Hurkamp Park - Fredericksburg VA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member La de Boheme
N 38° 18.105 W 077° 27.777
18S E 284633 N 4242165
Quick Description: An old burying ground is now a public park in historic Fredericksburg, VA.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 8/20/2009 3:59:06 PM
Waymark Code: WM71WA
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
From 1787 through 1853, Hurkamp Park was a public cemetery known as the Corporation Burying Ground located in downtown Fredericksburg. By 1853, it had fallen into neglect and became abandoned and overgrown. In 1875, it was decided to clean up the eyesore and turn it into a park. The graves were moved to nearby cemeteries. With the financial help of John Hurkamp, a local businessman, the park was dedicated in 1881 and named for him.

Today, Hurkamp Park is the location of many activities and events -- outdoor concerts, farmer markets, fitness camps, craft shows, and holiday celebrations.

There are brick walkways lined with benches and lamp posts that meet at a water fountain in the center where you will also find two historic display signs and a WW II memorial nearby. A brick wall including brick benches stands along Prince Edward Street, thanks to a donation from the Rappahannock Rotary Club. It is possible to make a 'naming' donation and have a plaque added to this wall. Park benches and lamp posts are also dedicated for donations.

Hurkamp Park is open daily 5 AM - 10 PM.
Name: Hurkamp Park

Street Location: William St and Prince Edward St

Local Municipality: Fredericksburg

State/Province, etc.: VA

Country: USA

Web Site: [Web Link]

Memorial/Commemoration: Individual

Date Established: July 12, 1881

Picnic Facilities: Benches

Recreational Facilities:

Monuments/Statues: WW II memorial

Art (murals/sculpture, etc.): Craft shows

Fountains: Yes

Ponds/Lakes/Streams/Rivers/Beach: None

Special Events: See long description

Traditional Geocaches:
Hurkamp Tree Twins GC22QTA (2.5/1 Small Cache) Sit, Sip, and Stop GC1FJT5 (2/1.5 Multi)

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