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

Brentsville –Tavern Cellar

 
 
Brentsville –Tavern Cellar Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., September 26, 2007
1. Brentsville –Tavern Cellar Marker
Inscription. Here, you can see the edges of a large depression. It is located inside ropes that mark the Tavern’s foundation. This feature was one of two cellars underneath the ca. 1822 Tavern building. These cellars were beneath two rooms that flanked the central passageway.

When owner Thomas R. Hampton advertised the sale of the Brentsville Tavern in 1828, he noted that two rooms “…have been well fitted up as a store and counting room with a large cellar underneath…”. * This may be the cellar that Hampton mentioned. It was likely accessed through an interior stairway and an exterior bulkhead.
* Alexandria Gazette, 22 November, 1828

(sidebar)Please help protect this important historic resource. Metal detecting, collecting and other destructive activities are prohibited. Thank you.

Preservation

By the early 1900s, little of the Tavern building remained. Most walls had collapsed. Many of the large features (cellars and pits) had been backfilled. This cellar remained open. Over time, debris collected here. Weather, rodents, and people further threatened the site. To preserve the cellar for later study, the Historic Preservation Division lined and filled it with sand in 2006. Archaeologists will be able to remove this sand and excavate the cellar in the future.

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Brentsville –Tavern Cellar Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., September 26, 2007
2. Brentsville –Tavern Cellar Marker
for lower, left picture)
The cellar feature was visible and vulnerable before it was filled and stabilized in 2006.

(caption for lower, center picture) Rodents burrowing along the cellar foundation exposed bricks and weakened the structure.

(caption for lower, right picture) Workers lined the cellar depression with filter fabric then filled it with sand to preserve the remaining walls.
 
Erected 2007 by Prince William County and the Friends of Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre.
 
Location. 38° 41.384′ N, 77° 30.054′ 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 – Outbuildings (here, next to this marker); Brentsville – The Tavern (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 – Clerks’ Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Brentsville - Union Church (within shouting 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 (within shouting distance of this marker); Brentsville - County Jail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Brentsville.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 850 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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