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Pre-Civil War Graveyard Discovered at Manassas-Area School Construction Site

The site is located just off Hoadly Road in the Manassas-area of Prince William County.

A pre-civil war grave site was discovered where a new high school in Prince William County will be built. (Prince William County Public Schools.)
A pre-civil war grave site was discovered where a new high school in Prince William County will be built. (Prince William County Public Schools.)  Download PDF 
Construction crews working on a new Prince William County high school have unearthed a graveyard that experts think pre-date the American Civil War, according to media reports. 

The graves were found about 1,900 feet south of the intersection of Hoadly Road and Independence Drive near Dale City in the Manassas-area of the county, said Phil Kavits, director of communications for Prince William County Public Schools. 

Though the site had been surveyed back in 2008, evidence of the gravesite was only recently discovered, as it was obscured by vegetation, Kavits said. 

The graves aren't located where the school building will stand, but where the school's stadium will be built, several media outlets reported this week. 

"The school division will work with the Virginia Department of Historical Resources to assure the appropriate archaeological evaluation of the site and the respectful relocation of any discovered remains and or relics," he added. 

The school, which hasn't yet been named, is scheduled to open in September 2016. 

Once completed, it will be the 12th high school in the school division. 
Students living near the high school will attend the new school. But like all Prince William County high schools it will feature specialty programs, so any student in the county interested in the programs may want to attend, Kavits said. 



Amy Beard November 18, 2013 at 06:29 PM
As someone who grew up in Woodbine Woods, I think this is awful! I remember going to Propps, but I guess that isn't there anymore. It looks like it is directly across from the fire dept. How safe will that be? I just am thankful for the memories of the serene, beautiful place from my childhood. I grew up in a great place. Not the horrific 12 lane highway that 234 has become and the greedy need that has removed every inch of land around. I feel sorry for the kids in the Independent Hill of today.

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