Located on the Fredericksburg Battlefield, Braehead Manor's Civil War History starts with General Robert E Lee.
Built in 1859 by John Howison, Braehead is a 6,200 square foot manor house, nestled on 27 acres in historic Fredericksburg, Virginia. Braehead is located within the bounds of the Fredericksburg Battlefield National Park.
On the morning of the 1st Battle of Fredericksburg General Robert E. Lee took breakfast at Braehead, tying his famous horse "Traveller" to the black walnut tree on the south lawn. During the 2nd Battle of Fredericksburg the Union Army occupied the house killing livestock, breaking household dishes and leaving graffiti, bayonet marks, bullet holes, and carvings as proof of ‘residence’ . The Union Army would also use the house as a hospital.
Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000 and painstakingly restored to period in 2011 by the Almy Family, Braehead Manor is the perfect venue for hosting weddings and other special events. Our close proximity to Old Town Fredericksburg, the University of Mary Washington and the many other local attractions and historic tourist destinations makes us a perfect place to stay while visiting.
Braehead Manor has hosted a number of historic reenactments, most recently becoming the Confederate Brigade Headquarters. Retired, Charles C. James, Jr. and his ‘group’ of veteran reenacts with period style desks, HQ furniture, paperwork and reproduction maps turned the Manor into an active ‘war room’ with a living history war mapping reenactment. Well received by local visitors, the Almys encourage guests to enjoy everything that makes this property so special; history, antique furnishings, beautiful terraces, gardens and welcoming charm. Make a little history of your own during your visit!