Level Green

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Level Green


circa 1859 - 1905


Eighteen enslaved people lived at Level Green just prior to the Civil War including Aunt Emily and her six small children, and Aunt Aggie and her adult children, sons Mahlon and Arthur, daughters Mariah and Martha, and six other adult children. After the war, Mahlon would take the surname Butler and marry Ophelia. His sister Mariah married Fred Brown and Martha married Alexander Brown. Mahlon voted in 1867 and 1869 and purchased a small farm near Level Green.


Level Green, Witness to War: The Civil War in Northeast Virginia. Lee Minnis, 2006. Fairfax County Public Library

In the following sources, descriptions of the lives of the enslaved were written by their enslavers.

“Then We Came to California: A Biography of Sarah Summers Clarke.” Ralph Milliken in Fairfax Historical Society Yearbook, Volume 8 (1962-63). Virginia Room, Fairfax County Public Library

Sarah Summers Clarke (1844-1939) wrote her biography, “Then We Came To California” with the help of Ralph Leroy Milliken in 1938. She was the oldest sister of George Rufus Summers (1856- 1928). In the book, she details growing up in Virginia and their life during the Civil War. The family lived in Level Green and enslaved several people.

Memories of the Civil War as Told to Mrs. Belle V. Holden to One of Her Daughters. Winnie V. Holden. Unpublished manuscript. Virginia Room, Fairfax County Public Library.

Site Location Item Type Metadata


Level Green Lane, Centreville Va, 20122



Additional Notes

A cemetery is on the site.



“Level Green,” Fairfax County African American History Inventory, accessed April 19, 2024, https://fairfaxaahi.centerformasonslegacies.com/items/show/185.