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Stafford County, Virginia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Stafford County
Stafford County Courthouse
Stafford County Courthouse
Map of Virginia highlighting Stafford County
Location within the U.S. state of Virginia
Map of the United States highlighting Virginia
Virginia's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 38°25′N 77°27′W / 38.41°N 77.45°W / 38.41; -77.45
Country United States
State Virginia
Founded1664
Named forStaffordshire, England
SeatStafford
Largest communityAquia Harbor
Area
 • Total280 sq mi (700 km2)
 • Land269 sq mi (700 km2)
 • Water11 sq mi (30 km2)  3.9%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total128,961
 • Estimate 
(2019)[1]
152,882
 • Density460/sq mi (180/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district1st
Websitestaffordcountyva.gov

Stafford County is located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is a suburb outside of Washington D.C. It is approximately 40 miles (64 km) south of D.C. It is part of the Northern Virginia region, and the D.C area. It is one of the fastest growing, and highest-income counties in America. As of the 2010 census, the population was 128,961.[2] Its county seat is Stafford.[3]

Located across the Rappahannock River from the City of Fredericksburg, Stafford County is part of the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area. In 2006, and again in 2009, Stafford was ranked by Forbes magazine as the 11th highest-income county in the United States. According to a Census Bureau report released in 2019, Stafford County is currently the sixth highest-income county in America.

History

For thousands of years, various cultures of indigenous peoples succeeded each other in their territories along the Potomac River and its tributaries. By the time of English colonization, there were 32 Algonquian-speaking American Indian tribes in the present-day coastal Tidewater Virginia area, including those of the Patawomeck and numerous tribes that were part of the Powhatan Confederacy. The former small tribe, still centered in Stafford County, was recognized by the state of Virginia in 2010.

The Native Americans' first recorded encounter with Europeans in this area was in 1608, with John Smith of the Jamestown Settlement. During a time of recurring tension between the early English colonists and local Native Americans, the colonists led by Samuel Argall captured Chief Powhatan's daughter, Pocahontas, while she was living with her husband, Kocoum. The colonists took her from the eastern part of this county, to a secondary English settlement, known as Henricus (or Henrico Town). Alexander Whitaker converted Pocahontas to Christianity during her captivity. He renamed her as "Rebecca" at her baptism. Rebecca/Pocahontas married English colonist John Rolfe on April 5, 1614 in Jamestown.[4][5] Their mixed-race descendants were among the First Families of Virginia.

The English colonial government of Virginia imposed its own order on the land and peoples. In 1664 it established Stafford County from territory previously part of Westmoreland County[6] (which had been created from Northumberland County in 1653). It was named after Staffordshire, England. As originally delineated, Stafford County included a much larger area than its current borders. As population grew, the following counties and jurisdictions were created: Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William counties, and the City of Alexandria.[6] It is part of the area now considered Northern Virginia.

George Washington spent much of his childhood in the lower part of the county at his family's home Ferry Farm (which at the time was part of King George County), along the Rappahannock River across from Fredericksburg. Colonial Forge High School was built on a tract of land owned in colonial times by his father Augustine Washington.[7] George Mason, another Founding Father, also lived in Stafford during his formative years.[8]

Aquia Church, built in 1757, is unusual among local structures for having been designed on the plan of a Greek cross rather than the more standard Roman Cross design. In addition, Aquia Church has a rare three-tiered pulpit; it has been designated as a National Historic Landmark. The Episcopal church continues to be active today.[9]

Stafford County industry and resources were important to the colony and early nation. During the Revolutionary War, the Stafford ironworks furnished arms for the colonial rebel soldiers.[10] Aquia Creek sandstone, quarried from Government Island, was used to build the White House and the U.S. Capitol.[11]

During the American Civil War, the county was part of the battlegrounds, occupied repeatedly by more than 100,000 troops for several years. In 1862, before and after the Battle of Fredericksburg, some 10,000 African-American slaves left area plantations and city households to cross the Rappahannock River, reaching the Union lines and gaining freedom. This exodus and Trail of Freedom is commemorated by historical markers on both sides of the river, in Fredericksburg and in Stafford County.[12] The Battle of Aquia Creek took place in the Aquia Harbour area.[13] Both the Union Army and Confederate Army struggled to control the strategic Potomac Creek Bridge at various times during the war.

