The Stafford County, Virginia Historical Society Welcomes You

Stafford County is one of America’s most historic counties. The county contains a vast array of nationally significant prehistoric and historic sites which represent our paleontology, Paleo-Indian, Native American, Colonial, Revolutionary War, Federal, Antebellum and Civil War history. Spread throughout our history from Colonial days to present is an African American history second to none. In 2014 Stafford County celebrated its 350th year as a Virginia county.

“History lives in Stafford!” You can visit a wide variety of attractions and combine your business or golf trip with off-the-beaten-track side-tours through history. A large segment of America’s population can trace its roots to or through historic Stafford County. Conveniently located between Washington, DC, and Richmond, VA, Stafford can serve as a gateway for your visit to this region.

2018 Ornament is now available

In the fall of 1942, the U. S. government condemned 50,000 acres for the expansion of the Quantico Marine Corps base.  Of this, 30,000 acres were in Stafford County.  With less than three weeks warning, residents were forced to pack up their belongings, families, and livestock and find new homes.  In the midst of this turmoil, one of the worst rainstorms of the twentieth century deluged the region.  Torrential rains and rivers of mud made a difficult situation nearly impossible.  For the 2018 Christmas ornament, the Stafford County Historical Society has commemorated this critical event in our county’s history.  One displaced resident, William W. Cloe, said, “If they need my farm to get through this war, then they can have it.”  76 years later, the Quantico Marine Corps base is an integral part of the Stafford community.

This commemorative ornament is limited to 500 copies. Get yours today before they’re all gone!  Ornaments are $15 each. Proceeds will support the development and operation of a Stafford County museum.

Stafford County Museum

For the last 52 years, the Stafford County Historical Society has had as its goal the establishment of a county museum.  This is not a project for which the Society can be wholly responsible.  The physical plant, staffing, and artifact acquisition, maintenance, and...

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September 1776

The American Revolution forced Virginia's royal governor, Lord Dunmore, to return to England.  One of his last acts as he did so was to burn William Brent's home in Wide Water.  A newspaper reported:   "Since our last, we have certain advice that Lord Dunmore, with...

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