Originally inhabited by the Patowomacks (Algonquian Indians) in the 16th Century, Quantico has been vital to the foundation of American history. Even before the Jamestown Settlement and Captain John Smith explored the banks of the Potomac River in 1608, the Spaniards had visited Quantico over 40 years earlier. The area became a destination for the tobacco trade and was a bustling stopping point for routes between New York and Florida.

The first military presence in the ‘Quantico’ region of Virginia was during the Americcan Revolutionary War. Years later during the American Civil War, control of the Potomac River became vital to both armies and Confederate Civil War cannons had blockaded Union traffic. Around 1916, Marine Corps Commandant Major General George Barnett sent a team to find possible sites for a new Marine Corps base near Washington, D.C and in 1917 – Marine Barracks, Quantico was established.

Today, Marine Base Quantico is comprised of 55,148 acres and is so large, is situated in three counties including Prince William, Stafford and Fauquier. Today, Marines from across the U.S. come to Marine Corps Base Quantico to train, learn, and develop skills.

Visitors can learn about Marine Corps History and Heritage throughout Prince William, Virginia at any of the sites listed below.

Marine Corps Heritage Sites


Medal of Honor Theater

The Giant Screen Certified Medal of Honor Theater located in the National Museum of the Marine Corps features stadium seating for 369...

National Museum of the Marine Corps

This state-of-the-art facility honors, preserves and narrates America's story through the eyes of U.S. Marines. Its magnificent...

National Memorial Cemetery at Quantico

Comprised of more than 700 acres, visitors can walk more than 150 rolling, wooded acres of this National Cemetery containing the burial...

The Marine Shop

The Marine Shop carries everything Marines and their families need or want. All purchases support active duty Marines through the...

Tun Tavern

Legend has it that The Marine Corps was founded in 1775 at the original Tun Tavern in Philadelphia. The décor of the Tun Tavern...

Places to Stay Nearby

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