Thornberry House Historical

Thornberry House Historical (HM1WYA)

Location: Manassas, VA 20109 Prince William County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 50.511', W 77° 32.236'

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Manassas National Battlefield Park

Though much changed through the years, the Thornberey House survives as one of three Civil War-era structures in the park. Built in the 1840s it was home to John and Martha Thornberry and their five children. John Thornberry operated a wheelright shop nearby, servicing the wagon traffic that frequented Sudley Mill. He supplemented the family's income as a carpenter and part-time undertaker.

With John away serving in the Confederate Army, Martha took the children to her sister's farm on Stony Ridge during First Manassas. Although the house escaped the combat, it was overrun with wounded Union Soldiers following the fighting. Driven away again the ensuing year during Second Manassas, the family returned to discover more than 150 bodies strewn about the property.

Laura Thornberry, seven-years-old at the time of First Manassas, recalled the damage nearly 75 years later:

There was not an article of anything left in it. Ten men had bled to death in mother's bedroom the night before. Carpets and all furniture were out and gone...The old farm well in the back yard was full of everything that would go in it. Such as China ware, cooking utensils, flat irons, and everything you can imagine used by a family was thrown in it. How we all cried over it; and no prospects of replacing any of it.

of the Thornberry children pose in front of their house in March 1862. In the years following the war, the building served as the Sudley Post Office.
Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 at 9:03am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 279789 N 4302285
Decimal Degrees38.84185000, -77.53726667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 50.511', W 77° 32.236'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 50' 30.66" N, 77° 32' 14.16" W
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Area Code(s)703, 571
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5305 VA-234, Manassas VA 20109, US
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