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More shots fired at in Dale City neighborhood

DALE CITY, Va. — From Prince William police:

Shooting into a Residential DwellingOn October 16 at 2:06PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 4700 block of Kirkdale Dr in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a destruction of property call. The homeowner reported to police that on October 15, around 10:00PM, a loud noise was heard coming from outside the residence. The following day, the homeowner discovered broken glass in a vacant bedroom and, what appeared to be, a bullet hole in the window. This incident is possibly related to a similar call on Keytone Rd reported around the same time on October 15. Officers located a shell casing in the roadway. No injuries were reported.



Helicopter called to land at University Boulevard in Bristow

BRISTOW, Va. — Emergency crews planned to land a helicopter at the intersection of University Boulevard and Hackney Drive. 

The helicopter was called to fly one victim to a hospital after the victim was found in a nearby house with a self-inflicted gunshot wound about 1:30 p.m. 

Police were called to the intersection to close a portion of University Boulevard and  stop traffic to allow the helicopter to land. 

Explore these ghostly haunts of Prince William County

Prince William County is home to many amazing historical sites, each with their own unique stories. Some of these stories include a ghostly nature, perfect for the Halloween season.

Here are several spooky stories from our sites along with upcoming programs for you to possibly have your own paranormal experience.

Ben Lomond Historic Site ghostly encounters

With a chilling history as a Confederate hospital in the aftermath of the Battle of First Manassas, Ben Lomond Historic Site has a long history of ghostly encounters from unexplainable sounds to unexplained shivers.

But a Halloween experience told by one Prince William County employee is by far the most chilling to have occurred at the site. During a weekend of Halloween programs at the house, the employee stayed overnight sleeping on a cot in one of the rooms upstairs.

A sudden sensation of being dragged by the leg jolted him from his sleep, and when he opened his eyes, he found he was on the floor on the far end of the bed. One might guess that an enterprising spirit mistook the slumbering employee for yet another deceased body from the battle and attempted to pull him to an awaiting grave outside.

Rippon Lodge ”is so sinisterly haunted that no one will occupy it”

At Rippon Lodge Historic Site the beautiful scenic views overlooking the Potomac River belie the creepy past that has followed the site. A 1930’s paper supposedly once reported that the house ”is so sinisterly haunted that no one will occupy it,” and a long-standing rumor has it that Route 1 was altered to avoid passing too close to the house.

In the 1700’s, Mrs. Blackburn angrily struck an unfortunate slave child who then fell against the stone fireplace and died. An inquiry found weeks later proclaimed it an “accident” and many people are convinced they can see a bloody spot where the child’s head struck the stone. Others swear they have seen a little girl running towards the woods where it is supposed she’s buried.

Shot dead at Brentsville Jail

Injustice and tragedy are sown within the fabric of many histories and historic places throughout the county, but nowhere can it be found more evident than at the sight of the Brentsville Jail at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre. It is widely considered to be one of the creepiest and most haunted locations in the county.

In 1872, a sensational trial swept Virginia in which James Clark was arrested for allegedly abducting Fannie Fawell, bringing her to Washington on promises of marriage and then leaving her. Before Clark ever received his chance to defend himself in court, Rhoda Fawell, brother of Fannie, shot him dead in his cell.

What started as an abduction trial suddenly became a murder trial in which a jury declared Fawell not guilty to thunderous applause from spectators sitting in the courthouse. If indeed it is the shadow of James Clark that haunts the jail where he was killed, few spirits have been more justified in the aftermath of such unbelievable injustice.

Prince William County Historic Preservation is offering a variety of Halloween programs where you can learn about the incredible, spooky and tragic stories at all of our sites. Check out our upcoming Halloween Programs below or call 703-792-4754 for general questions.

Spirits of Rippon Lodge: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., $10 per person, (not appropriate for young children)

On Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22, come and experience a uniquely haunted tour of the historic house and grounds by candlelight, perhaps encounter the departed spirits of notable residents and neighbors and hear their tales of sadness and triumph.

Reservations required; tours on the half hour (7, 7:30, 8, and 8:30) Call 703-499-9812 for reservations

Overnight Stay in Brentsville Jail: 8 p.m. – 8 p.m.; $125 per person, reservations are required

On the night of Friday, October 28, spend the night in the nearly 200-year-old building and learn the stories of the people who were imprisoned there, including James Clark. And keep your eyes open, you never know what you might see in the dark of the jail.

