About Stafford

A brief background of Stafford County.

Look beyond the 5 interstate exits and the mile markers and see the diverse roots of early America. Just minutes off the interstate, explore outdoor activities, enjoy a professional theater, wineries, breweries, chef-owned restaurants, or a round of golf.

In 2014, we celebrated the 350th Anniversary of the county’s charter. George Washington grew to manhood on his family farm in Southern Stafford, and George Mason was educated here. Thousands of Union soldiers camped here, and thousands more African-Americans self-emancipated through Aquia Landing in the spring of 1862.

We remember our past and celebrate our future. We are proud of our diversity and encourage people to look beyond the interstate to discover the national treasures tucked away in Stafford, Virginia.