The Village of Falmouth stands at a decision-making crossroad. Poised at the busy intersection of two major US highways, the impacts of highway upgrades upon the character and environment of this fragile historic place will need to be considered and understood. Sixty years ago, the village was split into two geographically isolated neighborhoods when the Jefferson Davis Highway (US Route 1) bridge (over the Rappahannock River) was constructed, connecting Stafford County and the City of Fredericksburg. Plans are now being developed to upgrade the intersection of Jefferson Davis Highway and Warrenton Road (US Route 17).
Currently, Falmouth is divided into four distinct areas by the existing major highway network. Jefferson Davis Highway bisects Falmouth into western and eastern halves, and Warrenton Road bisects the western and eastern halves into northern and southern quadrants. Through sensitive new infill development in the village center, protection of the existing natural surroundings of the village, and improved access to the river, Falmouth will become a key link in the Heritage Loop that looks to celebrate and conserve the County's natural resources and historic treasures.
Falmouth Village, established in the early 1700s, presents a unique opportunity to celebrate, redefine and improve a significant historic place in Stafford County. As decisions are made related to future potential highway infrastructure, they must be done in a context that considers the future of Falmouth Village. The vision for Falmouth proposes to build upon Falmouth's past, as well as its natural resources to attract heritage tourism.
August 2013 Update:
- Building renovations and improvements to a popular eatery in the Falmouth Historic District – Amy’s Café – will begin in October.
- An adaptive reuse project on the former Chuck’s Auto Body building was recently completed.
- VDOT’s US Route 1/US Route 17 intersection improvement project is well underway and on schedule.
Phases 3 and 5 of the Belmont-Ferry Farm Trail are now open between Pratt Park and Belmont, through the Historic Port of Falmouth and Falmouth Bottom.
Engineering design work is underway to provide much needed pedestrian safety and public parking in Falmouth Bottom. Plans include constructing missing sidewalks, public parking lots, and a pedestrian overlook of the fall line of the Rappahannock River to help visitors understand why Falmouth was located in this area. Two new public parking lots will provide over 40 new spaces to serve visitors.
The Virginia Department of Transportation has entered its right-of-way acquisition phase for improvements to the intersection of Cambridge Street (US Route 1) and Warrenton Road (US Route 17).
Click here for more information on the Falmouth Intersection Improvement Project.