Centreville, formally known as Newgate in the 1760’s, was a town established with a pattern of mixed residential and commercial use. Frame houses, several taverns, stores, blacksmith shops, tanyards, and a school house were constructed on the 1/2 acre town lots. In 1792, the landowner petitioners reasoned that the name Centreville would be appropriate for a town on the turnpike road leading from the Northwest Territory and centrally located to Alexandria, Colchester, Dumfries, Middleburg, Georgetown, Warrenton, and Leesburg. Centreville acquired its name due to its central location.
During the Civil War, several battles were fought nearby including the First and Second Battle of Manassas, and the Battle of Chantilly. The town served as a supply depot for both military sides at various points in the war, and was famous for being the site of the construction of the first railroad ever built exclusively for military use.
Today Centreville has become a popular suburb of Washington, D.C. and part of Fairfax County. Most growth occurred in the late 1990s and early 2000s due the influx of technology companies. As of the 2010 census, there is a population of 71,135 people and 25,516 households
Living in Centreville
Centreville is part of Fairfax County which is known for a variety of festivities to cater all tastes. Fairfax hosts recurring monthly and yearly events that encourage its citizens to enjoy the city and the people around them. These cultural activities include:
- Fairfax Farmers’ Market
- Chocolate Lover’s Festival
- Fairfax Civil War Day
- Spotlight on the Arts Festival
- National Trains Day
- Independence Day Celebration
- Irish Festival
- Fall for the Book Festival
- Festival of Lights & Carols
- and so many more!
In addition to Fairfax County festivals, Centreville residents enjoy the large amount of local parks and golf courses in the area. The Fairfax county has many protected areas, a total of over 390 county parks on more than 23,000 acres. The county also maintains many miles of bike trails running through county parks, adjacent to roads and through towns such as Vienna and Herndon. The Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Trail runs through Fairfax County, offering one of the region’s best, and safest, routes for recreational walking and biking. In addition, nine miles of the Mount Vernon Trail runs through Fairfax County along the Potomac River.
For additional activities within Centreville, please visit the Virginia is For Lovers – Centreville Page
Students in Centreville attend Fairfax County Public Schools, which have been recognized for high on-time graduation rates, student diversity, and merit scholarship recipients.
Fairfax is also home to great colleges and universities. George Mason University, the largest university in the Commonwealth of Virginia, is located just to the south of the Fairfax city limits. Northern Virginia Community College, the second largest multi-campus community college in the United States, and the largest educational institution in Virginia, has its Annandale Campus immediately to the east of the city limits.
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To learn more about Centreville and Fairfax County, please visit their county page at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov