“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Chatham Heights in Stafford County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)


Fredericksburg Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 14, 2007
1. Fredericksburg Marker
Inscription. Fredericksburg was established in 1728 and named for Frederick Louis, Prince of Wales and eldest son of King George II. It served as the county seat of Spotsylvania County from 1732 to 1778 and was an important port during the colonial era. In his youth, George Washington lived nearby at Ferry Farm. He later spoke of the city’s influence on him. The town was devastated by fire in 1807 and again by the First and Second Battles of Fredericksburg that were fought here during the Civil War, yet many 18th- and 19th-century buildings remain and are listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places.
Erected 2003 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number E-45.)
Location. 38° 18.314′ N, 77° 27.02′ W. Marker is near Chatham Heights, Virginia, in Stafford County. Marker is on King (Business Virginia Route 3) 0.1 miles east of Virginia Route 218, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22405, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chatham (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park
Marker on King's Highway (SR 3) image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 14, 2007
2. Marker on King's Highway (SR 3)
(approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Chatham (approx. 0.3 miles away); Beyond the Big House (approx. 0.3 miles away); A Changed Landscape (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sow…Tend…Harvest (approx. 0.4 miles away); Beleaguered Town (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bombardment (approx. 0.4 miles away).
Regarding Fredericksburg. A 1930s or 1940s marker with this same title and number stood a bit south of here near the bridge to Fredericksburg on what was then U.S. Route 1. It read, “A settlement was made here at an early period. The town was established in 1727 and was named for Prince Frederick, father of George III.”
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 14, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,074 times since then and 25 times this year. Last updated on August 30, 2007. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 14, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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