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Near Bristow in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Brentsville
 
Brentsville Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, September 24, 2006
1. Brentsville Marker
 
Inscription. Fourth seat of the Prince William County government. Courthouse, jail, Episcopal Chapel, and White House were built in 1822 on land originally part of the Brent Town tract confiscated from Robert Bristow, a Tory, in 1779. ♦ St. James Church of Dettingen Parish (now Hatcher’s Memorial Baptist), was built in 1847 on the site of the old chapel. ♦ During the War Between the States Col. Mosby operated in this area. ♦ In 1893 the county seat was moved to Manassas.
 
Erected 1980 by the Prince William Historical Commission. (Marker Number 41.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia, Prince William County Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 38° 41.362′ N, 77° 30.011′ W. Marker is near Bristow, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is on Bristow Road (Local Route 619) 4.2 miles east of Nokesville Road (Virginia Route 28), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. It is near the Brentsville Park entrance. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12235 Bristow Road, Bristow VA 20136, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 14 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Brentsville – Clerks’ Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Brentsville
 
Brentsville Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., September 26, 2007
2. Brentsville Marker
Marker was moved closer to the road when new interpretive markers were erected in 2007.
 
- The Public Lot
(within shouting distance of this marker); Brentsville - One-Room School (within shouting distance of this marker); Brentsville - County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Brentsville - County Jail (within shouting distance of this marker); Brentsville – Tavern Square (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Brentsville (within shouting distance of this marker); Brentsville – 1822 Tavern Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Brentsville –Tavern Cellar (within shouting distance of this marker); Brentsville – The Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Brentsville – Outbuildings (within shouting distance of this marker); Brentsville - The Gallows (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Brentsville – 1822 Tavern Site (about 400 feet away); Brentsville - Union Church (about 400 feet away).
 
More about this marker.
 
Prince William County Courthouse Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, September 24, 2006
3. Prince William County Courthouse
Built circa 1822 on three acres. Restored to its 1830s appearance.
 
Marker is at the Brenstville Courthouse Historic Centre.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Brentsvillle was the location for the fourth Prince William County Courthouse. The list includes all five Prince William County Courthouses in sequence from first through the fifth.
 
Also see . . .
1. From Outpost to Courthouse: Plotting Brentsville. 2003 article by Pamela Myer Sackett in the Prince William Reliquary. (Submitted on December 21, 2006.) 

2. The Friends of Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre Website. (Submitted on December 21, 2006.)
3. Federal Cavalry - Brentsville Courthouse. 2004 photograph of civil war reenactment in front of courthouse. (Submitted on December 21, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.) 

4. Sacred Spaces, Southerness, & Civilian Aspects of the Civil War. 2003 essay by Pamela Myer Sackett explaining the long-lasting psychic and historical scarring of the South caused by the Civil War, using Brentsville as a specific example. (Submitted on December 21, 2006.) 
 
Brentsville Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, September 24, 2006
4. Brentsville Marker
This was the original placement of this marker.
 
 
Prince Wiliam County Jail Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, September 24, 2006
5. Prince Wiliam County Jail
Built circa 1822, next to the courthouse.
 
 
Brentsville Union Church Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, September 24, 2006
6. Brentsville Union Church
Built circa 1874. In its day it was available for use by any religious denomination.
 
 
One Room Schoolhouse Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, September 24, 2006
7. One Room Schoolhouse
Built circa 1928 on the foundation of the Clerk of the Court office building, which was destroyed during the Civil War.
 
 
Hatcher’s Memorial Baptist Church - Front Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., September 26, 2007
8. Hatcher’s Memorial Baptist Church - Front
 
 
Hatcher’s Memorial Baptist Church - South side Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., September 26, 2007
9. Hatcher’s Memorial Baptist Church - South side
Note the unique stained glass windows.
 
 
Hatcher’s Memorial Baptist Church - North side Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., September 26, 2007
10. Hatcher’s Memorial Baptist Church - North side
Note the stained glass windows.
 
 
Hall Log Cabin Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., September 26, 2007
11. Hall Log Cabin
Renovations on the Hall Log Cabin recently started. The building will be interpreted as an 1830s homestead and used to educate the public about life in rural, early 19th century Prince William County.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on December 21, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,393 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on December 21, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   2. submitted on September 26, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on December 21, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on September 26, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
 
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