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Clint Schemmer writes about history, heritage preservation and the American Civil War.  On Facebook: Past is Prologue  On Twitter: @prologuepast  ContactEmail Clint or call 540/374-5424.

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Spotsylvania’s Slaughter Pen Farm is back in business

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Spotsylvania County’s Slaughter Pen Farm, where the pivotal fighting in the Battle of Fredericksburg occurred, is again open to history buffs, hikers, runners, dog walkers and nature lovers — as of this past Tuesday. My apologies for being late with this news.

The Slaughter Pen Farm, Routes 2 and 17, Spotsylvania County, Virginia. (Ron Zanoni)

The Slaughter Pen Farm, Routes 2 and 17, Spotsylvania County, Virginia. (Ron Zanoni)

The men of Skyline Enterprises LLC in Culpeper County worked like the dickens to fill two wells and remove several sheds, a milking barn, and a derelict house near Shannon Airport. Three barns, a rustic house in midfield and farmer John Pierson’s turn-of-the-century house remain.

Mark Coombs, a policy associate at the Civil War Trust, which preserved the battle site in partnership with the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust, emailed me today: “Our contractor on the project worked seven straight 10-hour days to get it done without delay. Matt George, our land stewardship manager, and a county inspector have declared that Slaughter Pen Farm is again open to visitors!”

For background, click to read my earlier story on the demolition project.

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