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Chatham Heights in Stafford County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Chatham

 
 
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By Kevin W., January 5, 2008
1. Chatham Marker
Inscription. This expansive estate and its impressive Georgian dwelling have dominated Stafford Heights overlooking Fredericksburg for over two centuries. William Fitzhugh, a wealthy landowner from Virginia's Northern Neck, completed construction of his new residence in 1771 and named it in honor of William Pitt, the Earl of Chatham. Fitzhugh and subsequent ante-bellum owners of Chatham managed a large plantation employing as many as one hundred slaves. After the war, Chatham's land was gradually sold until the property amounted to only thirty acres of landscaped grounds and formal gardens. Thus by the early 20th century, the estate had become a country home for the well-to-do. Industrialist and philanthropist John Lee Pratt willed Chatham to the National Park Service in 1975 in order that its historical significance and beautiful setting could be enjoyed by the public, now and in the future.
 
Erected by United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 38° 18.546′ N, 77° 27.265′ W. Marker was in Chatham Heights, Virginia, in Stafford County. Marker was on Chatham Lane. Click for map. Marker is located at Chatham Manor,
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By Kevin W., January 5, 2008
2. Chatham Marker
part of the Fredericksburg National Military Park. Marker was at or near this postal address: 120 Chatham Ln, Fredericksburg VA 22405, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Lincoln's Review (here, next to this marker but has been reported missing); Beyond the Big House (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Chatham (here, next to this marker); Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park (a few steps from this marker); A Changed Landscape (within shouting distance of this marker); Sow…Tend…Harvest (within shouting distance of this marker); A “Picture of Desolation” (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bombardment (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Chatham Heights.
 
Regarding Chatham. This marker was replaced by a new one also named Chatham (see nearby markers).
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Chatham Heights virtual tour by markers.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWar, US Civil
 
Chatham image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., January 5, 2008
3. Chatham
In the early 1900s, Chatham's original rear entrance became the front entrance, as you see it here.
Chatham image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., January 5, 2008
4. Chatham
This is the original front entrance of Chatham, which overlooks the town of Fredericksburg across the Rappahannock. You can see the ghost lines of the original porch, which was removed in the early 1900s.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,105 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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