Manassas Stone House - The Red Flag

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Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC 3380-000723

Driving by the Stone House on the Manassas Battlefield I noticed the red flag was hoisted!  It is not out there all the time and when it is one must take advantage.

That means that the house is open to the public.  I am the public, so I went inside.

This house was occupied as a private residence as recently as the 1930's.  There were other outbuildings around it, many rented out as local side-of-the-road motel rooms.  The Stone House had a big front porch (since removed when restored) and was not very well kept.

The restoration made the inside essentially what it would have looked like during the Civil War.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fireplace, hearth and floor appear original.  The floor has quite a bounce to it.  Unable to enter the basement I was interested in having a look at its structure.  Too bad - I think it needs an inspection!

An interesting feature on the main level is the bar and grill!  In those days the words bar and grill meant something different than they do today.

The location would have been called a "public house."  The bar, called the "board," was where the bar keeper, also called "publican," would serve locals and travellers drinks.  The most popular would have been warm, kegged beer, but spirits were also served.

The "grill" is the protective surround.  Only the bar keeper would have the skeleton keys to the lock for the grill, and to the storage rooms in the basement.  No one else would have been trusted with the these keys.

The words "bar and grill" today have an entirely different meaning and it is interesting to see how language changes over time.

The Stone House was located right in the middle of the battlefield for First and Second Manassas, and was used as a hospital after both battles.

Privates Eugene P. Geer and Charles E. Brehm of the 5th New York Infantry were both wounded on 30 August 1862 while fighting in the Second Battle of Manassas to halt General James Longstreet’s counterattack.

These two men found their way to one small upstairs room at the Stone House to recover from their wounds. While there they carved letters into  the woodwork.  Their carvings are still visible today, and their images seen to the right.  The initials “E.P. Ge” and “Brehm Aug 30” will be forever etched and their histories visible in this historical monument. 

Charles Brehm recovered from his wounds and survived the war. Eugene Geer died on September 30, 1862 - he was only 17.

One day I hope to be allowed upstairs to photograph the original carvings.

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Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

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Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
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Well, see if you can arrange a tour of the upper level and give me a call Michael!

May 23, 2010 02:51 AM #23
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
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Jay: What  a precious piece of our history! Thank you for showing us something so special....I have not been to the places that are so treasured fromthe Civil War---something I plan on doing one day!

May 23, 2010 03:02 AM #24
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HA!  I shoot trap and skeet there regularly.  I love it.  I baked cookies for the range staff this a.m.  However, it's raining and I might not get there today.  We'll see.  It's early yet.  I'm watching the weather.

 

May 23, 2010 03:14 AM #25
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Jay Markanich
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Paula - you should!  I love it.  I go to many sites and historical buildings around here frequently.  I have other historical blogs on the AR site.

Lenn - the barometer on my weather station is pointing upward, so you may be in luck later!

May 23, 2010 03:21 AM #26
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I love the little slice of history you have provided here Jay...I am sure there was a Florence Nightengale who thoughtfully left the woodwork in tact....

May 23, 2010 03:46 AM #27
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I enjoyed your post.  Thanks for taking the time to share.

May 23, 2010 03:55 AM #28
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Jay ~ thanks for reviving some great memories.  I used to live in that area of Virginia and one of our favorite spots to visit with our  young (at the time) sons, was the Manassas Battlefield.  I love that area. 

May 23, 2010 04:10 AM #29
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Terry Chenier
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Jay,

Interesting history lesson; thanks for this post. Enjoy your weekend.

May 23, 2010 04:48 AM #30
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John Mulkey
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Jay - Thanks for the tour.  I love history and especially historic homes.  The stone house certainly has an interesting past, and it's nice that it's being preserved for the future.

May 23, 2010 06:22 AM #31
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Hi Jay -- I used to work in Manassas long time ago and was appalled when Disney wanted to build an amusement park near there, so glad that failed.

May 23, 2010 06:50 AM #32
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What a great way to spend a bit of unplanned time! The stories those walls could tell if they could talk! Thanks for sharing.

May 23, 2010 06:58 AM #33
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Awesome post, Jay! Thanks for sharing!

John Marion
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May 23, 2010 08:44 AM #34
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S&D - maybe not Florence, but Clara Barton, the founder of the Red Cross, may have been there and even inside that house.

Fran - you are welcome to stop by any time!

Earlene - we go often.  It has many picnic sites and walking trails.

Terry - I have other Civil War posts on the AR site too.

John - we should try to keep those things alive.  That is something that benefits everyone.

 

May 23, 2010 10:14 AM #36
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Jay Markanich
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Chris - Disney was going to improve the roads and bring in so much money our property taxes weren't going to be so high!  Instead of Disney, we got a million new homes, more traffic then Disney would bring in, no road improvement and higher taxes! I think a lot of people would prefer Disney!  But I'm not so sure...

Duane - I agree!  I was thinking the same thing about the walls!

Thanks John!  I have written others on the AR site as well.

Erica - it's those kinds of Localism posts that keep my name out there and my website alive!

May 23, 2010 10:25 AM #37
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Jay thanks for this very well written post about the house on the Manassas battlefield. This must have occurred during the second battle at Manassas since you mention General Longstreet. I am a history buff and thoroughly enjoy localism posts like this!

May 23, 2010 11:25 AM #38
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Jay Markanich
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Russell - it was the second battle.  Since that wasn't made clear (only the date was in the post) I added that to the blog.  Thanks for the head's up!

May 23, 2010 12:18 PM #39
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Jay, now you've helped me add one bit of history to the list of places that I want to explore.  So thanks!

May 23, 2010 01:05 PM #40
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Jay Markanich
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Well, c'mon out Pat!  There's plenty of room out here.

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Thanks for the history!  Hope you get a pass upstairs someday.

May 23, 2010 01:38 PM #42
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Jay Markanich
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Rob - if I happen to be there at the same time as a Park Ranger I bet he would let me up, accompanied by him!

May 23, 2010 11:05 PM #43
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