Moor Green

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Moor Green
Moor Green, State Route 692, Brentsville vicinity (Prince William County, Virginia).jpg
Moor Green, HABS Photo
Moor Green is located in Northern Virginia
Moor Green
Moor Green is located in Virginia
Moor Green
Moor Green is located in the United States
Moor Green
Location9850 Flint Rock Road, approximately 1.3 miles (2.1 km) north of Brentsville off State Route 692, near Brentsville, Virginia
Coordinates38°42′26″N 77°29′49″W / 38.70722°N 77.49694°W / 38.70722; -77.49694Coordinates: 38°42′26″N 77°29′49″W / 38.70722°N 77.49694°W / 38.70722; -77.49694
Area12 acres (4.9 ha)
Architectural styleFederal
NRHP reference No.78003039[1]
VLR No.076-0014
Significant dates
Added to NRHPNovember 17, 1978
Designated VLRJuly 18, 1978 [2]

Moor Green is a historic home located near Brentsville, Prince William County, Virginia. It dates to the early-19th century, and is a two-story, five-bay, Federal style brick residence, with a one-room, two-story ell. It has a standing seam metal gable roof and a single-pile, central-passage plan.[3]


Although some speculated that the house's foundation dates to a blockhouse built in 1711, the earliest reference to what became that plantation was a 1793 deed for 482 acres from the heirs of John Bronough to young Howson Hooe. The plantation was one of the most valuable properties in Prince William County in 1815, when it was taxed to pay for the War of 1812.[4]

Members of the Hooe family owned the property until 1909, when the surviving (second) husband of Jane Hooe (Howson's daughter) sold his life interest in what had become 375 acres. Howson's grandson Richard I Reid, enlisted in the Confederate Army, was wounded at Fredericksburg in December 1862, and later captured at Mechanicsville in May 1864. Released upon signing an oath of Allegiance to the United States in June, 1865, he married moved to Fulton County, Kentucky, but both he and his younger brother John died at this plantation in 1885, and their mother in 1893. The Fletcher family then owned the house through the Great Depression, during which it was noted on the Historic American Buildings Survey. In 1941, John Cox and his family bought the property, and renovated it, as noted in a 1953 article in the local 'Journal Messenger.'[4]

After his widow died in a nursing home in 1970, the property passed through several hands and was vacant for 19 years as the area developed. In 1978, the historic house was placed on both the Virginia Landmarks Register[5] and the National Register of Historic Places.[1]

The house was burned on March 4, 1984, but a local bank renovated it, and in 1992 it was bought by the Flory family, who made it their residence. [4][6]

The property includes the Hooe/Reid family cemetery, which according to a Smithsonian Institution historic survey in 2004, might include up to 60 graves, especially if the home became a hospital during the American Civil War. A nearby slave cemetery was no longer part of the property by 2004, as a result of subdivisions and development.

The back of the surviving house and outbuildings are visible from Moor Green Road, which has more recently built houses.


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  3. ^ Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission Staff (June 1978). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Moor Green" (PDF). Virginia Department of Historic Resources. and Accompanying photo
  4. ^ a b c[bare URL PDF]
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-03-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Wow House Gallery: Historic Home, 10+ Acres at Moor Green". 22 January 2015.

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