Prince William County in Northern VA is bounded by Stafford County to the south, Loudoun and Fairfax to the north and Fauquier County to the west. Prince William County is located just 20 minutes from the Dulles International Airport, less than 30 minutes from the heart of Washington D.C. and a short drive to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Prince William County is included in the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MA-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area and is the one of highest income counties in the U.S. Prince William County’s population is estimated at 438,580 and is concentrated in Manassas, the county seat.
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Remaining a rural county for many years with its population growth being around the Manassas and the Occoquan/Woodbridge area. Relying on the river for their trade and transportation,as well as fish, tobacco and grain mills. Starting in the late 1930’s, a more suburban population grew, especially in the Manassas community. In the 1960’s, the growth expanded dramatically and by the end of the 20th Century it became the third most populous local jurisdiction in Virginia, producing most of its growth in the last 20 years.
Prince William County Public Schools recently took over the Virginia Beach City Public Schools, making them the second largest school system in Virginia. Their schools consist of 57 elementary, 16 middle and 12 high schools. Prince William County schools offer virtual high school, three schools for special education, two traditional schools and two alternative schools. There is a Media Production Services Department which programs and operates a television station called PWCS-TV. It’s accessible to all residents in Prince William County via Comcast or Verizon. The public school system is the top employer of this county, along with the United States Department of Defense, the County of Prince William and Walmart.
Hylton Performing Arts Center & national museum of the marine corp are located in Prince William
Prince William VA is home to the new Hylton Performing Arts Center. This facility provides local performers as well as national and international ones great opportunities for their expression in the arts. With its Prince William Little Theater, the Manassas Symphony, Manassas Chorale and the Manassas Ballet are able to have a intimate setting for their productions, while this outstanding main theatre accommodates the grand performances with its great views, comfortable seating and contemporary style.
With the opening of the National Museum of the Marine Corps on November 10, 2006, drawing over 500,000 people annually, this museum is now the top tourist sight in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Located in Triangle, Virginia, near Quantico Marine Corps Base. The United States Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation have combined to create this public-private venture. Designed by Curtis W. Fentress of Fentress Architects, the exterior of the museum is to “evoke the image of the flag raisers of Iwo Jima, ” the Marine Corps War Memorial, a monument dedicated to all of the Marines who lost their lives in the defense of the United States since 1775, outside the walls of the Arlington National Cemetery.
history of Native American Tribes in prince william county
The Doeg tribe, an Algonquian speaking sub-group of the Powhatan tribal confederation, were the original occupants of Prince William County. Venturing up the Potomac River, John Smith and other English explorers found the village of Pemacocack (meaning plenty of fish), about 30 miles south of Alexandria in 1608. Until the 1650’s, the Doeg’s had several villages in this area, when the land became patented by the colonist. In 1731, Prince William County was created by an act of the General Assembly of the colony of Virginia, originally including the counties of Loudoun, Fauquier, Arlington and Fairfax and the independent cities of Falls Church, Alexandria, Fairfax, Manassas and Manassas Park. It was named for Prince William, the Duke of Cumberland and third son of King George II.
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