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

Aquia Landing

 
 
Aquia Landing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 2, 2014
1. Aquia Landing Marker
Inscription. Aquia Landing was a significant gateway for enslaved people seeking freedom, including William and Ellen Craft, Henry “Box” Brown, and John Washington. Aquia Landing was the RF&P Railroad terminus from 1842-1872, and the only direct rail-to-steamboat transfer point on the Potomac River between Richmond, VA and Washington, DC. From April-September 1862, an estimated 10,000 freedom seekers sought refuge in Stafford behind Union lines. Many passed through this point on their trail to freedom.

Designated June 10, 2009
National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom

 
Erected 2009 by Stafford County.
 
Location. 38° 23.375′ N, 77° 18.947′ W. Marker is near Stafford, Virginia, in Stafford County. Marker is on Brooke Road (County Route 608) half a mile north of Thorny Point Road (County Route 685), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located in Aquia Landing Beach Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2846 Brooke Road, Stafford VA 22554, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Steamships, Stages and Slave Trade (here, next to this marker); Early Escape Route (here, next to this marker); Gateway to Freedom
Aquia Landing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 2, 2014
2. Aquia Landing Marker
(here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Aquia Landing (within shouting distance of this marker); Patawomeck Tribe Village (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Aquia Landing (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Aquia Landing (approx. 0.6 miles away); Mason's Homestead (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stafford.
 
Also see . . .  Aquia Landing Park. Stafford County Parks and Recreation (Submitted on August 3, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 3, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 251 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 3, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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