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Located in Prince William County in Northern VA, Gainesville and Haymarket are great places to call home for commuters. This part of Prince William County has been steadily growing over the past 20 years to become a sought after area. Access to I-66, Rt. 28 and Rt. 50 make the area a very desirable place to call home.
From 1882 through today, Haymarket’s center has remained the same. They became Exit 40 of Interstate 66, the interstate system constructed in the 1970’s. This gave way to its movement away from a rural town, as well as its population growth. With the possibility of a theme park coming to the area in the early 1990’s, The Walt Disney Company drafted plans to build Disney’s America, but with much opposition from various groups and other influences, the project was cancelled. Striving to be a “crossroads” between a Town of heritage and charm to the growing, prosperous community that it has become, Haymarket is a wonderful community located at the “CROSSROADS OF WHERE HERITAGE MEETS PROGRESS!”
In 1852, the Manassas Gap railroad created a stop that reached the area and that is what became known as Gainesville. Along the Potomac River between southern Maryland and northern Virginia, inland from Chesapeake Bay, this Prince William County town was formed. On the Fauquier and Alexandria Turnpike, Gainesville, was known as a changing point for horse drawn stagecoaches. Nearby Thoroughfare Gap, in the Bull Run Mountains, served as a route for the soldiers to reach the First and Second Battles of Bull Run, during the Civil War. Today, Gainesville is an ever growing area with many residential communities and commercial development and is a very popular commuter location for residents of western Fairfax County.
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Haymarket is in the western section of Prince William County just west of Gainesville. It is an incorporated town in Virginia, founded in 1799. Chartered on the land of William Skinker who created a blueprint for this township of 140 lots and 13 streets. Existing of one half square mile, their population is just over 1800. Sitting right on the historical trail, Journey Through Hallowed Ground, Haymarket is full of history. The Journey Through Hallowed Ground runs from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to Charlottesville, Virginia being a major trade route running from the Shenandoah Valley to the Potomac River. Historically known as a “Crossroads” Haymarket is at the intersection of the Old Carolina Road and north Branch Dumfries Road. Endearing with this trademark, they constructed Route 55 and 15, later Interstate 66. The Red House Tavern was a popular and now historic stopping place along this trek on the Old Carolina Road.
Cattle, timber and grain, shipped from here into the early 1960’s, with cattle being the major commodity, dominated agriculture in Prince William County. With growth continuing to reach the area, by 1994 the first “townhome community,” The Crossroads was developed, marking the beginning of mass development in Gainesville. In 2000 Gainesville and Haymarket were home to six large shopping center. At the intersection of Lee Highway (Rt. 28) and Interstate 66 is the largest of those, Virginia Gateway, a premier shopping destination for the Gainesville and Haymarket communities. With over 120 retail shops and big box stores like Target Supercenter, Lowe’s Best Buy and Petsmart, the Gainesville interchange was created to ease rapid growing traffic patterns through the Gainesville-Haymarket area in 2006.The Promenade at Virginia Gateway, an upscale mix of shopping, dining and entertainment was developmed by the Peterson Companies. There is a newly opened BJ’s Warehouse, the Regal Virginia Gateway Stadium 14 & RPX, the Loft, Charming Charlie’s, Along with BJ’s Restaurant Brewhouse, Smashburgers and their interactive Splash Fountain which opens seasonally. Today this community has grown to over 11,500 residents.
Decimated by the destruction of the Civil War from a Union patrol, on November 4, 1862, troops invaded the town, entering homes and taking whatever they desired. Sent there to uncover a suspected sniper, the soldiers started fires to most of the homes, setting the entire town ablaze. With only four buildings being spared in the fire, St. Paul’s Church and three small nearby houses, resulting in the town being desolate throughout the remainder of the war. In June of 1863, an incident with the Confederate cavalry occurred and another on October of that year. General Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, on April 9, 1865, Haymarket slowly began its rebuilding process, regaining its prewar size and prosperity. In 1882, they incorporated, only the second town to do so in the county.
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