7. Brown’s Battery Site.
Background. As of December 2016 the proposal to extend the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) line to Haymarket has been abandoned. However, VRE has announced plans to establish a railroad maintenance yard in the vicinity of the presumed site of Brown's Battery which is on property owned by Prince William County (PWC). Both BRCWRT and the PW County Historic Resources office have proposed incorporation of the battery site into Bristoe Battlefield Park. Although the proposal has been viewed favorably by the PWC Planning Staff, no action has been taken at the political level to do so, possibly due to VRE's interest in the property.
Current Status. Preliminary plans for the VRE railroad maintenance yard, as published in the local media, may encroach on the presumed battery site.
Virginia Railway Express (VRE) – Jeanine Lawson, Alternate Member of VRE Operations Board
Northern Virginia Transportation Commission
Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission
Federal Rail Administration PWC Planning Staff
PWC Historical Commission
Work to further document and establish the location of Brown’s Battery site in order to present convincing evidence of historical value of the site, if and when it becomes necessary to do so.
Continue to monitor VRE's plans for the maintenance yard. The use of Federal funds for construction would trigger a National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 review of impacts to cultural resources, as well as a National Transportation Act section 4(f) review to avoid the use or occupancy of historic sites.
Continue to press for incorporation of the PWC property inclusive of the presumed Brown’s Battery location into Bristoe Battlefield Park