Caring for Historic Artifacts and Materials

The Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism is the proud caretaker for our community's treasured artifacts and historic materials. Staff collects preserves exhibits and interprets these items on behalf of Prince William County. Our efforts support the County's goals to preserve our rich historic resources.

Stewardship of artifacts and historic materials is a crucial element of our historic preservation efforts. It entails great trust in staff to properly catalog identify preserve and display these items. These items help a community understand its cultural past by viewing the items valued by the citizens that came before us. Artifacts and materials give us a glimpse of their daily lives by seeing the things they used.  You can view the furnishing and interpretive plans for the Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre for the log farmhousecourthouse, church and schoolhouse

To ensure the greatest care and maintenance of these items, staff follows the guidelines and procedures created by the American Association of Museums. The County's preservationist is responsible for the daily care and security of the Prince William County Historic Artifact and Archaeological Collections. In addition, the preservationist oversees exhibits storage transportation and conservation of these precious items. The preservation will plan for future needs and growth as our property and programs expand. Our goal is to furnish our historic sites with artifacts and materials to help illustrate the stories and importance of each property. Through displays, educational talks and interpretation, our citizens will have a greater appreciation and understanding of our community's important role in the development of our nation.

You can view our Collections Management Policy here or you can review a copy at any of our Historic Sites or the main office at 17674 Main Street in Dumfries. You may also learn more by calling our staff at 703-792-4754.