Ruins at Manassas Junction with remains of a turntable on the Orange & Alexandria Railroad after the station was destroyed by retreating Confederates in March 1862. Threatened by the overwhelming approach of the 35,000 troops of the Union Army of Northeastern Virginia, the Confederate army was put to work defending the vital junction of railroads at Manassas.
Built in 1892, Annaburg and its 3.65 acres of scenic grounds were, and continue to be, a popular gathering place for picnics, festivals, and enjoying the outdoors.
A group of men seated on the remains of the Manassas Junction railroad station after its destruction by retreating Confederates in March 1862. Manassas was the center of a network of transportation and commerce; it was here where vital arteries of communication and logistics came together and connected.

Manassas History—A Deeper Dive

Manassas equals history. And here, it all begins with the railroad.

Completed in 1852, rails linking Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. with the Shenandoah Valley and Richmond created Manassas Junction that evolved into Manassas. Confederate troops used those rails as they arrived here to fight in the First Battle of Manassas (or First Battle of Bull Run) on July 21, 1861. It marked the first time in history that troops were transported by rail for impending battle. This battle became known as the first major land battle of the 1861-1865 American Civil War, which is now preserved Federal parkland: the Manassas National Battlefield Park, only five miles northwest. Thirteen months later – August 28-30, 1862 – the Second Battle of Manassas (or Second Battle of Bull Run) broke out on those same fields.

Confederate General P. G. T. Beauregard and Union General Irwin McDowell used nearby Liberia House (about a mile from the railroad junction) as headquarters in 1861 and 1862, respectively. Presidents Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln visited their army's generals during their commands at Liberia, a City-owned park.

When the Civil War ended, the settlement at the junction grew into the Town of Manassas, which was chartered in 1873. In 1975, it became the City of Manassas, an independent city in the Commonwealth. Thankfully, the City has retained its historical character, emerging as a popular destination choice.


We are excited to announce the reopening of the beautifully renovated Manassas Museum! Open daily, hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays from noon-5 p.m. (closed on federal holidays). Explore new exhibits inside, and landscaped patio with seating and tables outside. Shop in Echoes, our museum store. Other galleries will open in the fall of 2023.

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Echoes, our museum store, is inside the newly renovated Manassas Museum. Check out their selection of Manassas-oriented souvenirs.

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Battle Street Live

Sep 22 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
Battle Street
9405 Battle Street
Manassas, 20110
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Who doesn't love music in the streets? Come join us every Friday & Saturday night in 2023 from May 12 through Oct. 7, to listen to live local bands on

Farmers Market (Saturdays)

Sep 23 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT
Prince William Street Commuter Lot
9024 Prince William St
Manassas, VA 20110 United States
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Our Farmers Market was voted as one of the best in the area by Prince William Living magazine! With 100+ vendors, shoppers can chose fresh produce, flowers, foods, and a

Old Town Manassas Art Show & Craft Fall Fair

Sep 23 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT
Manassas Museum Lawn
9101 Prince William St.
Manassas, VA 20110 United States
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Start holiday shopping early at this annual fair filled with over 60 local artisans and crafters, independent consultants, and other small businesses. This family friendly event has free admission and

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