In 1978, we purchased our first new home in the Washington DC suburb of Centreville, VA for $76,000. I was a new home sales person working for a home builder, so I was able to buy a brand new single family home with the company discount and since I was a veteran was able to purchase it with no money down…what a deal!
Today, Centreville is a popular DC suburb where everyone wants to live. Back when I bought my home, it was an exit on I-66, with a McDonalds, a shopping center and right next door to the Civil War Battlefields of Manassas.
The community we lived in was called Newgate Forest and it was actually a former Civil War encampment for the Confederate Forces. When they developed the site many Civil War artifacts were unearthed, cannon balls, buttons, bullets, muskets, you name it. Can you imagine today building a subdivision on a Civil War battlefield…I don’t think so!