Falmouth, a town bordering Fredericksburg, was the home of late-19th century American Impressionist artist Gari Melchers. His house, Belmont, still stands and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

20th century to present

Stafford County Courthouse in 1929
Stafford County Courthouse in 1929

Stafford County has developed to be one of the core counties of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and Northern Virginia, the seat of government and numerous major defense installations. Marine Corps Base Quantico, occupies northern areas of this county. The FBI Academy, FBI National Laboratory and NCIS HQ are located on the Stafford side of MCBQ. Many residents commute north to work there and in other defense and federal facilities, as well as private companies, in Washington, DC and its environs on Interstate Highway 95, U.S. Route 1, and by Virginia Railway Express. Stafford County is a suburban county and home to many Washington D.C commuters and workers which work for the Federal Government. It is also home to many military families due to its proximity to MCBQ. These facts contribute to the high-income of families in Stafford County, and the high amount of home-ownership, and college graduates. Stafford County is also one of the few counties in America where black households make more than white households. In recent years Stafford County has experienced major suburbanization, and growth as more and more workers move to the suburbs for their families. Thus, many developers are currently active in Stafford County in housing and retail projects.

In the early morning hours of May 9, 2008, a tornado touched down in the southern part of the county, severely damaging about 140 suburban homes.[14][15]

The county was severely affected by "Snowmageddon," the massive blizzards of December 2009 and February 2010. Stafford received some of the heaviest snow in the D.C. metropolitan area, with about 25 inches of snow in December, and 19 inches in February.[16][17]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 280 square miles (730 km2), of which 269 square miles (700 km2) is land and 11 square miles (28 km2) (3.9%) is water.[18] The Potomac River flows along part of the eastern border of the county, while the Rappahannock River runs along the extent of the county's southern border. The independent city of Fredericksburg developed at the fall line of the river, supporting mills run by water power. To the northwest of there is the Piedmont area. Aquia Creek empties into the tidal segment of the Potomac River at Brent Point in Stafford County. It is surrounded by Prince William County to the north, Fauquier County to the West, the City of Fredericksburg, and Spotsylvania County to the south. Due to its location and proximity to Washington D.C many Federal Government workers and commuters live in Stafford County. Stafford County’s location close to D.C, is one of the major reasons of the suburbanization and growth of the county

Major bodies of water

Adjacent counties and independent city

Government and politics

The county is divided into seven magisterial districts: George Washington, Hartwood, Falmouth, Griffis-Widewater, Aquia, Garrisonville, and Rockhill. The magisterial districts, roughly equal in population, each elect one supervisor to the Board of Supervisors which governs Stafford County. The County operates under the county form of the County Executive system of government, with an elected Board of Supervisors. The Board hires a professional, nonpartisan County Administrator to manage government agencies. The current County Administrator is Thomas C. Foley. While Stafford County is currently Republican. Due to its rapid suburbanization and growth of families, and Federal Government employees from D.C and being a part of Northern Virginia, it is turning increasingly Democratic. While the Board of Supervisors is dominated by Republicans which the Democrats have made strong gains to turn in the 2021 election. The School Board(officially nonpartisan) is a 3-3-1 split. Another sign of Stafford County turning increasingly Democratic is the Democrats pick ups in the Virginia House if Delegates. In 2017 the Democrats flipped the 2nd District using Democrat Jennifer Carroll Foy a fierce advocate of the Equal Rights Amendment. In 2019 the 28th was eyed nationally as a key district for Virginia Democrats to flip both chambers of the State Legislature(which they did). Joshua Cole the 2017 candidate which lost by 73 votes in 2017 due to ballot and voter district problems won in 2019 helping the Democrats flip Virginia. The race received much media attention and mega donors from across the country. In 2020, Joe Biden became the first Democratic candidate to carry as Stafford County since Jimmy Carter in 1976.

Stafford County is represented by Congressman Rob Wittman (R-Montross) in the U.S. House of Representatives. On the state level, it is represented by Democrat Joshua G. Cole and Democrat Jennifer Carroll Foy in the Virginia House of Delegates.

