Copied from Prince William County Historical Properties website
Its Black History Month, and I have a treat for you! Right in my own backyard is the preservation of history! I am not related to the Barnes family, but I truly enjoy the history associated with this property. The Barnes House was built in 1797 for a wealthy local family and eventually rented to Gavin and Susannah Adams along with 34 acres of land surrounding the property. The Adams used the Barnes House as a tavern and place to sleep for travelers passing through the area. The house and land were purchased by Moses and Nancy Copen in 1834, who owned seven slaves including Jane Barnes and her three children (included Eppa Barnes).
It’s been a long time since I posted about this property. I periodically get an inquiry, so I decided to do an update. The property is located at the Montclair Community Library , in Dumfries, VA. Feel free to contact the library at 703-792-8740 for details.
February is Black History month. It’s a great time to provide an update on the Historic Barnes House – see initial post here.
The Barnes House, home of Eppa and Amanda (Lambert) Barnes, was built in 1797, and originally owned by Moses Copen, a slave owner at the time. Mr. Copen owned Eppa (born in 1852), his siblings and his mother (Jane). By the end of the Civil War, Eppa was freed and Mr. Copen had passed. After Mr. Copen’s death, his daughter Permilia Copen, gave the house to Jane (Eppa’s mother) along with seven acres. Eppa married Amanda “Mandy” Lambert in July 1875. Over the years they purchased approximately 160 acres of land, raised 11 children and expanded their home as their family expanded.