Spotsylvania, Va. — Diverse Vacation Spot


Spotsylvania County’s wonderfully diverse attractions are conveniently located between Richmond, Virginia, and Washington, D.C, along Interstate 95. A Visitor Center at I-95 exit #126 is open seven days per week.

Several major battles of the Civil War were fought in the County, and the National Park Service (NPS) and other public and private supporters have respectfully preserved over 8,000 acres for quiet reflection and study. The NPS has a visitor center in the northwest portion of the County, at Chancellorsville, where historians are available during the summer to lead tours and assist visitors in learning about soldier and civilian experiences during the Civil War.

The newly opened Dominion Raceway will thrill you with fast pace racing. Local wines and spirits can be found at one of the four wineries in the area, reserve your spot on the Trolley Wine Tour and let someone else do the driving while you enjoy the scenery (only available on Sundays). Three local breweries and the A. Smith Bowman Distillery are excellent complements to the growing wine trail and have a tie to local historic attractions. All have tours, and are family owned and operated.

The Spotsylvania Museum, located in the center of the county, depicts a wide range of historical periods, including Native American activities and Lt. Governor of Virginia, Alexander Spotswood, who greatly influenced the lives of ordinary citizens in the early 1700s. The Museum provides maps for self-guided tours of nearby battlefields and the historic Spotsylvania Courthouse area — one block away. It is also the starting spot for the Courthouse Trolley Tours on Saturdays. The John J. Wright Museum and Cultural Center will let you explore the history of Civil Rights in Spotsylvania.

At the south border of the County is the extensive Lake Anna recreation area, where all forms of resort and water activities are available. Boat sales, rentals, launching and marinas along with lodging, dining, and related equipment are available. Lake Anna State Park has 15 miles of walking trails, a beach, cabins, and special events year round.

The immense Spotsylvania regional mall offers every imaginable variety of shopping and dining experience. Many hotels and B&B’s are conveniently located near major attractions.

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