County intends to sell barn to brewing company

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors recently announced its intent to sell the Thomasson Barn, at 9349 Hornbaker Rd., Manassas, in Innovation Park, and six acres of surrounding land to Silva Holdings Co. for $1 million.

The building was erected in 1929 by William T. Thomasson and used as a dairy barn. With the decline of the dairy industry in Prince William, operations eventually ceased, and the barn has been vacant for more than 50 years.

Silva Holdings will restore the historical landmark and incorporate it into an $8 million brewery, bistro and distribution facility operating under the name 2 Silos Brewing Co. The project is expected to create more than 100 jobs.

The project will be developed in two phases. The first phase involves the restoration of the barn to establish the brewery and beer garden, and is expected to be completed next year.

Once complete, the area will also include a tasting room, retail store, hops fields, garden, walking trails and bocce courts.

Sarah Henry is new director of Area Agency on Aging

Sarah Henry was recently named director of the Area Agency on Aging after a nationwide search.

Henry joined the county agency nine years ago as the recreation, socialization and activities specialist. She was promoted to fiscal and administrative manager. For the past year, she has been the acting director, responsible for the agency’s $5.5 million annual budget and 35 employees.

Claudia Morales is named to lead Youth Orchestras

The board of directors of the Youth Orchestras of Prince William recently announced that Claudia Morales has been appointed executive director.

Morales comes to the orchestra after serving as the managing director of the Metropolitan Chorus in Arlington for four years. Before that, she was the theater manager at the Lisner Auditorium.

Student is finalist in Library of Congress essay contest

Joshua Lim, an 11-year-old student at Porter Traditional School, was one of five Virginia finalists in the Library of Congress’s essay contest “A Book That Shaped Me.”

Joshua, who prefers math over writing, wrote his essay on “The Giver,” by Lois Lowry. He submitted his essay through Potomac Community Library.

The summer writing contest, which was administered by 300 libraries in Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and the District, drew more than 200 entries.

Event encourages drivers to use other transit options

The seventh annual Try Transit Week is scheduled for Sept. 21 through 25. The week-long educational event, organized by the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, is designed to reduce the use of single-occupancy vehicles in favor of buses, trains, van pools and ferries.

World Car Free Day falls during Try Transit Week. On Sept. 22, motorists are encouraged to give up their cars for a day and use alternative modes of travel.

For information, go to www.trytransitweek.org, or visit www.carfreemetrodc.org.

— Compiled by Sarah Lane