The town of Centreville was founded in 1792 and is one of the oldest communities in Fairfax County. A number of historic homes, churches, and earthworks remain in the area. Many sites are concentrated within the Centreville Historic District, but there are places of historic interest throughout the area.
In the Civil War, several battles were fought nearby including the First Battle of Manassas, the Second Battle of Manassas, and the Battle of Chantilly. During the winter of 1861 and early 1862 the town was significantly fortified by the Confederacy and served as a supply depot for both sides at various points in the war, and is famous for being the site of the construction of the first railroad ever built exclusively for military use, the Centreville Military Railroad. Centreville was of significant strategic value due to its proximity to several important roads, while its position atop a high ridge provided a commanding view of the surrounding area. The town was frequently associated with Confederate Colonel John S. Mosby, whose partisan rangers used its hillsides and farms as a base of operations, leading to the sobriquet of Mosby's Confederacy.
In more recent times, Centreville has become a suburb of Washington, D.C. Most growth occurred in the late 1990's and early 2000's due the influx of technology companies in nearby Loudoun County. The population of Centreville has more than doubled over the last 20 years growing from 26,585 in 1990 to 71,135 in 2010.
Quality of Life:
This historic town is a close-knit suburban community with a great location. Centreville is a typical American suburb, with many different styles of homes. Residences are available to fit most budgets, ranging from the low $100,000’s to over $1 Million. Shopping and services are plentiful both within the historic district and nearby strip malls. The Centreville Historic District has some great sights as does nearby Bull Run Regional Park. There is a fabulous facility at Westfields, with the Westfields Marriott Conference Center and the Westfields Golf Course. The world class Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy aviation museum is a short drive north on Rt 28. A local newspaper, The CentreView, reports local events and happenings in the community and surrounding communities such as Clifton. Centreville was recently named the 30th best community to live in, in the country, by ‘Money’ magazine. Just 20 minutes to Vienna Metro, Centreville is close enough to Washington D.C. to take advantage of its benefits. Convenient access to Route 66 provides for a quick getaway to points west on the weekends.
Centreville is served by three major roads. U.S. Route 29 (Lee Highway,) crosses Centreville east and west and is the main artery through the town. Virginia Route 28 runs north and south through Centreville. Interstate 66 is the closest major highway. Fairfax Connector buses connect the community to the Metrorail system.
Washington-Dulles International Airport: < 15 miles.
Ronald Reagan National Airport: < 30 miles.
Baltimore-Washington International Airport: < 60 miles.