Stafford, Virginia

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Stafford Courthouse
Aerial view of Stafford
Aerial view of Stafford
Location in Stafford County and the state of Virginia.
Location in Stafford County and the state of Virginia.
Coordinates: 38°25′19″N 77°24′30″W / 38.42194°N 77.40833°W / 38.42194; -77.40833Coordinates: 38°25′19″N 77°24′30″W / 38.42194°N 77.40833°W / 38.42194; -77.40833
Country United States
State Virginia
CountyStafford
Area
 • Total4.27 sq mi (11.07 km2)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total128,984
 • Density30,000/sq mi (12,000/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
22554, 22556
Area code(s)540, 703, 571
WebsiteOfficial County website

Stafford is a census-designated place (listed as Stafford Courthouse) in and the county seat of Stafford County in the northern part of the U.S. Commonwealth of Virginia.[1] The population of Stafford County as of the 2010 United States Census was 128,984.[2] It lies 10 miles (16 km) north of Fredericksburg, approximately 40 miles (64 km) south of Washington, D.C., and about 60 miles (97 km) north of Richmond, the state capital. Marine Corps Base Quantico is located north of the community. Stafford Courthouse is located at the intersections of U.S. Route 1 and Courthouse Road.

History[edit]

English sea captain Samuel Argall abducted Pocahontas near this area in April, 1613 in an attempt to secure release of some English prisoners held by her father. Rebecca married English colonist John Rolfe in 1614. They sailed in 1616 to England where Pocahontas died in 1617.[3][4]

It was a stop on the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad in the nineteenth Century; CSX Transportation is the RF&P's successor today.

Accokeek Furnace Archeological Site, Aquia Church, Public Quarry at Government Island, Redoubt No. 2, and Stafford Training School are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[5]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stafford County, VA". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Stafford County, Virginia: Quick Facts". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  3. ^ John Rolfe Highway Marker
  4. ^ Kidnapping of Pocahontas Highway Marker or Pocahontas Highway Marker
  5. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.

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