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Near Brentsville in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

John W. Hall Home

 
 
John W. Hall Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., September 26, 2007
1. John W. Hall Home Marker
Inscription. In 2000, this ca. 1830 “log cabin” home was moved to the Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre from the Braemer area in Gainesville to save it from demolition. It was the home of John William Hall (1840-1931) who was a Civil War veteran. In 1924, Hall rented the cabin to Mr. and Mrs. Grover Bailey and their children, Wilford, Hazel, and Wade. The family moved after Hall sold his cabin and farmstead in 1928.

(caption under picture in lower left) This sketch shows the log structure where John W. Hall once lived. From “Historic log cabin relocated to Brentsville as Braemar community grows” by Helen Graves, The Bull Run Observer, December 6, 2000.

…The log cabin was our kitchen. I remember the pretty curtains my mother made for the small windows. They were blue checked gingham with white rickrack braid, and a table cloth to match. The large rock chimney was a very important feature from which Santa brought my last doll which I still have… Quotation: Hazel Bailey Martino described her life in the Hall cabin during the 1920s. From “She recalls her childhood in log cabin and visits by Civil War veteran John Hall: by Hazel Bailey Martino. The Bull Run Observer, December 6, 2000.

(caption under center picture) John W.
John W. Hall Home Marker, with the log cabin in the background. image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., September 26, 2007
2. John W. Hall Home Marker, with the log cabin in the background.
Hall had a notable military career. He was captured at Gettysburg (1863), exchanged, and served until the war ended. He was 5'8", of a light complexion, with light hair and gray eyes. Image of John William Hall taken from The Confederate Veteran, Volume 39, date unknown.

John William Hall
John W. Hall was a private in Company A, 39th Battalion Virginia Cavalry. He served as a courier for several Confederate Generals such as Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. Hall lived in Bristow, Virginia at the time of his death in 1931.

Telling the Story
The building will be interpreted as an 1830s homestead with reproduction furnishings and a working fireplace for cooking demonstrations. The landscape around the building will be transformed to replicate a modest farmstead with gardens and outbuildings. The cabin site will be used to educate the public about life on a small Prince William County farm during the 19th century.

What’s Next?
Plans are being drawn to accurately restore the building. We recently discovered that the building had exterior siding over the logs. We welcome volunteers to assist with research and landscaping. Work is scheduled to begin in the Fall of 2007. Please visit again to chart our progress!
 
Erected 2007.
 
Location.
John W. Hall's log cabin, undergoing renovation. image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., September 26, 2007
3. John W. Hall's log cabin, undergoing renovation.
Note the pile of stone to the left, which are probably the chimney stones.
38° 41.409′ N, 77° 29.948′ W. Marker is near Brentsville, Virginia, in Prince William County. Click for map. Marker and home are part of the Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12229 Bristow Road, Bristow VA 20136, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Brentsville (within shouting distance of this marker); Brentsville - County Jail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Brentsville - County Courthouse (about 300 feet away); Brentsville - The Gallows (about 300 feet away); Brentsville - The Public Lot (about 300 feet away); Brentsville - One-Room School (about 300 feet away); Brentsville – Clerks’ Office (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Brentsville (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Brentsville.
 
Categories. 20th CenturyEducationNotable BuildingsNotable PersonsWar, US Civil
 
John W. Hall's log cabin, undergoing renovation. image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., September 26, 2007
4. John W. Hall's log cabin, undergoing renovation.
Picture shows the southern side of the house, displaying the logs prior to installing new exterior siding.
Picture of the interior of John W. Hall Home, during renovation. image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., September 26, 2007
5. Picture of the interior of John W. Hall Home, during renovation.
View of the southern wall of the home, from the inside. Picture is taken through an opening in the rear of the cabin.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,195 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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