A Resolution to the Virginia Board of Historic Resources and the National Park Service Supporting the Proposed Bristersburg national Register historic district
WHEREAS, Southern Fauquier County, as Fauquier County’s cradle of settlement, features some of the region’s most notable historic resources memorialized in its landscapes, villages, roads, and archaeological sites; and
WHEREAS, one such notable place is called Bristersburg that originated in 1841 as a post office and served as one of Fauquier County’s main trading centers from the mid-19th century through the mid-20th century; and
WHEREAS, Bristersburg is a quintessential crossroad community with a high degree of integrity as a historic village within the modern landscape featuring the circa 1852 Greek Revival Style “Zoar Baptist Church” that was free for religions of all denominations, three historic dwellings (1838, 1880, and 1910), a school (1910), a blacksmith shop (1915), and three stores (1838, 1880, and 1910); and
WHEREAS, these sites originated along Carolina Road (now Route 616), an important travel route linking Pennsylvania and North Carolina running through Virginia’s Piedmont in the 18th and 19th centuries, that intersected in Bristersburg with an east-west road; and
WHEREAS, this village historic district comprises 28 acres of land framed by outlying farms that represent an important chapter in the story of the Piedmont region’s settlement history; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 12th day of March 2009, That the Board hereby supports and encourages the Virginia Board of Historic Resources to include the Bristersburg National Register Historic District, located in the Cedar Run Magisterial District, in the Virginia Landmarks Register; and, be it
RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Virginia Board of Historic Resources recommend to the National Park Service, due to the established and unique history and National significance of Bristersburg, that this district be enrolled in the National Register of Historic Places.