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Welcome TO THE CITY OF MANASSAS, VIRGINIA
Come explore the City of Manassas,
an independent city that draws visitors from
around the world to explore its historic sites and modern amenities. Always an unforgettable
destination, Old Town Manassas invites you into its quaint shops, museums and galleries that await you within the charm of century-old facades. As you stroll through town, you will quickly see why the National Trust for Historic Preservation honored Old Town Manassas with the Great American Main Street Award.
The southern tradition of hospitality lives on in the City of Manassas. No matter your pleasure, business or history, art or antiques, you will find the perfect memory to take away with you!
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The City of Manassas, Virginia is best known for its unforgettable role in American history. On a balmy July day in 1861, the sleepy railroad community became the setting for the first major battle of the Civil War. Prior to the outbreak of the war, the town was made up of just four buildings; it was better known by the name of its post office, Tudor Hall. Both the history of the United States and the history of the northern Virginia Piedmont were shaped by the events that occurred in and around Manassas. In addition to the stretches of battleground now preserved in the Manassas National Battlefield Park, the City of Manassas boasts several other important historic sites from the era. As we commemorate our history, we remember the perseverance of the people. Those who saw their land ravaged by war chose to rebuild and instilled the strong sense of community that we still enjoy today.
Civil War Two of the Civil War’s major battles, First and Second Manassas, or Bull Run as they are known in the north, occurred in 1861 and 1862 five miles from what was then the sleepy little town of Manassas Junction. The Confederates won both battles and held Manassas Junction until Union forces gained control of the area in August of 1862. Both armies built extensive camps in the area, occupied local houses, and devastated the landscape; however, they also brought name recognition to a town that would grow long after the battles ended.
The Railroad The railroad is an important part of the city's history and present day events. The junction that linked the Manassas Gap and Orange and Alexandria Railroads here not only became the strategic location for two warring armies, but provided an economic engine for the area after the war. The current track system supplies both Amtrak and commuter service to Washington, D.C. and surrounding areas, as well as several daily freight runs. The Annual Manassas Heritage Railway Festival, held the first Saturday in June, attracts thousands to Old Town for entertainment, food and living history.
Museums & Historic Sites • The Manassas Museum 9101 Prince William Street, Manassas, VA 20110 703-368-1873 Open from 10am until 5pm Tuesday – Sunday and all Federal Holidays except New Year’s Day, Christmas and Thanksgiving. The 7,000-square-foot building sits on eight acres, opened in 1991, and is handicapped accessible. The region’s storied past is preserved through award-winning videos, permanent and changing exhibits and special events. Echoes, the Manassas Museum Store, carries a variety of evocative keepsakes, prints, postcards and items of historical interest. For more information visit www.manassasmuseum.org.
• James and Marion Payne Railroad Heritage Gallery Historic Manassas Visitor’s Center 9431 West Street, Manassas, VA 20110 703-361-6599 Open daily 9 am- 5 pm, free admission. The gallery exhibits artifacts and historic photographs representing the 150 years of railroad history in Manassas.
8601 Portner Avenue, Manassas, VA 20110 703-368-1873 Open for special tours, programs and events. This circa 1825 brick farm house on 18 acres has a significant Civil War and agricultural heritage, and was home to the largest number of enslaved African Americans in the Manassas area. Both Confederate and Union generals made Liberia their headquarters, and Abraham Lincoln visited he house in 1862 to confer with General Irvin McDowell. The Museum System has initiated the first phase of restoration of the structure and the development of the site as a living history museum. For more information about Liberia Plantation and its restoration visit www.manassasmuseum.org.
10400 Terminal Road, Manassas, VA 20110 703-393-0660 Open daily from 10 am- 4 pm. Admission is free (donations accepted). Inside the terminal you will find artifacts, photographs, combat art and letters from soldiers to their loved ones that will draw you through America’s 20th Century. The museum also features a memorial dedicated to our areas deceased combat veterans. Many of the artifacts and source documents are donated by the families of our local heroes and tell their stories of sacrifice and patriotism.
