Located at the End of Barbette Court in Bell Creek you will find a hiking trail
that leads to a 124 acre Historical Civil War Park Known as the
Shelton House and Totopotomoy Creek Battlefield at Rural Plains.
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Shelton House and Totopotomoy Creek Battlefield at Rural Plains
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Although the centuries-old house is a major attraction, Richmond National Battlefield Park preserves this property because of the Civil War action that occurred here. A walking trail covering 2 miles round trip allows you to explore terrain that affected the course of the battle. Original breastworks built by Union infantry cover the north slope of Totopotomoy Creek; a footbridge over the creek provides access to entrenchments and cannon positions built by Confederate defenders on the south bank. On two occasions the men of Francis Barlow's division (Union Second Corps) attacked down the slope to the creek. The walking trail follows in their footsteps. It is 1 mile from the Top step of the Entrance @ Bell Creek to the Top Step of the Shelton House.
Directions to the Hiking Trail:
Follow Brigadier till it ends at Gabion Lane
Turn Right on Gabion Lane
Follow Gabion Lane till it ends at Barbette Court
Turn Left onto Barbette Court
Follow Barbette Court till you end at the Entrance to the Hiking Trail