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Falmouth, Virginia Historical Markers

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By Kevin W., March 30, 2008
"Lest We Forget" Marker
Virginia (Stafford County), Falmouth — "Lest We Forget"
In memory of those from Stafford County who served during the Civil War "Lest We Forget"Map (db m6800) HM
Virginia (Stafford County), Falmouth — A Changed Landscape
The sketch below, done by a Union soldier, shows the landscape in front of you as it looked in 1863. During the Civil War, this was the rear of Chatham—a functional space unadorned with gardens or architectural finery. Union soldiers had cut . . . — Map (db m35387) HM
Virginia (Stafford County), Falmouth — A Sad Duty to Perform
His second day of freedom, Former Slave John Washington wrote about seeing the “side-by-side” burial of seven Union soldiers April 19th, 1862, in Falmouth’s Union Church Cemetery. “The soldiers had a sad duty to . . . — Map (db m49673) HM
Virginia (Stafford County), Falmouth — E-133 — Anthony Burns(1834 ~ 1862)
Anthony Burns was born into slavery in Stafford County. In 1854 Burns escaped from Richmond, where he had been hired out, to Boston. His owner demanded his return under the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. Burns' arrest on 24 May 1854 inspired . . . — Map (db m92728) HM
Virginia (Stafford County), Falmouth — Beleaguered Town
Union soldiers and officers gazing upon Fredericksburg from this spot in 1862 saw many of the same landmarks visible today. The skyline of this peaceful river town, population 5,000 in 1860, is still dominated by the three steeples of City Hall and . . . — Map (db m35390) HM
Virginia (Stafford County), Falmouth — Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church
Organized 1868 by Rev. York Johnson, an ex-slave, who with 27 others separated from White Oak Primitive Baptist Church. Rev. Johnson, assisted by The Freedmen Bureau, established a benevolent organization "The Union Branch of the True Vine" and . . . — Map (db m77354) HM
Virginia (Stafford County), Falmouth — Beyond the Big House
Slaves did virtually all the work that kept Chatham worthy of its widespread reputation for productivity, elegance, and hospitality. Before the Civil War, it’s unlikely that white residents ever amounted to more than 20 percent of Chatham’s . . . — Map (db m35386) HM
Virginia (Stafford County), Falmouth — Bombardment
When Confederate sharpshooters blocked his efforts to span the Rappahannock River with pontoon bridges, General Ambrose E. Burnside ordered his artillery to bombard the town. For eight hours more than one hundred cannon, some as large as the . . . — Map (db m35392) HM
Virginia (Stafford County), Falmouth — Caretaker CottageGari Melchers Home and Studio — Belmont
From construction of the main house ca. 1880, until the end of the Civil War, life at Belmont was intertwined with the institution of slavery. An 1815 Falmouth property list shows that then resident Susannah Knox owned four slaves over age 12. . . . — Map (db m97372) HM
Virginia (Stafford County), Falmouth — Chatham
Chatham has watched quietly over Fredericksburg for almost 250 years—an imposing, 180-foot-long brick manor house once visible from much of town. It has witnessed great events and played host to important people. George Washington, Thomas . . . — Map (db m35385) HM
Virginia (Stafford County), Falmouth — Civil War Observation Balloon Site
This site, once part of the Phillips property and occupied by the Union Army in the winter of 1862-1863 became the launch site for Aeronaut Thaddeus Lowe reconnaissance balloons. The tethered balloon Eagle with General Edwin Sumner's staff officer, . . . — Map (db m76275) HM
Virginia (Stafford County), Falmouth — Conway House
Conway House was the home of Moncure Conway who freed himself from the dogmas of his culture and became an abolitionist. He is the only descendent of one of our nation’s Founding Fathers to actively lead escaping slaves to freedom, thereby . . . — Map (db m23147) HM
Virginia (Stafford County), Falmouth — Duff McDuff Green Memorial Park
The Green family was established in Virginia when Duff McFuff Green's great-great grandfather, Robert Green, settled in Orange County in 1710. Duff McDuff Green was born in Stafford county on 2 August 1832 to Capt. Duff Green and Elizabeth Ann Payne . . . — Map (db m76690) HM
Virginia (Stafford County), Falmouth — Falmouth
Approximately one mile east at the junction of U.S. Route 17 and U.S. Route 1 is the town of Falmouth, which was established at the falls of the Rappahannock River and incorporated in 1727. Although a small town, Falmouth was one of the most . . . — Map (db m48761) HM
Virginia (Stafford County), Falmouth — Falmouth Railroad StationStafford, Virginia
During the Civil War, a railroad station stood on this site. The station consisted of a warehouse, a platform, quartermaster tents, and several sidings. Trains arrived and departed on the hour traveling to and from Aquia Landing. The station . . . — Map (db m75944) HM