• Manassas Industrial School/ Jennie Dean Memorial 9601 Wellington Road, Manassas, VA 20110 Open daily daylight until dusk, self-guided tours. Admission is free. Born a slave in western Prince William County in 1852, Jane "Jennie" Serepta Dean founded Manassas Industrial School so young African American children could learn a marketable trade. The memorial located on the actual site of the 1893 school, provides a captivating glimpse into the life of young African American men and women after the Civil War.
Mayfield Civil War Fort
8401 Quarry Road, Manassas, VA 20110 Open daily daylight until dusk, self-guided tours. Admission is free. The 11 acres comprising the Mayfield Earthwork Fort is situated between the Buckhall and Russia branch tributaries of the Occoquan River. Its strategic high ground and water resources made its occupation advantageous. Today the site features eight Civil War interpretive markers. The stone markers for the foundation of the Hooe mansion site Mayfield, the remainder of the Civil War fortification, and a replica of the Quaker guns left by the Confederates. The site is a frequent location of living history events to mark the anniversaries of the Battles of First and Second Manassas. The site also includes the old homestead area and family cemetery of the Hooe family, owners of the land since the 1700’s.
10611 Gateway Boulevard, Manassas, VA 20110 Open daily daylight until dusk, self-guided tours. Admission is free. It appears likely that the fortification was built by Union Forces circa 1863-1864 as part of a series of forts sited along the railroad to defend supply lines. Archaeological evidence including fire-cracked rock and quartz spear points indicate that this site may have been used as a seasonal base camp by Native Americans.
9317 Center Street, Manassas, VA 20110 Open daily daylight until dusk, self-guided tours. Admission is free. In 1867, an acre of land was donated as a resting place for Southern soldiers. A year later more than 250 fallen soldiers had been laid to rest here. The Virginia General Assembly granted an appropriation to the Ladies Memorial Association to fund a red sandstone monument. It was dedicated in 1889 by General W.H.F. Lee, Robert E. Lee’s son. The cemetery is located on Center Street south of Grant Avenue and is included on the map of the Old Town driving tour available at the Historic Manassas Visitor Center.
Old Courthouse in Manassas
9248 Lee Avenue, Manassas, VA 20110 703-792-5546 and 703-792-4754 Open Monday through Friday 9 am-5pm. This Romanesque Revival courthouse, designed by James C. Teague and Philip T. Marye was completed in 1893 and served the county until 1984 when a new courthouse was built nearby. The old Manassas Courthouse was the site of the 1911 Peace Jubilee where President Taft stood on the grounds to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the First Battle of Manassas.
Manassas National Battlefield Park
6511 Sudley Road, Manassas, VA 20109 703-361-1339 The park is open daily dawn to dusk. The Visitor Center is open daily from 8:30 am to 5 pm, fee for admission. Not far from Old Town are the hallowed acres that made the name Manassas synonymous with bravery, sacrifice and symbolic of the tragedy and futility of war. Walk this rolling, peaceful countryside and partake of the legend and mystery that the Manassas National Battlefield Park still holds. A key crossroads during the American Civil War, today the City of Manassas is a thriving railroad town proud of its unique heritage and vibrant, enthusiastic outlook for the future. Within the park there are Civil War-era structures, commemorative monuments, artillery emplacements, and historic view sheds that soldiers who fought here in 1861 and 1862 would recognize. Guided walking tours are offered for groups who make advance reservations. Without a reservation, tours are available at preselected times each day. Living history demonstrations are provided during the anniversary weekends for both battles and during other select weekend dates. For further details, maps and advance tour reservations, please visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/mana.
CITY OF MANASSAS POINTS OF INTEREST AND AMENITIES
q Manassas Visitor Center, The James & Marion Payne Memorial Railroad Heritage Gallery w Manassas Museum e Liberia Plantation r Prince William County Fair Grounds t Prince William Hospital
y Manassas Airport and u i o 1) 1! 1@ 1#
Freedom Museum Confederate Cemetery Jennie Dean Memorial Mayfield Fort Cannon Branch Fort Loy E. Harris Pavilion Old Town Skate Park Kinsley Mill Park
1$ Nelson Park 1% Walter Delisle Park 1^ Oakenshaw Park 1& Byrd Park 1* Dean Park 1( Stonewall Park and Swimming Pool
2) Baldwin Park 2! Calvary Run Park
2@ Lee Manor Park 2# Winter Branch Trail 2$ Winterset Park 2% E.G. Smith Baseball Complex
2^ Virginia Railway Express (Manassas)
2& Old Courthouse in Manassas 2* Hylton Performing Arts Center
Discover OUR CHARM
Honored as a Virginia Main Street Community, visiting Old Town Manassas is indeed a classic American
experience. Rich in history and tradition, Old Town
Manassas welcomes visitors year-round from all over
the world. Only 30 miles from the nationâ€™s capital and a short ride from the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, Old Townâ€™s superb variety of shops, museums, galleries and restaurants, combined with its robust calendar of festivals and events, offers an endless source of interest and fun.