Board of Supervisors[19]
Position Name Affiliation First election District
  Supervisor Crystal Vanuch Republican 2020 Rock Hill
  Supervisor Cindy Shelton Republican 2018 Aquia
Supervisor Mark Dudenhefer Republican 2018 (also served 2005–2009) Garrisonville
  Supervisor Gary Snellings Republican 2009 (also served 2001–2005) Hartwood
  Chairwoman Meg Bohmke Republican 2013 Falmouth
  Vice-Chairman Tom Coen Independent 2018 George Washington
  Supervisor Tinesha Allen Democratic 2020 Griffis-Widewater

Past Composition of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors 2003-2005

Republican incumbent Robert Gibbons from the Rockhill District won re-election after a failed state legislature race in which he lost in the primary. Democrat Peter Fields from the George Washington district won re-election to his second term. Independent Jack Cavilier ran for re-election and won in the Griffis-Widewater district, keeping the Board of Supervisors at a gridlock 3-3-1 partisan split.

Position Name Affiliation First election District
  Supervisor Robert Gibbons Republican 1991 Rock Hill
  Supervisor Kandy Hillard Democratic 2001 Aquia
  Supervisor Gary Pash Democratic 2001 Garrisonville
  Supervisor Gary Snellings Republican 2001 Hartwood
  Supervisor Mark Osborn Republican 2001 Falmouth
  Supervisor Peter Fields Democratic 1999 George Washington
  Supervisor Jack Cavilier Independent 1999 Griffis-Widewater

2005-2007

Growth being a main concern of residents four incumbents lost re-election bids. Gary Snelings, a Republican from the Hartwood district lost re-election by 36 votes to Independent Joe Brito who was backed by Democrats and organizations that endorsed Democrats. Republican incumbent Mark Osborn lost re-election in the Falmouth district for a second term, to Democratic political newcomer George Schwartz. Democrats in the northern part of the county were replaced by Republicans. Gary Pash, a Democrat representing the Garrisonville District and Kandy Hillard a Democrat representing the Aquia District were replaced by Republicans Mark Dudenhefer and Paul Milde, respectively.

Position Name Affiliation First election District
  Supervisor Robert Gibbons Republican 1993 Rock Hill
  Supervisor Paul Milde Republican 2005 Aquia
  Supervisor Mark Dudenhefer Republican 2005 Garrisonville
  Supervisor Joe Brito Independent 2005 Hartwood
  Supervisor George Schwartz Democratic 2005 Falmouth
  Supervisor Peter Fields Democratic 1999 George Washington
  Supervisor Jack Cavilier Independent 1999 Griffis-Widewater

2007-2009

Peter Fields, the Democratic incumbent from the George Washington District declined to run for a third term. Harry Crisp, a Democrat who ran for the George Washington District beat, Tom Coen a Republican who also ran last election cycle against Peter Fields. Jack Cavilier, an Independent incumbent from the Griffis-Widewater district ran for re-election as a Republican and lost to Democratic newcomer Bob Woodson. Woodson made history as being the first African-American ever elected to the Stafford County Board of Supervisors. Republican Incumbent Robert Gibbons declined to run for another term. Republican Cord Sterling who worked for Senator John McCain (R-AZ) ran for the Rockhill District and won against a Democrat.

Position Name Affiliation First election District
  Supervisor Cord Sterling Republican 2007 Rock Hill
  Supervisor Paul Milde Republican 2005 Aquia
  Supervisor Mark Dudenhefer Republican 2005 Garrisonville
  Supervisor Joe Brito Independent 2005 Hartwood
  Supervisor George Schwartz Democratic 2005 Falmouth
  Supervisor Harry Crisp Democratic 2007 George Washington
  Supervisor Bob Woodson Democratic 2007 Griffis-Widewater

2009-2011

Independent incumbent Joe Brito lost a rematch with Republican Gary Snelings in a three-way race with another independent. Democratic incumbent George Schwartz from the Falmouth District, declined to run for re-election. Former Republican Supervisor Mark Osborn ran for the seat as an independent, in a three race against Democrat Doug Filler, and Republican Susan Stimpson who ultimately won. Republican Mark Dudenhefer won re-election against Democrat Laura Sellers and Republican Paul Milde won re-election against two Independents in a three-way race.

