Our isolation from the outside world was…complete.”-Union soldier from Indiana, winter 1862-63 (1) Belmont Built in several stages throughout the years, research has shown the earliest part of the house dates back to 1761.Except where noted, all of the property mentioned is private and visitors should not trespass.The roads you will be driving are heavily traveled, please use caution when pulling off or onto them.The federal army combed the countryside, stripping the inhabitants of nearly everything - livestock, fence rails, crops, and lumber.With little remaining to eat and firewood for heating scarce (some sources claim that only 20 trees pre-dating the war exist in the county today), most residents were forced to leave.“Our permanent camp…was one mile west of the antiquated, weather-beaten hamlet of Stafford Court House. The whole Army of the Potomac, more than 100,000 men, was crowded upon the barren, ragged strip of ridges and hollows lying between the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers.Every elevation on both sides of the railroad, from Aquia Creek to Falmouth, had a camp perched upon it.
The Norton Bridge project is now well underway, following a the approval of a Development Consent Order application by the Secretary of State for Transport in March 2014 – a process dating back to 2010, where stakeholder views helped to influence the final project design We've produced a map showing the routes that will be used by construction traffic and the routes where construction traffic is prohibited: Norton Bridge construction traffic management map (1 MB) The proposals to improve the railway around Stafford and Norton Bridge Junction are independent of the Government's plans for High Speed 2.
Our plans have been developed to complement any future high speed link that may result.
Both schemes would deliver a more sustainable and reliable railway.
No great battles were fought within Stafford County, but during the winter of 1862-1863 120,000 men of the Army of the Potomac camped along its ridges and valleys.
When these homes were found abandoned, Union soldiers simply pulled down the house and used it for firewood.When the army finally left in June, 1863 to pursue Lee into Pennsylvania, Stafford County was virtually deserted with only those homes which had been occupied by officers or used as hospitals still left standing.