Virginia (Stafford County), Falmouth — Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park
Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania—this is the bloodiest landscape in North America. No place more vividly reflects the Civil War’s tragic cost in all its forms. A city bombarded, bloodied, and looted. Farms large . . . — Map (db m35378) HM
Virginia (Stafford County), Falmouth — Freedom Began HereTrail to Freedom
”The soldier assured me that I was now a free man…I never would be a slave no more.” - John Washington, a Fredericksburg slave ”Our camps are now flooded with negroes, with packs on their backs and bound for . . . — Map (db m32391) HM
Virginia (Stafford County), Falmouth — Gari Melchers Home and Studio"Belmont"
Overlooking the Falls of the Rappahannock River on a major 17th and 18th century trade route, this site became the setting for the artist's internationally acclaimed early 20th century paintings celebrating the lives and character of the citizens . . . — Map (db m77688) HM
Virginia (Stafford County), Falmouth — E-47 — Historic Falmouth
Founded in 1727 as a trading center for the Northern Neck. Hunter’s iron works here were an objective in the Virginia campaign of 1781. The Army of the Potomac camped here from November, 1862 to June, 1863 and moved hence to Chancellorsville and . . . — Map (db m1671) HM
Virginia (Stafford County), Falmouth — Hobby School
In 1930, this 1880s log cabin was moved to its present location from the corner of Butler Road and Carter Street. The Falmouth historic community saved it with the help of noted architect Edward Donn, for they believed it was similar to the type of . . . — Map (db m49662) HM
Virginia (Stafford County), Falmouth — E-116 — Hunter’s Iron Works
Located south of here on the Rappahannock River, stood Hunter’s Iron Works, founded by James Hunter and was in operation by the 1750s. With the outbreak of the American Revolution, the Rappahannock Forge there supplied the Continental army and navy . . . — Map (db m2729) HM
Virginia (Stafford County), Falmouth — James HunterPatriot — 1721 - 1785
Owner of the famed Hunter Iron Works in Stafford County, which manufactured most of the camp utensils and weapons for the Virginia forces during the Revolutionary War. A true patriot, he received little, if any, compensation. — Map (db m32392) HM
Virginia (Stafford County), Falmouth — Magistrate’s Office
The Magistrate’s Office is the oldest existing municipal building in Stafford County. Originally built for the town of Falmouth, the structure has been used as a courthouse (magistrate’s office) and voting place. Traditionally referred to as the . . . — Map (db m2545) HM
Virginia (Stafford County), Falmouth — N-36 — Moncure Daniel Conway
Nearby to the northwest is the childhood home of renowned abolitionist, writer, and lecturer Moncure Daniel Conway (1832-1907). In 1838 his family moved into this Federal-style house. Conway graduated from Dickinson College in 1849 and Harvard . . . — Map (db m1676) HM
Virginia (Stafford County), Falmouth — OlympiansStafford, Virginia
Three Stafford High graduates competed in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. Jeff Rouse won a gold and a silver medal swimming. Mark Lenzi received a gold medal in diving. Conrad Adams was the captain of the U.S. Olympic Pentathlon Team. In . . . — Map (db m75946) HM
Virginia (Stafford County), Falmouth — On this site in 1862...
Guard Duty in Falmouth: Eight members of Company "F" 2nd Regt. U.S. Sharpshooters pose for a photograph in front of the O'Bannon House on Caroline St. (current day Butler Road) in Falmouth, Virginia, about May or June of 1862. They are . . . — Map (db m36873) HM
Virginia (Stafford County), Falmouth — Shelton Cottage
This cottage is an example of an 18th century working man's home and was named for the family that owned it for several generations. A unique feature of the cottage is a central fireplace, more commonly seen in New England. — Map (db m76276) HM
Virginia (Stafford County), Falmouth — Sow…Tend…Harvest
For most of its existence, Chatham had an unchanging rhythm: sow, tend, and harvest, each according to the crop. Most of Chatham’s slaves lived out their lives to this seasonal cadence, year after year. More than 50 enslaved workers—sometimes . . . — Map (db m35389) HM
Virginia (Stafford County), Falmouth — The Forlorn Hope
“A group of soldiers detached from the main group for a very dangerous mission.” On December 11, 1862, from the north side of the Rappahannock River in Stafford County, the 7th Michigan Infantry led an amphibious assault . . . — Map (db m23146) HM
Virginia (Stafford County), Falmouth — Welcome To Our TrailsGari Melchers Home and Studio — Belmont
The trails at Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont fulfill the wishes of Corinne Melchers, who hoped visitors could someday walk the estate’s beautiful woods and riverside setting. One-and-a-half miles of paths cover a varied terrain to the . . . — Map (db m97375) HM

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