Stafford, VA

Overview

It's where Pocahontas was kidnapped in 1613 … and where George Washington lived as a child. Stafford, located along the Potomac River and including part of the Quantico Marine Corps Base, is located along I-95 about 40 miles southwest of Washington DC. Stafford, a large CDP with a population of about 4,400, is the county seat for Stafford County. This fascinating town features several historic destinations, great shops and restaurants, and easy access to Quantico on its north end and historic Fredericksburg to the south. Accokeek Furnace Archeological Site is one of the area's historic sites, built around 1726. The Principio Company leased the land from George Washington's father, Augustine Washington. Public Quarry at Government Island contains sandstone that was used to build the White House and the US Capitol building. Pierre Charles L'Enfant purchased the quarry in 1791, and today it serves as a county park, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. If you enjoy the paranormal, be sure to visit Aquia Harbor Church. Built in 1751, the church is one of the oldest churches in the country still in operation -- and supposedly one of the most haunted locations in the area.

1 Neighborhoods in Stafford, VA

  • Aquia Harbour

    The idyllic community of Aquia Harbour resides approximately 40 miles south of Washington, DC, in Stafford County, Virginia. This charming gated community has its own police department, a rescue squad and plenty of green space to get out and play. Unlike many other suburban developments, you won't find any cookie cutter homes here. Instead, each house has a unique personality, making it far less like generic suburbia.

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