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May’s Bloodiest Dawn: Hazel Grove and Fairview
DATEJuly 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Frank O’Reilly will explore the landscape associated with the fight for Fairview, the key to the Chancellorsville Battlefield. Meet at Hazel Grove, Chancellorsville Tour Stop 9 (38.303890, -77.651421)
This year’s schedule features seven programs, commencing on June 15 and ending on August 3, with a hiatus for the July 4 weekend. Highlights include a program at Spotsylvania’s Mule Shoe Salient that will feature living historians (who in turn will be part of a larger living history weekend at Spotsylvania); traditional battle walks with Frank O’Reilly at Chancellorsville; a program on Chatham and war; the first-ever History at Sunset focused on historic Belmont in Falmouth; and a fresh look at the Sunken Road, not just as a battle site, but as a byway, homeplace, and iconic landscape.
The goal of History at Sunset is to offer visitors access to sites not typically accessible for tours or to see familiar sites through a different lens. All programs start at 6:30 p.m. and will last about 90 minutes. While the walks are generally not long, they often cover uneven ground. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water, and wear bug repellent. For one program—at Belmont on August 3—bring a lawn chair. Be prepared for some walking, and please bring a flashlight.