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Sunken Road, the site of the bloody Battle of Fredericksburg, is a significant landmark in the area's history.
There will be free guided walking tours Nov. 23-25. For more information, call 540/373-6122.
At the Chancellorsville Battlefield, where Confederate Gen. "Stonewall" Jackson was mortally wounded by friendly fire, free guided walking tours will be held Nov. 23-24. Call 540/786-2880 for tour times.
The tours begin at the Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center at 9001 Plank Road in Spotsylvania.
For more historic outdoor options, visit nps.gov/frsp.
There's no place like downtown Fredericksburg to ring in the Christmas season.
The annual tree lighting will take place Friday at Hurkamp Park at 6 p.m. Festivities will include entertainment from Patrick A'Hearn, a former Broadway singer and current associate artistic director at Riverside Center Dinner Theatre, and a visit from Santa Claus.
Santa will also mingle with downtown shoppers Nov. 24-25 from noon to 2 p.m., and will be available for pictures free of charge at the Richard Johnston Inn, 528 Caroline St., 2:30-4:30 p.m.
You've spent enough time showing your relatives around George Washington's boyhood home here near Fredericksburg. Now maybe it's time to explore the home he built for himself and his family.
Mount Vernon in Alexandria decks its halls in true 18th-century fashion for Mount Vernon by Candlelight.
It's hosted by "Mrs. Martha Washington" herself. Guests of the Washingtons are invited to enjoy live music, period dance lessons, festive decorations and tours of the magnificent house and grounds.
"Visitors will leave in a festive mood," said Melissa Wood, media relations manager for Mount Vernon.
Tours are offered throughout the evenings of Nov. 23-25.
Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for children, and are available online at mountver
LEND A HELPING HAND
Give more than just thanks this Thanksgiving weekend.
As you go about your Black Friday shopping, remember those who can't afford to camp out all night for a $100 flat-screen TV.
Pick up a toy to donate to Toys for Tots and drop it off at the Toys R Us in Central Park, or find another drop-off location at quantico-va.toysfortots.org.
Also, if you're feeling particularly generous, pay off a community member's layaway balance at your local Toys R Us, and the store will donate $200 worth of toys to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.
Bridget Balch: 540/374-5444