Stafford County (Va.)

CRRL Presents: Tony Wrenn, Architectural Historian and Lifelong Gardener

This interview airs beginning October 27.
On a beautiful morning in the gardens at Chatham, Tony Wrenn shares his love of gardens and the amazing architecture that surrounds us with Debby Klein on CRRL Presents, a Central Rappahannock Regional Library production.

England Run Branch has "stunning" debut

Our much-anticipated England Run branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library opened yesterday to the delight of library patrons.  Opening day featured tours of the library, as well as programs and games for kids and teens.  Read about its "stunning" debut in today's Free Lance-Star and find out more about the England Run branch here on our website.

England Run Pictures

England Run Library, our newest branch in Stafford County, is now open!

See pictures of the library and of the dedication ceremony which took place on Sunday, October 3.

England Run seating and books

England Run in the News

Our England Run Library was recently featured in this article by the Free Lance-Star. The book shelves are in, the books have been delivered, and now it's just up to a team of staff and volunteers to stock our newest library in time for opening day on Monday, October 4.

Accommodating Revolutions: Virginia’s Northern Neck in an Era of Transformations, 1760-1810

By Albert H. Tillson, Jr.

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The Northern Neck runs from Falmouth in Stafford County all the way down to Windmill Point in Lancaster County, bounded by the Rappahannock River to the south and the Potomac River to the north.  Now it’s a sleepy section of Virginia but it was once called the Athens of the New World.

What a foreign world it seems to us today—the antebellum Northern Neck--where wealthy white plantation owners bought and sold slaves with ease along with the services of bound whites for years at a time. How could such a system that relied on keeping people in their places and maintaining the established order bring forth some of the greatest leaders of the Revolutionary period? History is complicated, and Accommodating Revolutions digs into court documents and newspaper accounts to flesh out what was going on with those who served the gentry as the winds of political and religious upheaval shook Virginia.
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New Trail to Freedom Project Marks Local Black History Sites

Between April and September 1862, an estimated 10,000 slaves fled the South through our region. As part of the local Civil War Sesquicentennial commemorations, the Trail to Freedom project was designed to give the public a better understanding of the experiences of those whom the war impacted greatly but are often only a footnote in history books.

New England Run Pictures

Check out our Flickr slideshow for the latest England Run pictures. Our newest branch, located in Stafford county, will be opening in fall 2010!

England Run - May 28, 2010

In Stafford County: Omens of 1675

In the year 1675 four interesting events were recorded in Stafford County. Three of these were considered omens of the fourth, and the fourth was considered of significance to the history of our area.

The first event was in the heavens. In the southwestern sky, for more than a week, each day appeared a large comet with a long tail resembling that of a horse on a windy day. The Indians and the whites alike wondered what might be the meaning of this heavenly sign.

The Aquia Train Robbery

This account has been compiled from the Free Lance newspaper of Fredericksburg, Virginia, October 16, 1894 through September 27, 1895, by Robert A. Hodge.

New England Run Photos

Check out our Flickr slideshow to see new pictures of England Run, our newest branch in Stafford county.

It's really taking shape, and it's beautiful!