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.
1st Quarter 2016 Update
- Improvements to the intersection of US Route 1/US Route 17 Business/Butler Road. Click here for additional information.
- The Board of Supervisors recently initiated the rezoning of the Counting House from residential to commercial. The request was approved by the Planning Commission on February 10, 2016. A public townhall meeting has been organized by both Board of Supervisors members from this area and will take place on February 18th, 7:00pm-9:00pm at the Falmouth Elementary School. The Counting House is owned by the County and it is located at 103 Gordon Street (Stafford County Tax Map Parcel No. 53D-1-36; Virginia Department of Historic Resources [DHR] #089-0067-0006). It is a circa 1840s dwelling that has been determined to be individually eligible for the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and is also located within the NRHP-eligible Falmouth Historic District (DHR #089-0067). Over its lifetime, the Counting House has been used for a variety of uses, both residential and non-residential. The Redevelopment Plan encourages reuse of properties in this area in a manner consistent with the character of and compatible with existing uses. The County is working to return the Counting House to private ownership and they are currently negotiating with a small business owner. Click here for additional information.