Virginia History

The Shipwreck That Saved Jamestown: The Sea Venture Castaways and the Fate of America

Anyone interested in Virginia's earliest colonial history ought to get to know the passengers and crew of the Sea Venture. This ship was sent to relieve Jamestown's starving colonists but never made it. The survivors landed on Bermuda, known as the Devil's Isle, where their saga continued.  Their story was the inspiration for Shakespeare's The Tempest.

Historic Government Island to Become a Park

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.

Civil War Weather in Virginia

Serious Civil War historians should find Robert Krick's book to be a very useful reference as weather is always a factor in battle. The former park service historian has compiled official information along with anecdotal references taken from soldiers' books, diaries, and letters as well as newspapers. Includes sunrise and sunset data from a period almanac.

W. Hansford Abel

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.

T. Benton Gayle

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.

Milton A. Dickerson

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.

Mary Jane Culley Boxley

This interview with Mary Jane Culley Boxley was conducted on November 26, 1986, by Lou Y. Silver. This interview is part of the Stafford County Oral History Project.

Louise Scott Moncure

This interview with Louise Scott Moncure, was conducted on April 30, 1986, by Charlotte B. Butler. This interview is part of the Stafford County Oral History Project.

John Fitzhugh

This interview with John Fitzhugh, was conducted on April 12, 1986, by Eillen Charters. This interview is part of the Stafford County Oral History Project.

James Thomas Chinn

This interview with James Thomas Chinn, was conducted on April 13, 1986, by Lou Y. Silver. This interview is part of the Stafford County Oral History Project.