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Stafford, Virginia, USA - Stafford County Court House

Stafford is a census-designated place (listed as Stafford Courthouse) in and the county seat of Stafford County in the northern part of the U.S. Commonwealth of Virginia.


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Stafford County Court House
Stafford, Virginia, USA

Stafford County Court House
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Stafford, Virginia, USA

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Stafford, Virginia, USA

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Aquia Church in Stafford was founded in 1711
1757 - Aquia Church (building) was built in Stafford
1862 - Stafford - The Potomac Creek Bridge was constructed
"Beanpoles and cornstalks," is what President Abraham Lincoln called the once 80-foot-high, 400-foot-long Potomac Creek Bridge when he crossed it in 1862...

This Potomac Creek Bridge once carried the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad across Potomac Creek as well as Confederate and Union soldiers during and after the Civil War. The Union army in particular built as many as four railroad bridges atop this same abutment. In May 1862, engineer Herman Haupt supervised unskilled Union infantrymen in harvesting two million feet of local lumber to construct the first of these structures, accomplishing this task in just nine days. The Potomac Creek Bridge abutment is part of the Civil War Trails...
Stafford Training School was built in 1939
Originally built in 1939 by the Public Works Administration as the Stafford Training School (a term used in the South to differentiate a White high school from a Black high school). It was the only place where Black students could receive an education beyond the 7th grade.
2023 - Here are some of the best places to go and things to do in and around Stafford:
Aquia Landing Park: This waterfront park on the Potomac River is perfect for picnicking, fishing, and enjoying beautiful views of the river. It's also a significant historical site, as it was once a Civil War supply depot.

Government Island: Known as the "Island of Stone," this unique park is a former quarry where much of the sandstone used in the construction of the U.S. Capitol and White House was sourced. You can hike, explore the quarries, and learn about the island's history.

Historic Downtown Stafford: Stroll through the heart of Stafford's historic district and soak in its charming atmosphere. You'll find quaint shops, local restaurants, and a sense of the town's history on every corner.

Aquia Church: This historic church dates back to the colonial era and is one of the oldest continuously used churches in the United States. The architecture and serene surroundings make it a peaceful place to visit.

Chatham Manor: Located just across the Rappahannock River, Chatham... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Stafford, Virginia, USA

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