Call 703-365-7895 for reservations.

Hospital Horrors by Night: 7 – 9 p.m.; $10 per person, children under 6 free.

On Saturday, Oct. 29, come experience a unique opportunity to tour the house and grounds in the dark and hear the stories of soldiers, doctors and loved ones who were forever changed during the Civil War. Bring a flashlight.

You never know what spirits you’ll run into. Guided tours every half hour. Not recommended for children under 12. Reservations strongly recommended. Call 703-367-7872 for reservations.

Sponsored content by Prince William County Historic Preservation Division

Traffic, school quality concerns common of those moving to Woodbridge

As Woodbridge continues to grow, planners are focused on easing traffic congestion and bringing new transportation options to the area.

Those considering moving to Woodbridge are families with elementary-school aged children, according to realtor Mark Worrilow, who has sold real estate in the region for nearly 20 years.

“I’m not getting questions about Metro expansion to Woodbridge, or if there is a ferry that can take people to work in D.C.,” said Worrilow.

The Realtor does field questions about what types of shopping are available, what are the quality of the public schools, and questions about how bad is the traffic congestion?

“My customers like to hear about Stonebridge and all of the new stores coming there,” he said.

Worrilow points curious parents to the county school’s website for educational information and test scores. As for traffic: While some people don’t want to make the drive from Woodbridge to Washington, D.C. every day, they quickly learn that they can have more house for the same money than if they moved to Burke in Fairfax County to the north, said Worrilow.

Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank Principi has long labored under the term “New Woodbridge,” and has touted new growth in the area — to include Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center — as well as the widening of traffic-clogged Route 1. He’s also been an outspoken proponent of a Metrorail extension to Woodbridge, and for a water taxi service from Occoquan to Alexandria and Washington.

Principi at 7 p.m. Thursday will hold a public meeting focused on transportation, called “Get Woodbridge Moving.”

From Principi’s website:

Let’s talk traffic! Traffic congestion in this region has been ranked worst in the country, negatively impacting the environment, and costing area families and businesses time, money and productivity. Come hear about the state of our transportation system and the need to link land use with transportation policies. We’ll also explore:

What is the relationship between land use policy decisions and traffic congestion?

Are we ready for Metrorail? Expanded bus and rail service? Bus rapid transit? Fast ferry?

How you can help the county make the right policy and budget choices?

Residents who attend the town hall are asked to weigh in and comment. Representatives from the Prince William County Planning Office, the Potomac, and Rappahannock Transportation Commission, and VDOT are scheduled to attend.

The meeting will be held at Homewood Suites by Hilton, located at 2650 Neabsco Commons Place in Woodbridge.

People are excited to learn about the widening of Route 1, and like the idea of using Virginia Railway Express to get to their place of employment added Worrilow.

Northern Virginia Family Service awarded grant to care for uninsured

Press release:

The Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) has awarded $40,348 to Northern Virginia Family Service for a medication assistance caseworker (MAC) at the Greater Prince William Community Health Center to help obtain prescription medicines for their sick, uninsured patients.

The grant is a portion of $1.6 million awarded to 37 organizations throughout Virginia as part of VHCF’s RxRelief Virginia (RxRVa) initiative, which was expanded in 2016 with an increase in state funds. It now funds 51 MACs in 80 of Virginia’s 134 localities.


The Virginia Health Care Foundation is a non-profit public/private partnership whose mission is to increase access to primary health care for uninsured and medically underserved Virginians. The Foundation was initiated by the General Assembly and its Joint Commission on Health Care in 1992. Since its inception, it has funded 380 community-based projects across the Commonwealth, and its programs and partnerships have touched the lives of more than 600,000 uninsured Virginians. For more information about VHCF and its programs, visit www.vhcf.org or call (804) 828-5804.

Freedom High School to host All-County Choir

Press release: 

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Hundreds of choral students from middle and high schools across the county are practicing for the upcoming All-County Chorus event on October 28 and 29 in the auditorium of Freedom High School. The event will challenge the singers as they rehearse new music with guest conductors.

The Middle School Men’s Choir will perform at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 28. Performances will continue on Saturday, October 29 at 2 p.m. with the High School Treble Choir, followed by the Senior Mixed Choir. The Middle School Women’s Choir will perform at 4:30 p.m. All performances are free and open to the public.

