Travel & Tourism
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. Call them at 540.658.8681 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What to See
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.
What to do
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. Widewater treats its visitors to a unique opportunity to experience a unique sustainable river environment. 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.
After the Event
Breweries. Stafford boasts four distinctive breweries with dining options: 6 Bears and a Goat Brewing Company, Adventure Brewing Company, Barley Naked Brewing Co. and Highmark Brewing.
Wineries. Stafford is home to one of the first wineries in Virginia’s present-day wine industry, Hartwood Winery. Potomac Point Winery offers not only a scenic vineyard, but also an estate with extensive facilities for wine tasting, special events, dining and a gift shop.
Stafford Race Series
Stafford’s family-friendly three-race series offers a variety of courses through the scenic county in the spring and fall.
Prince William Forest Park
Easily accessible from Marine Corps Base Quantico, the 15,000 acre Prince William Forest Park has 37 miles of trails for running and biking with camping options for families and large groups. The Park opened in 1936 as the Chopawamsic Recreation Area to house children's relief camps during the Great Depression. Renamed Prince William Forest Park in 1948, the Park is still home to over 150 historic structures, bridges and other infrastructure.
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.