Bristow, Virginia

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Bristow
Unincorporated community
Bristow is located in Virginia
Bristow
Bristow
Location within the state of Virginia
Coordinates: 38°43′22″N 77°32′10″W / 38.72278°N 77.53611°W / 38.72278; -77.53611Coordinates: 38°43′22″N 77°32′10″W / 38.72278°N 77.53611°W / 38.72278; -77.53611
Country United States
State Virginia
County Prince William
Population (2000)
 • Total 8,910
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 20136
Area code(s) 703, 571
Website http://www.virginia.org/Cities/Bristow/

Bristow is an unincorporated community in Prince William County, Virginia, United States. The population was 8,910 in the 2000 census, and the 2009 estimate was 15,137.[1]

The former town proper was located on SR 619, Bristow Road, about 1 mile southwest of the intersection with SR 28, Nokesville Road, at the Norfolk Southern Railway crossing. There are no active businesses left at this location, though a crew change point for the railroad is just up the tracks from the railroad crossing. The new town center has, in general, relocated farther west around the Braemar Parkway area. Bristow is rapidly being absorbed into the expanding suburbs of the city of Manassas, including such developments as Bristow Station.

The area is mostly upper-middle-class residential managed communities including but not limited to: Braemar Community, Bridlewood, Bridlewood Manor, Brookside, Crossman Creek, Foxborough, Kingsbrooke, New Bristow Village, Lanier Farms, Saybrooke, Sheffield Manor, Amberleigh Station, and Victory Lakes. The community is home to the Jiffy Lube Live outdoor concert stage which was formerly known as the Nissan Pavilion.

As of 2009, Bristow, Virginia has a population of 15,137. Since 2000, the town has seen a population increase of about 89%.[1]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there were 8,910 people, 2,964 housing units, and 9,188 families residing in the town. The racial makeup of the town was 87.62% White, 6.73% Black, 2.57% Asian, 0.18% Native American, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 1.04% from other races. Hispanic of any race were 3.86% of the population.[2]

History[edit]

The majority of the Bristow Area was previously part of the Linton's Ford plantation, owned by the Linton family from the 18th century. In 1894, Sarah Linton converted to Catholicism and became a Benedictine nun, and she donated the property to the Roman Catholic Church, to be used to establish schools for poor girls and boys. Linton Hall Military School was founded in 1922, for which the main road was named: Linton Hall Road. In 1989, the school ended its military and boarding programs and became coeducational; it had already been renamed Linton Hall School many years earlier. In the late 20th century, much of the original property was sold to developers.[3] Population increased in the Bristow area (and increased enrollment for the school.) The Linton Family (with the exception of Sarah Linton) are buried in the Linton Family Cemetery in the Braemar Community. The cemetery is legally unowned due to records loss when the Brentsville Courthouse burned in the Civil War. However maintenance is provided by the Braemar Community Association with coordination with the Benedictine Sisters at Linton Hall.

According to the Geographic Names Information System, Bristow has also been known as Briscoe, Bristoe, Bristoe Station, and Bristow Station. The Board on Geographic Names officially decided upon Bristow as the community's name in 1906.

The Brentsville Historic District and Davis-Beard House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[4]

Further reading[edit]

  • Cadet, Linton Hall, Linton Hall Military School Memories: One cadet's memoir, Scrounge Press, 2014. ISBN 9781495931963

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bristow, VA zip code overview
  2. ^ 20136 Zip Code Data
  3. ^ Cadet, Linton Hall, Linton Hall Military School Memories: One cadet's memoir, Scrounge Press, 2014. ISBN 9781495931963
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 

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