Manassas, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Mayfield Civil War Fort
Unearthing the Past
The Manassas Museum System
Excavations were conducted at the Hooe House site by the Archeology Society of Virginia (ASV) in 1984-85. The fort site was excavated during a nine-month period in 1987 by Thunderbird Archeological Associates. Additional fieldwork, including a cross-section of the earthwork wall, was carried out in 2000 by ASV volunteers directed by Rivanna Archeology, Inc. During the construction phase, further archeological work was conducted by Rivanna in 2001 under the direction of Dr. Benjamin Ford.
These digs revealed some of the physical evidence left behind over several thousand years. Native American projectile points (spearheads) were recovered as were pieces of pottery, glass, and iron farm implements used during the Hooe family period. Ford uncovered evidence of two post-holes inside the fortification wall. He conjectured that the holes dated to the late eighteenth century, and may be the remains of the barn belonging to the Hooe family.
The acquisition of the Mayfield site within The Manassas Museum System ensures the protection and further scholarly research of this historic archeological site.
Erected by Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1987.
Location. 38° 45.15′ N, 77° 27.216′ W. Marker is in Manassas, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Battery Heights Boulevard and Quarry Road, on the right when traveling south. Located south of the fortifications inside Mayfield Civil War Fort Park. On the walking trail of the park, just south of the Hooe cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Manassas VA 20110, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Mayfield Civil War Fort (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Mayfield Civil War Fort (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Mayfield Civil War Fort (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Mayfield Civil War Fort (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Mayfield Civil War Fort (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Mayfield Civil War Fort (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Mayfield Civil War Fort (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Mayfield Civil War Fort (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
More about this marker. On the left side of the marker, a photograph of tombstones in the Hooe family cemetery is captioned, “Tombstones from the Hooe family cemetery located 200 feet from the redoubt.”
A sidebar area on the right contains three pictures. The upper photo shows sifting operations during archaeological excavations, captioned, “Volunteers assisting Archaeologist Benjamin Ford in sifting soil from construction trenches to recover artifacts.” The lower left photo in the sidebar shows, “Field reference photographs documenting one of the two postholes uncovered within the fortification wall.” On the lower right, “A glass ink bottle found during the construction phase at the fort” is pictured.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Also see . . . Mayfield Fort – A Civil Work Earthwork Fortification. (Submitted on September 9, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 9, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,818 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 9, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.