Haymarket is a small town located in the foothills of Bull Run Mountain with a population of around 1500 people.
It was originally the hunting grounds of the western Iroquois nations who had many foot paths through this area until they moved west of the Blue Ridge Mountains around 1722. The town of Haymarket was formally founded here in 1799 on the land of William Skinker. He laid out the town with 13 streets and 140 lots. During the Civil War, Union troops invaded Haymarket and set the entire town on fire. Only four buildings survived: three small houses and St. Paul’s Church. Eventually the town was rebuilt and from 1882 to today, most of the buildings of central Haymarket have remained the same.
Today, Haymarket remains a quaint small town with a main street, local shops and restaurants, and an active community life. Every fall, Haymarket Day is a highlight for area residents who come from near and far to enjoy the local fall festival. Haymarket also has a Christmas and Holiday Celebration each winter which is enjoyed by local residents.
On the outskirts of Haymarket is the areas premier gated country club community, Dominion Valley Country Club. This very active community sits in a location that Disney originally wanted to use in 1994 to build Disney’s America Theme Park, but local residents fought this plan and that land was developed into Dominion Valley Country Club and Camp Snyder, a local Boy Scout Camp. Some of the other neighborhoods in Haymarket include Piedmont South, Villages of Piedmont, Southmarket, Westmarket, Market Square, Evergreen Estates, and Bull Run Mountain Estates. There are all types of homes in this area including condos, townhouses, detached homes, and estate homes. Haymarket is in a fabulous location with easy access to I66, Rt 15, and Rt 29 so commuting towards DC is a good option from here. Many people here also enjoy heading north or west to visit rural horse country.