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

Prince William County Clerk's Loose Papers
The Circuit Court released digitized copies of original historical court documents on October 28, 2015. Use this free site to view documents dated before 1918. More information about the clerk's project can be found at Records for Occasional Users.

May Issue of Brentsville Neighbors (1mb pdf)

Next Public Meeting

Thursday, May 19, 2016, 7:30pm
History of the Elk Run Church by Ed Dandar View Flyer

We meet at McCoart Administrative Center, Room 107 A&B in the Developmental Services Building, Prince William, VA 22192 (directions and map)

Local Events

Calendar of events

Calendar of history related events in or nearby Prince William.

Local History In the News

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...)