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Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Welcome to Fredericksburg, Va

Stone Tools to Seltzer Bottles

 
 
Welcome to Fredericksburg, Va Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 13, 2008
1. Welcome to Fredericksburg, Va Marker
Inscription. Commuters and rail passengers hurry to their trains over asphalt paving that is only the most recent layer in Fredericksburg's history. These travelers cross over prehistoric work sites, eighteenth-century shops and dwellings, a Civil War battleground, and the debris and fill left by the twentieth-century railroad that continues to tie the City to neighboring communities and the nation at large.

Fredericksburg's preparation to provide commuter rail service presented the opportunity to explore a portion of this area's history. At the City's request, the Center for Historic Preservation at Mary Washington College conducted an archaeological and historical assessment of two City blocks at the railroad station. They recovered artifacts representing the period from 4000 BC, when the Rappahannock valley's early inhabitants occupied this area, to 1992, when the parking lot was paved.
 
Location. 38° 17.888′ N, 77° 27.391′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker is on Frederick Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located at the commuter parking area for the Fredericksburg Virginia Railway Express / AMTRAK terminal. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking
Welcome to Fredericksburg, Va Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 13, 2008
2. Welcome to Fredericksburg, Va Marker
distance of this marker. John Paul Jones House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mt. Zion Baptist Church (about 700 feet away); A Vibrant, But Segregated Community (about 700 feet away); Shiloh Baptist Church (New Site) (about 700 feet away); Irish Brigade (about 800 feet away); The Middle Passage (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Slave Ship Othello (approx. 0.2 miles away); No Outlet (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
More about this marker. The marker's background is a photo of a train crossing the Rappahannock rail bridge. At the bottom are photos of various artifacts found during excavations.
 
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The Fredericksburg Train Station image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 13, 2008
3. The Fredericksburg Train Station
Railroad Bridge over the Rappahannock image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 13, 2008
4. Railroad Bridge over the Rappahannock
A 19th century railroad bridge ran across the river near the same point as this modern bridge. The original bridge was destroyed during the Civil War.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 989 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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