First Day at Chancellorsville

Project Summary

Located in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, 140 acres of historic battlefields are preserved for a community to reflect, learn and connect with the experience of soldiers during the first day of the Battle of Chancellorsville. Working with the Civil War Preservation Trust, our Landscape Architects developed a phased, long range plan for an interpretive trail system. Describing the First Day Battle at Chancellorsville, visitors are introduced to and explore interpretive kiosks in an area designated as the trailhead. This low profile space similar to an outdoor museum accommodates large gatherings while not intimidating the individual visitor. A combination of clay pavers and local aggregate under foot employs control and definition of space. Plantings are arranged in natural character. Working with Historyland Associates, signage is arranged in this trailhead as well as along the trail system to maximize views and orient visitors. Gravel and turf trails and wayside exhibits transform existing farm plots and the historical battlefield into an educational and heritage tourism destination. Design also includes reforestation principles reflective of the original stands during the Civil War period.