Nokesville, Virginia

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Nokesville, Virginia
Census-designated place (CDP)
Nickname(s): " Old Prince William"
Location of Nokesville, Virginia
Location of Nokesville, Virginia
Coordinates: 38°41′54″N 77°34′25″W / 38.69833°N 77.57361°W / 38.69833; -77.57361Coordinates: 38°41′54″N 77°34′25″W / 38.69833°N 77.57361°W / 38.69833; -77.57361
Country United States
State Virginia
County Prince William
Area
 • Total 9.5 sq mi (24.5 km2)
 • Land 9.5 sq mi (24.5 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 266 ft (81 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,354
 • Density 140/sq mi (55/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 20181-20182
Area code(s) 571, 703
FIPS code 51-56464[1]
GNIS feature ID 1497047[2]
Website https://sites.google.com/site/nokesvillevirginia/

Nokesville is a census-designated place (CDP) in Prince William County, Virginia, United States. The population was 1,354 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

Nokesville is the center of a farming community with cattle and dairy farms; it became a town and intermediate stop on the Orange & Alexandria Railway in 1865. In the late 19th century–early 20th century, Nokesville was the location of a religious movement called the German Baptist Brethren, which became known as the Church of the Brethren. In the 1950s, it was cut off from passenger trains and remains a rural community today.

Nokesville consists of two schools. The oldest school, Nokesville Elementary was built in 1929 to serve all grades until 1964 when it was lowered to K-5 with the construction of Brentsville District High School. Nokesville's second high school,Patriot High School opened in 2011.

Marstellar Middle School is located nearby in Bristow, VA and are still considered local.

The Lawn, Nokesville Truss Bridge, Brentsville Historic District, Park Gate, and Pilgrim's Rest, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[3]

The Civil War[edit]

Greenwich

Trails sign at Greenwich Presbyterian Church, 15305 Vint Hill Road, Nokesville ROAD MAP

Union and Confederate forces passed by or camped here frequently during the war. Federal units pursuing Stonewall Jackson to Manassas Junction camped here in August 1862; fighting involving John S. Mosby's rangers flared near here and Confederates marched past on the way to nearby Bristoe Station in October 1863.

Battle of Kettle Run

Nokesville Road (Route 28) and Aden Road, Nokesville VA 20181 ROAD MAP

As Stonewall Jackson’s troops occupied and looted the railroad junction at Manassas Aug 27, 1862, Federal forces approached his rear guard at Kettle Run. The Confederates there managed to delay the Union force before withdrawing -Source

Geography[edit]

Nokesville is located at 38°41′54″N 77°34′25″W / 38.69833°N 77.57361°W / 38.69833; -77.57361 (38.698350, -77.573656)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 9.5 square miles (24.5 km²), all of it land.

Nokesville is touched by Bristow, VA to the north, Catlett, VA to the west, Independent Hill, VA to the south and Canova, VA to the east. Most of Nokesville mostly consists of farms and wooded lands with the "Village" between Aden Road and Nokesville Road (SR 28) on Fitzwater Drive which consists of a U.S. Post Office, Carter Bank and Trust, Herf Jones Rings, Nokesville Print & Copy, Nokesville Library, Nokesville Tires, Nokesville Veterinary, and many other small businesses. On the same street is Nokesville Elementary and several churches.

Nearby is the Nokesville Fire Department and Brentsville High School. These are the only main collection of buildings in the area. Nearly all of the rest of the area is populated by small farms and more churches.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 1,354 people, 488 households. The racial makeup of the CDP was 90.8% White, 3.2% African American, 0.4% Native American, 1.9% Asian, 0% Pacific Islander, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.2% of the population.

There were 488 households out of which 30.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.5% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.7% were non-families. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.08.

The median age was 42.9 years. 50.4% of the population is male with 49.6% female.

The median income for a household as seen in the 2000 census was $63,793, and the median income for a family was $68,611. Males had a median income of $41,875 versus $27,188 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $24,765. None of the families and 0.8% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 5.2% of those over 64.

Places to Visit[edit]

The town offers minimal shopping, but excellent scenery. Nokesville Park offers jogging trails, an equestrian ring, picnic areas, baseball and soccer fields, and a playground.

The Nokesville Bridge, located off Aden Rd. is a place of controversy. Many have cited the one-way bridge as unsafe, yet it is heavily trafficked every day, mainly by commuters on their way to school. This also causes severe congestion, particularly during rush hour. There have been many proposals to replace the bridge, but they have been met with negativity by many of the community, claiming it has historical significance.

The Nokesville Fire Department is a census-designated place (CDP) hall of sorts. Besides featuring the VFD, it also is often rented out for banquets and town dances. It weekly features a Bingo night used to raise money for the fire department.

Events[edit]

The Nokesville Ruritans host several notable events, such as the Brunswick Stew and Nokesville Day. The Brunswick Stew is usually held in the fall at Nokesville Elementary. It is an opportunity for members of the community to gather and purchase quarts of Brunswick Stew. There is typically music and a bonfire. Nokesville Day is a parade held the third Saturday in May that gives everyone in town a chance to gather on Fitzwater Dr. The fire department, local politicians, marching band, and Equestrian Society are only a few of the many regular participants. It also hosts hundreds of various vendors.

The Victory Baptist Church off Aden Rd. annually hosts a Fall Festival in October. Games, moon bounces, hayrides, and live music are often involved. Members outside of the church are encouraged to attend. The Nokesville Elementary also hosts a Fall Festival on an evening in October that offers kid friendly games and cake walks.

Football games at Brentsville District High School, particularly the Homecoming game each year are frequented. In the week before the game, cheerleaders put the names and numbers of every football player on ball-shaped laminated signs. The signs line Fitzwater Dr. to advertise the upcoming games and encourage attendance.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 

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