The Richmond Region, Virginia, an area that occupied center stage during the Civil War and throughout African-Americans’ struggle for freedom, plays a starring role in the nation’s commemoration of dual 150th anniversaries of the Civil War and the beginning of Emancipation from 2011-2015.
The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar and the Richmond National Battlefield Park/National Park Service have designated Historic Tredegar as “Your Gateway to the Civil War”, with the 8.3-acre site serving as the Region’s official Civil War 150th Visitor Center under the banner, “The Story Starts Here”. The designation expands upon an existing partnership between The American Civil War Center and the National Park Service, which share the Historic Tredegar campus, once the largest munitions foundry in the South.
As the official Gateway to the Civil War, the Civil War and Emancipation 150th Visitor Center will not only orient visitors to Historic Tredegar and the Region’s 13 Civil War battlefields, but NPS Park Rangers and Center staff also will help direct tourists and locals alike to the Region’s other historic sites, such as the Virginia Historical Society, the Museum & White House of the Confederacy, Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia and Richmond Slave Trail among others. The Center also will provide information on visiting other historic Civil War sites beyond Central Virginia.
In addition to the existing museum resources at The American Civil War Center and the Richmond National Battlefield Park Civil War Visitor Center, the expanded Tredegar facility will include a broader selection of brochures for area Civil War and Emancipation venues and trails, more comprehensive information about Virginia Civil War and Emancipation 150th events and new banners displayed outside the Center to highlight its role as the gateway site.
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