Tredegar was the main production site for Confederate War material, and its five surviving buildings make up a Civil War hub on eight acres beside the James River. This should be the first stop for anyone intending to visit the area's battlefields. A new museum, The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, is next door. A pedestrian bridge gives visitors access to Belle Isle, formerly a Civil War prison camp for Union soldiers. The Center's flagship exhibit In the Cause of Liberty explores the war's causes, course, and legacies through artifacts, media, and programs. The education programs offered at the museum are designed to expand the critical thinking skills of students through a variety of innovative and exciting programs. Students can explore the era of the Civil War and its many legacies through artifacts, exhibitions and hands-on activities.