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Manassas Stone House - The Red Flag

Driving by the Stone House on the Manassas Battlefield I noticed the red flag was hoisted!  It is not out there all the time and when it is one must take advantage.

That means that the house is open to the public.  I am the public, so I went inside.

This house was occupied as a private residence as recently as the 1930's.  There were other outbuildings around it, many rented out as local side-of-the-road motel rooms.  The Stone House had a big front porch (since removed when restored) and was not very well kept.

The restoration made the inside essentially what it would have looked like during the Civil War.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fireplace, hearth and floor appear original.  The floor has quite a bounce to it.  Unable to enter the basement I was interested in having a look at its structure.  Too bad - I think it needs an inspection!

An interesting feature on the main level is the bar and grill!  In those days the words bar and grill meant something different than they do today.

The location would have been called a "public house."  The bar, called the "board," was where the bar keeper, also called "publican," would serve locals and travellers drinks.  The most popular would have been warm, kegged beer, but spirits were also served.

The "grill" is the protective surround.  Only the bar keeper would have the skeleton keys to the lock for the grill, and to the storage rooms in the basement.  No one else would have been trusted with the these keys.

The words "bar and grill" today have an entirely different meaning and it is interesting to see how language changes over time.

The Stone House was located right in the middle of the battlefield for First and Second Manassas, and was used as a hospital after both battles.

Privates Eugene P. Geer and Charles E. Brehm of the 5th New York Infantry were both wounded on 30 August 1862 while fighting in the Second Battle of Manassas to halt General James Longstreet’s counterattack.

These two men found their way to one small upstairs room at the Stone House to recover from their wounds. While there they carved letters into  the woodwork.  Their carvings are still visible today, and their images seen to the right.  The initials “E.P. Ge” and “Brehm Aug 30” will be forever etched and their histories visible in this historical monument. 

Charles Brehm recovered from his wounds and survived the war. Eugene Geer died on September 30, 1862 - he was only 17.

One day I hope to be allowed upstairs to photograph the original carvings.

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

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Comment balloon 42 commentsJay Markanich • May 23 2010 06:51AM

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I went into TJ's Poplar Forest during rennovations and the plaster had been removed * it was AWESOME to see the craftsmanship and skill of the builders with the tools they had at the time....

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) about 10 years ago

Wallace - it sometimes took many craftsmen, with specific skills, to complete what carpenters can do easily today with power tools.  They were truly skilled.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 10 years ago

What a beautiful building and a great piece of history. Hope the red flag is out the next time I am in the area.

Posted by Tom Priester, Paradise Sharks (Paradise Sharks ) about 10 years ago

That would be on weekends Tom, when the weather is good.  Usually I don't have time to stop!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 10 years ago

Interesting Jay.  I'll bet those bricks have seen some history and could tell a story if they could talk.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 10 years ago

Those are stones Gabe.  See my previous Stone House post.  They were probably found on the property and were shaped by hand, literally chiseled!  Must have taken a long time.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 10 years ago

Jay-I have not been inside the Stone House so thanks for the peek.  We are fortunate to have so much history in our area and it is amazing how many people are unaware of the treasures we have at our doorsteps.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 10 years ago

Goodness.  I was just there yesterday on my way right up the hill past the stone quarry to the Bull Run Shooting Center.  I pas that lovly old stone house regularly.  It's fun to go in and see how folks lived in those days. 

Very nice article about a local attraction. 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Cindy - I often do not have the time to stop, but happened to yesterday.  I have been wanting to go in for some time.  Glad I was able to.  Now if I could only get upstairs!

Lenn -  I drive by that house (and the turn to the shooting park) probably 20 times a week!  And, I love that shooting park!  You a skeet shooter?  You should have stopped by the Stone House to see me!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 10 years ago

Jay:

This is a nice bit of history and a great step back in time when "bar and grill" had a completely different meaning.  This is much like some of the historic buildings we have here in Lexington and Concord.  Very interesting.

 

 

Posted by Claudette Millette, Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass (The Buyers' Counsel) about 10 years ago

Claudette - sooner or later I will be to Lexington and Concord to add to my historical blogs!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 10 years ago

Jay,
Thanks for sharing a piece of your local history, with those unfamiliar with your area. I just love these old stone structures, and learning of the stories behind them.
Jeff

Posted by Jeffrey Jonas- Minnesota Home Inspector (Critical Eye Property Inspections / JRJ Consultants) about 10 years ago

Thanks Jeff.  I have another post on the Stone House on the AR site too, as well as others.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 10 years ago

Jay, Congratulations on the feature. It is interesting to see these old houses and the way folks used to live...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Thanks Michael, and it is interesting.  I love it, and especially travelling around seeing old structures and historical sites.  I did not know it was featured until your comment!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 10 years ago

I love touring historical homes and very much enjoy the stories they all have to tell.  Thanks for sharing this special bit of history with us!  Loved the pic of the stone home and just look at all the different sized stones they used in building it...true craftsmen indeed!

