Stafford County (Va.)
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.
This account has been compiled from the Free Lance newspaper of Fredericksburg, Virginia, October 16, 1894 through September 27, 1895, by Robert A. Hodge.
The new 17-acre park, located in northern Stafford County near Aquia Harbor, will become part of the county's own park system when it opens next year. Government Island is historically significant as the source of Aquia sandstone, used in such structures as the White House, the U.S. Capitol, Aquia Church, Gunston Hall, Kenmore, and Christ Church in Alexandria. In 2002, the House passed a resolution recognizing the historical significance of Aquia sandstone quarries on Government Island.
This interview with W. Hansford Abel was conducted on August 8, 1986, by Pearle E. Young. This interview is part of the Stafford County Oral History Project.
This interview with T. Benton Gayle was conducted on November 6, 1986, by Margaret Mock. This interview is part of the Stafford County Oral History Project.
This interview with Milton A. Dickerson, was conducted on July 29, 1986, by A. R. MacGregor, III. This interview is part of the Stafford County Oral History Project.