Centreville Day

Centreville Day Centreville Day one-day, outdoor festival celebrating the diverse traditions that make up the Centreville of yesterday, today and tomorrow! costume parade, trick or treat trail, ghost tours, tons of local talent onstage, get your ticket from G&C booth for free kids' rides!!; great hands-on history fun such as making candles, churning , butter, double-dutch and stories, free admission & parking, buy something fun in the marketplace!!

Operating as usual

Be informed and stay well, Centreville ...

Be informed and stay well, Centreville ...

Governor Northam Announces New Statewide Measures to Contain COVID-19
As COVID-19 surges in states across the country, Governor of Virginia Ralph Northam today announced new actions to mitigate the spread of the virus in Virginia, including a limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol curfew, and increased enforcement. More details: https://bit.ly/32E3fnW

Also of COVID-19 note today:
--Video: Update on COVID-19 in Our Community and Key Tips to Stay Healthy This Holiday Season: https://bit.ly/36wsTMw

--Don’t Bring Coronavirus Home for the Holidays: Plan Now for Safe Return from College: https://bit.ly/2IyyiuA

--6 Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccination Plans: https://bit.ly/3prL4f3

Something to tune into on Channel 16 this Saturday or stream live ...

Something to tune into on Channel 16 this Saturday or stream live ...

Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, Fairfax County History Commission Conference

The conference will be broadcast on Channel 16 (HD Cox 1016), and Live Stream at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cable


“Votes for Women!” “The Rest of OUR Story” - The Passage of the 19th Amendment

The talks will explore the events that took place in D.C. and northern Virginia in the battle for suffrage, obstacles
that continued to disenfranchise women, and the role of black women in the movement. There will a presentation
on the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial, and extraordinary videos by Kenena Spalding from the Lucy Burns Museum
at the Workhouse.

Not historical, but something to add to your appreciation of this fine weather we've been enjoying ...
Why Is the Sky So Blue in Autumn?

Not historical, but something to add to your appreciation of this fine weather we've been enjoying ...

Have you ever looked up on a crisp fall day and noticed how brilliant and clear the blue sky is? That's not just your imagination.

S'mores ...

S'mores ...

It’s a Campfire Friday Night!! Round up your pod, gather your family, plan a date night! It’s socially responsible, outdoor fun! Contact [email protected] to register.
#fairfaxparks #eclp #eclpfriends #campfirefriday

Sounds like an interesting program!

Sounds like an interesting program!

“I bet I’m the only woman you know who’s going to have a bouncer at my funeral. I’ve already arranged to keep my enemies out who are going to want to come and dance on my grave.”

-Annie Snyder to a Washington Post reporter.

Since March, our Women’s History Wednesday posts have focused on some of the women whose lives were directly impacted by the Civil War in and around Manassas, especially those living near where the battles of Manassas were fought. This month, we are moving our narrative forward in time to focus on Annie Snyder, an ally of Manassas National Battlefield Park who played key roles in several battles to preserve the park for the enjoyment and education of future generations.

Born Elizabeth Anne Delp in Pittsburgh, PA, Annie earned a degree in English and History from Allegheny University and then entered law school at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1943, she left school to join the Marines and became one of its first female officers during WWII. Following the war, she moved with her husband to Manassas, where they owned a 180-acre cattle farm. While her husband worked as an airline pilot, Annie was largely responsible for the day-to-day running of their farm, including the physical labor needed to support it. In the 1950s she also became an active member of the Republican Party, advocating for social justice and integration during the Civil Rights Movement; and quickly became a leader among local Republicans.

Annie would draw on much of these life experiences in all of the fights she participated in to help preserve the battlefield; but despite she and her husband living just outside the boundary of it, to her the Civil War was just “a name in the history book.” What helped to inspire her to fight so passionately to preserve the battlefield? Join us next week to find out!

#findyourpark #encuentratuparque #manassasbattlefield #battlefieldpreservation #civilwarbattlefields #womenshistorywednesdays #worinps

📷: Annie Snyder photographed from the waist up, in semi-profile, with her left hand resting on an artillery piece. (NPS)

Didn't know all of this ...

Didn't know all of this ...

Historical Voting Rights; What year did you gain the federal right(s) to vote?
#History #Vote #14thAmendment #15Amendment #19thAmendment #19thAmendmentcentennial

Fairfax Genealogical Society

Fairfax Genealogical Society

Take a virtual tour of one of Fairfax County's historical treasures, Oak Hill, on Nov 1 starting at noon. Oak Hill was built about 1790 by Richard Fitzhugh on the Ravensworth estate. Don't miss this opportunity to see it!

Not Centreville, DC, but such a cool photo of what the city looked like in the 1860s ....

Not Centreville, DC, but such a cool photo of what the city looked like in the 1860s ....

View of the Washington Aqueduct, spanning the Potomac River into Washington D.C. at Georgetown. It was one of the three major crossings from Virginia into the capital city (Chain Bridge and Long Bridge). Federal infantry columns crossed the three bridges to occupy Northern Virginia on May 23, 1861.

