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

Hazel Plain

 
 
Hazel Plain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 11, 2012
1. Hazel Plain Marker
The photo shows Hazel Plain as it appeared around 1890. The house was razed in 1950.
Inscription. In 1860, Benjamin Chinn and his family lived here in a two-and-a-half story frame farmhouse. Known as "Hazel Plain," the modest plantation comprised several hundred acres. The property was typical of those in Prince William County, yielding wheat, corn, oats, and potatoes for cash and subsistence. Like roughly one-third of their immediate neighbors, the Chinn family owned slaves.

War engulfed the Chinn homestead twice in thirteen months. Prominently located on a high ridge overlooking the Warrenton Turnpike and Young's Branch, Hazel Plain stood as a silent witness to some of the heaviest fighting during both battles of Manassas. On each occasion the family took refuge with relatives. They returned to find their house stained with blood and their well fouled by amputated limbs. It was a scene familiar to many local residents whose homes stood in the crosshairs of combat.
 
Erected by Manassas National Battlefield Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 48.378′ N, 77° 32.087′ W. Marker is near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is on Chinn Ridge Loop, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Manassas VA 20109, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Hazel Plain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 11, 2012
2. Hazel Plain Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fight at the Fenceline (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing); Chinn Ridge (about 400 feet away); Kemper's Brigade (about 400 feet away); 73rd Ohio Infantry (about 500 feet away); Fight at the Fence Line (about 500 feet away); Second Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Kemper's Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away); Defending the Cannon (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Manassas.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Hazel Plain Foundation image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 11, 2012
3. Hazel Plain Foundation
Hazel Plain Marker (2001) image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, June 12, 2001
4. Hazel Plain Marker (2001)
The Chinn house foundation and the previous marker which read "Hazel Plain" - The Benjamin Chinn House Site.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 379 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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