Things to Do

Things to Do

Named after Staffordshire, England and established in 1664, Stafford County, Virginia is rich in history!  With nearly 350 years of tales, documented historic accounts, and natural beauty to explore, a visit to Stafford is sure to keep you busy.  Activities range from historic architecture and archaeology, fishing, and Impressionist art, to some “modern day” options like golf, boating, and live theatre.  So, plan your visit now and start discovering Stafford!

Signature Attractions

Ferry Farm

George Washington’s Boyhood Home and the place from which the “chopping of the cherry tree” tale originated.  Come walk where the boy Washington lived from age 6 until he was grown.  Self-guided tours allow exploration of this 80+ acre site.

George Washington's Ferry Farm

Chatham

The only home in America visited by Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln.  A National Park Service property offering beautiful grounds and scenic overlooks of the Rappahannock River and historic Fredericksburg.  You should visit, too!

Chatham Manor

White Oak Civil War Museum

Experience the living conditions and imagine the camp life of Civil War soldiers through the tens of thousands of artifacts they left behind - on display at the Museum.

Hands On History for Kids of All Ages.

Gari Melchers Home & Studio at Belmont

A Virginia and National Historic Landmark, this 18th century estate includes the main house, gardens, outbuildings and gallery of Melchers’ Impressionistic work.   This beautiful estate overlooks the historic port town of Falmouth and the Rapphannock River.

Gari Melchers Home and Studio

Government Island

Trace the roots of two of America’s most well-known, historic buildings – the White House and U.S. Capitol – to the sandstone cliffs of Stafford, Virginia where stone was hand-quarried for their construction.   Now a natural park preserve and archaeological site, Government Island contains a trail and interpretive signs to help depict its rich, nationally significant history.

Government Island

Aquia Episcopal Church

One of the oldest colonial churches in America, still actively used today.  Built between 1751 and 1757, Aquia is noted for its three-tiered pulpit and Aquia stone trim.

Maranatha Alpaca Farm

What has a fuzzy face, big brown eyes, two toes on each foot, hums and spits and is the cousin of the llama? The Alpaca of course! Visit Stafford's Alpaca Farm to learn about the Alpacas and even have your picture taken with them! Their gift shop has unique Alpaca products, too!

Riverside Theater

Musical theater lovers come from miles to enjoy this Broadway-styled experience.  This 460-seat theater is perfect for special occasions and group outings.  Saturdays feature special Children’s Theater offerings.

Upcoming Shows:

  • West Side Story June 13 - August 3, 2014
  • Hank Williams: Lost Highway August 9 - September 14, 2014

 

Riverside Dinner Theater

Grapes and Grains Trail

Enjoy a “spirited” escape from the everyday routine on the Grapes and Grains Trail. The trail includes 4 award-winning wineries, a brewery and a distillery. All trail stops are conveniently located off Interstate 95. This trail is a great way to escape from the Interstate and treat yourself to some relaxation and fun!

Couple enjoys glass of wine