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Near Brooke in Stafford County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Aquia Landing

 
 
Aquia Landing Marker image. Click for full size.
February 16, 2007
1. Aquia Landing Marker
Since this picture was taken in February 2007, the marker disappeared and has since been replaced.
Inscription. The Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad was extended to its terminus here at Aquia Landing in 1846. By steamboat and railroad, travelers from Washington, D.C., to Richmond could complete in 9 hours a journey that took 38 hours by stagecoach. In May-June 1861, Confederate batteries at Aquia Landing exchanged fire with Union gunboats. The first use of nautical mines ("torpedoes") in the war occurred here on 7 July 1861 against the U.S.S. Pawnee. After the Confederates abandoned the site in 1862, the Union army built new wharves and storage buildings for supplies. The army burned them in 1863, when it pursued the Confederate army into Pennsylvania. The railroad was extended across Aquia Creek in 1872.
 
Erected 1994 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number J-92.)
 
Location. 38° 23.001′ N, 77° 19.205′ W. Marker is near Brooke, Virginia, in Stafford County. Marker is on Brooke Road (County Route 608), on the right. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2846 Brooke Rd, Brooke VA 22430, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Aquia Landing (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mason's Homestead
Aquia Landing Marker image. Click for full size.
February 16, 2007
2. Aquia Landing Marker
(about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Aquia Landing (about 600 feet away); Battle of Aquia Landing (about 700 feet away); Patawomeck Tribe Village (approx. 0.3 miles away); Early Escape Route (approx. half a mile away); Gateway to Freedom (approx. half a mile away); Steamships, Stages and Slave Trade (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Brooke.
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsMilitaryRailroads & StreetcarsRoads & VehiclesWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
Aquia Landing image. Click for full size.
By Kevin White, August 29, 2007
3. Aquia Landing
Aquia Landing is now a county park. Note that between February and August 2007, the marker disappeared. Directly across the street from the Aquia Landing sign, near the tree, you can see its telltale post in this August 2007 photo.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,357 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on .   3. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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