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 www.stafford350.com.  
 

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

Find out all about the Stafford 350 Geocaching Trail!

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.
 

Stafford Trailblazers

Activities to enhance your family’s visit to local Stafford county historical sites and parks. Download the Stafford Trailblazers booklet.  
 

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.
 

 

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 is available here.

 

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 history.librarypoint.org 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.

 

Upcoming Lectures:

 

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