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

Brentsville – Tavern Square

 
 
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By Kevin W., September 26, 2007
1. Brentsville –Tavern Square Marker
Inscription.
Well Improved…

The Brentsville Tavern was among many buildings on the Tavern Square. Owner Thomas Hampton’s 1828* notice read:
SALE OF VALUABLE PROPERTY AT BRENTSVILLE, PRINCE WILLIAM C.H., VA. On Thursday the 18th day of December next…the subscriber will offer for sale at public auction…that well known Tavern Stand, “THE BRENTSVILLE HOTEL” adjoing the public square. The lot containing three acres of ground well improved, with every necessary out building and a comfortable main building…Also …Cattle, Hogs, Horses, Oxen, Wagons, Carts, some Farming Utensils, and all provisions on hand…
* Footnote: Alexandria Gazette,
22 November, 1828.

(caption for lower, left picture) Many animals lived in the Tavern Square in the 19th century. During the early 20th century, local farmers grew crops here.
American Farm Yard, Evening. By Currier & Ives, 1857. Courtesy of the Library of Congress

What did They Find?

Archaeologists placed several excavation units in the wooded area of the Tavern Square. However, they were not able to excavate the entire area. While they did not find evidence of structures where they tested, they did recover hundreds of artifacts dating from the 19th century. These artifacts show that domestic activities
Brentsville – Tavern Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., September 26, 2007
2. Brentsville – Tavern Square Marker
occurred across the entire Tavern Square.

(caption under lower, right picture) Archaeologists excavated hundreds of other artifacts from the Tavern Square. These fragments of ceramics and bottles, nails, animal bones, utensils and tools date from the 1800s.
 
Erected 2007 by Prince William County and the Friends of Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre.
 
Location. 38° 41.382′ N, 77° 30.033′ W. Marker is in Brentsville, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is on Bristow Road, 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 14 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Brentsville – Clerks’ Office (a few steps from this marker); Brentsville –Tavern Cellar (within shouting distance of this marker); Brentsville – Outbuildings (within shouting distance of this marker); Brentsville - One-Room School (within shouting distance of this marker); Brentsville - The Public Lot (within shouting distance of this marker); Brentsville – The Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Brentsville – 1822 Tavern Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Brentsville (within shouting distance of this marker); Brentsville - County Jail (within shouting distance of this marker); Brentsville - The Gallows (within shouting distance of this marker); Brentsville - County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Brentsville – 1822 Tavern Site (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Brentsville (within shouting distance of this marker); Brentsville - Union Church (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brentsville.
 
More about this marker. Prince William County and the Friends of Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre added several markers in May 2007. This 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 843 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 1, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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