Travel & Tourism

Stafford has been on the front lines of history. George Washington grew up in Stafford on the banks of the Rappahannock. Stone for many of the buildings in Washington were quarried in Stafford. Civil War soldiers walked the county on their way to war. But we’re not all about history. Our growing collection of breweries, wineries and restaurants provides a great entertainment experience. Our outdoor resources include Virginia’s newest state park and lots of opportunities to get out on the trail and on the water. And our arts community is always creating new things.

You can learn about all the things to do, places to visit and stay in Stafford by visiting TourStaffordVa.com. The professional, friendly staff at the Stafford Department of Economic Development and Tourism can also assist you in planning your next visit, meeting, reunion, or sports event. Give them a call at 540-658-8681 or email tourism@staffordcountyva.gov.

History

Ferry Farm, where George Washington lived and grew up from age 6 to 22. Tour the grounds and visit inside the newly-reconstructed Washington family home where the rooms look much as they did when Washington was a boy.

Chatham Manor. Few houses in America have witnessed as many important events and hosted as many famous people as Chatham, a beautiful Georgian mansion overlooking the

Rappahannock River. It provides a glimpse into the entire scope of Virginia’s heritage in the 18th and 19th Centuries. The Stafford manor home includes historic exhibits and is also home to offices of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.

Outdoors

Government Island. Visit the 18th and 19th Century quarry where the U.S. Government’s most famous buildings were born. Now a lovely park and scenic heritage trail, Government Island provided Aquia sandstone for the construction of the U.S. Capitol, the White House and other historic buildings in Washington, DC.

Widewater State Park. Stafford’s natural, historic and recreational resources are on full display at Virginia’s newest state park. Located on a scenic peninsula where the historic Aquia Creek and Potomac River meet, Widewater has always been an important access point to the waterways that helped define our nation. It has a visitor center, picnic shelters, playgrounds, restrooms, canoe-kayak launches and hiking trails.

Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve. Crow’s Nest is a beautiful place and considered highly significant from numerous standpoints. Topography is varied, with the high narrow ridgeline rising 160 feet above two tidally influenced creeks: Potomac and Accokeek. From 8 miles of hiking trails to a kayak launch facility to fishing, this is a true Stafford hidden gem.

Beer, Wine, & Local Restaurants

Breweries & Wineries. Our growing collection of breweries and wineries provide a great entertainment experience for everyone. Stafford County award-winning four breweries and one winery are pet-friendly venues, have on-site restaurants and food trucks, and a new disc golf course that are just a few great perks to visit. Looking for an experience? Grab a mobile-exclusive passport and hop on Stafford Kegs and Corks Trail!

Local Restaurants. Stafford County’s has its very own local savings passport, complete with an impressive collection of discounts and offers from businesses across the county.

USMC Museum

The National Museum of the Marine Corps is a lasting tribute to U.S. Marines--past, present and future. Adjacent to Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, these world-class, interactive exhibits surround visitors with irreplaceable artifacts, immersing them in the sights and sounds of Marines in action. You are invited to follow in the footsteps of Marines: from the yellow footprints that young recruits must fill at boot camp to the boot prints left in the sands of Pacific island beaches during World War II, in the snow of the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War, and in the red dirt of Hill 881 South in Vietnam. Free admission and parking.