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History at Sunset – Germanna Ford

Germanna Ford: Crossroads of the Rapidan

When soldiers used Germanna Ford in the Civil War, they were traversing a centuries-old crossing of the Rapidan River. Indigenous tribes, English and German colonists, the Marquis de Lafayette, and Civil War armies were all shaped by this location, but also influenced this environment in ways we can still observe today. Join park staff in collaboration with Historic Germanna to learn about the movements of peoples by walking in their footsteps and exploring their marks on the landscape.

Meet at the Germanna Foundation Visitor Center; 2062 Germanna Highway, Locust Grove, Virginia, 22508; includes a 1.5 mile walk; sturdy shoes, water, and bug spray recommended.

History at Sunset is an annual series that focuses on areas rarely visited, stories rarely told, or familiar sites seen through a different lens. Park rangers lead each History at Sunset program. All programs are free and take place every other Saturday evening at 6:30 pm. Most include walking, with distances ranging from about 0.5 to 1.5 miles. Participants are recommended to bring bug spray and water and to wear sturdy and comfortable walking shoes.

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Event Details
Saturday, August 19, 2023
Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center, Lafayette Boulevard, Fredericksburg, VA, USA