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.

2019 Ornament is now available

During the prehistoric-era, dinosaurs roamed the river beds and open spaces that are roughly east of today’s I-95 highway in Stafford County.  Paleontologists have found footprints in Stafford County of several different dinosaurs.  Megalosauropus was a large meat-eating dinosaur of the Middle Jurassic period.  Astrodon was a very large herbivorous dinosaur, related to Brachiosaurus, that lived during the Early Cretaceous period.  Amblydactylus is the generic name, meaning “dull finger,” given to the dinosaurs that made the tracks made during the Cretaceous period.  The images are how paleontologists think these dinosaurs may have looked.

This commemorative ornament is limited to 100 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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