The All-County Chorus represents the best of the PWCS choral music programs. At the middle school level, chorus teachers audition their own students and select top vocalists to represent their schools. High school students participate in a Divisionwide audition process just weeks after the school year begins.

This year’s conductors bring a wealth of choral music experience to the performances. Patrick Vaughn, Choral Director for Annandale High School (Fairfax) will conduct the Senior Mixed Choir. Joseph Eveler, Choral Director for Stafford High School (Stafford)  will conduct the Senior Treble Choir, and Mary Ann Casey, retired PWCS Choral Director for Saunders Middle School, will conduct the Middle School Men’s and Women’s choirs. 

Lights on flash after power flickers in Woodbridge

Signal lights are flashing at intersections in Woodbridge following a brief p;ower outage.

Signals at the intersections of Route 1 and Dale Boulevard, Route 1 and Neabsco Mills Road, and Route 1 and American Eagle Boulevard are reported to be flashing.

Police have been notified about the flashing lights. They are working to restore the signal lights to normal operation.

The Eastern District Police Station on Donald Curtis Drive also briefly lost power, according to a police spokesman.

Dominion Virginia Power, which serves the area, reports no current outages in Woodbridge as of 3:45 p.m. 

Keep Prince William Beautiful dedicates Serenity Park

Press release: 

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Keep Prince William Beautiful dedicated Serenity Park, the culmination of a months-long beautification project at the Prince William Adult Day Healthcare Center in Woodbridge, on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. The park was dedicated to families dealing with Alzheimer’s and other degenerative neurological diseases, as cared for by Adult Day Healthcare.

“Keep Prince William Beautiful inspires collective action to keep our communities vibrant and green, and to bring out the beauty and serenity of the Earth,” said KPWB Executive Director Jason Parsons, “The Serenity Park project is very special because it is a reminder of the important obligation we all have to care for our planet and for each other.”

Keep Prince William Beautiful partnered with Lake Ridge Nursery, Mom’s Organic Market, the Area Agency on Aging, The North Face at Potomac Mills, the National Capital Area Alzheimer’s Association, and the Dale City Top Ladies of Distinction to plant new trees, bushes, flowers and install a bench to create Serenity Park.

Caregivers, family members of those inflicted with Alzheimer’s, members of the Board of County Supervisors, community leaders, and others attended the dedication ceremony.

To volunteer with Keep Prince William Beautiful or to learn more, visit kpwb.org.

Police investigate three reports of shots fired at houses

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — Prince William police are investigating a series of shots fired at houses over the weekend. 

Two of the reports are about shots fired at homes in Dale City, specifically in the Hillendale and Kerrydale sections of town. 

Press release: 

Shooting into a Residential DwellingOn October 15 at 9:56PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 13400 block of Keytone Rd in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a shots fired call. The caller reported to police that multiple gunshots were heard in the above area. A silver sedan was also observed leaving the area at a high rate of speed. Officers arrived and located several shell casings in the roadway. During a check of the homes, one residence was determined to have been struck. No one was home at the time of the incident and no injuries or other property damage were reported.

Shooting into a Residential DwellingOn October 15 at 2:38PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 4100 block of Hoffman Dr in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a shots fired call. Multiple callers, including the homeowner, reported to police that gunshots were fired into the residence by a passenger in a dark-colored sedan, possibly a Toyota. While speaking to the residents of the home, a strong odor of marijuana was detected. During the investigation, the residents of the home became uncooperative with investigators. No injuries or other property damage were reported. The investigation into the suspected drug activity at the home is ongoing. This incident does not appear to be random.

The third report is from an incident that took place in Dumfries.

Shooting into a Residential Dwelling On October 15 at 1:44AM, officers responded to the area of Milroy Dr and Brockenbrough Dr in Dumfries (22026) to investigate a shots fired call. The caller reported to police that three unknown men were observed in the above area. At one point, gunshots were heard and the men fled. When officers arrived on Milroy Dr, they determined two unoccupied vehicles were struck, in addition to, a residence. No injuries or other property damage were reported. Officers further determined that a party was going on at a residence on Milroy Dr. No descriptions of the men initially seen were provided to police. A police K-9 was searched for the men who were not located. This incident does not appear to be random.

Anyone with information about these incidents is encouraged to contact Prince William County Crime Solvers.

