Haymarket was incorporated in 1882, the second town in Prince William County to do so. The first mayor elected was Garrett Hulfish and the first councilmen elected were T.A. Smith, Charles Jordan, and William W. Meade. In May 1882 during the council's second meeting, the rudimentary ordinances were drafted and adopted.
From 1882 to today, most of the buildings of central Haymarket have remained the same. The town borders U.S Route 15. Growth has occurred outside the town. While no schools are located with the town, the larger area has five schools – all part of the Prince William County School System. In the 1970s during the construction of the Interstate System, Haymarket was served by Exit 40 of Interstate 66. Being connected to the interstate, during a period of growth in the Northern Virginia region, has produced a population boom in the area of suburban development.
In 1994 The Walt Disney Company bought extensive amounts of land in Haymarket for a proposed Disney's America theme park. Local resistance to the resort, because of perceived adverse effects on the Manassas Battlefield, resulted in defeat of the park.
William B. Snyder, a local business man, convinced Disney to sell the property to him. Snyder, in turn, sold off most of the land to developers, except for the 405 acres donated to the National Capital Area Council of Cub Scouts. It used this land to develop Camp Snyder.
In addition to St. Paul's Church, Evergreen, Locust Bottom, Mt. Atlas, and Old Town Hall and School are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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