The Stafford County Historical Society is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated since 1965 to the historical education, preservation and enrichment of Stafford County’s citizens and visitors. Through the objective and dispassionate study, discussion and dissemination of all aspects of Stafford's rich prehistory and history, we seek to teach ourselves and others through monthly meetings, quarterly newsletters, and publication of books, compact discs, pamphlets and brochures.
We recognize individual contributions to our county history through the "Keepers of the Knowledge" program. We try to preserve individual stories through the "Voices of Stafford” Oral History Program.
The primary fundraising focus of our society since its inception has been to support the creation and operation of a Stafford Museum and Visitors Center which will further inform our populace and visitors and guide them to our county's historical attractions. All of our fundraising efforts have been toward that end.
Membership in the society is open to all with an interest in Stafford's history and all of our monthly meetings are open to the public.
Activities and Society business are handled by an elected Board with the help of various committees. Monthly meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month with informative and interesting presentations. See the Meeting section for event information.
As an outreach effort of our Society, we offer presentations on all aspects of Stafford’s history to community groups and schools. If interested in our speakers programs, please contact our Public Relations and Publications Director – Al Conner at (540) 286-1118 or Azconner@aol.com.
Enjoy your visit to our website and check back often as we are adding new information on a regular basis.
Stafford County is one of the most historic counties in the United States. Aside from the presence of dinosaur tracks and a rich Native American History, there is much Colonial and Civil War history of interest to many.
For modern times, the Marine Corps Base Quantico is near the newly established National Museum of the Marine Corps which attracts thousands of annual visitors. It is located just off I-95 near the northern entrance to the Quantico Base which covers about 20% of the northern part of Stafford County.
Stafford is located 25 miles south of the Washington, DC beltway and is about 60 miles north of Virginia’s capital, Richmond, and is convenient to Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown as well.
For those interested in history, Stafford can serve as center of activity for day trips to visit Montpelier, Monticello, Stratford Hall, Mt Vernon or you can stay local and visit four Civil War Battlefields which are located within a 20 mile radius.