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Civil War Barracks In Centreville Virginia

This is an 1861 road map of Northern Virginia, including some of Maryland.

It gives a good view of where the roads were in those days.

The roads have changed substantially since then!

Centerville, now spelled Centreville, was a popular spot.

The busy Manassas Gap Junction was an important railroad meeting place.  From there troops and supplies could be distributed quickly and to many areas.

Centreville VA was where the South, and eventually the North, maintained army barracks. 

Different from the typical tent camp, these barracks were obviously made for the long term.  The Union Army used these barracks for various forays into Northern Virginia.

And it was a quick trip from here to Washington D.C., only 25 or so miles away.

Today this same location looks just a bit different.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today the Centreville VA army barracks site looks like typical suburbia found most places in the United States!  Many townhouses abound, interweaving themselves where log cabins used to house the neighborhood's residents.

The roads in this neighborhood are named Field Encampment Road, Brass Button Court, Knapsack Lane, Eagle Button Court and Uniform Drive.  There are more road names than this!  When I do home inspections there and tell my clients about where they live, I have yet to run into anybody who knows anything of the area's history.  Or why the roads are named as they are!  I expect most of the people who live there don't have any idea either.  But when I go there, I feel a little reverence for what was once an important place in Civil War history.  It is what it is!

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 10 commentsJay Markanich • July 25 2010 10:20AM

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Interesting blog chock full of history, Jay. Thanks for the post and have a great day!

Posted by William True, Sarasota Real Estate (True Sarasota Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Great post, Jay. I love reading about the history of an area. Thanks for sharing that with us.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 8 years ago

Thanks William.  If you like it, I have lots of other Civil War blogs here on AR.

Toni - again, there are more already here on the Civil War and likely many more to come!  Thanks!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Jay,

We have some interesting and beautiful scenery here, but you sure have the more interesting historical sites.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Thanks Steve.  I could probably pull off a blog a day for quite a while.  I happened to have an inspection there yesterday and thought I would take advantage of my time and some easy photos.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Very cool post, Jay.  I used to live in Asher View in Centreville, right down the road from the community you are talking about. 

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 8 years ago

Jay - I live within a few miles of Kennesaw Mountain, a major site in the Battle of Atlanta.  While the Civil War was a horrible blight on our country, it is a part of history, something of which we must remain aware.

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru (TheHousingGuru.com) over 8 years ago

Thanks Chris Ann.  I know Asher View well!  Did you miss Billy's post today?

John - Mr. Lincoln used it to bring the country back to the basics of the Declaration.  It would have gone more that way had he survived it longer.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Jay, this is great information on Centreville.  It is amazing how much history are little state has.

Posted by Damon Gettier, Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE (Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert) over 8 years ago

Thanks Damon.  There's a lot to see and do here!  Paying attention to the history makes it come alive.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

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