Stafford County historic sites and museums can be found in all parts between Marine Corps Base Quantico (Garrisonville) and the Rappahannock River (Falmouth). Stafford County is mostly known as the 1862 staging area for the Union Army of the Potomac commanded by Major General Ambrose Burnside during the preparation of the Battle of Fredericksburg. The Stafford County Historical Society has put together an outline (map included) of the most important historic sites which has been published by the Central Rappahannock Regional Library. The 20 most historically important are listed below.
- Aquia Crucifix and Brent Cemetery
- Aquia Episcopal Church
- Stafford County Courthouse
- Aquia Landing
- Marlborough Point
- White Oak Primitive Baptist Church
- George Washington’s Boyhood Home: Ferry Farm
- Chatham Manor
- Hartwood Presbyterian Church
- Gari Melchers Belmont
- Golgotha Church
- Basil Gordon’s Cotton Warehouse
- Magistrate’s Office
- Cambridge Street General Store
- Lightner House
- Shelton Cottage
- Union Church and Falmouth Cemetery
- Falmouth Log Cabin (Hobby School)
- Falmouth Historic District
Both visitors and residents of Stafford County should also visit White Oak Museum for the greatest display of local Civil War artifacts. Click here for articles sponsored by the National Park Service documenting Civil War troop movements including the Mud March, encampment sites, hospitals (1862-63), supply points, and artillery batteries on the Potomac River.
Stafford County Information and Photographs
- Chatham Manor (29 photographs) National Park Service interpretive markers, Union artillery at Chatham Heights, scenic views of Fredericksburg’s historic district.
- Stafford Civil War Park (29 photographs) Union Infantry winter camp, Potomac Church Road, Sandstone Quarry, Union Batteries at Accokeek Creek, 11th Corps Road, The Daniel Bridge.
- Stafford County (259 photographs) Stafford County historic buildings, Virginia Department of Historic Resources historical highway markers, Virginia Civil War Trails historical markers, Aquia Church, White Oak Primitive Baptist Church, Government Island, Civil War weapons and displays at White Oak Civil War Museum.
Museums in Surrounding Jurisdictions
- Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center (Historic District, City of Fredericksburg)
- Manassas Museum (City of Manassas)
- National Museum of the Marine Corps (Triangle, Prince William County)
- Occoquan Mill House Museum (Town of Occoquan, Prince William County)
- Weems-Botts Museum (Town of Dumfries, Prince William County)
- Workhouse Prison Museum (Lorton, Fairfax County)
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