Posted by Therese VanderMeer, Realtor-Greater Grand Rapids, MI area communities (Midwest Properties of MI - Grand Rapids) about 10 years ago

Looks like a great historic building an interesting place to visit. I had no idea what the term bar and grill referred to in the past, that's for the history lesson.

Posted by Daniel Olsen (Exit Realty Achieve) about 10 years ago

Great post , I'm gonna e-mail it to a friend ! It should be in the AR Group -Local History !

Posted by Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist (KW Elite ) about 10 years ago

I did not know that about a red Flag. Thanks for the information. Aaron

Posted by Aaron Poling, Working to get YOU the BEST Deal! (Long & Foster) about 10 years ago

Therese - I am glad you liked it.  There are other of my blogs on here on AR about the Manassas Battlefield Park.

Daniel - I am always interested by what things used to be called and why it changed.

Michael - I didn't know there was such a group!  Should I join?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 10 years ago

It usually starts in the spring and they they close the house up for the winter Aaron.  And then only on weekends or holidays.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 10 years ago

Jay, I have not visited the Stone House. It is now on my list. There is a lot of history in our area. Thanks.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA about 10 years ago

Well, see if you can arrange a tour of the upper level and give me a call Michael!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 10 years ago

Jay: What  a precious piece of our history! Thank you for showing us something so special....I have not been to the places that are so treasured fromthe Civil War---something I plan on doing one day!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...A Local Expert in all The Hamptons (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) about 10 years ago

HA!  I shoot trap and skeet there regularly.  I love it.  I baked cookies for the range staff this a.m.  However, it's raining and I might not get there today.  We'll see.  It's early yet.  I'm watching the weather.

 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Paula - you should!  I love it.  I go to many sites and historical buildings around here frequently.  I have other historical blogs on the AR site.

Lenn - the barometer on my weather station is pointing upward, so you may be in luck later!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 10 years ago

I love the little slice of history you have provided here Jay...I am sure there was a Florence Nightengale who thoughtfully left the woodwork in tact....

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 10 years ago

I enjoyed your post.  Thanks for taking the time to share.

Posted by Fran Gatti, Managing Principal Broker - RE/MAX Integrity (RE/MAX Integrity) about 10 years ago

Jay ~ thanks for reviving some great memories.  I used to live in that area of Virginia and one of our favorite spots to visit with our  young (at the time) sons, was the Manassas Battlefield.  I love that area. 

Posted by Earlene Myers, Your Client Connection about 10 years ago

Jay,

Interesting history lesson; thanks for this post. Enjoy your weekend.

Posted by Terry Chenier (Homelife Glenayre Realty) about 10 years ago

Jay - Thanks for the tour.  I love history and especially historic homes.  The stone house certainly has an interesting past, and it's nice that it's being preserved for the future.

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru (TheHousingGuru.com) about 10 years ago

Hi Jay -- I used to work in Manassas long time ago and was appalled when Disney wanted to build an amusement park near there, so glad that failed.

Posted by Chris Olsen, Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) about 10 years ago

What a great way to spend a bit of unplanned time! The stories those walls could tell if they could talk! Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Duane Murphy, Broker- Owner-Real Estate - (Expert Real Estate Partners LLC) about 10 years ago

Awesome post, Jay! Thanks for sharing!

John Marion
Manassas House Deals
http://www.manassashousedeals.com

 

Posted by John Marion (RE/MAX Town & Country) about 10 years ago

S&D - maybe not Florence, but Clara Barton, the founder of the Red Cross, may have been there and even inside that house.

Fran - you are welcome to stop by any time!

Earlene - we go often.  It has many picnic sites and walking trails.

Terry - I have other Civil War posts on the AR site too.

John - we should try to keep those things alive.  That is something that benefits everyone.

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 10 years ago

Chris - Disney was going to improve the roads and bring in so much money our property taxes weren't going to be so high!  Instead of Disney, we got a million new homes, more traffic then Disney would bring in, no road improvement and higher taxes! I think a lot of people would prefer Disney!  But I'm not so sure...

Duane - I agree!  I was thinking the same thing about the walls!

Thanks John!  I have written others on the AR site as well.

Erica - it's those kinds of Localism posts that keep my name out there and my website alive!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 10 years ago

Jay thanks for this very well written post about the house on the Manassas battlefield. This must have occurred during the second battle at Manassas since you mention General Longstreet. I am a history buff and thoroughly enjoy localism posts like this!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Russell - it was the second battle.  Since that wasn't made clear (only the date was in the post) I added that to the blog.  Thanks for the head's up!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 10 years ago

Jay, now you've helped me add one bit of history to the list of places that I want to explore.  So thanks!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Well, c'mon out Pat!  There's plenty of room out here.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 10 years ago

Thanks for the history!  Hope you get a pass upstairs someday.

Posted by Rob Lang, Local Expert in Lawrence Kansas Real Estate Homes (At Home Kansas) about 10 years ago

Rob - if I happen to be there at the same time as a Park Ranger I bet he would let me up, accompanied by him!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 10 years ago

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