A Visit to Chatham Manor

A Visit to Chatham Manor

One of my favorite gardens in Virginia is at Chatham Manor in Fredericksburg on the banks of the Rappahannock River. The manor house and grounds are owned by the US Park Service, and visitors are free to wander the beautiful gardens, which include verdant walks under tumbling rose trellises, water fountains and elegant statues.


I usually go in May every year, because that is when the roses are blooming, and these are some photos I took in May of this year. I haven't gotten around to posting them but they are just so pretty I thought it would be a shame not to give them some attention.

Sign for Chatham Manor
Chatham Manor was constructed in 1771 as part of a vast estate once owned by William Fitzhugh.

I recently read "The History of Henry Esmond" by William Makepeace Thackeray,
and wondered if the Esmond family in this book (who are also portrayed in "The Virginians") may have been based on the Fitzhugh family. The Esmonds were described to have a large estate on the Rappahannock River at the time of the Revolutionary War.


view of Chatham Manor historical house

All of my visits to Chatham Manor end with about a thousand photographs, so I think I will just post a selection and let the gardens speak for themselves.

Chatham manor garden with statue and trellis

Statue of a cherub
red and white roses against brick wall

garden at Chatham Manor

rose bush on trellis

Gardens with climbing roses and peonies
classical garden with statue and flowerbeds

gardens with columns trellis and peonies

Gardens with columns and flower beds

Gardens with statue bower and irises

brick cottage with summer house and gardens

Garden with statue bower and flowers

Large rose garden with statue and brick wall

Marble statue in romantic flower garden

Romantic flower garden with roses and peonies

rustic brick wall with climbing roses and peonies

historic garden with statue and flower beds

Chatham Manor historic house and gardens

classical statue head on garden wall with roses

classical statue head with climbing roses

classical statue bust in garden with roses

I hope you enjoyed the visit to Chatham Manor, I am working on a new Regency dress and will be showing some behind the scenes photos of construction of the dress very soon. 







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