Gainesville was once a changing point for stagecoach horses on the Fauquier & Alexandria Turnpike. In 1852, the Manassas Gap Railroad reached the area and the stop became known as Gainesville. The town was a shipping point for grain, timber, and cattle and remained a major cattle shipping point into the early 1960s. During the American Civil War, nearby Thoroughfare Gap in the Bull Run Mountains served as a path for soldiers to reach the First and Second battles of Bull Run. In 1994, the groundbreaking for the town's first townhome community began; it was named Crossroads. This marked the beginning of mass-development for Gainesville.
Gainesville is currently the third-largest city in Prince William County.. Major commercial and residential development has taken place since 2000, resulting in Gainesville boasting six large shopping centers.
There are condo's, townhomes and Single Family Homes for sale in Gainesville and home prices range from the 200's to over $1million.