Aquia Landing Park
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In the mid 1800s, Aquia Landing was the terminus of the RF&P Railroad. Here, passengers took steamboats up the Potomac River to Washington, DC. During the Civil War, it was the site of the first naval engagement, and an important logistical access point, controlled largely by the Union troops. When the Union arrived in Stafford, this pivotal transportation point also became a destination for many enslaved people who sought refuge behind Union lines and were transported from this site to points north or abroad.
African-American history runs deep at Aquia Landing Park. Three sign panels interpret Aquia Landing as a true gateway to freedom before Emancipation. Noted freedom-seekers who passed through this point include William & Ellen Craft, Henry "Box" Brown, and John Washington. Learn more about the Trail to Freedom and Aquia Landing Park at www.TrailtoFreedom.com . This site was designated to the NPS National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom in April 2009. A Civil War Trail marker interpreting the first naval engaged of the Civil War is also in the park and several others are on the way.
Aquia Landing is open year-round, this historic site and public park offers a riverside beach, sunbathing, fishing, picnicking, volleyball, and swimming (NO lifeguard on duty). Two large shelters are available to rent for special events (540-658-5019 to reserve). HOURS: mid-Mar to 31 Oct, 8am-8pm. 31 Oct to mid-Mar, 8am-5:30pm.