Civil War History Tour

Ben Lomond House
Discover Prince William & Manassas, VA
10611 Balls Ford Road, Suite 110
Manassas, VA 20109
Region Northern Virginia
Locality Prince William
Toll Free: (800) 432-1792

Prince William & Manassas are where America's story unfolded and are rich in Civil War history. Visit the sites that will help bring history alive. This is just a sampling of our Civil War sites and for a complete list and information on our Civil War Heritage Trail visit Visit between Aug. 24 and Sept 2 for living history, lectures and special tours that will help commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Second Manassas/Bull Run.

Day one: Explore sacred ground at Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. The land endured significant military activity
during the Civil War and was the site of two battles. The peaceful landscape now features almost three miles of walking and equestrian trails, wildlife and ponds.

Grab lunch at a local restaurant then head to Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre. Brentsville served as the county seat from 1822 to 1893 and several Confederate units were formed here. Several original buildings remain on site and include the courthouse, jail, Union Church, one-room schoolhouse and a farmhouse.

Day two: Walk hallowed ground at the Manassas National Battlefield Park. Stand in the footsteps of "Stonewall" Jackson and envision the troops marching along the open land during two Civil War battles. Watch a 3-D movie that documents the battlefield after the soldiers left or visit the park's visitor's center to see the 45-minute "Manassas: End of Innocence" film narrated by Richard Dreyfuss. Grab lunch at a local restaurant then enhance your Civil War tour with a trip to Ben Lomond Historic Site.

Just a few miles from the battlefield, Ben Lomond features a slave quarter and a historic home that was used as a hospital during the Civil War. Read the graffiti soldiers left behind, handle the instruments doctors used to treat patients and hear the stories of the family who lived on the property.

After, travel to Old Town Manassas, which features historic sites, unique shops and restaurants. Visit the old Manassas Courthouse-the site of the 1911 Peace Jubilee- then venture just outside Old Town to Mayfield Earthwork Fort, which Confederate troops used to defend the vital railroad lines at Manassas Junction. End with a meal outside at one of numerous locally owned restaurants in Old Town.

Last Updated: 3/16/2012 5:08 PM