Walmart robber grabs cash bag, flees Manassas Mall area

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — A worker inside a Walmart at Manassas Mall was robbed over the weekend. 

Prince William police press release: 

Strong Armed Robbery – On October 15 at 2:28PM, officers responded to the Wal-Mart in Manassas Mall located at 8386 Sudley Rd in Manassas (20109) to investigate a robbery. An employee of the business reported to police that she was walking with a cash bag to another area of the store when an unknown man approached and forcibly grabbed the bag from her before fleeing from the business on foot. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 searched for the suspect who was not located.

Suspect Description:

Black male, between 30 & 40 years of age, 6’0”, 180lbs with a medium build, dark complexion, short black hair, and a full beard with mustache

Last seen wearing a black & white sweater and camouflage pants

Lake Ridge homeowners concerned about proposed new elementary school next to Chinn Park

Prince William County Schools (PWCS) intends to build a new elementary school adjacent to Chinn Park and the residential communities near Prince William Parkway and Trowbridge Drive. To date, the only information provided by PWCS is a one-page planning summary that does not fully explain what could happen when PWCS purchases only 14.9 acres of a 21.7-acre property, just enough land to squeeze in a new school and leave the rest available for additional private development. The community is concerned.

We have met with PWCS and they have provided only verbal assurances on some of the community’s concerns. Many questions remain about potential stormwater impacts, noise impacts, and traffic congestion issues. Of special alarm is the extremely small buffer shown between the proposed school and both the surrounding community and Chinn Park.

We appreciate PWCS looking at ways to increase the buffer, but it took the Prince William Conservation Alliance to point out that a required emergency access road would decrease the effectiveness of the buffer. We hope this was just a PWCS oversight, but it feels we are only being told what we want to hear in order to allow things to move forward. PWCS could very well purchase this property and ignore any well-intentioned verbal promises in the future claiming “unforeseen circumstances.”  PWCS needs to know what they are working with before making any promises and they should be comfortable enough to document them. 

Another disappointment in all this, the Prince William County School Board. They are justifiably trying to find a new site, but appear to be letting their desperation override the community’s greater needs. It still has not been explained why the property at Gar-Field High School was rejected. This site makes much more sense since it is already owned by PWCS and is within the area where school overcrowding is a problem.

We need PWSC and the school board leaders to look beyond doing the minimum. They need to do what is right for the overall community.  An investment needs to be made to validate the worthiness of the proposed site and allow PWCS to stand behind promises.  Only then could the community consent to a school.  The new Colgan High School is proof that PWCS has the means and the will to do just this. We want the same here.

Alumni Weekend events at Mason Sci-Tech campus canceled

Students at George Mason University’s Science and Technology campus near Manassas missed out on special Alumni Weekend events.

The university scheduled two events for the Manassas campus for Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016:

The Science Café with Dr. Barney Bishop talking about reptiles from 9:30 – 11:00 am in the Verizon Auditorium.

The Live Band “Ashlend,” scheduled from 5:00 – 7:00 pm in Beacon Hall Parking Lot along with the Food Trucks and local restaurants participation during the live concert.

But both were abruptly canceled. The school notified students by an email received by Potomac Local at 9:24 a.m. the day of the events.

“The decision was made on Wednesday as we had not gotten internal approval for the band to play since their insurance coverage was not channeled through the approval process in time to go forward,” stated campus spokeswoman Molly Grove in an email.

Both events are postponed until spring.

The band Ashlend, of Fairfax, in a post to their Facebook page stated about the postponement:

“A lot of complications culminating in a postponement.”

The two canceled events at the Science and Technology Campus were two of multiple events held at the University for Alumni Weekend. The majority of the events were held at the school’s main campus in Fairfax City.

“Normally this would attract our current student population, however, we wanted to have an open campus event to be family friendly as the music would be appropriate for people of all ages. With this past weekend being Alumni Weekend then we were trying to engage more of our 10,000 Mason Alum and their families that live in the greater Prince William area to our SciTech campus,” added Grove.

Junction B&B in Manassas is expanding

After seven years in business, and having to turn away hundreds of tourists due to space limitations, the Manassas Junction B&B is expanding.

