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Highmark Brewery
Highmark Brewery is owned by local artist, Brandon Newton, and a group of family member and friends, including brewer Mark Thorsted. Open Thursday through Sunday, the brewery offers eight beers on tap and a rotating food truck schedule. Newton will teach painting classes at Highmark, and hopes the l…
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Walnut Hill Farm at Elm Springs LLC
We are a family operated farm committed to preserving and improving the land through natural means.  Raising our livestock ethically in conditions that allow the livestock to express natural behaviors daily. We specialize in Traditional farming methods that do not include chemicals, or con…
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Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park
Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania – more than 85,000 men wounded; 15,000 killed. No place more vividly reflects the Civil War’s tragic cost, in all its forms. These places reveal the trials of a community and nation at war. In 1927 the U.S. Congress established Fre…
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Gari Melchers Home and Studio Museum Shop
The Gari Melchers Home and Studio Museum Shop is located within the Marguerite Stroh Visitor Center. It is open to the public free of charge during regular business hours. Featured items include images based on reproductions of Gari Melchers’ paintings. These items include postcards and notecards, p…
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Hope Springs Marina LLC
Hope Springs Marina is a full service marina located on scenic Aquia Creek, just off of the Potomac River. We are about 45 miles south of Washington DC and 75 miles from the Chesapeake Bay. We have 180 wet slips and a 300 rack boathouse. We have a full service boat dealer and repair facility onsite…
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John Lee Pratt Park
Located off River Road, this spacious park boasts the Celebration Stage, picnic pavilions, grills, basketball courts, tennis courts, Frisbee disc golf course, horseshoe pit, one-mile gravel track, one-mile walking/biking trail, nature trails, baseball field, 10 soccer fields, and restrooms. Picnic t…
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Aquia Landing Park
Open year-round, this popular public beach offers fishing, picnicking, kayaking and two large picnic shelters for rent. Rich in outdoor recreation and steeped in history, Aquia Landing is a special place in Stafford County.  Located just 7 miles east of Stafford Courthouse (Exit 140 – from I-95…
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Cavalier Family Skating Centers USA of Stafford
Cavalier Family Skating Centers USA of Stafford offers rollerskating and rollerblading on a hardwood maple floor, with programs for all ages. Teens, young adults, and families will enjoy special programs such as T.G.I.F. Pre-Teen Jam, Family Skating Days, all-night lock-in skates, holiday skates, da…
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Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve
Crow’s Nest is, simply, a beautiful place and considered highly significant from numerous standpoints. Topography is varied, with the high narrow ridgeline rising 160 feet above two tidally influenced creeks: Potomac and Accokeek. The peninsula is deeply dissected on both its northern and southern f…
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6 Bears & A Goat Brewing Company
Named after its founders military service, “6 Bears” refers to six 20-year retirees from the U.S. Coast Guard. The “Goat” is a retiree from the U.S. Navy. Their brew house is now open and once their kitchen is finished, they will offer a full menu and table service. They are partnering with a local…
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Smith Lake Park
This 17-acre site located on Doc Stone Road in northern Stafford features three baseball and two soccer fields (all lighted and irrigated). Other amenities include one large and one small picnic pavilion, paved trails, a playground, and a restroom/storage building. Reservations for pavilions and fie…
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Stafford Civil War Park
This 41-acre park tells the story of the Army of the Potomac’s Winter Encampment in 1863.  More than 135,000 soldiers occupied Stafford County while their new commander, General Joseph Hooker rebuilt his army.  This critical time has been referred to in soldier’s letters as “The Union Army’s Valley…
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Abel Reservoir
Visit one of Stafford County’s most scenic park and lake. Abel Reservoir contains a stocked fishing area, boating (electric motors only), and is great for hiking, and picnicking. A boat ramp with parking is available and is open open year ‘round from dawn to dusk. A Virginia State Fishing License is…
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George Washington’s Ferry Farm
George Washington was 6 years old in 1738 when his family moved to this farm on the Rappahannock River across from Fredericksburg. The Ferry Farm Visitor Center features displays of colonial and Civil War artifacts found on the property and the lab, where archaeologists may be viewed working Monday…
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Duff McDuff Green Memorial Park
Located along the Rappahannock River in a beautiful, natural setting, this park is open year-round. It contains lighted and irrigated baseball/softball and soccer fields; restroom and concession buildings; picnic pavilions; playground; 0.9-mile trail, and river overlook. Dog Park Dog Run area is rou…
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Willow Landing Marina
This marina provides direct access to Aquia Creek and the Potomac River.  Offerings at this local marina include 94 slips, full service, dry storage, repairs, public ramps, maintenance and fuel. 