Position Name Affiliation First election District
  Supervisor Cord Sterling Republican 2007 Rock Hill
  Supervisor Paul Milde Republican 2005 Aquia
  Supervisor Mark Dudenhefer Republican 2005 Garrisonville
  Supervisor Gary Snelings Republican 2001 Hartwood
  Supervisor Susan Stimpson Republican 2009 Falmouth
  Supervisor Harry Crisp Democratic 2007 George Washington
  Supervisor Bob Woodson Democratic 2007 Griffis-Widewater

2011-2013

Republican incumbent Mark Dudenhefer from the Garrisonville District ran for state legislature and won. Republican Ty Schieber was named Interim supervisor and won a special election to finish out Mark Dudenhefer's term. Democratic Incumbent Bob Woodson from the Griffis-Widewater district declined to run for a second term. In a three way race former Independent Supervisor Jack Caviler won. Republican incumbent Cord Sterling won re-election in the Rockhill district. In the George Washington District Harry Crisp declined time run for re-election. Bob Thomas, a Republican won the race against a Democrat in the George Washington District.

Position Name Affiliation First election District
  Supervisor Cord Sterling Republican 2007 Rock Hill
  Supervisor Paul Milde Republican 2005 Aquia
  Supervisor Ty Schieber Republican 2012 Garrisonville
  Supervisor Gary Snelings Republican 2001 Hartwood
  Supervisor Susan Stimpson Republican 2009 Falmouth
  Supervisor Bob Thomas Republican 2011 George Washington
  Supervisor Jack Caviler Independent First elected 1999-2007 Griffis-Widewater

2013-2015

The Republican incumbent from the Falmouth District Susan Stimson sought the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia and lost. Meg Bohmke, a Republican representing the district in the school board ran to represent the Falmouth District in the Board of Supervisors and won. Incumbent Republican Ty Schieber lost re-election in the Garrisonville District against Democrat Laura Sellers who ran in 2009 against Mark Dudenhefer and lost. Republican incumbent Gary Snelings from the Hartwood District won re-election. Republican incumbent Paul Milde from the Aquia District also won re-election.

Position Name Affiliation First election District
  Supervisor Cord Sterling Republican 2007 Rock Hill
  Supervisor Paul Milde Republican 2005 Aquia
  Supervisor Laura Sellers Democratic 2013 Garrisonville
  Supervisor Gary Snelings Republican 2001 Hartwood
  Supervisor Meg Bohmke Republican 2013 Falmouth
  Supervisor Bob Thomas Republican 2011 George Washington
  Supervisor Jack Caviler Independent First elected 1999-2007 Griffis-Widewater

2015-2017

Independent Jack Cavilier ran for re-election as a Republican and won in the Griffis-Widewater District. Cord Sterling declined to run for re-election. Wendy Maurer a Republican won the Republican primary, then won a three way race against a Democrat, and longtime former Republican Supervisor Robert Gibbons who ran as an independent and won in the Rockhill District and won. Republican incumbent Bob Thomas won re-election in the George Washington District.

Position Name Affiliation First election District
  Supervisor Wendy Maurer Republican 2011 Rock Hill
  Supervisor Paul Milde Republican 2005 Aquia
  Supervisor Laura Sellers Democratic 2013 Garrisonville
  Supervisor Gary Snelings Republican 2001 Hartwood
  Supervisor Meg Bohmke Republican 2013 Falmouth
  Supervisor Bob Thomas Republican 2011 George Washington
  Supervisor Jack Caviler Republican First elected 1999-2007 Griffis-Widewater

2017-2019

Republican Supervisor Bob Thomas from the George Washington District decided to run for state legislature. In a competitive Republican Primary he beat Supervisor Paul Milde from the Aquia District, and former Supervisor Susan Stimpson from the Falmouth District. Tom Coen, a Republican candidate who ran twice for the seat was named Interim Supervisor and won a special election as a Independent to finish out Bob Thomas’ term. Incumbent Republican Supervisor Meg Bohmke won re-election in the Falmouth District against a Democrat. Cindy Shelton, a Republican, beat a Democrat and an independent in a three way race in one of the most Democratic districts in Stafford County. Democratic Incumbent Laura Sellers from the Garrisonville District ran for re-election against Mark Dudenhefer who declined to run for re-election for state legislature. In a rematch Mark Dudenhefer won again to reclaim his seat by 13 votes. Gary Snelings, the Republican incumbent from the Hartwood District won re-election.

Position Name Affiliation First election District
  Supervisor Wendy Maurer Republican 2011 Rock Hill
  Supervisor Cindy Shelton Republican 2017 Aquia
  Supervisor Mark Dudenhefer Republican First elected 2005-2011 Garrisonville
  Supervisor Gary Snelings Republican First elected 2001-2005 Hartwood
  Supervisor Meg Bohmke Republican 2013 Falmouth
  Supervisor Tom Coen Independent 2018 George Washington
  Supervisor Jack Caviler Republican First elected 1999-2007 Griffis-Widewater

Stafford County School Board

Though the school board in Stafford County, and the Commonwealth of Virginia is officially nonpartisan. Candidates are endorsed by parties and tend to hold views similar to these parties.

