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Welcome New Events Coordinator Cassandra Clark!

from Cassandra

I am originally from beautiful Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Being from a military family and growing up all over the east coast has given me the passion for traveling and exploring new places.

It still feels as though I can refer to myself as a recent graduate of The Art Institute of Washington, D.C.; however, that’s not the case. I graduated in 2015 with a degree in graphic and web design. I grew the most during my college experience …


“Absolutely Wonderful Place to Stay and Relax”

Recent guests from Oregon spent some time with our historian-in-residence touring Chancellorsville and Spotsylvania. They posted a nice review at AirBnB:

“Our visit to Stevenson Ridge and the Riddick House was a highlight of our two-week journey visiting several Civil War battlefields. Absolutely wonderful place to stay and relax. The owners of this beautiful property provide a unique experience for their guests, having relocated and modernized [within reason] a number of houses and cabins [all different], creating a private park-like


Rehearsal Dinner at the Log Home

from Cassandra

The night before the Debicki wedding, we hosted their charming rustic rehearsal dinner on the front porch of one of our favorite cabins, The Log Home.

Their dinner sat about 25 people comfortably, surrounded by wedding day florals and candle-lit lanterns. Overlooking the pond and surrounding cabins, the guests enjoyed a buffet-style dinner accompanied by a self-serve Bellini Bar with an assortment of fruit.

We could not have asked for more perfect weather for their rehearsal night. Even …


Stevenson Ridges’s Civil War Anniversaries

from Chris

It was 154 years ago yesterday that Yankee infantry first swept across the property that is now Stevenson Ridge. And it was 154 years ago today that Brig. Gen. Thomas Greeley Stevenson—the man for whom SR is named—was killed on the battlefield.

You can read all about Stevenson Ridge’s Civil War history in our own book, Traces of the Bloody Struggle: The Civil War at Stevenson Ridge, Spotsylvania Court House. Order your hard copy—only $10—exclusively from Stevenson …


Happily Ever Afters start at the Adrian Cabin

from Madeliza

The Adrian Cabin seems to be the beginning to many couples’ engagement story! Two couples have gotten engaged within the past six months in our beautiful Adrian Cabin. It is such a sweet surprise to see the stories guests leave behind.

The first couple shared with us the following: “We cannot leave without sharing that this cabin will always hold a special place in our hearts. In this Wonderful place the man I love asked me to marry …


Commemorating the 155th Anniversary of the Battle of Chancellorsville

Our historian-in-residence, Chris Mackowski, took part in an exciting two-day event to help commemorate the 155th anniversary of the battle of Chancellorsville earlier this week. Chris, along with several fellow historians from Emerging Civil War, joined Kris White and Garry Adelman from the Civil War Trust and Beth Parnicza and Pete Maugle from the National Park Service for a series of Facebook LIVE broadcasts.

From Emerging Civil War, Dan Davis, Ryan Quint, Steward Henderson, and Edward Alexander joined in. So …


Battlefield Season Kicks Off

The anniversaries of the battles of Chancellorsville, the Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House all fall in early May, so that means battlefield season is about to kick off. What better place to stay, while you’re out exploring history, than ON a battlefield?

If you’re out battlefielding in the Fredericksburg area, please join us at Stevenson Ridge. We’re central to all four of the area’s major battlefields–Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, the Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House–plus great sites like the Stonewall Jackson Shrine, …


SR and Wine “In my Pocket”

Stevenson Ridge was recently highlighted in a wonderful feature that appeared on the website Virginia Wine in My Pocket: “Wine, War, and Where in the World is Stonewall’s Arm?” In case you couldn’t guess, wine and the Civil War are central themes!

You’ll note, on Day Three, they recommend hiring a guide to tour the Civil War battlefields. Not listed on that page, though: Stevenson Ridge offers a guide service for our guests. We have several historians available to …


A “Delightful” Stay in the Log Home

We’re always pleased to get nice reviews from guests: “The cabin and the surrounding grounds were terrific. With no hyperbole I give a solid 5 stars.”

These kind words come from guests who recently stayed in the Log Home. They got married that morning and then came to Stevenson Ridge for a quiet getaway:

“The cabin was truly delightful. The historic elements along with comfort and cleanliness provided a wonderful realm of escape from the modern churn of life. Sitting


A Smile Folded into Every Towel

from Julia

The art of paper folding and napkin folding started in Japan and Europe and was referred to as Origami. These different folding techniques were viewed as beautiful art and held different symbols and traditions.

In Europe, around the 17th and 18th centuries, the art of napkin folding was viewed as a dinner-table status symbol among nobility.

In Japan, the first documented origami was in 1680 and was a traditional paper butterfly used during a Shinto wedding.…