Dine WITH US
From sidewalk cafes to elegant, highly rated restaurants, fine cuisine and good cheer are Old Town traditions. Italian, Greek, Thai, Portuguese, Cajun-Creole, and All-American fare are all within an easy stroll. On weekend evenings, the atmosphere is alive with music at many of our Old Town Manassas restaurants and pubs. Whether you want something casual or formal, the City of Manassas offers a sumptuous variety of dining choices.
See the pull out map in the center of this brochure for a detailed listing of all our delicious dining options!
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Stay FOR A WHILE
Old Town Manassas is at the center of an incredible variety of recreational and cultural attractions ranging from championship golf, pristine regional parks, renowned museums and world-class entertainment. Frankly, a day isnâ€™t enough time to take in all of the history and fun Manassas and the greater Northern Virginia area have to offer. Extend your visit by staying at any one of a variety of lodgings located convenient to Old Town Manassas. Whether business or pleasure brings you here, you will find comfort, value and convenience. Choose a romantic Victorian-style bed and breakfast or a child-friendly, nationally known, motel. The wide variety of restaurants, attractions, events and nightlife almost guarantee an enjoyable stay!
Bed & Breakfast •
Bennett House Bed & Breakfast 9252 Bennett Drive 703-368-6121 • 800-354-7060 www.virginia-bennetthouse.com This restored Victorian Inn, located in a quiet area of the Historic District, within walking distance of many excellent restaurants. Famous gourmet breakfasts offered each morning. Small intimate weddings accommodated.
• Manassas Junction Bed & Breakfast 9311 Prescott Avenue 703-216-7803 www.manassasjunction.com If you are looking for a relaxing step back in time, you will enjoy this authentic, restored 1902 Queen Anne Eastlake style home in the Historic District. Feel free to stroll the grounds and gardens or simply relax on the wrap-around porch or patio.
Hotels & Motels
Bowl America 9000 Mathis Avenue 703-368-2161 www.bowl-america.com
City of Manassas Stonewall Park Pool 8351 Stonewall Road 703-369-6137 www.manassascity.org
• Freedom Aquatics and Fitness Center 9100 Freedom Center Blvd. 703-993-8444 www.freedom-center.com
House of Bounce 9404 Center Point Lane 703-257-0777 www.houseofbounceva.com
• Magic Putting Place
8902 Mathis Avenue 703-257-7888 www.magicputtingplace.com
Manassas 4 Cinemas 8890 Mathis Avenue 703-330-3538 www.manassas4cinemas.com
Best Western Manassas 8640 Mathis Avenue 703-368-7070 • 800-258-7177 www.bestwesternmanassas.com Home-Style Inn 9913 Cockrell Road 703-369-1603 www.home-styleinn.com
• Olde Towne Inn 9403 Main Street 703-368-9191 • 800-869-6446 www.oldetowneinn.com
• The City of Manassas Ice Rink at the Loy E. Harris Pavilion 9116 Center Street www.harrispavilion.com
• The Skate Park at Old Town 8921 Prince William St. www.manassascity.org
• Super 8 Motel
• Vertical Rock Climbing Gym
8691 Phoenix Drive 703-369-6323 www.super8.com
10225 Nokesville Road 855-822-5462 www.climb-va.com
Travel TRAVEL TO AND FROM TOWN
AMTRAK Travel with Amtrak directly to and from Manassas Train Depot in Old Town. For ticket and schedule information, call Amtrak 1-800-872-7245; your travel agent; or www.amtrak.com.
