Frequently Asked Questions
Did George Washington live in Stafford?
Yes, George Washington moved to Stafford, Virginia with his family and he lived at Ferry Farm, his boyhood home, from ages 6 to 19. For more information visit: The Washington Family Farm.
Where is Stafford, Virginia located?
Stafford is located on Interstate 95 and US Route 1, just 25 miles south of the Washington, DC beltway and 50 miles north of Richmond, VA. For more details click on Maps & Directions.
Where is Stafford’s Visitors Center?
Stafford’s Visitors Center is located less than 1 mile from I-95, at Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont in Historic Falmouth, VA.
Address & Hours: 224 Washington Street, Falmouth, VA 22405 (540) 654-1844. Open Daily; 9am - 5pm.
Directions: Take I-95 to Exit 133-A (Rt. 17 South - Falmouth/Business). Follow signs to Belmont - down hill toward Rt. 1 - Jeff Davis Highway - Turn right on Washington Street. Parking lot is on the right.
For more details click on Maps & Directions.
What is there to do in Stafford?
There are activities going on throughout the year. Click on our Events Calendar for a complete schedule.
When is the best time to travel to Stafford?
Stafford County is a great place to visit year-round. But, we are a suburb of Washington, DC, so plan your visit around our rush hours by avoiding I-95N between Stafford and Washington during the hours of 5:00-8:00 a.m. M-F, and I-95S between 2:30 & 6:30 p.m. M-F.
How can I get to Washington D.C. from Stafford?
There are several means of transportation for reaching Washington, DC: train (VRE & Metro), private shuttle, taxi/limo, car rental. Please click on Transportation for more details.
How can I get to Richmond (Virginia's capital) from Stafford?
Travel to Richmond is an easy one-hour drive south on I-95. But, there are several other ways of reaching the capital city of Richmond: train (Amtrak), private shuttle, taxi/limo, car rental. Please click on Transportation for more details.
Is Fredericksburg part of Stafford County?
No, the City of Fredericksburg is an independent city. In Virginia, cities and counties are separate from one another. Stafford County does have many small towns and communities in its borders, such as Falmouth, Hartwood, White Oak, and Garrisonville. However, the southern half of Stafford does retain a Fredericksburg mailing address because the City post office originally handled some of Stafford County's mail. North of the Rappahannock River, you are in Stafford County. South of the Rappahannock, you are in one of two adjacent communities -- the City of Fredericksburg or Spotsylvania County.
Have more questions? Please call our Economic Development & Tourism Department at (540) 658-8681. Our office is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-4:30 pm, or call the Stafford Visitors Center (540) 654-1844; Daily 9am - 5pm.