Position Name Affiliation First election District
  Board Member Patricia Healy Republican 1999 Rock Hill
  Board Member Irene Hollerback Independent 2013 Aquia
  Board Member Pamela Yeung Democratic 2017 Garrisonville
  Board Member Holly Hazard Republican 2012 Hartwood
  Board Member Dr. Sarah Breedin Democratic 2017 Falmouth
  Board Member Susan Randall Republican 2019 George Washington
  Board Member Dr. Elizabeth Warner Democratic 2019 Griffis-Widewater
Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[20]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2020 47.4% 37,308 50.4% 39,657 2.1% 1,693
2016 51.4% 33,868 42.3% 27,908 6.3% 4,158
2012 53.6% 32,480 44.9% 27,182 1.5% 921
2008 52.7% 29,221 46.4% 25,716 0.9% 518
2004 62.0% 28,500 37.4% 17,208 0.6% 278
2000 60.5% 20,731 36.8% 12,596 2.7% 919
1996 54.0% 14,098 38.0% 9,902 8.0% 2,089
1992 50.4% 12,528 31.0% 7,718 18.6% 4,625
1988 69.1% 12,234 30.4% 5,380 0.6% 98
1984 69.6% 10,293 30.0% 4,429 0.4% 60
1980 58.9% 7,106 34.9% 4,211 6.3% 758
1976 46.8% 4,451 51.6% 4,900 1.6% 151
1972 72.4% 5,222 26.4% 1,901 1.3% 91
1968 39.7% 2,572 26.2% 1,698 34.1% 2,212
1964 43.3% 1,888 56.6% 2,469 0.2% 7
1960 48.8% 1,447 50.4% 1,494 0.8% 24
1956 58.9% 1,563 36.9% 978 4.2% 111
1952 56.4% 1,411 43.0% 1,077 0.6% 16
1948 46.4% 732 44.8% 708 8.8% 139
1944 50.4% 714 49.2% 698 0.4% 6
1940 36.5% 463 63.3% 803 0.2% 3
1936 47.7% 596 52.1% 651 0.2% 3
1932 38.1% 454 61.4% 731 0.5% 6
1928 64.4% 797 35.6% 441
1924 46.6% 433 48.4% 450 5.0% 46
1920 56.5% 599 43.3% 459 0.2% 2
1916 48.6% 422 51.2% 444 0.2% 2
1912 21.0% 141 51.6% 347 27.5% 185

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
17909,588
18009,9714.0%
18109,830−1.4%
18209,517−3.2%
18309,362−1.6%
18408,454−9.7%
18508,044−4.8%
18608,5556.4%
18706,420−25.0%
18807,21112.3%
18907,3622.1%
19008,09710.0%
19108,070−0.3%
19208,1040.4%
19308,050−0.7%
19409,54818.6%
195011,90224.7%
196016,87641.8%
197024,58745.7%
198040,47064.6%
199061,23651.3%
200092,44651.0%
2010128,96139.5%
2019 (est.)152,882[1]18.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[21]
1790–1960[22] 1900–1990[23]
1990–2000[24]

As of the census[25] of 2010, there were 128,961 people, 38,237 households, and 24,481 families residing in the county. The population density was 342 people per square mile (132/km2). There were 31,405 housing units at an average density of 116 per square mile (45/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 72.5% White, 15.6% African American, 0.4% Native American, 2.8% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 3.2% from other races, and 4.0% from two or more races. 9.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Due to the rapid suburbanization of the county the demographics have increasingly changed in the past 20 years and will continue to change in the near future as Stafford County continues to grow.

By 2005, Stafford County's population was 72.8% non-Hispanic whites. African-Americans were 17.0% of the total population. Native Americans were 0.4% of the county total, Asians 2.3%, and Native Hawai'ians and other Pacific islanders 0.2%. Latinos were 6.4% of the population. This was higher than the total for all of Virginia.

As of 2000 there were 38,187 households, out of which 46.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.00% were married couples living together, 9.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.90% were non-families. 13.80% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.01 and the average family size was 3.32.

