity to Interstate 95. For commuters heading north there are many commuting options including the Virginia Railway Express (VRE), Amtrak, both of which offer connections to Metro, and a multitude of van and car pools.
It was established in 1721 from portions of the counties of Essex, King and Queen and King William. It was named in honor of the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, Alexander Spotswood.
Spotsylvania has a long history and is known as the “Crossroads of the Civil War.” Several well-known battles occurred here including the Battle of Chancellorsville, the Battle of Fredericksburg, the Battle of the Wilderness and the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse. During the Battle of Chancellorsville, Stonewall Jackson was accidentally shot in both arms by his own troops. In an attempt to save his life his left arm was amputated, but he contracted pneumonia and died a few days later.
Spotsylvania is home to the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania Battlefields National Military Park, Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania Courthouse and Wilderness Battlefields.
At the county’s National Military Park, visitors can enjoy walking tours guided by park historians. In the Spotsylvania Courthouse Historic District visitors can visit the Historic Courthouse, Spotsylvania County Museum, Spotsylvania Jail, Civil War Trails Marker at Heath’s Salient, Christ Episcopal Church and the Confederate Cemetery. Just outside of the district are the additional points of interest: The One Room School, Zion United Methodist Church and the Civil War Trails Marker at Zion.
Spotsylvania also offers a variety of unique shopping experiences. The Spotsylvania Mall is in one of the largest shopping destinations on the east coast. The Mall, nearby Spotsylvania Towne Centre and Central Park offer countless retail and restaurant choices that are far too extensive to explore in a single day—or even a weekend. For those wishing to plan an extended visit, there are many choices for hotel accommodations.
In addition to shopping and taking in the historic locations, Spotsylvania is home to the Spotsylvania Farmer’s Market, The Miller Farms Market, wineries such as Mattaponi Winery, Wilderness Run Vineyards and Lake Anna Winery, the A. Smith Bowman Distillery and the Blue and Gray Brewing Company.
Farther south Lake Anna offers a 13,000 acre lake where you can spend the day or the week swimming, boating, picnicking, horseback riding, hiking, camping and much more!
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