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Monday morning notes

The Dixon Park pool has closed for the summer, Spotsylvania kids are back in school…but Fredericksburg’s City Council won’t officially end its summer vacation for a couple more weeks. In the meantime, a few things:

- The Associated Press ran a story over the weekend about the Museum of the Confederacy, which we’ve reported is looking at Fredericksburg as a possible site for future exhibits. (Spotsylvania is apparently still a possibility, too, although the AP didn’t mention it.) The council members have not discussed this possibility in any kind of group setting. And while they’ve talked about how to build the new courts complex, they really haven’t gotten much into what’s going to happen to the historic Circuit Court building. In the past, I’ve heard some say they’d like to see it renovated for use as a new venue for council meetings. Matt Kelly argued on his blog over the weekend that these discussions should start soon so the building doesn’t turn into another Maury School-type problem.

- It’s assessment time again. Read the city notice about the work that will start next month here. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to make a good guess at what’s going to happen here, but here’s just one of many indicators of how drastically things have changed in a few years: When I first moved to Fredericksburg in 2005, I was amazed to see that the cheapest listings on’s real estate site–typically the townhomes off Bragg Road–were hovering around $200,000. Take a look today: they start at $57,000.