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Videos Commemorating Stafford’s Past & Celebrating the Future

Stafford County has centuries of stories to share.   Please enjoy the videos that are presented on a wide range of topics.

Our Stafford Story

This 2 minute video provides a quick introduction to Stafford's 350 years of recorded history.  Starting with the native Patawomeck Indians, through the Ferry Farm roots of the America's most iconic leader, George Washington, through the devastation and emancipation of the Civil War.  Recovery and restoration in the year's after America's most divisive period. Growth and prosperity have come to Stafford.

Life of a House: Chatham by Candle Light

Have a little time? Visit Chatham Manor in Stafford County and learn about its amazing history.


Enjoy this BEAUTIFUL 25 minute Documentary of

350+ Years of Stafford's History

Starting with the rivers, the native peoples of Stafford, colonists, revolutionary and civil wars and the impact of Quantico.  Stafford's community story mirrors the American Story.  



Aquia Episcopal Church

Learn the history and the reverence of the Aquia Episcopal Church.  


The Life of John Washington

John Washington was among the first, if not the first, to cross the Rappahannock to freedom before Lincoln declared the emancipation proclamation.  More than 10,000 enslaved people followed in his footsteps over the spring and summer of 1862.  The Union Army had encamped in Stafford Virginia and many of the white population fled the county.  Washington was one of the very few slaves who had learned to read and write (illegally.)  He recorded in a diary how it felt in April when he spent his first night of freedom on the banks of the Rappahannock river.

Elliot Dash performs excerpts from John Washington's memoir "A Slave No More," near the same location where Washington would have spent his first night as a free man.  This program was presented at Chatham Manor through the direction of the National Park Service.

Secret messages found in U.S. Slave Songs.  

Jim Thomas, has devoted much of his life to the service of others, as a retired Red Cross Executive in the DC region.  Jim has worked tireless on another project - the researching of the history and hidden meaning of U.S. Slave Songs - also known as Spirituals.  Jim attended Fisk University and is a former member of the Fisk University Singers.  Fisk is acknowledged to have kept the tradition of this special music alive.  Jim's presentation on the history and the mystery of these songs are presented in a program performed in conjunction with the National Park Service at Chatham Manor in November 2014.  The program was part of the Trail to Freedom Tour held to commemorate the 350th Anniversary of Stafford County.

Painting "en plein air"

Gari Melchers Home and Studio was the home of one of America's most prolific impressionist artists.  Melcher's arrived in Stafford in 1916.  His home and studio was preserved by his adoring wife, Corrine and donated to the Commonwealth of Virginia upon her death.   People who enjoy art are invited to gather on the grounds of this historic home and view the enormity of Melchers work AND if inclined, produce their own art.  This video gives a glimpse of inspired artists painting "en plein air." We hope that you will enjoy this video and find it both visually stimulating as well as artistically inspiring. Visit this artist, see his beautiful home filled with European Antiques, See his studio and gallery.  If you are inclined,  pick up your paintbrushes and bring your easles - and enjoy the grounds, trails, gardens and all the elements that make the home and studio of Gari Melchers so special.  You will be inspired by the gardens, grounds and BEAUTY that surrounds this breathtaking estate.  Visit Stafford's Visitor Center which is located at Gari Melchers Home and Studio - 224 Washington Street in Falmouth, VA (Fredericksburg) 22405.  For more informaiton call 540-654-1844 or explore


A wide variety of  videos can be found  Stafford County Tourism YouTube Channel