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

The Ebert House and Store

 

—The Battle of Fredericksburg —

 
The Ebert House and Store Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 25, 2008
1. The Ebert House and Store Marker
Note the step stones next to the trees in the photo. Compare to the modern day photo of the house and store location below.
Inscription. You could smell the gingerbread and candy when you went into the store. It was utterly quiet, the only noise was the ticking of a clock...and an elderly lady knitting and rocking.
A local resident

On this corner stood the home of the Ebert family, Henry and Sophia Ebert emigrated from Prussia in the 1840s, joining a growing and prospering community of German entrepreneurs in Fredericksburg. The Eberts opened a small grocery store in their home on this corner, catering to travelers entering or leaving Fredericksburg along the Telegraph (Sunken) Road. The Eberts, their children, and their grandchildren lived in and operated the store for nearly 100 years.

The Ebert house stood amidst a cluster of middle-class homes on the western edge of Fredericksburg. All of these families - Sisson, Ebert, Innis, Stephens, and Hall - lived lives largely disrupted by war. Before the battle on December 13, 1862, Confederate officers ordered the Eberts to leave their home. The family took refuge at Mrs. Ebert's brother's house several miles west of town. They returned days later to find dead bodies "all over the property" and their home badly scarred by eight hours of combat.
 
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Dept. of the Interior
Three Wayside along the Sunken Road image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
2. Three Wayside along the Sunken Road
From left to right, the Ebert House and Store, The Original Wall, and Brompton.
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Location. 38° 17.803′ N, 77° 28.118′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Sunken Road and Hanover Street, on the right when traveling north on Sunken Road. Touch for map. Located on the Sunken Road walking trail, which starts at the Fredericksburg battlefield visitor center. The Sunken Road is closed to vehicle traffic. 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 distance of this marker. The Original Wall (a few steps from this marker); Brompton (within shouting distance of this marker); Fredericksburg Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); Kirkland Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Fredericksburg (within shouting distance of this marker); Sunken Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Angel of Marye's Heights (within shouting distance of this marker); Seeking Cover (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
More about this marker. On the right side of the marker is a photo of The Ebert House as it appeared in 1927. The Ebert family owned the house into the 1930s. It stood until the 1950s.
 
Also see . . .
The Ebert House and Store Marker looking east along Kirkland Street. image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, July 23, 2016
3. The Ebert House and Store Marker looking east along Kirkland Street.
 Sunken Road Tour. A virtual tour of the Sunken Road and vicinity. (Submitted on June 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Ebert House and Store Site image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 25, 2008
4. The Ebert House and Store Site
The stone wall ran up to the side of the house. The long flat stones beside the walk path appear to be the same seen in the photo on the marker.
The Ebert House and Store Site image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 25, 2008
5. The Ebert House and Store Site
Closer view of the house and store site.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 24, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,629 times since then and 86 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on July 24, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   4, 5. submitted on June 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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