Brentsville - Tavern Square

Brentsville - Tavern Square (HM174)

Location: Bristow, VA 20136 Prince William County
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N 38° 41.382', W 77° 30.033'

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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 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.
HM NumberHM174
Year Placed2007
Placed ByPrince William County and the Friends of Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 12:07pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 282515 N 4285310
Decimal Degrees38.68970000, -77.50055000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 41.382', W 77° 30.033'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 41' 22.92" N, 77° 30' 1.98" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)703
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 12239 Bristow Rd, Bristow VA 20136, US
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