“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)


Brownsville Marker image. Click for full size.
June 16, 2007
1. Brownsville Marker
Inscription. During the Civil War, the William M. Lewis plantation “Brownsville” consisted of 400 acres of land, a large family residence, and numerous outbuildings. Four of the buildings housed a total of twenty-two slaves. Here stood the main house, referred to affectionately by the postwar residents as “Folly Castle.”

Nannie Neville Leachman fondly remembered childhood evenings she spent at Folly Castle after the war.

“After supper we'd drift out on the porch, Papa in his corner...[with] his papers, pipes and tobacco... The rest of us, singly, or in groups, on the other bench or on the steps, and we'd watch the moon come up over ‘Compton's Woods’, flooding the hills and dales with a soft, mellow light. There seemed an enchantment about it...”
Location. 38° 48.029′ N, 77° 33.086′ W. Marker is near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Pageland Lane. Touch for map. The marker is the southeastern terminus of the Stuart's Hill Loop Trail at Manassas National Battlefield Park. It also a short walk from Pageland Lane. Marker is in this post office area: Manassas VA 20109, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Landscape Restoration (approx.
Brownsville Marker image. Click for full size.
June 16, 2007
2. Brownsville Marker
Union artillery unlimbered on the high ground near the Lewis house on August 29.
¼ mile away); Second Battle of Manassas (approx. ¼ mile away); Confederate Counterattack (approx. ¾ mile away); 10th New York Vol. Infantry (approx. ¾ mile away); "The Very Vortex of Hell" (approx. 0.8 miles away); Meadowville (approx. 0.8 miles away); 5th Regiment New York Volunteer Infantry (approx. 0.8 miles away); Battery Heights (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
More about this marker. On the lower left of the marker is a painting captioned, “Folly Castle.” Built around 1840, the house survived the battles of Manassas but burned to the ground in 1900. Note the unusual windows in the brick chimney. On the upper right is a map captioned, General James Longstreet's attack, August 30, 1862.
Categories. War, US Civil
Close-up of Map on Marker image. Click for full size.
June 16, 2007
3. Close-up of Map on Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 6, 2008. This page has been viewed 942 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 6, 2008. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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