Centreville during the Civil War
Centreville during the Civil War
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Source: Documentarist

This is an interesting, though somewhat obvious origin of a town’s name: Centreville.

The town of Centreville (it was originally Centerville) was established in 1792, near the intersection of present day Lee Highway and Sully Road. At the time, it was a village named Newgate. Originally, the town was within the boundary of Loudoun County, becoming a part of Fairfax County in 1798 when the boundaries were adjusted.

Local landowners had petitioned the Virginia General Assembly to establish the town as the center point between the more established towns: Alexandria, Colchester, Dumfries, Middleburg, Georgetown, Warrenton, and Leesburg. Take a look at the Google Map of all the towns below, with Centreville in the middle.

Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.
  • L_X_L

    Thank you! Good awkward moment icebreaker material.