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

Brentsville – 1822 Tavern Site

 
 
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By Kevin W., September 26, 2007
1. Brentsville – 1822 Tavern Site Marker
Inscription. Brentsville – 1822 Tavern Site If you had stood in this spot between 1822 and about 1900, you would have seen a large structure to your right, bustling with activity. This is the site of the Brentsville Tavern, also know as the Brentsville Hotel. You would have also seen the Courthouse and the Jail. Before the Civil War, the Clerk’s Office would also have been visible.

As you walk along this path, you’ll discover how archaeology helps us learn more about the buildings once located in the Tavern Square and the people and activities associated with them.

(sidebar) Please help us protect this important historic resource. Metal detecting, collecting and other destructive activities are prohibited. Thank you.

Archaeology

The 2004, archaeologists from the University of Mary Washington’s Center for Historic Preservation excavated portions of the Tavern site. They identified sections of the main building as well as numerous outbuilding sites and features. Some of these are still somewhat visible. Others will be defined during future excavations.

Tavern or Hotel?

During the 1700s, taverns provided lodging, meals, and entertainment. In the early 1800s, some taverns were expanded or built to include specialized spaces such as ballrooms and private bed
A path full of markers. The 1822 Tavern Site Marker is the second in line. image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., September 26, 2007
2. A path full of markers. The 1822 Tavern Site Marker is the second in line.
As you walk along this path, you’ll discover how archaeology helps us learn more about the buildings once located in the Tavern Square and the people and activities associated with them.
chambers. These places became known as “hotels”.

(caption under upper, right picture) Tavern guests usually shared beds. Hotels offered private rooms and were better able to serve female lodgers.
Courtesy of the Library of Congress

When the County seat was moved to Brentsville in 1822, this tavern was likely the first structure to be built. Although the establishment was first known as the Brentsville Tavern, on November 22, 1828 it was advertised as The Brentsville Hotel in the Virginia Gazette.
 
Erected 2007 by Prince William County and the Friends of Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre.
 
Location. 38° 41.392′ N, 77° 30.079′ W. Marker is in Brentsville, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is on Bristow Road (County Route 619), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12235 Bristow Road, Bristow VA 20136, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Brentsville - Union Church (here, next to this marker); Brentsville – The Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Brentsville – Outbuildings (within shouting distance of this marker); Brentsville –Tavern Cellar (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Brentsville – 1822 Tavern Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Brentsville – Tavern Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Brentsville – Clerks’ Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Brentsville - One-Room School (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brentsville.
 
More about this marker. The markers shown in picture 2 were installed in the Brenstville Courthouse Historic Centre in May 2007. The 1822 Tavern Site marker is between Union Church and the One-Room School.
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 1, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 993 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 1, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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