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 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 
Prince William County is important at a local, state and national level.  Locally, our community served as an important agricultural and commerce center.  Yesterday’s citizens played a critical in the history and formation of our state by serving in the state legislature, militia and business community.  Prince William County citizens also played a significant part in the foundation of our nation by actively participating in important discussions and working diligently to provide critical crops and supplies, as well as the transportation of those goods to the places that needed them.    
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. 
​Tidbits of History
In the early 20th century, President Theodore Roosevelt banished one of his hunting dogs to Ben Lomond after the dog bit an ambassador.  Presley Marion Rixey, the owner of the house at the time, was a good friend and hunting companion of the former president. 


























 You Won't Want to Miss!

  • A Glimpse into the Life of a Soldier

    March 31, 2015

    ​Explore our Travel Trunks with your class or youth group to learn about the life of a soldier during the Civil War.  The trunks offer documents an

  • After the War

    January 23, 2015

    A One Day Symposium on the End of the American Civil War

  • 2015 Historic Lecture Series

    November 26, 2014

    ​Join us for this year's special historic lectures at the Old Manassas Courthouse. Learn more

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Department of Public Works
Historic Preservation
17674 Main Street
Dumfries, VA 22026
(703) 792-4754