Centreville was established in 1792 as a town on the turnpike road leading from the Northwest Territory. It was named Centreville because of its central location between Alexandria, Colchester, Dumfries, Middleburg, Georgetown, Warrenton, and Leesburg.
Centreville played an essential role in the American Civil War, as it was the site of several battles and skirmishes. It was also a strategic point for the Union and Confederate armies, near several railroads and roads. Today, you can visit some historic sites and monuments commemorating this period, such as the Centreville Historic District, the Stuart-Mosby Civil War Cavalry Museum, and the Bull Run Regional Park.