few pre-Civil War free African American homesteads exist for
archeological study, making the Robinson House unusual. According to
the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, federal agencies must
properly maintain historical and cultural resources located on lands
they manage or own. Therefore, the home's location within the Manassas
National Battlefield Park prevented it from being torn down.
The historic house was occupied by Robinson’s family
until the early 20th century, eventually becoming the victim
of arson in 1993. The family, which maintained a deep connection to
the site, was understandably disturbed by the home’s near-total
destruction. Sensitive to their feelings, park officials contacted the
Robinson family after the 1993 fire in order to reach a consensus about
what to do with the site.