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Curtis Lake
Curtis Lake is open year ‘round from dawn to dusk, with a public boat landing (electric motors only) and fishing pier access on Stony Hill Road (SR-662). VA State Fishing License required for fishing.
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Moncure Conway House
The stately Federal-period Moncure Conway House in Falmouth is one of Stafford’s historic treasures. The home was associated earlier with the Vass and Beale families. It was the boyhood home of Moncure Daniel Conway, the South’s most prominent abolitionist. During the Civil War it was used as a Unio…
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Civil War Park
By January 1863, the Army of the Potomac was demoralized and defeated. After losing the Battle of Fredericksburg in December and the Mud March, General Ambrose Burnside was replaced by General Joseph Hooker. At that critical time the Union Army had more than 135,000 troops encamped for the winter in…
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Hartwood Winery
Hartwood Winery opened in the spring of 1989 in the rural community of Hartwood, Stafford County, VA. “Hart” is the Old English word for deer, and according to local legend, is the basis for the area’s name. Just 15 minutes west of Fredericksburg, Hartwood is an area long known for its heavy deer po…
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Olde Virginia Gourmet & Gifts, Inc.
We carry a wide selection of gourmet foods & gifts. We specialize in Virginia products such as wine, beer, peanuts, candy, sauces, jellies, coffee, tea & much more. We will also make a spectacular customized gift basket for the perfect gift.
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Cannon Ridge Golf Club
Welcome back to Cannon Ridge!  After 3 years of “rest”, the course is open as of June 2016.  We are proud to say that the course is generally in great shape.  We plan to do more work on the sand bunkers in the coming weeks and hope that you come out to enjoy a round soon.  We are…
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Hartwood Church
Echos of history are found within the walls of this historic Presbyterian Church which was occupied and vandalized by Union troops during the Civil War. Today the walls are new but the building is listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and National Register of Historic Places for its pl…
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Long Farmers Market
Veteran Owned & Operated Farmers Market open Wednesday evenings from 3 pm to 6 pm, Mid-May through August, behind University of Mary Washington Stafford Campus. We offer farm fresh products as well as a wide variety of other locally produced goods. We operate on the belief that local goods are t…
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Art Connected Group
Art Connected is an Art & Gift Cooperative.  The cooperative is service oriented currently offering custom embroidery services as well as souvenir gift items.  We have a collection of Christian, African American heritage, Stafford, and Virginia souvenir gift items. The A…
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Riverside Center Theatre
Whether passing through town, staying a few days, or an area resident, Riverside Center for the Performing Arts is your answer to the question of how to entertain your date, family, or friends. A Broadway-quality production preceded by three-course waiter-served meal will leave you eager f…
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The Rowser Building
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. This building is now liste…
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Willowmere Park
This park is located at 21 Willowmere Pond Road just off Mountain View Road (SR-627) in the central portion of Stafford County. It contains a 90-foot baseball field with lights, three Little League baseball fields (two with lights), three soccer fields, restroom and concession buildings, picnic pavi…
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Stafford Marketplace
Stafford Marketplace offers one of Stafford’s largest and most comprehensive shopping opportunities. Major retailers include Kohl’s, TJ Maxx, Target, and Lowe’s. A number of well-known eateries and the neighborhood Starbuck’s can also be found in Stafford Marketplace. Easily…
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White Oak Civil War Museum
White Oak Museum houses an extensive collection of Civil War artifacts, representing both Union and Confederate troops. Most items were discarded or lost by troops camping or fighting in the Stafford County and Fredericksburg areas. Displays will amaze the novice as well as the serious Civil War Buf…
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Belmont – Ferry Farm Trail
Enjoy a two mile hike through three public parks in southern Stafford County.  Scenic beauty surrounds you as the path winds through the Historic Port of Falmouth.  The path is fully paved and provides scenic stops along the way.  Hike It, Walk It, Run It, Bike It.  It’s Pet…
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Woodlands Pool & Splashpad
Located at 2 Northampton Blvd. (SR-751) off Garrisonville Road (SR-610). The pool operates year ‘round; the splashpad is open during the summer season only. Offers both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool. The phone number is 540-658-4241.
