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Stafford County is a historically rich county in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is part of the region known as Northern Virginia or “Nova”. The county of Stafford is right across the Rappahannock River from Fredericksburg, the site of the Battle of Fredericksburg, among other notable historical events. Stafford County real estate is filled with architectural masterpieces from centuries past. The weather here tends to be humid in the summer time with no dry season, but the weather is generally temperate. The county of Stafford is heavily wooded, so there is an abundance of green in the spring and summer and a breathtaking display of colors in autumn. The four distinct seasons compliment the Stafford County homes so well with these colorful trees in the fall and light snow in the winter.
Stafford County homes are right along the Rappahannock River and date back to the 1800’s. A lot of these southern homes bring you back to the 90’s southern-set movies like Forrest Gump, Fried Green Tomatoes and Man in the Moon. There are colonial homes with screened patios and big trees right out front where you can hang a tire swing for your children to play on. Speaking of children, the schools in Stafford County Public School System are great. The enrollment projected for the 2015-16 school year was 27,340 students. This district consistently commits to educational excellence and the success of their students. There are five high schools, eight middle schools and 17 elementary schools for a total of 30 schools in Stafford County.
The history of this county is very rich and brings tourists from all over the country to visit throughout the year. It started with the indigenous people who inhabited the land for thousands of years. When John Smith came to implement the Jamestown Settlement in 1608, here were 23 Algonquian-speaking American-Indian tribes. Tensions arose among the Europeans and the Indians which led to the capturing of the infamous Pocahontas. She was eventually converted to Christianity and married John Rolfe in Jamestown. Her name was also changed to Rebecca after her baptism. George Washington spent a lot of his childhood in his family home, Ferry Farm, here in Stafford County. George Mason, who is another founding father, also spent much of his childhood here. Gari Melchers, the late 19th-century artist’s home is located here, and it is known as “Belmont”. During the Revolutionary War, arms were furnished here by Stafford ironworks for the colonial rebel soldiers. With a history like this, there are now museums and historic buildings that preserve and showcase artifacts, homes, events and more from hundreds of years ago.
There is plenty to do in and around Stafford County with vacation spots like Virginia Beach and Colonial Williamsburg to the south and the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west. There’s a plethora of historical sites in the area with all that took place in the colonization of the area as well as the wars that happened nearby. Washington, D.C. is also just 40 miles north of the region with so many sights to see. Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States, and it houses the Capitol, White House and the Supreme Court. It is also home to dozens of museums and performing-arts venues. With the incredible amount of tourism in Washington, D.C, there is also plenty of shopping, dining and recreational opportunities. You can only imagine the fine dining and unique hole-in-the-wall eateries the capital of America would have.
In Stafford County, some great places to check out would be Chatam Manor, Crow’s Nest and Government Island. Chatam Manor is a Georgian mansion with various outhouses and a historic ground surrounding it. It is part of the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park. Chatam Manor is the only home that was visited by both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. This home played a significant role in the Civil War and can now be visited for informative guided tours. It is also a great place to have lunch at and enjoy the beauty of the architecture and natural surroundings. Crow’s Nest is a natural area preserve of great significance. This scenic preserve is expansive, protecting 3,000 acres of land. Government Island is a historic quarry site where Aquia sandstone was collected from to be used in the construction of the U.S. Capitol and the White House among other historic Washington, D.C. structures. It now serves as a scenic nature preserve and archaeological site for the public to explore. There’s a family-friendly 1.5-mile trail for hiking, walking or jogging and great history lessons for kids and adults to learn about.