Local History

Local History

From its time as Algonquian territory through its establishment as the Old Dominion, our area has a past well worth discovering.

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A Guide to Local Parks

Check out these beautiful natural areas in the Rappahannock region.

Ghosts of Fredericksburg

The spirit of the past still lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

New in Virginia History

These are recently published adult nonfiction titles on our state's hundreds of years of history.

Local History

A Civil War Christmas

If we lived during the Civil War, what kinds of memories would we have? Learn a bit more about Christmas during the years 1861-1864.

Walk Through History...Washington Avenue

This residential neighborhood was once part of the 863-acre Kenmore Plantation...

Walk Through History . . . Hanover Street

By the Fredericksburg Area Tourism Department In 1714, the Stuart dynasty ended in England with the death of Queen Anne. George I, elector…

Ferry Farm

Ferry Farm is best known as the childhood home of George Washington, though it has a history that predates the Washington…

The Weddings of Five Famous Virginia Brides

By Barbara Crookshanks These five brides from three centuries left distinctive imprints on Virginia history. One was a humble serving…

The Smoothbore Volley That Doomed the Confederacy, Chapter 1

By Robert Krick The first 18 pages of The Smoothbore Volley That Doomed the Confederacy: The Death of Stonewall Jackson and Other Chapters…

Stafford's Major Mike Wallace

Major Michael Wallace, of the American Revolutionary Army, was an enormous man, more than six feet six inches tall, broad and powerful.

White Oak Primitive Baptist Church

The simple house of worship on White Oak Road, across from the White Oak Civil War Museum, has its historic roots in the separation of…

Drive Through Stafford County's History

By the Stafford County Historical Society 1. AQUIA CRUCIFIX AND BRENT CEMETERY The crucifix, erected in 1930, memorializes the first…

Gari Melchers: Stafford County's Artist in Residence

In 1916, Gari Melchers, an internationally famous painter, purchased the Belmont estate in Falmouth, Virginia. With the exception of some…

The History of Industry in Fredericksburg

From the Central Rappahannock Regional Library  A Different Story: A Black History of Fredericksburg, Stafford, and Spotsylvania, Virginia…

Hunter's Island Vineyard

Learn more about this local vineyard that supplied much of the communion wine in area churches.

The Fredericksburg Sassafras Distillery

Learn about the herb sassafras and why it was so profitable to our local area.

The Fredericksburg Silk Mill

Discover the history of the Silk Mill, now popular for weddings and other elegant events in downtown Fredericksburg.

Fredericksburg's Battlefield Granite

To the almost-forgotten past belongs the story of Fredericksburg’s “Battlefield granite” quarries...

The Narrow Gauge Railroad

In 1852, Fredericksburg businessmen wanted a railroad so they could compete with Alexandria. For 20 years, not much happened, but then...
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