On the Virginia side, six forts were erected as part of the Arlington Line to guard the approaches to Washington along the Aqueduct. According to Brigadier General John G. Barnard, Chief Engineer Defenses of Washington:

"To that portion of the defenses covering the Aqueduct and Long Bridges and the intermediate heights of Arlington, the above term was quite commonly applied, not only from its importance, but from the fact that, as elsewhere explained, the system had its beginning in some of these works, and that, under the pressure of danger after the battle of Bull Run, the first approach to a connected line was made by interpolating the lunettes with stockaded gorges, Forts Woodbury, Cass, Tillinghast, and Craig, between Forts Corcoran and Albany.

"Washington, D.C. The Aqueduct bridge and Georgetown from the Virginia bank."
The Library of Congress

Fairfax County Wildlife: The Snapping Turtle
Fairfax County Wildlife: The Snapping Turtle

Fairfax County Wildlife: The Snapping Turtle

Tough looking critter, huh? Wish we could say he has a heart of gold, but mostly he just wants to be left alone. This is our local buddy, the snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina). It’s Virginia’s …

We regret to announce that the planning committee has decided that we cannot meet in-person for Centreville Day 2020. Bu...

We regret to announce that the planning committee has decided that we cannot meet in-person for Centreville Day 2020. But watch these pages for new ways of keeping up our Centreville Day traditions such as the Pet Pageant, the Safety Expo, and tours of historic sites virtually. Centreville Day was cancelled when the world faced a global influenza pandemic at the end of World War I, but today we have innovative ways of sharing and coming together to celebrate Centreville past, present & future!

Manassas National Battlefield Park

Manassas National Battlefield Park

On July 27, 1862, Brig. Gen. John Buford was appointed by Gen. John Pope as the commander of a brigade of cavalry attached to the Second Corps of the Army of Virginia under Gen. Nathaniel Banks. At the time, Pope was interested in reorganizing his cavalry into larger units that were loosely tied to the 3 corps of his army (similar organization of cavalry was already successfully in practice in the western theater.)

Pope’s appointment of Buford was the only one he made in his tenure as commander of the Army of Virginia; and was arguably one of the best decisions he made during the Northern Virginia Campaign. At Second Manassas, Buford led the Union cavalry in a battle on the third day. While his men lost the fight and he was wounded by a spent bullet in the knee, he had shown initiative, considered unusual for Union cavalry at the time, and his star began to rise.

Following the battle, he would continue with Gen. McClellan as his chief of cavalry in the Maryland Campaign and would also serve in the same role under Gen. Burnside at Fredericksburg. In early 1863, under Gen. Hooker, he would be appointed as commander of the reserve brigade of the Cavalry Corps. Buford would also fight in the largest cavalry battle in North American history at Brandy Station on June 9, 1863. But perhaps he is most famous for his role in the Battle of Gettysburg, where his actions bought time for Gen. Reynolds First Corps to deploy, which also in turn helped the Union seize strong defensive positions. After the battle, he doggedly pursued the Confederates, notably earning the respect of President Lincoln.

He continued to serve in the war that fall through the Bristoe Campaign in October 1863, but contracted typhoid fever in November, dying on December 16th. In his last moments he was told that President Lincoln had promoted him to major general for his performance at Gettysburg. Questioning whether it was the truth, when he received confirmation he commented, “It is too late, now I wish I could live.”

#findyourpark #encuentratuparque #manassasbattlefield #secondmanassas158 #militarymonday

Image: Brig. Gen. John Buford in uniform, seated in 3/4 profile, and facing our left. (LOC)

Friends of Historic Centreville
Friends of Historic Centreville

Friends of Historic Centreville

Centreville Day. A celebration of Centreville Virginia's History and Community. Entertainment, Kids Activities, Marketplace, Historic Activities.

Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden

Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden

For this seventh post in our summer archaeology series, it would be remiss if we didn’t talk about the largest category in our archaeology collection - ceramics. Today, we are showcasing pearlware - by far the most common type of ceramics found in the 2010 archaeological excavation of the garden.

Pearlware has been around since the late 1700s. English potters were on a quest to create their own version of Chinese porcelain. Preceding pearlware was creamware, which was, as you’d imagine, cream-colored (1st photo, left, dated 1762-1820). Around 1775, potters started adding cobalt to the glaze, giving these "china glaze" ceramics a blue tint like Chinese porcelain. In 1779, English potter Josiah Wedgewood developed his version, called “pearl white”. These pearlware ceramics (1st photo, middle, dated 1775-1840) were popular from the late 18th to early 19th centuries but declined in production by 1820 with the rise of whiteware, whiter due to less cobalt in its glaze (1st photo, right, dated after 1820).

Our collection contains many different patterns of pearlware, produced in different ways. Some pieces were underglaze handpainted - the pattern was handpainted on before the ceramic was glazed (2nd photo, top left, dated 1795-1825). Other pieces have transfer-printed decoration - a piece of tissue paper, with an ink design on it transferred from an engraved plate, was pressed into the ceramic (2nd photo, top right, dated 1800-1840). This piece also has stippling - using small dots to make the design. A few of our pieces are dipped pearlware - the ceramic has bands of colored slip (water-diluted clay) added to it (2nd photo, bottom left, dated 1790-1890). Finally, one of our pieces has sponged decoration - a sponge was dipped into a colored glaze and then dabbed onto the ceramic (2nd photo, bottom right, dated 1820-1840).

