Spotsylvania’s Slaughter Pen Farm is back in business
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 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.