Stafford County offers diverse living options from homes with large private lots to waterfront property. North Stafford gives residence the option of a quick commute to Washington DC or Quantico Military Base while living in communities with pastoral views or quiet wooded lots. South Stafford allows home owners who enjoy eating and shopping in Historic Fredericksburg to live minutes from the city and buy more house for their dollar. Fredericksburg lot sizes are typically smaller and some buyers feel having a large yard in a private setting is more desirable then city living. South Stafford attracts commuters as well with established neighborhoods minutes from Leeland Station; the VRE takes the traffic out of a trip to DC. Most of Stafford County is located within a 10 minute drive to the area’s main Highway I-95 so privacy and a rural feel will not mean you have to live off the beaten path. Home prices in Stafford tend to be lower than Fredericksburg City and Counties to the north so some buyers may see Stafford as a more economical choice while many chose the county for its mix of convenience and natural beauty.
Sites to Visit:
Chatham Manor (open daily 9:00-4:30)
120 Chatham Lane Fredericksburg, VA 22405
Part of the area’s nation military park Chatham Manor is a window into Virginia’s past. A Georgian mansion surrounded by outbuildings and historic grounds, the ten room manor hosts 5 exhibits and overlooks the Rappahannock River.
George Washington’s Boyhood Home (seasonal 10AM-4 OR 5PM)
268 Kings Highway Fredericksburg, VA 22405
Take a self-guided tour of George Washington’s boyhood home where he lived from age six to age twenty. In 2008 the discovery of the location of Washington’s home was announced. Come walk the land inherited by our 1st president at age 11. The visitor’s center has artifacts, an archaeology lab, and the grounds have walking trails. Located on the riverbank the site is a stone’s throw from downtown Fredericksburg.
Things to Do:
Augustine Golf Club
76 Monument Drive Stafford, VA 22554
Located right of I-95 (exit 140) Augustine Golf Club is thought to be one of Virginia’s most beautiful golf experiences. Reopened in 2012 the course boasts rolling hills, mature trees, and plush greens.
The Riverside Center (diner theater, times vary)
With new Broadway shows every year and children’s theater events Riverside is a great night out for the whole family. Have a three course meal while enjoying a holiday classic to get you in the spirit. Sing alone with classic musical theater like “1776” and “Oklahoma” or get tickets for something new to the stage like “Footloose”.
Hartwood Winery (11:00 am – 5:00 pm Wed.-Fri. and 11:00 am – 6:00 pm Sat.-Sun.)
345 Hartwood Road Fredericksburg, VA 22406
The old English word “Hart” means “deer” and with this in mind you will see a deer’s head and antlers on many of Hartwood’s wine bottles. You may also see live deer on Hartwood’s wooded grounds. Family owned and always happy to accommodate a tasting, this small winery is the best kept secret in local wine. Buy a bottle and enjoy a picnic outside. If you ask nicely the owners have been known to give private tours behind the scenes.
120 River Rd. Falmouth, VA 22405 (seasonal 8AM-8PM)
Great place for a run or to play a game of tennis, Pratt Park is located on the other side of The Rappahannock River from Downtown Fredericksburg. There is a small bridge connecting the park to the local YMCA, so you could decide to weight train before or after your run. There is a large circular path surrounding the park but don’t be fooled by its simple outward appearance; Nature trails snake in all directions hidden just beyond the tree line and are the most interesting part of the park. Pratt also offers visitors; Baseball fields, basketball courts, Frisbee golf course, picnic shelters, restrooms, soccer, and outdoor tennis. The YMCA (across the walking path) has summer camp activates for kids and a pool with water slides.