The Harrisons owned the property until 1942, at which time they sold the property to the U.S. Army, who established a base that employed over 2,000 military and civilian employees. The base became a busy training center for cryptoanalysts and radio operators, until 1974 when the mission of Vint Hill changed to research development and logistics for the Army and Department of Defense. The base was closed in 1997 as part of the Base Realignment and Closure actions.
The Vint Hill Economic Development Authority (EDA), established by the then governor of Virginia with the purpose of encouraging the transformation from army base to a housing and business community, purchased the land in 1999. The EDA's efforts to repurpose the Vint Hill property continued until 2014, when the land was purchased by a private development entity.
The Vint Hill Theatre
Vint Hill is a growing community, rich in history, located about halfway between Old Town Warrenton and Gainesville, in Virginia. The Vint Hill property was once a country estate owned by Andrew Low, who built his home at Vint Hill in 1860 and raised livestock on the property. In 1911 the property was sold to Mitchell Harrison, who built several buildings including the slate roof barn complex that remains today. Mr. Harrison enlarged Mr. Low's original home, using it as his Manor House.
Vintage Hill is a locally-run marketplace that offers a wide variety of high quality handmade goods and freshly grown produce. We are located on Lineweaver Road in Vint Hill, near the 1860s Barns Complex that is home to the Cold War Museum, Vint Hill Craft Winery, and Covert Cafe.
Within this space, we hope to fill the marketplace with a variety of unique and interesting products, while maintaining a vintage feel. Our goal is a shopping experience that is unique, fresh and exciting – we want our visitors to come back often and find new treasures with each visit.
We are thrilled to be part of this growing community, where our neighbors include the Fauquier Community Theatre, The Inn at Vint Hill, Lasley Centre for the Performing Arts, Old Bust Head Brewing Company, and Simply Pure Products.
The Vint Hill Barn in 2007