The 150th anniversary of the Civil War and Battle of Fredericksburg last month was a major boon for the City of Fredericksburg.
Economic Development Director Karen Hedelt says months of planning led up to the event. The National Park Service, Battle of Fredericksburg Committee and the Regional Tourism Partnership worked on the two week event. It happened at a number of venues, with events almost daily.
Hedelt says they estimate that some 20,000 people were in the area over the timeframe. While it is hard to get a final dollar amount on money spent, they estimate that each person spent about $50 on food, lodging and gasoline. That ends up putting about $1 million in tax revenue into the city's coffers.
Some of the groups involved last month are gearing up again for more historic visitors coming back to the area. They will be here this time for events surrounding the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Chancellorsville, from May 3rd through May 9th.