The Historic Barnes House

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Provided by Prince William Historic Preservation

Originally built in 1797, the building served as a tavern and home in the Independent Hill area. But when Route 234 was widened in 2004, the building was threatened with demolition. So it was moved to the Prince William County landfill for preservation and remained there until November 2014.

The building was loaded onto a truck bed and moved slowly five miles to its current location, stopping at power lines so they could be raised to allow the house to fit underneath. The restored building highlights the post-Civil War African-American history of Prince William County and the region.

You can take a tour of the site by special appointment or at a special event in February. Click here for more information.

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