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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Farmers Market (Saturdays)

Sep 30 @ 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

Manassas Latino Festival

Sep 30 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm EDT
Harris Pavilion
9201 Center St
Manassas, VA 20110 United States
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Manassas Latino Festival is an annual event celebrating the cultural heritage and contributions of the Latin American community. Enjoy live music, dance performances, diverse foods, and fun activities...

Old Town Whiskey Club BBQ at The Bone

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Manassas, Virginia 20110

Pull up a seat at The Bone restaurant in Historic Downtown Manassas for the Old Town Whiskey Club BBQ! With the club's tag line, "We don't just love whiskey, we

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