Stafford 350

Stafford 350

Join the library in celebrating Stafford County’s 350th Anniversary in 2014!  

Whether you wish to salute the past, present, or future of Stafford, the Central Rappahannock Regional Library has an event for you!

Check out all the Stafford 350 commemorative events at  

Explore Stafford

Geocaching 101

Introduction to the basics of this real world treasure hunting experience. A STEM class presented by Fredericksburg Geocachers. All ages. 

England Run, Wednesday, April 9, 6:30 - 7:30

Porter, Monday, April 21, 6:30 - 7:30

Headquarters, Monday, May 5, 6:30 - 7:30

Snow, Tuesday, May 13, 6:30 - 7:30

Salem Church, Thursday, May 22, 6:30 - 7:30

History Adventure Packs

Modeled after our successful Nature Adventure Packs, these kits will enhance a family’s knowledge and experiences at local historic sites. Coming spring 2014.

Passport to Stafford

Activities to enhance your family’s visit to local Stafford county historical sites and parks. Coming spring 2014.  

Stafford 350 on Tagwhat

Out and about in Stafford County with your trusty smartphone or tablet?  Get the free Tagwhat app (search your app store for "Tagwhat") and visit our "Stafford350" channel for locations of significance to Stafford history.  Pictures and fascinating facts included!

Go here to view the project on your desktop!

Stafford 350 on Pinterest

Check out our #Stafford350 pins!

Stafford Feature Articles

Explore the rich history of Stafford County through these feature articles researched and written by CRRL librarians.

Archiving Your History:  Preserving Your Digital Memories

England Run, Wednesday, April 23, 7:00 - 8:00

Capture and archive your photos, videos, and documents for posterity.  Learn personal digital preservation strategies with an expert from the Library of Congress.  Hands-on tips will be offered by members of the Fredericksburg Personal Computer Users Group.

Uniquely Stafford Art Show

England Run,  October 2 - November 30

A juried exhibit of original art inspired by the Stafford experience -- scenes, sites, and people. Information for artists wishing to enter the exhibit will be available in May.


Oral Histories

Oral Histories at the Library:

Interviews with Stafford County citizens are available at the library in print and on cartridge and/or CD.  This year, we will be digitizing these and making them available on our website.  

Visit for articles and other resources on Stafford history available at the library!

CRRL Presents: Stafford County Interviews

DVDs of these CRRL Presents interviews are available for check out!

Tell Your Stafford Story:

Throughout 2014, the George Washington Foundation, in partnership with Stafford County, is collecting video oral histories in celebration of the 350th Anniversary of Stafford County. Videos are being recorded at Ferry Farm and other sites throughout the year. Visit the George Washington Foundation web site for more information on this project.

Visit the Tell Your Stafford Story YouTube channel to view stories collected so far.

Stafford 350 Lecture Series

Stafford 350 Lecture Series

Download this brochure.

Meet the Author: Thomas B. Allen

Headquarters, Thursday, March 27, 6:30-8:00

Thomas Allen, author of George Washington, Spymaster, will share stories of George Washington's role as spymaster during the Revolutionary War. Reception and book signing will follow. A Rappahannock Reads/Stafford 350 Commemorative Event for all ages. Check out a copy of the book at your local branch, or place a hold online!  


Path of Progress:  How Transportation Changes Have Shaped Stafford County

Porter, Thursday, April 24, 7:00 - 8:00

Dr. Shelley Mastran, Professor at Virginia Tech and a consultant in rural and regional planning, heritage preservation, and community, will speak on the impact of transportation improvements on Stafford’s development, from both historical and present-day perspectives.  


GOLD!  Discover the History of Gold Mining in Stafford County

England Run, Wednesday, May 7, 7:00 - 8:00

Did Stafford’s gold mines help support the Confederate war effort? Learn about the history of gold mining in Stafford County with local historian and author Jerrilynn Eby MacGregor.   


Dinosaurs in Stafford!

Porter, Saturday, May 10, 3:00 - 4:00

Discover which dinosaurs roamed Stafford and where their footprints can be found!  Presented by local amateur paleontologist Jon Bachman.  A family event.

Get ready for Jon Bachman's presentation with this fun class:

Dinosaur Roar!
Celebrate these prehistoric beasts with stories and fun activities! A STEM Class. Grades K-6. Drop-In.
Friday, April 4, 4:30-5:15  @ England Run
Friday, May 9, 4:30-5:15 @ Porter


A Fugitive From Labor: Anthony Burns and the Falmouth Union Church

Headquarters, Tuesday, May 27, 7:00 - 8:00

160 years to the day after his trial, learn about Anthony Burns' life, escape, trial, freedom, and his church, now the Falmouth Union Church Historic Site.  Presented by Logan Metesh, President of the Union Church Preservation Project and Head Trustee for the Falmouth Union Church Historic Site.


Women in Civil War Stafford

Porter, Tuesday, June 3, 7:00 - 8:00

Local historians and authors Al and Jane Conner share stories of what women were really up to during the Civil War.


Stafford County:  Early Industrial Giant

England Run, Wednesday, June 11, 7:00 - 8:00

Stafford County was once a commercial giant!  Jerrilynn Eby McGregor, local historian and author, highlights 250 years of industry in Stafford.


Crime and Punishment, Stafford Style

England Run, Thursday, July 10, 7:00 - 8:00

Former Commonwealth’s Attorney Daniel Chichester gives a unique perspective on the bad guys in this presentation on the history of crime in our good county.


Government Island:  Making of the White House and Capitol & its 300 Year History

England Run, Tuesday, August 5, 7:00 - 8:00

Jane Conner helped preserve Government Island as a public park preserve and archaeological site.  She recounts the history of the island, the use of Aquia sandstone in some of our most important historical buildings in Washington, D.C., and the riches it holds for park visitors today.  


Expansion of Quantico Marine Corps Base into Stafford County, 1942

Porter, Tuesday, September 9, 7:00 - 8:00

Residents of Stafford County had less than two weeks to leave their homes and farms when their lands were condemned in 1942 for the expansion of Quantico Marine Corps Base.  They did so during one of Virginia’s worst floods on record.  Local historian and author Jerrilynn Eby MacGregor tells the story.


The Washingtons of Sulgrave Manor: A Family, a House and a Legacy of Friendship 

University Hall, University of Mary Washington, Stafford Campus, Tuesday, October 7, 7:00

From Sulgrave Manor to Ferry Farm

How did the descendant of a Royalist family end up defying his King and leading a new nation? The English Civil War left the Washingtons looking for new opportunities, but it didn't work out as planned--at least not at first. Shipwrecked and in debt, John Washington got by with a little help from his friends in the New World. Before long, he and his descendants were practically running the place, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Come and learn more from Cymon Snow of Sulgrave Manor, the Washington family's English estate. Dressed in 17th-century costume, he will share stories of their days of danger and adventure, bridging the distance between the Old World and the New, the Present and the Past.


Woe Upon the Land:  Stafford’s Civilians Struggle Amidst Civil War

England Run, Wednesday, November 5, 7:00 - 8:00

Presented by the Chief Historian of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, John Hennessy