The Beaten Path The
online source of what to see in Fredericksburg
Every few months, SimplyFredericksburg
will take you on a journey to places that most
people visiting (and many residing in) Fredericksburg don't get to see.
These are places that are "Off The Beaten Path". There are many great sites
to see in the area that are just not highly advertised or publicized. So
sit back and take a short trip "Off the beaten path".
We will, (in most cases), provide you with
photos and a brief description of each location. As always, we encourage
you and others to see these sites in person. We do not try to replace an
Answer to the Pharaohs"
People riding the train to
points south of Fredericksburg or driving through the Fredericksburg-Spotsylvania
National Military Park, may claim that they have seen a pyramid. Well, believe
it or not, they are correct. They have in fact see a pyramid. Just
off Lee Drive (in the Fredericksburg-Spotsylvania National Military Park) and
across the railroad tracks lies a 23 foot high granite pyramid. Though
it is not officially recorded in history
records, the park claims that the pyramid dates back to 1897. During that
time, the Confederate Memorial Literary Society wanted to place markers
along the railroad, marking Civil War sites. The rail road was not opposed
to the idea but was not fond of the wooden signs that the Society proposed.
The railroad claimed that they would look to much like advertising. A better
marker was chosen, a granite pyramid. The society used a 90 foot pyramid located
in Richmond's Hollywood Cemetery as the model.
In 1898 the Richmond, Fredericksburg
and Potomac Rail Road hauled over 17 tons of Virginia Granite to construct
the pyramid. Today the pyramid, (officially known as Meade's Pyramid after
General George Meade) still stands as a monument to the Civil War and is the only one of it's kind.
Visitors to the Fredericksburg-Spotsylvania
National Military Park can see the monument by driving to the end of Lee
Drive (Prospect Hill). At the end of the drive is a small parking lot where there are signs that has more information about the
Hill and nearby Hamilton's Crossing. To see the pyramid, you can either
drive a few hundred feet back down Lee Drive or walk to the edge of the
tracks. We must tell you that the track is active, (trains cross every few
minutes and at very high speeds) and is very dangerous to cross. It is
best to admire the pyramid without crossing the tracks.
Prospect Hill has several
cannons and descriptions of the battles that took place in the area. The
park is also home to some of the best troop trenches in the area.
The Battlefield Visitors
Center located on the corner of Sunken Road and Lafayette Blvd.
offers admission to the park ($3.00), a video of the battles, walking tours of the parks and more.
Pets and children are welcome. Admission is on the honor system. Please purchase a ticket.
Directions: The Pyramid is located at the end of Lee Drive in the Fredericksburg-Spotyslvania Military Park, located off of Lansdowne Rd. If you enter the park from Lafayette Blvd, you will need to take the lengthy, but enjoyable ride to the end of Lee drive. You will cross over Lansdowne Road during your journey. The road ends at a parking lot, where you will find the Pyramid and many other excellent Civil War sites.
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