“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Stafford in Stafford County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)


Marlborough Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin White, August 30, 2007
1. Marlborough Marker
Inscription. Strategically situated at the tip of a peninsula jutting into the Potomac River at Potomac Creek, Marlborough was established under the Town Act of 1691 as a river port town. It served as the county seat of Stafford County from 1691 until about 1718. Marlborough never fully developed. In 1726, noted lawyer John Mercer (1705–1768) moved there and built Marlborough plantation and attempted to revive the town. Mercer had one of the largest private libraries in Virginia, in which the young George Mason received much of his education. Mercerís attempt to revive the town was unsuccessful and it ceased to exist by the end of the 18th century.
Erected 2001 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number E-75.)
Location. 38° 22.53′ N, 77° 27.087′ W. Marker is in Stafford, Virginia, in Stafford County. Marker is on Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) 0.4 miles north of Centreport Parkway, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stafford VA 22555, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kidnapping of Pocahontas (here, next to this marker); "Lest We Forget" (approx. 1.2 miles away);
Marlborough Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin White, August 30, 2007
2. Marlborough Marker
Land for God's Work (approx. 1Ĺ miles away); Milton Snellings (approx. 1.6 miles away); Hulls Memorial Baptist Church (approx. 1.6 miles away); Original Bell of Hulls Memorial Baptist Church (approx. 1.7 miles away); History at Leeland Station (approx. 2.3 miles away); From Indian Path to Highway (approx. 2Ĺ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stafford.
More about this marker. This marker replaced a marker with the same number and title erected in the late 1920s or early 1930s south of here (about 4 miles north of Fredericksburg). It read, “At Potomac Neck, four miles east, land was laid off in 1691 for a port and the town of Stafford County, called Marlborough. Houses were built and the county court was held there for some years. The town did not grow, and in 1747, John Mercer bought the countyís rights in it.”
Categories. Colonial EraPolitical SubdivisionsSettlements & Settlers
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,844 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 30, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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