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Historic Thomasson Barn Sold to Silva Holdings Barn to be Restored and Incorporated into $8 million Micro Brewery, Bistro and Distribution Project

September 8, 2015 – Prince William County, Va. – The Prince William Board of County Supervisors announced its intent to sell the historic Thomasson Barn, located at 9349 Hornbaker Road in Innovation Park, to Silva Holdings, Co., along with 6 acres of land surrounding the site, for $1 million. As part of the sales agreement, Silva Holdings will restore the historical landmark which will be incorporated into an $8 million destination brewery, bistro and distribution facility operating under the name 2 Silos Brewing Company. In addition to the $8 million in capital investment, the project is expected to create more than 100 new jobs.

Once fully built out, the multi-faceted campus will include: a brewery and packaging facility; bistro and tasting room; company retail store; beer garden; hops fields; garden; walking trails; and bocce courts. The project will be developed in two phases; phase one involves the restoration of the Thomasson Barn to establish the brewery and beer garden, which is expected to be completed in 2016.

“The preservation and reuse of the Thomasson Barn has long been a desire of the Board, and is identified as a strategic priority in our Comprehensive Plan,” said Corey A. Stewart, Chairman, Prince William Board of County Supervisors. “The planned use as a microbrewery and bistro will provide an amenity for the companies located in and around Innovation Park and will make the area even more attractive for companies that are considering locating to the area.”

“This project embodies the type of development I have been pushing for in Prince William County,” said Jeanine Lawson, Brentsville District Supervisor. “It supports our agribusiness community, provides for family gatherings and enhances Innovation Park for our business community.”

“Prince William County is the perfect location for our newest brewery operation. Its strategic location and easy access will allow us to serve customers locally as well as throughout the Greater Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. Our multi-faceted brewery campus will bring a new and dynamic lifestyle experience that will complement the County’s already growing entertainment and recreation base. Prince William County is well-known as a community which offers “something for everyone” and 2 Silos Brewing Company will underscore that,” said Forrest Morgan, Brewmaster and co-founder.

The Thomasson Barn was owned and operated as a dairy barn in 1929 by William T. Thomasson. The milking barn was constructed using textile hollow-tile terracotta blocks and is reminiscent of a two-story barn of that era, utilizing the two silos for grain feed storage, the first floor for milking cows and the second floor for hay storage. The protracted decline of the dairy industry in Prince William County led to the eventual ceasing of operations at the barn, which has been left vacant for over 50 years. This restoration project, therefore, transitions the Thomasson Barn from County surplus to a newly categorized commercial real estate property and taxable commodity for the County, while enabling citizens and visitors to appreciate their rich cultural heritage anew.

About Silva Holdings Co.

Silva Holdings Company’s concepts are individually tailored to meet the needs of a specific market segment, resulting in a collection that is distinguished by a uniquely personal, guest-centric approach to hospitality. To learn more about the company, please email at: [email protected]


  • Located less than 20 miles from the nation’s capital, Prince William County encompasses a total area of 348 square miles.
  • Prince William County is the 2nd largest and 4th fastest growing county in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • Prince William County’s favorable blend of large land parcels, multi-use zoned sites, incentives, reliable power and ample fiber optic availability coupled with the lowest programmable computer taxes in the region, make it an ideal location for businesses seeking a location in the Mid-Atlantic region.
  • 75% of Northern Virginia’s 1.1 million workers live within a 30 minute one-way commute to the center of Prince William County during rush hour.
  • Prince William County provides access to an outstanding talent pool of highly-skilled, culturally diverse labor; 42% of the workforce has 4-year degrees.
  • Prince William County carries a AAA bond rating from all three of the major credit ratings agencies (Fitch, Moody’s and S&P).


The Prince William County Department of Economic Development offers services to support and promote existing business expansion and attract new businesses to PWC. For more information, the Department of Economic Development can be reached via email at [email protected], via phone at (703) 792-5500, or via fax at (703) 792-5502.