Stafford County

Stafford County, highlighted in map of Virginia

Pocahontas was captured by the English in 1613 while visiting the Patawomeke town on what today is known as Marlboro Point, and in archeological circles as ST1 and ST2.

Urban and suburban development is not inevitable, even in a location with centuries of history as a trading center. In 1891, developers proposed the new port of Marlborough on the site of the old Patawomeke town where Pocahontas was captured. The town was never built, and today Marlboro Point is occupied by just a private residence.

Shards of pre-historic pottery can still be seen on the surface of the back yard. The undeveloped peninsula to the west of the mouth of Accokeek Creek is known as Crows Nest. It was purchased in 2008/09 by Virginia and Stafford County to block planned subdivisions and preserve the peninsula in its natural state.

Margaret Brent

six weeked before the First Battle of Manassas, Union ships attacked Confederate fortifications on the shoreline of Stafford County
six weeked before the First Battle of Manassas, Union ships attacked Confederate fortifications on the shoreline of Stafford County
Source: Frank Leslie's Illustrated History of the Civil War, The Attack Upon the Batteries At the Entrance of Aquia Creek, Potomac River By the United States Vessels "Pawnee," "Yankee," "Thomas Freeborn," "Anacosta," and "Resolute," June 1st 1861 (p.43)

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in the 1790's, Aquia sandstone was quarried on Government Island for the US Capitol and Executive Mansion
in the 1790's, Aquia sandstone was quarried on Government Island for the US Capitol and Executive Mansion
Source: Library of Congress, The Capitol columns at the Washington Arboretum, Washington, D.C.


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