Owners Mark and Ann Hempen plan to rehabilitate an existing outbuilding on the property into a 450-square-foot cottage suite for the Bed and Breakfast. The addition will provide a third “room” for guests; currently, two rooms are available for rent in the 2,700 square foot main house. As a long time residents of the City, the Hempen’s hope the addition will encourage additional tourists “to enjoy and be enriched by the history, culture, and friendliness of Manassas.”

Located in Historic Downtown Manassas, the Queen Anne, Eastlake style Victorian home was originally built in 1902. Completely restored, and furnished with period antiques, this cozy bed and breakfast is the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing get-a-way weekend or to accommodate out of town guests.

The owners were able to take advantage of the City’s Arts and Tourism incentive program to help offset the costs of the expansion.

For additional information on the Arts and Tourism incentive program, visit:

For additional information on Manassas Junction B&B, visit:

This promoted post is written and paid for by the City of Manassas Department of Economic Development.

Garden hoes, shoes pulled from Occoquan River

Press release: 

“Make a Difference,”that is what the 138 dedicated volunteers did at the FOTO River cleanup on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at five sites along the Occoquan Watershed.

Together with Boy Scout Troop 1369, Girl Scout Troops 718 and 1054, Southside Little League, students from Woodbridge HS’s JROTC, South County and Colgan High schools and members of the Rotary & Optimist Clubs, American Water Company and Sev1Tec and many families with their children, they removed 120 large bags of debris and 28 bags of recycled material. Foam and plastic pieces, garden hoses, lumbar, a baby carriage, shoes, balls, fishing gear, cigarette lighters, and lots of glass and plastic bottles and beverage cans were removed and properly disposed of.

At the Lake Ridge Park and Marina, Helga Perrin gave a demonstration of FOTO’s water conservation program.

FOTO’s commitment to a trash-free Occoquan river and reservoir is an ongoing effort which we could not achieve without the support of our sponsors and volunteers. Please see our webpage www.friendsoftheOccoquan.org.


Man shot in leg shows up at Woodbridge hospital

A man showed at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center in Woodbridge shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday suffering from a gunshot in the leg. 

Police were called to the hospital to interview the man and found inconsistencies in the victim’s story, according to a police statement released today: 

Malicious Wounding – On October 13 at 4:07PM, officers responded to investigate a shooting which was reported to have occurred in the area of Georgetown Rd and Wren Ct in Woodbridge (22191). The investigation revealed that the victim, a 38-year-old man of Woodbridge, was walking in the above area when he heard gunshots. The victim continued walking when he realized he had been shot in the leg.

The victim ran to a nearby home of an acquaintance who then drove him to an area hospital where police were contacted. The victim’s injury was non-life threatening.

Detectives noted some inconsistences in the victim’s story. The victim did not see the shooter and no witnesses immediately came forward.

This incident does not appear to be random.


‘Death Trail’ is prime haunted walk in Prince William County

Calling all horror fans: if you’re in for a good scare, then The 2016 Death Trail “Asylum” is the next on your Halloween to-do.

The Death Trail is an attraction just outside Dumfries that incorporates a good scare for horror fanatics, but the last five minutes of the trail is the real hook of the entire attraction.

As walkers near the end of the horror, there’s a special religious twist.

“If it wasn’t for the final five minutes of the trail, we wouldn’t do the rest of it because it’s a tremendous amount of work, it takes a lot of manpower and a lot of energy to do this. But we feel like, our goal is to reach people that normally wouldn’t go to a church and hear a message,” said Executive Pastor Brad Lewis, of Montclair Tabernacle Church Church of God.

While spooky Halloween haunted walks are a staple on farms in Fairfax, Fauquier, and Spotsylvania counties, The Death Trail has emerged as the only haunted trail in Prince William County.

Even though the trail is connected to a church, the attraction is marketed as a secular attraction, not a religious event. “We try and market it as a secular style event, so we try to rival things like Busch Gardens, Kings Dominion, other prominent — total secular haunts,” said Lewis.

“We’ve been surprised. We knew we didn’t have a lot of competition, but we basically geared it to a secular audience and not a church audience. And over the years since we started in 2009, we have just been outstanded at the response from people,” said Lewis.

In fact, the trail attracts people all the way from Baltimore, Richmond, and even the Shenandoah Valley. Lewis notes that whenever most first visit the property, they don’t really understand how it’s connected to a church. In fact, he commonly hears the question ““Hey, how does a church allow you guys to do a haunted trail on their property?”

