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Chatham to host Fort Lee Army Band concert

      Time to dust off the lawn chairs!

     Chatham, Stafford County’s best-known historic mansion, will host the Fort Lee Army Band for a free public concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30.

     This will be the second year that the military band has performed at the Colonial plantation.  Its concert, with a lively mix of patriotic, classical and popular tunes, should offer selections for every musical taste. For more information on the band, visit

     Chatham is the only home in America where both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln visited. Clara Barton, Walt Whitman and Union Gen. Ambrose Burnside were also visitors to the Rappahannock River estate, which served as Union Army headquarters during the Battle of Fredericksburg.

      Chatham is located off Chatham Heights Road (State Route 218) in southern Stafford, just across the Chatham Bridge from downtown Fredericksburg. These days, it serves as headquarters of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.

       The National Park Service encourages concert-goers to bring lawn chairs and blankets for a more comfortable seat on Chatham’s riverside lawn.

       For details, call 540/373-6122.