What's New?

Reid Cemetery Restoration Report

Peg Williams Diary (Lake Ridge)
Diary written between 1975-1987.

Mary Susan Early Davis Diary (Brentsville)
Diary written between 1900-1907.

George Ray Farm (Woodbridge) by David Cuff
George Ray farm established in 1920.

Woodbridge Airport by David Cuff
Information on the Woodbridge airport that was operational between 1959-1987.

1972 PWC Street Map
A well done map of the county's streets before the major housing boom.

Ed Stallknecht Photo Collection
Over 400 pictures of the area taken in the 1970s.

Long Line of Cemetery Caretakers by David Cuff
A look at the volunteers who care for local family cemeteries

Colvin Family Farm by David Cuff
A history of the family who lived on the Colvin Farm near Nokesville for nearly 80 years.

September Issue of Brentsville Neighbors (pdf) The last monthly issue of Brentsville Neighbors. We thank Kay and Morgan for Preserving Brentsville’s History for so many years.
Missed an issue? We have every one...

Summer Tours

Sunday, Sept. 27th 2020, 1-5pm, Dumfries, Virginia. Join us for a driving tour of "George Washington's Prince William County". Participants will drive to the locations in their own cars and the talks will be given outside where everyone can distance themselves. More information can be found on the flyer below or on the Facebook Event.

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Local Events

Calendar of events

Calendar of history related events in or nearby Prince William.

Local History In the News

Prince William residents step up to preserve historic spaces in the county (What's Up Woodbridge, June 19, 2017)
Historic Jail That Held Moonshiners & Horse Thieves Opens as a Museum (NBC4 Video, May 12, 2017)
‘Hiding real black history’: Lawsuit fights plan to move historic cemetery at MGM casino’s doorstep (Washington Post, April 4, 2017)
Historical marker makes note of Arlington "segregation wall" and its impact (InsideNOVA, Feb. 27, 2017)
Colonial-era Alexandria house may be opened to public with state money (Washington Post, Sept. 15, 2016)
Prince William County keeps track of fading memories (InsideNOVA, Sept. 7, 2016)
Anonymous graves make way for Roanoke County VDOT expansion (The Roanoke Times, Aug. 10, 2016)
Who Will Tell the Story of Slavery? (NY Times, June 29, 2016)
Aden’s origins remain a true mystery (Potomac Local, April 26, 2016)
Headstones kicked over at Dumfries Cemetery (Potomac Local, March 24, 2016)
Base archaeologist uncovers 5,000 years of Quantico history (Quantico Sentry, Feb. 8, 2016)
Historic Winery Effingham Manor to Open in Nokesville (Bristow Beat, Feb. 4, 2016)
Forgotten family graveyard found on Marine Corps Base Quantico west side (Quantico Sentry, Jan. 31, 2016)
Good old church’ faces demolition (Prince William Times, Nov. 11, 2015)
On September 8, 2015, Prince William County repeated the 12th High School Cemetery Controversy by approving removal of a cemetery at Coles Fire Station:
Historical commission members quit following decision to move graves (InsideNOVA, September 14, 2015)
Agenda item 8-B - Accept Public Comments on Proposed Relocation of Abandoned Cemetery at Coles District Fire Station 6 for Board of County Supervisors meeting, September 8, 2015
Prince William mulls moving graves to build fire station (InsideNOVA, September 8, 2015)
Prince William County seeks to relocate cemetery to build new fire station (Fox5 TV, September 5, 2015)
Prince William County could move cemetery to make way for new fire station (Potomac Local, September 4, 2015)
Mystery graves: Who's buried by the Coles Volunteer Fire Department? (InsideNOVA, April 22, 2014)
Iconic Prince William barn to become ‘destination brewery’ (InsideNOVA, September 10, 2015)
From idea to city showcase at the Candy Factory (InsideNOVA, August 31, 2015)
Controversial Virginia family subject of Manassas Museum exhibit (Potomac Local, August 14, 2015)
The ladies who bring history to life at Civil War Weekend in Manassas (Potomac Local, August 10, 2015)
Prince William County history buff gets his wedding wish (Washington Post, June 28, 2015)
Prince William teacher recalls role in helping integrate county schools (Washington Post, February 13, 2012)


section of historic map

Crossroads and Corners has been reprinted and is now available for purchase, along with the historic map. For details, see Publications (and be sure to check out the monthly Brentsville Neighbors report too...)