Near Fredericksburg in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
A Southern Memorial
Erected by United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service.
Location. 38° 15.003′ N, 77° 26.297′ W. Marker is near Fredericksburg, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Touch for map. The Pyramid is located near the end of Lee Drive in the Fredericksburg-Spotyslvania Military Park, conveniently accessed from Lansdowne Road. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22408, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Meade Pyramid ( a few steps from this marker); Jackson ( approx. 0.2 Jackson Holds Prospect Hill ( approx. 0.2 miles away); Dead Horse Hill ( approx. 0.2 miles away); Hamilton's Crossing ( approx. 0.2 miles away); Union Breakthrough ( approx. 0.3 miles away); Death of Maxcy Gregg ( approx. 0.3 miles away); The Gallant Pelham ( approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
1. Pyramids in Fredericksburg?
People riding the train to points south of Fredericksburg or driving through the Fredericksburg-Spotsylvania National Military Park, may claim that they have seen a pyramid. Well, believe it or not, they are correct. They have in fact seen a pyramid. Just off Lee Drive (in the Fredericksburg-Spotsylvania National Military Park) and across the railroad tracks lies a 23 foot high granite pyramid. Though it is not officially recorded in history records, the park claims that the pyramid dates back to 1897. During that time, the Confederate Memorial Literary Society wanted to place markers along the railroad, marking Civil War sites.
In 1898 the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac (R. F. & P.) Railroad hauled over 17 tons of Virginia Granite to construct the pyramid. Today the pyramid, (officially known as Meade's Pyramid after General George Meade) still stands as a monument to the Civil War and is the only one of it's kind.
Visitors to the Fredericksburg-Spotsylvania National Military Park can see the monument by driving to the end of Lee Drive (Prospect Hill). At the end of the drive is a small parking lot where there are signs that has more information about the pyramid, Prospect Hill and nearby Hamilton's Crossing. To see the pyramid, you can either drive a few hundred feet back down Lee Drive or walk to the edge of the tracks. We must tell you that the track is active, (trains cross every few minutes and at very high speeds) and is very dangerous to cross. It is best to admire the pyramid without crossing the tracks.
Prospect Hill has several cannons and descriptions of the battles that took place in the area. The park is also home to some of the best troop trenches
The Battlefield Visitors Center located on the corner of Sunken Road and Lafayette Blvd. offers admission to the park ($3.00), a video of the battles, walking tours of the parks and more. Pets and children are welcome. Admission is on the honor system. Please purchase a ticket.
From Off The Beaten Path - The online source of what to see in Fredericksburg. http://www.simplyfredericksburg.com/offpath/path.shtml
— Submitted December 10, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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