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Welcome to Widewater ...

Widewater is located in Stafford County<1>.


The location of Widewater has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>


While we don't have a date for the founding of Widewater, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1890.

Widewater is near sea level<3>.

Time Zone: Widewater lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Widewater lies within the (540) area code.

Communities Also Named Widewater ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found another community named Widewater - it's located in Alberta.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Widewater.

Communities near Widewater ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Widewater.

  • Fredericksburg
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the southwest)
  • La Plata
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for La Plata
    • La Plata is located in Charles County (MD)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 9,800 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for La Plata <4>
  • Dumfries
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dumfries
    • Dumfries is located in Prince William County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,106 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dumfries <4>
  • Indian Head
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Indian Head have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Indian Head
    • Indian Head is located in Charles County (MD)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,787 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Indian Head <4>
  • Occoquan
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Occoquan have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Occoquan
    • Occoquan is located in Fairfax County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,097 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Occoquan <4>
  • Quantico
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Quantico have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Quantico
    • Quantico is located in Prince William County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 558 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Quantico <4>
  • Port Tobacco Village
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Port Tobacco Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Port Tobacco Village
    • Port Tobacco Village is located in Charles County (MD)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 15 people
  • Canterbury Village
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Canterbury Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Canterbury Village
    • Canterbury Village is located in Stafford County
  • Chamberlain Village
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Chamberlain Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chamberlain Village
    • Chamberlain Village is located in Prince William County
  • Loy Landing
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Loy Landing
    • Loy Landing is located in Stafford County

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Widewater. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Widewater.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Widewater. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Widewater.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Widewater. See our Newspapers Page for Widewater.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Widewater ...

Looking for more information about Widewater? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

While we are unaware of a Tourism page that is specific to Widewater, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Page for Widewater.

Adding Widewater to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Widewater in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Widewater was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<5>

From that list, the Widewater post office opened in 1890.

We also found Widewater on a map titled Rand McNally Map of Virginia (1911).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Widewater.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Widewater. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Stafford County: www.co.stafford.va.us/

The official website for State of Virginia: https://www.virginia.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Virginia's counties, including Stafford, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Widewater - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<5>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:

      https://cblevins.github.io/us-post-offices/data-biography/









 

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