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

Brentsville – The Tavern

 
 
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By Kevin W., September 26, 2007
1. Brentsville – The Tavern Marker
Inscription. The Brentsville Tavern was a substantial building. It served a variety of people- from Magistrates to farmers. A notice in the November 22, 1828 Alexandria Gazette advertising the sale of THE BRENTSVILLE HOTEL described the Tavern:

…a comfortable main building in which there are 15 rooms and four large passages. Two of said rooms have been well fitted up as a store and counting room with a large cellar underneath, and is doubtless the best mercantile stand in the place. Also his Stock of Furniture, comprising almost every article needed by an innkeeper amongst there are 24 Beds, Bedsheets and Furniture…

(caption for lower, left picture) Left: One of the main rooms in the Brenssville Tavern was doubtless a taproom like the one depicted here. The fragments of glassware, dishes and crockery that archaeologists recovered were left by people who lived in or visited the Tavern.
John Lewis Krimmel (American, 1786 – 1824) Village Tavern, 1813-1814, ooil on canvas, Toledo Museum of Art, Purchased with funds from the Florence Scott Libbey Bequest in Memory of her Father, Maurice A. Scott

Archaeology

In 2001 and 2004, archaeologists worked to determine the Tavern’s layout. Excavations revealed exterior roundations and delineated rooms within the structure.
Closeup of the "Taproom" picture. image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., September 26, 2007
2. Closeup of the "Taproom" picture.
A bulkhead leading to a cellar stairway was exposed outside the west wall. A similar bulkhead likely existed in the Tavern’s east wall.
 
Erected 2007 by Prince William County and the Friends of Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre.
 
Location. 38° 41.382′ N, 77° 30.056′ W. Marker is in Brentsville, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is on Bristow Road (County Route 806), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12235 Bristow Road, Bristow VA 20136, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 12 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Brentsville –Tavern Cellar (here, next to this marker); Brentsville – Outbuildings (here, next to this marker); Brentsville – 1822 Tavern Site (a few steps from this marker); Brentsville – Tavern Square (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Brentsville – 1822 Tavern Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Brentsville - Union Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Brentsville – Clerks’ Office (within shouting
Brentsville – The Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., September 26, 2007
3. Brentsville – The Tavern Marker
distance of this marker); Brentsville - One-Room School (within shouting distance of this marker); Brentsville - The Public Lot (within shouting distance of this marker); Brentsville (within shouting distance of this marker); Brentsville - The Gallows (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Brentsville - County Jail (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Brentsville.
 
More about this marker. Prince William County and the Friends of Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre added several markers in May 2007. This marker is between Union Church and the One-Room School.

 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 849 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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