VRE Virginia Railway Express offers convenient commuter service to and from Washington, DC. Schedules are available at the Visitorâ€™s Center; by calling 703-684-0440 or 1-800-RIDE-VRE; or www.vre.org.
Vienna/Fairfax/GMU Metro Station From Old Town Manassas, take 28 North to I-66 East via the ramp to Washington, take exit 62 for VA-243 South/Nutley Street. Take a right at the end of the ramp, destination is on the right. www.wmata.com
OmniLink OmniLink and OmniRide provide bus service for local and commuter transportation. Schedules are available at the Visitorâ€™s Center; by calling 703-730-OMNI (6664) or 1-888-730-6664; or www.OmniRide.com.
Manassas Regional Airport The largest executive regional airport in Virginia is convenient to both Old Town Manassas and Washington, D.C. The airport offers the freedom to fly on your own schedule, with easy in and out access. Call 703-361-1882 or visit www.manassascity.org.
Washington Dulles International Airport From Old Town Manassas, head north on 28, take exit 267-Washington/Dulles Airport.
Public Parking Visiting for a day or traveling to other areas, the City of Manassas offers numerous parking options in the Old Town area. For more detailed information on parking go to www.visitmanassas.org or call 703-361-6599.
Visit OUR ANNUAL FESTIVALS & EVENTS
SPRING St. Patrick’s Day Parade Hop Around Old Town Restaurant Week Spring Cleaning Sidewalk Sale Spring Gallery Walk Heritage Railway Festival
SUMMER Civil War Weekend Wine and Jazz Festival Taste of Old Town Manassas July 4th Celebration and Fireworks Summer Sounds Concert Series
FALL Bands, Brews and BBQ Sidewalk Sale Edgar Rohr Car Show Fall Jubilee Restaurant Week Fall Gallery Walk Old World Festival Veteran's Day Parade
WINTER Merry Old Town Christmas Parade
YEAR ROUND Farmer’s Market Guided Tours and Programs at the Manassas Museum Events at the Harris Pavilion
LOTS OF THINGS TO DO
• Visit the Jennie Dean Memorial and honor a freed slave who created a school for African-American children. 703-368-1873 • Learn that history lives with displays, presentations and re-enactments at Manassas Museum. 703-368-1873 • Take an exclusive behind the scenes Basement to Attic Tour of Liberia Plantation. 703-368-1873 • Explore the Civil War Walking Trail around Old Town Manassas. • Go ice skating at the Loy E. Harris Pavilion. • Enjoy a picnic lunch at Nelson Park. • Shop and Dine in Old Town Manassas. • Ride the Virginia Railway Express into Union Station any weekday from Manassas to see the National Mall and avoid the stress of DC driving and parking. • Hike with a Ranger on the hallowed ground of Manassas National Battlefield Park. 703-361-1339 • See a show at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. 703-993-7550 • Go rock climbing at Vertical Rock Indoor Climbing and Fitness Center. 855-822-5462 • Experience the works of local and visiting artists in the Caton Merchant Family Gallery at the Center for the Arts. 703-330-2787
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY POINTS OF INTEREST
q Manassas National Battlefield Park w Brentsville Historic Center e Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park r Ben Lomond Historic Site t National Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico y Historic Old Town Manassas
u Prince William Forest Park i Splashdown Water Park o Potomac Nationals Pfitzner Stadium a Potomac Mills Outlet Mall s Jiffy Lube Live at Stone Ridge 1@ Hylton Performing Arts Center
Historic Manassas Visitor Center in the Train Depot
703-361-6599 â€˘ 877-848-3018 9431 West Street The Historic Manassas Visitor Center is open 7 days a week, 9 am until 5 pm, except New Yearâ€™s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Brochures, maps and a friendly, knowledgeable staff will help you explore this fascinating locale on foot or by car. The train depot, a signature icon of Old Town built in 1914, is now also home to the offices of Historic Manassas, Inc., a Virginia Main Street Organization, and the James & Marion Payne Memorial Railroad Heritage Gallery. Visit www.visitmanassas.org.
A special than ks to Uriah Baet, Jon R. Cornw ell, Katie Finnie, Taylor Lenz, Mark Olsen, Terry Pridem ore, and Mary R eilly for contribut ing photos.
Published on Mar 13, 2013