Trail to Freedom

Immerse yourself in history on the Trail to Freedom. This self guided walking and driving tour follows the journey of the over 10,000 former area slaves as they crossed the Rappahannock River to Union lines camped in Stafford County beginning in April of 1862. Visit various historical markers complete with historic photos chronicling the compelling stories along their journey northward to freedom from Fredericksburg to Stafford County. Follow the trail, read their words, and hear their stories.

Location: Trail begins at Chatham Manor - 120 Chatham Ln, Fredericksburg, VA 22405