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The Porter Branch Children’s Department will be closed January 22-February 12 for renovation.

Porter Branch will be closed February 3 for installation of the new shelving.

All branches will be closed Monday, January 20, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Program: Local History

Local History

From its time as Algonquian territory through its establishment as the Old Dominion, our area has a past well worth discovering.

Local History Featured

A Guide to Local Parks

Check out these beautiful natural areas in the Rappahannock region.

Ghosts of Fredericksburg

The spirit of the past still lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

New in Virginia History

These are recently published adult nonfiction titles on our state's hundreds of years of history.

Local History

Annual "Reading Lee" Lecture

Jan 24th | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Fredericksburg Branch
Bud Robertson, noted American Civil War scholar, will lecture on Robert E. Lee in this yearly series.

The Postcard Collection

Look back through more than a century of images, and see our area the way travelers did. From the collection of author De'Onne C. Scott.

The Virginiana Room

The Virginiana Room provides resources for genealogists and those interested in local history.

Walk Through History...Washington Avenue

This residential neighborhood was once part of the 863-acre Kenmore Plantation...

Ferry Farm

Ferry Farm is best known as the childhood home of George Washington, though it has a history that predates the Washington…

The Smoothbore Volley That Doomed the Confederacy, Chapter 1

By Robert Krick The first 18 pages of The Smoothbore Volley That Doomed the Confederacy: The Death of Stonewall Jackson and Other Chapters…

Stafford's Major Mike Wallace

Major Michael Wallace, of the American Revolutionary Army, was an enormous man, more than six feet six inches tall, broad and powerful.

White Oak Primitive Baptist Church

The simple house of worship on White Oak Road, across from the White Oak Civil War Museum, has its historic roots in the separation of…

Hunter's Island Vineyard

Learn more about this local vineyard that supplied much of the communion wine in area churches.

The Fredericksburg Sassafras Distillery

Learn about the herb sassafras and why it was so profitable to our local area.

The Fredericksburg Silk Mill

Discover the history of the Silk Mill, now popular for weddings and other elegant events in downtown Fredericksburg.

Fredericksburg's Battlefield Granite

To the almost-forgotten past belongs the story of Fredericksburg’s “Battlefield granite” quarries...

The Narrow Gauge Railroad

In 1852, Fredericksburg businessmen wanted a railroad so they could compete with Alexandria. For 20 years, not much happened, but then...

The Heritage of Sophia Street

Learn about the historical significance of Sophie Street in downtown Fredericksburg.

A Return to Sunken Road

Learn about the buildup to the Battle of Fredericksburg at Marye's Heights in December 1862.

Fredericksburg in Revolutionary Days, Part I

William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine (William and Mary Quarterly) Volume XXVII, No. 2. October 1918. pp.…
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