Welcome to
Discover Stafford

Stafford County spans more than 400
years of significant contributions in the
building of our nation.

We invite you to explore the stories we
know, add the stories not yet told, and
stay engaged as we celebrate and
Discover Stafford together!

Stafford Stories

Explore the stories and images of Stafford County. These stories are part of the history of a county, then a state, then a nation. It’s all connected. Stafford’s stories are America’s stories.

VR

Explore and experience Stafford’s history during the Revolutionary War period using Virtual Reality.

Historical Figure of the Week

Charles Lewis Kennedy

Born 1846 – Died 1933

Charles L. Kennedy (1846-1933) was the son of Thomas A. Kennedy and was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia.  In 1871, he married Mary T. Schooler (1835-1904), the daughter of Thomas E. Schooler (c.1787-1861) of Stafford County, Virginia.  His second wife was Sarah J. Armstrong (c.1863-1953).  Charles lived on or near the Warrenton Road and not far from its junction with Poplar Road (Route 616).  He was Sheriff of Stafford when Charles A. Morganfield and Charles J. Searcey robbed the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac train near Aquia Creek.  One of the most famous train robberies in American history, it was covered by  newspapers all across the United States.  The trial was held at Stafford Courthouse.  In 1875, Charles L. Kennedy was one of the overseers of the road for Hartwood Township.  He was a member of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors from 1881 to 1886 and served as county sheriff from 1887 to at least 1897.  During the early 1900s, Charles was a licensed auctioneer.

History in Stafford

Explore the past with our interactive historical map, featuring artifacts and locations throughout history. Zoom in to discover more information and click on markers to learn more about specific time periods and places.

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Discover Stafford Scavenger Hunt

Wednesday February 1st 2023 8:00 AM – Tuesday December 31st 2024 12:00 PM

Adventure Begins at Your Library

Wednesday, May 15th – Thursday, August 15th

Alfred Waud – Civil War Artist

Thursday, August 15th 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM