Provided by Prince William County Historic Preservation
To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, all Prince William County Historic buildings are closed and programs cancelled until further notice. We look forward to resuming our activities and offering the fun and informative events you have come to count on. Visit Prince William County Historic Preservation website for updates regarding hours of operation and upcoming programs.
Historic Preservation staff has gone to their cell phones, tablets and computers in a big way! We are adding new historical content every day to our social media accounts. You’ll find virtual tours of county historical sites, interesting pieces of local and national history, and fun quiz questions and activities.
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Historic Preservation Spotlight
Dating back to 1791, Bushy Park Historic Site is a small frame house originally built on the edge of Matthew Whiting’s property near Catharpin Creek. The home passed through the Whiting Family and was eventually sold to an Alexander McMullin, whose family lived in the home throughout the Civil War. McMullin willed the property to his grandson, William Buckley. After Buckley’s death, the house and farm was worked or rented by numerous families. The Robertsons, Whitmore, and Childress families were among those who lived or worked here in the 20th century.
To preserve this reminder of rural Northern Virginia living, the house was moved in 2014 to the current site beside the Gainesville-Haymarket Library. In 2015 the exterior was returned to its original appearance; the unrestored interior remains off limits to the public. Since all PWC historic buildings are closed for the near future, why not stop by and see this little gem of Prince William agrarian history?