Calling all scholars, teachers, history enthusiasts and others!
Join Historic Preservation, Prince William Historic Commission and Historic Prince William in a new endeavor to share and preserve our rich local history by contributing to the Journal of Prince William County History!
The Prince William County Historic Preservation Division, Historic Prince William, and the Prince William Historic Commission are collaborating on a brand new publication -- the Journal of Prince William County History. It will feature articles about local individuals, businesses, events and other important moments in our community's past. Share your knowledge and passion for history by submitting an article for the March 2019 inaugural issue!
If you have any questions, please contact Bill Backus at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-365-7895.
Thank you for preserving Prince William County's History.
Preserving Our Historic Resources
The Department of Public Works is dedicated to the preservation of Prince William County's historic resources. Our Historic Preservation Division staff serve as the caretakers of County-owned historic structures, interiors, archaeological resources, natural resources, historic landscapes, artifacts and collections. We also help build community identity through telling the story of our community.
Staff recognizes the critical role we play in caring for our historic treasures and traditions. This role benefits our community, our state and our nation. We take this responsibility very seriously and strive to fulfill the need to identify, protect, preserve and rehabilitate historic sites for public use and posterity.
Our goal is to show the connections between our history, our present, our future and our growth as a community. We pledge to:
Bring history to life and to light through interpretation, research, living history, special events, lectures and exhibits
Collect, preserve and interpret objects, documents, structures and archaeological resources
Advance our knowledge of our community’s history
Make these resource meaningful and worthwhile for every citizen
Invite and train citizen volunteers so they can learn about our community’s past and share it with their fellow citizens and neighbors
Provide a tourism destination to promote Prince William County and economic development
Many people have called Prince William County home. Our rich heritage features a diversity of cultures spanning hundreds of years from:
a long prehistory of American Indians to . . .
the early contact of American Indians with English settlers to . . .
the establishment and expansion of the English colonies to . . .
the foundation of a new nation to . . .
the horror of an American Civil War to . . .
the struggles and victories of an enslaved community to . . .
the healing of a nation to . . .
the industrial revolution to . . .
the step into the 20th and 21st centuries.
Our staff interprets the lives and struggles of all people, as well as the events and places in our community's history. Please join us to learn and appreciate the importance of the very community where you live and its contributions to the history of our nation.
US Route 1 in Prince William County has had many names over the years. It has been known as the Potomac Path, King's Highway, Post Road, Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway, Tidewater Trail, Southern National Highway, South Atlantic Coastal Highway, State Route 31, State Route 1, Atlantic Highway, National Highway and Capital Trail. Many of these names were applied at the same time. It would not become US Route 1 until 1926.