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Patawomeck Park
This park features football/soccer fields, softball fields, playground, open recreational space, trails, picnic pavilion, parking areas, and restrooms. Future plans could include camping areas with restrooms and showers; additional athletic fields, tennis courts, and additional picnic areas, pavilio…
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Chichester Park
Chichester Park provides the community with baseball, softball, concessions, grills, a pavilion, restrooms, tables, and walking tracks and trails. Their hours of operation are as follows: October 4, 2014 through October 31, 20148:00 am – 8:00 pm.  November 1 through mid-March8:00 am to 5:30 pm
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Chatham Manor
This magnificent Georgian mansion, its various outbuildings and dependencies, and the historic ground which surrounds it represent a small preserve in which the entire scope of Virginia heritage from Colonial times to the 20th Century. Today Chatham is part of Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania Natio…
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North Stafford Farmers Market
North Stafford Farmers Market is a Veteran Owned & Operated Farmers Market located in Stafford, VA. Every week April through November we offer farm fresh products as well as a wide variety of other locally produced goods. We operate on the belief that local goods are the linchpin of our eco…
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Gauntlet Golf Club, The
Whether you are a member or casual golfer, you’ll enjoy our challenging 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course designed by P.B. Dye. The Gauntlet awards precision, where most holes are target-oriented, narrow and tree-lined. If you’re looking for challenge, Hole number 4 (our signature hole) will…
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Curtis Park Pool
This facility boasts an Olympic size swimming pool with diving area, a zero-depth entry wading pool with water umbrella, and concession stand. Open from Memorial Day-Labor Day.
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Stafford Farmers Market Cooperative
This is a Producer Only Farmers Market. Hours Saturdays 8am – 1pm  April through November As Stafford County Farmers and long time residents we are committed to bringing you the best quality farm products directly to you.  We value you our customers, the healthy food choices you…
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Adventure Brewing Company
Adventure Brewing Company is focused on bringing full flavored beers to the local area. Adventure Brewing’s lineup of beers include four year round styles and a number of seasonal or special batches. The year round styles include an IPA, a Pale Ale, a Wheat and a Stout. Specialty and seasonal batche…
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Historic Port of Falmouth
Located off River Road, this area is a wonderful place to enjoy the beauty of the Rappahannock River. The area is a great place to fish (VA fishing license required), and it is equipped with picnic areas. Portable restroom facilities are available from Memorial Day – Labor Day.  This park also…
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Augustine Golf Club
REOPENED AND reinvigorated in 2012!  The new owners and managment of Augustine Golf Club invite you to enjoy their impeccable course conditions.  Few golf courses in the state of Virginia can match the spectacular natural beauty, rolling landscape and beautiful hardwoods of this championsh…
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Entree Act Dinner Murder Mystery Troupe
Entree Act performs interactive murder mysteries in a dining setting. Our plays whisk you back in time to the Renaissance, Captain Smith’s journey to Jamestown, the Lee family of Stratford Hall in 1776, the antebellum south, the Wild West or the Roaring 20s. All of the action takes place in and amon…
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GMCO Potomac River Fishing Guide Service
Fish the Potomac River with GMCO’s Guide Service! Captain George MartinUSCG License 50 Ton MasterAvailable for Guide trips on the Potomac River Aboard a Fully equipped Ranger 520VXPowered by 225 Mercury OptiMax andMotorGuide 36volt 109# Trolling MotorGuided by GMCO Maps and Lowrance Electronic…
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Stafford County Farmers’ Market
The Stafford County Farmers’ Market is open from 7:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Saturdays and Sundays year-round in the Staffordboro Commuter Parking Lot in Stafford County, Virginia.  The Commuter Parking Lot is located on Staffordboro Boulevard (Route 684) north of its intersection with Garrisonville…
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Potomac Creek Bridge
“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.  Although the bridge no longer stands today, you can visit the the stone blocks  of the south abutment and the comm…
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Holiday Harbor Marina
This RV & Park Marina offers 104 slips and a boat ramp with access to Aquia Creek and the Potomac River for your own boating, fishing, water skiing.  The RV & Park encompasses a 17-acre campground, 55 full hook-up sites with waterfront and water view.
