The site also includes a mile long nature trail highlighting the area’s natural resources.
Work is underway for the restoration on the Jail and development of a Visitor Center and museum. Once completed, the site will give visitors a unique look into the history of not just Prince William County, but Northern Virginia.
The grounds are open to the public from sunrise to sunset every day. A self guided interpretative trail and a picnic area are available. Tours are offered Thursday through Monday from May 1 through October 31 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. or by appointment. The grounds and Union Church are available for rental.
You can take a virtual tour of Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre and learn more about its rich history. There is so much to see and discover! You can also visit the Haislip-Hall Log Cabin Home to learn more about family and farm life in the mid 1800s.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre is a participating member of the Historic House Museum Consortium of Metropolitan Washington D.C. Please visit www.dchousemuseums.org to learn about more than 40 historic house museums in the Washington DC area including Mount Vernon Riversdale the White House and many more in Virginia Maryland and Washington DC!
Educators and Youth Group Leaders are invited to Brentsville for special Programs for Students and youth groups. We offer a variety of activities to help youth gain an appreciation of days gone by and an understanding of the lives of Prince William residents in the past.
Prince William County is actively participating in the Civil War Sesquicentennial. Brentsville Historic Center will host local activities to mark Virginia's commemoration of this 150th anniversary. For more information visit http://www.visitpwc.com/ or http://www.virginiacivilwar.org.
Learn about our efforts to restore the jail dating back to 1822 and what you can do to help!
Like many Virginian towns, Brentsville suffered heavily at the hands of both armies. Confederate General Eppa Hunton, a Brentsville resident and lawyer, had his house and other buildings destroyed. The Hampton Legion, among other units, was posted here on scouting missions. Several homes and churches served as hospitals. The county clerk’s office was torn down and its bricks used for camp chimneys. Part of the ca. 1822 courthouse roof was torn off and many county records were either destroyed or taken by soldiers as souvenirs. Capt. Andrew McHenry of the 13th Pennsylvania Infantry wrote of Brentsville in 1864 “the houses generally are in ruin.”
The Battle of Bristoe Station fought three miles west on Oct. 14 1863 brought combat to Brentsville’s doorstep. During the battle, Federal General John Buford’s cavalry was posted here to protect the Federal supply train. Confederate partisan units operate in Brentsville until the end of the war.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre12229 Bristow Rd. Bristow VA 20136 email@example.com
From Interstate 95: Take Rt. 234 North (Exit 152B); travel seven and a half miles and make a left onto Independent Hill Drive. Then make your immediate right onto Bristow Rd. Brentsville is five miles on the right.
From Interstate 66: Take Rt. 234 South (Exit 44); travel 4.5 miles and turn right onto Rt. 28 south (Nokesville Rd.). Travel 1.5 miles and make a left onto Rt. 619 (Bristow Rd.); Brentsville is four miles on the left.
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