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 www.stafford350.com.
Rappahannock Reads: George Washington, Spymaster
George Washington, Spymaster, by Thomas B. Allen, is our latest Rapphannock Reads pick that coincides with the Stafford 350th anniversary celebration. You can meet the author on Thursday, March 27, 6:30-8:00pm, at the Headquarters Library when he will talk about Washington's secret campaign to save the new country.
Find out more about our special children's events.
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!
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.
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.
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:
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
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, Thursday, 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.
Haunted! The Ghosts of Stafford County
Porter, Tuesday, October 21, 7:00 - 8:00
Well-known author of a series of books on ghosts in Virginia, L.B. Taylor, Jr. discusses the legends of hauntings in Stafford County. A family program.
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.