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Places of the Heart: Stafford Homes



“Chatham” or “Chatham Manor” is the most significant of Stafford’s colonial homes. Built between 1768 and 1771 by William and Ann Randolph Fitzhugh, it is an historical treasure which spans America’s and Virginia’s Colonial, Revolutionary War, Federal, Antebellum, Civil War / Reconstruction, and Modern periods. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, Abraham Lincoln, George C. Marshall, and Dwight David Eisenhower are among the many distinguished Americans who have visited Chatham. Bequeathed to the nation by its last private owner, John Lee Pratt, “Chatham” is now headquarters of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. It is open to the public and docents provide tours.   (photo:  National Park Service)