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Curtis Memorial Park
Curtis Memorial Park includes an amphitheater, baseball fields, boating, concessions, fishing, a golf course, horseshoe pits, and outdoor pool, pavilions, picnic tables, a playground, restroom facilities, a skateboard park, softball fields, tennis courts, volleyball, and walking track/trails.
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Trail to Freedom
Where is it? Located halfway between Richmond, Virginia and Washington, DC, The Trail to Freedom retraces the routes of these freedom-seekers -men, women, and children – through the City of Fredericksburg, Virginia and the County of Stafford, Virginia. Why did they do it? On April 18, 1862, the Unio…
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Aquia Church
The Historic Aquia Church is one of the oldest active colonial churches still in operation in America today, and is designated a National Historic Landmark.  Built between 1751-1757, Aquia Church is noted for its three-tiered wooden pulpit and Aquia stone trim. Visitors travel from around the world…
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Celebration Stage at Pratt Park
Celebration Stage is a permanent, multi-purpose, partially covered Southern Yellow Pine structure; size: 52 x 30 feet. The design allows for a variety of events, such as theatrical performances, dance recitals, concerts, or outdoor movie theater. Features include: Low maintenance, electricity and wa…
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Historic Hops Beer Trail
The Historic Hops Beer Trail is made up of up breweries in Fredericksburg, Stafford and Spotsylvainia. Breweries include: 1781 Brewing Co.6 Bears & A Goat Brewing CompanyAdventure Brewing CompanyAdventure Brewing CompanyBattlefield Brewing Co.Highmark Brewing CompanyMaltese Brewing Company, LLCR…
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Shelton Cottage in Falmouth
Shelton Cottage in Falmouth along River Road stands in contrast to Basil Gordon House and Moncure Conway House (houses of prosperous merchants and businessmen). It represents what a colonial workingman might aspire to possess in his own right – a far cry from his peers in Great Britain. It was moved…
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Government Island
Located in the middle of Stafford I-95 exit 140, Visit the quarry where the U.S. Government’s most famous buildings were born.  Government Island, a historic 18th and 19th century quarry site provided Aquia sandstone for the construction of the U.S. Capitol and the White House and other historic bui…
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Saint Clair Brooks Park
This beautiful park boasts 80 acres of wooded parkland and includes three picnic pavilions, grills, nature trails, basketball courts, sand volleyball court, horseshoe pit, skate park, playground equipment, two baseball fields, football field, and restrooms. Picnic tables and grills are located throu…
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Duff’s Dog Park
Dog Run area is roughly 4 acres of open field. Open to both small and large dogs. A great area for agility training and exercise, it also has access to the Rappahannock River.        -Small Dog Park is for dogs 30 lbs and under.       -Large Dog Park is for do…
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Massad Family YMCA
The Massad Family YMCA in Stafford County offers a full service health and fitness center which includes two indoor pools, an outdoor water park, indoor tennis center, an aerobic and cycling studio, a wellness and weight training center, cardio equipment, steamrooms, saunas, jacuzzi, basketball gym,…
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Little Falls Boat Ramp
The boat ramp is located on the Rappahannock River in the southern portion of Stafford and is accessed by the Little Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant access road off Route 3 East, approximately 3 miles east of the Blue-Gray Parkway. There is no charge to use the ramp, and it is always open.
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The Shops at Doc Stone Commons
The Shops at Doc Stone Commons is a retail power center with over 400,000 square feet of shopping options. Doc Stone Commons includes retailers like Home Depot, Staples, Petco, AutoZone, Pier I and Giant Food, among many others. Conveniently located off I-95, approximately 1.5 miles west on Garrison…
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Lake Mooney
Rocky Pen Run Reservoir (Lake Mooney’s former name) was selected by the Stafford Board of Supervisors as a long-termwater supply reservoir for Stafford County in 1992. The reservoir is expected to meet the water demands of Stafford beyond 2050. The reservoir is filled from the R…
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Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont
He was one of the most successful painters of his time, sought out by the rich and famous.  She was a beautiful, young art student, and his biggest fan.  They fell in love on an ocean liner and spent their lives sharing art. More than a hundred years later, the story of Gari and Corinne Melchers liv…
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Potomac Point Winery
A step away from your every day, you’ll feel as though you’ve stumbled into Tuscany when you stop by our tasting room. After sampling our award winning wines, make your way through our Mediterranean style bistro menu. We provide pairing suggestions to complement each offering. We are family friendly…
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