The Death Trail website describes itself as “a balance between a haunted trail and a house of death.” Despite its name, the Death Trail is indeed safe, well equipped with security personnel and fire/insurance codes. Depending on individual pace, the trail takes about 20 to 30 minutes.

Those who dare to embark on the trail can encounter an array of a nightmare. “They encounter all kinds of things. Demented clowns, a cannibalistic family, a crazy toy store terror is what we’re calling it this year where the toys literally come to life.”

This year’s theme is the Asylum. Tickets for the attraction are $15 per person, but visitors may upgrade to $30 to travel to the front of the line, receive 25% off all merchandise, and access the Death Trail’s special escape room.

The trail is the deep, dark, spooky woods next to Montclair Tabernacle Church of God, located at 16120 Dumfries Road.

Chevy Impala burns outside Costco in Woodbridge

The engine compartment of a Chevrolet Impala parked outside a Costco caught fire. 

Fire and rescue crews were called to the big-box store at Potomac Mills mall about 12:15 p.m. 

Initial reports indicate the front of the car had caught fire, and no one was inside the car when fire crews arrived. 

Crews worked to douse the blaze as soon as they arrived. 

Tests reveal Williams Ordinary in Dumfries not as old as we thought

072914-First-on-plOne of Prince William County’s most historic buildings is not as old as we thought.

Williams Ordinary is one of the oldest structures in the county dating back to when Dumfries was still a bustling port town on the Potomac River. Today, the building on Route 1 south (Main Street in Dumfries)  is owned by the county government and used as offices for its Historic Preservation Division.

Williams Ordinary was thought to have been built as a tavern in 1760. But new tests revealed the building is newer, dating back to just before George Washington took the Office of the Presidency, to 1786 – 87.

Here’s more from an email to Potomac Local from preservationist Sarah Nucci, who works for Prince William County Government.

“… this past year we did dendrochronology to try and get a scientific date on the structure. [The] Common thought was that it was built in 1760, as a tavern. More research turned up that the lots were part of a store that was the Glassford, Gordon, Monteath, and Company Store leading up to the Revolutionary War. The main owner (John Glassford and Company) sells the store off when the colonies declare independence – in order to prevent his property being seized). The property is used as at least one other store, but over time Dumfries declines as a town.

In 1786 there is a newspaper article that William McDaniels’ Tavern burns to the ground, and a few months later there is a mention that he has found a new building and retrofitted it as a tavern and can once again receive customers.

At the same time, William Carr’s estate – buys property and begins to sink money into the property. The records from the estate outline the new kitchen, Esme Smocks’ brick house/tavern, stables, lumber yard and more. This is also the same property that housed the Tebbs-Mundy house (these same 4 lots that the Ordinary now stands on).

It was pretty confusing to try and determine what was happening with the house – but the Dendrochronology came back with the end of 1786/begining of 1787 as the dates for the timbers used in the building. The building is large, though, so it wasn’t likely to be completed in that small time frame of a year – likely about three years or so.

In the end, it looks like this building was constructed as a tavern for Esme Smock (rented by Smock from William Carr’s heirs). There were various other small support buildings on the property; those do not still stand – although archaeology has helped with a better understanding where they were.

The dendrochronology process looks at the wood used in the building to determine the date of the structure. The testing was completed by the Oxford Tree Ring Laboratory in Baltimore


Dendro is pretty cheap (about $2,000 range.) They take core samples of timbers used in the framing of the building (this includes floor supports and rafters in brick buildings like the WO) The use pieces that were hewn from logs and they need about 50-100 years of growth at a minimum and one corner should show where the bark was located on the log.

They take the samples, polish, and then compare them to a master database (climate, rainfall, etc affect each region’s ring growth, as well as the type of tree it is). Our master database lines us up to 1786/7 for the harvesting of those trees. This is pretty hard science – so no guessing, actually provable date.

Michael Worthington, from the Oxford Tree Ring Laboratory in Baltimore did our dendrochronology, paid for by our budget. He had the initial dates back to us within a month or two, but the final report tends to take a bit longer.

So, why did we think so for long that Williams Ordinary dated back to 1760?


So the Tebbs Mundy house had a fireback (cast iron piece in the back of a fireplace) had a 1762 date on it. When it was destroyed, it already had been recorded as having that 1760’s date. The Williams Ordinary is identical to the Tebbs-Mundy House. Very typical construction for the 1760s in terms of form, but the all header bond on the front of both buildings was strange. The few other buildings in the region with all header bond on the front were also 1760’s.

