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Stafford is rich with historical and natural treasures
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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