Evergreen, in Prince William County, VA, is the manor house of a former plantation of over 1000 acres. The plantation belonged to a family well known in the county, a family known for three brothers and a son who joined the Confederate Army in the Civil War. It is now vacant. It is on the National Register for Historic Places. A community group is trying to save the building.
The plantation relates to the Underground Railroad because African American bondsmen escaped. In the 1850s Edmund Berkeley, from a distinguished Virginia family, was the plantation owner of Evergreen. According to the slave censuses of 1850 and 1860, Berkeley controlled his own bondsmen and those dower bondsmen from his wife. In 1850 he had 33 enslaved people. There are accounts of at least three escapes of Nelson, Bob, and White Bishop. The source for Bob and Nelson's escapes is Edmund Berkeley's 1852 Evergreen Farm Day Book, and for White Bishop's escape, it is the Prince William Court Minute and Order Book.
Visitor Information: Currently not open to public.
Location: 15900 Berkeley Drive, Haymarket, Prince William, 220169
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: Evergreen Country Club
Location Type: Site
People/Organizations Associated with the site: Edmund Berkeley (Owner)
Freedom Seekers: Bob (VA, c. 1850),Nelson (VA, c. 1850),White Bishop