In the end – the important thing to know is that firebacks can be moved (they don’t burn up, so they can go from house to house if needed/wanted). And the Carr Estate (and Tebbs-Mundy) liked older style buildings.

No matter what the age of a house, any home can have problems. On Monday, it was found that a toilet inside the building had been leaking. The leak caused damage to drywall and left an employee’s desk wet.

A repair order was submitted to fix the leak. In the meantime, it prompted some cool photos that give us a good look inside the walls of Williams Ordinary.





Source of manhole steam at Olive Garden traced to Wendys

Crews from the Prince William Service Authority were called to investigate steam coming from a manhole cover near an Olive Garden restaurant.

Someone at Wendy’s fast food restaurant poured extremely hot water into their drains, said Service Authority spokesman Kipp Hanley.

That caused steam to come out of a manhole cover near the Olive Garden, located across the street from the Wendy’s near Potomac Mills mall. A fire and rescue crew was called to the Olive Garden to investigate a report a smoke from the manhole at about 2 p.m.

“The substance coming from the manhole at Olive Garden was steam, not smoke…” stated Hanley in an email to Potomac Local.

Service Authority crews also investigated an unrelated call that came in about the same time as the steam in the manhole, at the Silver Diner restaurant near Olive Garden.

“The [Service Authority] investigated and determined it was a grease trap issue that is the responsibility of the business owner to address,” stated Hanley in an email.

Five arrested, charged in Dumfries motel robbery

From Prince William police: 

Strong Armed Robbery *ARREST – On October 12, members of the U.S. Marshals’ Fugitive Task Force and detectives from the Prince William County Police Street Crimes Unit located and arrested the three suspects wanted in connection to the October 9 robbery which occurred at the Super 8 Hotel located at 17416 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Dumfries. Suspects FLORES and BARBOSA-PALACIOS were arrested in the area of Hoadly Rd and Dumfries Rd while the BLANCO suspect was located in the Springfield area of Fairfax County. Detectives from the Robbery Unit were also able to identify the fourth suspect involved in this incident as Clifford Rafael MONTIEL. Detectives obtained warrants for the arrest of this suspect who turned himself into police on October 13 without incident.

Arrested on October 12 & 13:

Vicky Samantha FLORES, 24, of no fixed address

Carlos Armando BLANCO, 31, of the 9400 block of Cherwek Dr in Lorton

Cesar Octavio BARBOSA-PALACIOS, 28, of the 17200 block of Larkin Dr in Dumfries

Clifford Rafael MONTIEL, 27, of the 16900 block of Monmouth Ct in Dumfries

All suspects were charged with 3 counts of robbery each

Court Date: December 19, 2016 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

Flores was arrested earlier this year in connection to a robbery at a Wells Fargo Bank in Dale City.









Planning Commission to hear Rural Crescent mosque proposal

A plan to build a mosque just inside Prince William County’s Rural Crescent near Bristow will be heard by the county’s Planning Commission. 

From Prince William County Brenstville District Supervisor Jeanine Lawson: 

The Special Use Permit for the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) land use proposal is scheduled to be heard by the Prince William County Planning Commission (see below).  The commission is a panel of eight citizens appointed by the Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) to advise the Board on land use and development issues. All land use applications are first deliberated by the commission who will make a formal recommendation to the BOCS.  The application is then scheduled for a public hearing before the Board of County Supervisors for the final decision.  

Planning Commission Public Hearing

November 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Board Chambers 

James J. McCoart Administration Building

1 County Complex Court, Prince William, VA 22192

You may submit email comments to the planning commissioners (email addresses below) in advance and/or attend to speak at the public hearing.  Citizens are allowed 3 minutes each. In addition to the hearing, the public can submit email comments at any time to be added to the case file:


The case name/number is:  PLN2014-00313

The planning staff report will be available online October 26, 2016. At that time, I will forward the link. If you would like additional information on this application, you may contact Planning Manager Steve Donohoe. Phone: (703)792-5282 orsdonohoe@pwcgov.org

This marks the first time the proposal will have a public hearing. Employees of the Prince William County Planning Office have been working with developers from the All Dulles Area Muslim Society for more than two years — an unusually long amount of time, according to Steven Donohoe at the planning office.

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