The most common pattern we have is shell-edged. This type of decoration was most common on tableware, like plates. We have both blue and green shell-edged pearlware (3rd photo, both dated 1800-1840). Check out the last photo of a more intact pearlware plate with blue trim from the amazing collection at Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum.

Special thanks to research volunteer Jed Veilleux!

Friends of Colvin Run Mill

Friends of Colvin Run Mill

The mill took delivery of a new, custom-built model that will allow hands-on demonstrations of the simple machines that automate the mill.

We are looking forward to letting you try out the model when we open more fully.

The model was commissioned by the Friends of Colvin Run Mill and paid for with donations from the public.

Manassas National Battlefield Park

Manassas National Battlefield Park

While a number of local women from Manassas did their part in nursing the wounded soldiers from both battles, one story, that of Margaret Benson and her husband Amos, has become nearly legend. Margaret and her husband lived near Sudley church (shown in the photograph) which was used as a hospital after the First Battle of Manassas. Returning home from the church one day after the battle, Margaret and Amos discovered a seriously wounded Union soldier, John Rice of the 2d New Hampshire Infantry, laying under a fence. Despite their Confederate loyalties, the couple went to get a surgeon’s help.

The surgeon dismissed Rice as a hopeless case, but Margaret and Amos didn’t agree. Margaret fetched food from her house as her husband cleaned Rice up. They fed and cared for the soldier where he lay for 10 days until he was well enough to be transported to a prison in Richmond. Years later, Rice returned to Manassas to thank Margaret and Amos and even helped them raise money for the rebuilt Sudley Church. The story spread as a symbol of post-war reconciliation, but Margaret and Amos weren’t the only ones to cross lines to help the wounded. Stay tuned for future #WomensHistoryWednesdays about Fanny Ricketts and Lucinda Dogan.

#WomenatMANA #WomensHistoryWednesday #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque

(Image from the Library of Congress)

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park Friends

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park Friends

On Sunday, July 19, Ellanor C.Lawrence Park is turning into a real life Parkemon game board! Play outside. It’s in your nature! #fairfaxparks #eclp #socialdistance #pokemoncommunityday

Manassas National Battlefield Park

Manassas National Battlefield Park

“Let the generations know that women in uniform also guaranteed their freedom.” -- Mary Edwards Walker

When war came, Mary Edwards Walker petitioned the government and the Union Army for a surgeon’s commission, which they persistently refused. At the First Battle of Manassas, Mary served as an unpaid orderly, wound dresser and surgeon’s assistant. In 1863, Mary received her commission as a “Contract Acting Assistant Surgeon (civilian)” in Ohio, becoming the first female US Army surgeon.

Mary often crossed battle lines to treat civilians. In 1864, while assisting a Confederate doctor with a surgery, she was arrested by Confederate troops and accused of being a spy. During her four months as a prisoner of war, she continued to refuse to wear women’s clothing. After being released four months later, Mary served at Louisville Women’s Prison Hospital and at an orphan’s asylum.

#WomenatMANA #WomensHistoryWednesday #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque

(Photo from the Library of Congress)


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We are having an outdoor drive-in concert and movie night at Old Centreville Crossing - could share Centreville Day info to guests too -
Do you have any space available for vendors? If so how do I get the application?
If you need a ticket or two or three - call G&C Tire and Auto Service. G&C Tire And Auto Service
Anyone have something interesting / memory to share about Burt Reynolds?
I would like to sign up as a vendor but am wondering if I would be considered a crafter or business vendor. I am a merchandiser for a children's clothing company.
Your Vote is your Voice. My name is Johnny Anderson. I'm running for re-election as your Official Village Idiot. I thank you for your support.
If you don't have to work tomorrow, or can take a long lunch - come by G&C Tire and Auto Service. We still have some glasses to give away in the morning. We are also holding on to some for the 2017 Solar Eclipse viewing event we are hosting. Great time to meet some people from the commnuity and enjoy this "sharing" event. We will have glasses that can be passed around so everyone gets a chance to experience this solar eclipse.
Cheryl.. email me, left you private msg.. Karen Washburn
Much appreciation to Northern Virginia Electric Coop (NOVEC) for being one of our Sponsors for Centreville Day 2017! We invite other businesses, corporations, individuals, etc., to be a sponsor for the 25th anniversary of Centreville Day. Learn more at the Centreville Day website.
Save the date: Saturday, October 21, 2017 - the 25th anniversary of Centreville Day! 10 - 5:00, Historic Centreville Park (Mt. Gilead and Braddock Roads). Entertainment, food, games, vendors, activities for kids, parade, Pet Pageant - a full day for the whole family. And no entrance fee! What is your earliest memory of Centreville Day? The first one in 1992 beside Centreville HS? Fireworks? The Parade down Union Mill Road? Share pictures from those early Centreville Days!