Agnewville, Virginia

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Agnewville, Virginia
Extinct unincorporated community
Agnewville, Virginia is located in Virginia
Agnewville, Virginia
Agnewville, Virginia
Coordinates: 38°40′9″N 77°17′9″W / 38.66917°N 77.28583°W / 38.66917; -77.28583Coordinates: 38°40′9″N 77°17′9″W / 38.66917°N 77.28583°W / 38.66917; -77.28583
Country  United States of America
State  Virginia
County Prince William
Founded by The Chinn Family
Area
 • Total 2.023 km2 (0.781 sq mi)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)

Agnewville is an extinct unincorporated community in Prince William County, Virginia, United States. Agnewville lies to the west of the town of Occoquan at the intersection of Minnieville (formerly Davis Ford) and Telegraph Roads. It has also been known as Agnesville [1][2] and Chinn Town.[1]

Agnewville ran along Minnieville Road from Old Bridge Road to the old Horner Road (near the current Caton Hill Road). Agnewville flourished from 1890 to 1927.

History[edit]

The land that became Agnewville was purchased and settled by freed slaves. The Chinn Family, freed by Henny Fielder Roe after the American Civil War, was given enough money to purchase about 500 acres[3] of land in 1889.[1]

The U.S. Post Office in Agnewville was established in 1891, and was closed in March 1927, with the mail services transferred to the Woodbridge Post Office.[1]

The Mount Olive Baptist Church was founded in 1917 on Telegraph Road,[1] with land donated by William Wallace Chinn.[3]

Agnewville was located along the main stage road out of Occoquan, Virginia. The decline of Agnewville came with the relocation of the main highway from Telegraph Road to the present day U.S. Route 1 through Woodbridge, Virginia.[1]

Economy[edit]

Farming and logging were the main economic activities.[1]

Present day[edit]

Most of Agnewville has been redeveloped. North of Minnieville Road is now the community of Lake Ridge, Virginia. South of Minnieville Road has been developed to some extent, and much of the undeveloped area is zoned for commercial and residential development.[4] The Mount Olive Baptist Church on Telegraph Road still serves the area.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g The Prince William County Historical Commission (Va.) 2006 p. 52-54
  2. ^ Geographic Names Information System
  3. ^ a b The Washington Post, December 14, 1989, Brooke A Masters, "Memorial to a Va. Matriarch", p Va 12
  4. ^ http://www.pwcgov.org/countymapper/

References[edit]

  • The Prince William County Historical Commission (Va.) (2006).
  • Prince William County Historical Commission disappearing towns project / Prince William County Historical Commission.

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