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

Tavern Archaeology

Brentsville

 
 
Tavern Archaeology Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), July 5, 2020
1. Tavern Archaeology Marker
Inscription.  
In 2004, archaeologists from the University of Mary Washington's Center for Historic Preservation excavated portions of the Tavern site. They identified portions of the main buildings as well as numerous outbuilding sites and features. Some of these are still visible.

The remains of one of two cellars underneath the ca. 1822 Tavern building survive today. 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…" It was likely accessed through an interior stairway and an exterior bulkhead.

Archaeologists located evidence of outbuildings including the ice pit and the tavern addition. The ice pit was lined by brick and covered by a wooden roof supported by posts. The ice pit depression is still visible today. They also recovered hundreds of artifacts dating from the mid-to-late 19th century such as animal bones, bottle glass, metal objects, ceramics, and even a candle holder.

By the early 1900s,
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little of the Tavern remained. Most of the walls had collapsed. Many of the large features (cellars and pits) had been backfilled.
 
Erected by Prince William Historic Preservation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyNotable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 2004.
 
Location. 38° 41.396′ N, 77° 30.066′ W. Marker is in Brentsville, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is on Bristow Road (Route 619) just west of Barbee Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12235 Bristow Rd, Bristow VA 20136, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tavern (here, next to this marker); Tavern Lot (here, next to this marker); Union Church (here, next to this marker); 1822 Tavern Site (a few steps from this marker); Outbuildings (within shouting distance of this marker); Tavern Cellar (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named 1822 Tavern Site (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brentsville.
 
Four markers in a row image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), July 5, 2020
2. Four markers in a row
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 5, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 148 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 5, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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