The Van Pelt House Historical

The Van Pelt House Historical (HM1WYB)

Location: Centreville, VA 20120 Prince William County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 49.468', W 77° 30.705'

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Manassas National Battlefield Park

A Native of New Jersey, Abraham Van Pelt arrived in Prince William County in the 1850s. The 70-year-old Van Pelt, accompanied by his wife Jemima and daughter Elizabeth, settled on a 230-acre farm they called "Avon." The farm's location, astride the Warrenton Turnpike and overlooking Bull Run, drew the attention of both armies during the Civil War. Confederate troops deployed here during First Manassas to guard the Stone Bridge.

Thirteen months later during Second Manassas, Union soldiers commandeered the house and outbuildings for hospital use. Throughout it all, the Van Pelts remained staunch Unionists in their adopted home, in stark contrast to many of their neighbors. Facing repeated Confederate harassment, Abraham and Jemima returned to New Jersey, while their daughter remained behind to manage the farm.

Following the war, Elizabeth Van Pelt filed a claim for damages to the estate of her father, who died in 1866. The government awarded the family $320. Fire destroyed the house in the early 1930s.
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Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 at 9:03am PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 281951 N 4300295
Decimal Degrees38.82446667, -77.51175000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 49.468', W 77° 30.705'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 49' 28.08" N, 77° 30' 42.3" W
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Area Code(s)703, 571, 202
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10320 US-29, Centreville VA 20120, US
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