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The 150 Year Anniversary of the City's Founding | 1873 - 2023
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.
Built in 1892, Annaburg Manor 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 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 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’re getting a facelift! Our new and improved museum will open just in time for the City’s 150th anniversary celebration in 2023. Though the building is temporarily closed, we’re still offering programs and tours at nearby historical sites.

Museum store open!

Though the museum is temporarily closed, our museum store isn’t! Just across the street from the museum, visitors will find the store inside the Historic Manassas Train Depot. Check it out!

Photo search

Searching for an old image or map of Manassas? Our museum’s online archives is the place to discover historical images and artifacts from our City’s past. Go ahead. Take a look.

Historic Sites

According to legend, the name Manassas was derived from an Indian source, or from Manasseh, a Jewish innkeeper at Manassas Gap.

So much fun


Sep 2 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

First Friday

Tacos & Tequilas is the theme for September's First Friday! Stroll throughout Historic Downtown Manassas for a festive evening of live music, food, and drinks!
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Sep 10 @ 11:00 am - Sep 11 @ 3:00 pm

11th Annual Bands, Brews, & Barbecue

Historic Downtown Manassas will hold its 11th annual Bands, Brews, and Barbecue Festival to include a Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) BBQ competition. Festival begins Sept. 10 (11 am-6 pm) […]
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Sep 24 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Old Town Manassas Art Show & Craft Fair

Over 60 artisans and crafters, independent consultants, and small businesses showcase creative products for sale. For More Information Click Here
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