Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre
12229 Bristow Road, Bristow, VA 20136 - United States
Established on 50 acres in 1820, the Town of Brentsville became the fourth county seat of Prince William County. By 1820, many residents had moved farther west for better farm land and the old county seat (Dumfries) was too far east for the western residents to conveniently travel. The new town of Brentsville was centrally located in Prince William County, along the major east/west road, which led from the port of Dumfries to the Shenandoah Valley. Every type of county business occurred in this courthouse, civil and criminal cases alike, for the next 70 years. Finally, in 1893, the county seat moved to Manassas, which allowed Brentsville to retain much of its 19th century character. The 28-acre Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre includes five historic buildings: 1822 courthouse, 1822 jail (now the Brentsville Jail Museum), 1880 church, 1850 farmhouse, and a one-room schoolhouse that served the young children of Brentsville from 1929 to 1944.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre is open for tours Friday-Monday at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Grounds are open from dawn to dusk. Free admission will be given to those who present a Smithsonian Museum day ticket.
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