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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.
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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.


MANASSAS MUSEUM

The Manassas Museum was beautifully renovated inside and out in 2023, the year when the City celebrated its 150th anniversary commemorating its 1873 founding. Come inside and see artifacts from the area’s rich history — and outside — enjoy a landscaped patio with seating and tables overlooking the spacious lawn. Our museum features changing exhibits, tours, and programming for all ages and interests. Our museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays from noon-5 p.m. (closed on federal holidays). Shop in Echoes, our museum store, for unique Manassas-themed gifts.
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Echoes, Museum Store

Echoes, our museum store, is inside the Manassas Museum. Check out the selection of Manassas-oriented souvenirs, including some Virginia food treats.
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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.
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History loves company. And so do we. Check out our historic sites in the City of Manassas. 
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Battle Street Live

Jun 21 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
Battle Street
9405 Battle Street
Manassas, 20110
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Summer nights come ALIVE in Historic Downtown Manassas with Battle Street Live, the premier outdoor live music experience where local and national bands perform every Friday & Saturday night in

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Manassas, Virginia 20110
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