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Stafford County, VA
Stafford County, named after Staffordshire, England, was established in 1664 by the British colonial government of Virginia. Stafford County is home to the Historic Port of Falmouth, an important 18th century port that enabled easy trading for the county’s residents. Today, approximately 24 original 18th century historic buildings still stand, though many are private residences and not open for the public.
Marlboro Point is perhaps the most fabled area within Stafford County.
It was from here that the Native American Princess Pocahontas was kidnapped and taken to Jamestown. Her story has been portrayed countless times, most notably in Disney’s movie, Pocahontas.
In 1738, Augustine Washington moved his family to the county and settled at Ferry Farm. His young son George, only 6 years old at the time, would go on to become the first President of the United States. Today, Stafford County remains mostly rural. However a recent period of growth has been marked by population gains and increased industry within the county.
White Oak Civil War Museum
—The White Oak Civil War Museum contains an extensive collection of Civil War artifacts from both the Union and Confederate armies. Many of the items were discarded or dropped by troops while camping or fighting in Stafford County. Both military and personal items are shown in the museum, representing every rank from private to general.
George Washington’s Ferry Farm
—Just 38 miles south of Mount Vernon, Ferry Farm was George Washington’s boyhood home. Our nation’s first president spent his formative years here, from the ages of 6 to 20. Today, Ferry Farm is an active archaeological site and, although there are no buildings left from Washington’s times, guides are available to inform the public of the latest findings. Also, on-site archaeologists are available to answer questions and discuss the latest findings.
Historic Port of Falmouth
—Founded in 1728, the town of Falmouth quickly became a booming port town serving Stafford County as well as a number of surrounding counties. Falmouth’s largest export was tobacco, which was sent to all points north and west. Today, a number of historic 18th century buildings still stand in Falmouth, offering visitors a chance to step back in time to colonial days.
Gari Melchers Home and Studio
—This 18th century estate, overlooking the Historic Port of Falmouth, was home to American figure painter Gari Melchers and his wife Corinne. Melchers was one of the most celebrated artists of his day and many of his works are present at his former estate.