In the county, the age distribution of the population shows 31.60% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 33.70% from 25 to 44, 21.10% from 45 to 64, and 5.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $75,546, and the median income for a family was $78,575 (these figures had risen to $85,793 and $95,433 respectively as of a 2007 estimate[26]). Males had a median income of $47,080 versus $31,469 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,762. About 2.40% of families and 3.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.30% of those under age 18 and 5.30% of those age 65 or over. Stafford County is also one of the seven counties in America where black households make more than white households. Between 2010 and 2014 the typical black household made $105,628 in the county. The highest out of all the seven counties, while white households made an average $99,533.

Media

Stafford County being a part of the D.C area and Northern Virginia is covered by D.C cable news stations. These include FOX 5(WTTG), NBC 4(WRC-TV), ABC 7(WJLA-TV), CBS 9(WUSA), and PBS 26(WETA-TV). Stafford County is covered by northern Virginia newspapers and Fredericksburg newspapers.

Newspapers

Education

Colleges

High schools

Middle schools

  • T. Benton Gayle Middle School
  • Edward E. Drew Middle School
  • Stafford Middle School
  • Dixon-Smith Middle School
  • Rodney Thompson Middle
  • A.G. Wright Middle
  • H.H. Poole Middle
  • Shirley C. Heim Middle

Elementary schools

  • Conway Elementary
  • Falmouth Elementary
  • Ferry Farm Elementary
  • Grafton Village Elementary
  • Garrisonville Elementary
  • Hartwood Elementary
  • Anthony Burns Elementary
  • Margaret Brent Elementary
  • Kate Waller Barrett Elementary
  • Anne E. Moncure Elementary
  • Park Ridge Elementary
  • Rockhill Elementary
  • Rocky Run Elementary
  • Stafford Elementary
  • Hampton Oaks Elementary
  • Widewater Elementary
  • Winding Creek Elementary

Private schools

  • Holy Cross Academy
  • Merit School
  • Fredericksburg Christian School
  • Saint William of York Catholic School
  • Fredericksburg Academy

Transportation

I-95 northbound in Stafford County
I-95 northbound in Stafford County
Stafford Regional Airport
Stafford Regional Airport

Stafford County is approximately 40 miles south of Washington D.C making it an ideal home for D.C workers. Stafford County is the start of the I-95 Express lanes which start in the center part of the county and go to Washington D.C, the I-95 Express Lanes are currently being extended to the Southern tip of the county. A study done by INRIX Roadway Analytics awarded Southbound I-95 from D.C to the southern tip of Stafford County the worst single traffic hotspot in the nation. A stretch of Northbound I-95 from Northern Spotsylvania County to the Northern tip of Stafford County was ranked the seventh worst traffic hotspot in the nation. Due to booming growth in the county, and Northern Virginia, Stafford County is in a gridlock and has one of the worst traffic situations in Northern Virginia, Virginia, and the nation. Thus, the Commonwealth of Virginia has poured big amounts of money in road infrastructure in Stafford County. Major U.S Routes also pass through such as U.S 1, and U.S 17.

Major highways

Mass transportation

Airport

Points of interest

Chatham Manor
Chatham Manor

Communities

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities

Notable people

  • Erin Cahill, actress
  • Peter Vivian Daniel, associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States 1842–1860
  • James Garrard, Governor of Kentucky 1796–1804
  • Mark Lenzi, Olympic medalist in diving, 25th (Barcelona, 1992) and 26th (Atlanta, 1996) Olympic Games
  • Arlene Limas, Olympic medalist in taekwondo, 24th Olympic Games (Seoul, 1988)
  • John Maine, former pitcher for the New York Mets, born in Fredericksburg, graduated from North Stafford High School
  • Jessica Player, child actress, graduated from Stafford High School
  • Pocahontas, Pamunkey princess who resided here with her Patawomeck husband, Kocoum at the time of her abduction
  • Gregg Ritchie, former Major League Baseball player and coach, and head coach of the George Washington University baseball team
  • Jeff Rouse, Olympic medalist in swimming, 25th (Barcelona, 1992) and 26th (Atlanta, 1996) Olympic games
  • Torrey Smith, National Football League wide receiver
  • George Washington, boyhood home Ferry Farm is located in Stafford County

See also

References

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  10. ^ DeOnne C. Scott, Stafford County (VA): Images of America, Amazon.com
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