Leave the classroom behind and experience America’s history firsthand with a trip to Prince William & Manassas. With interactive museums and dozens of Civil War sites, this is the place where the pages of student history books truly come to life.
Day One: Join a guide dressed in period attire for a tour around Manassas National Battlefield Park. Feel the cannons that erupted on this hallowed ground and stop for a photo with Stonewall Jackson. From the battlefield, follow the path of a wounded solider to Ben Lomond Historic Site. A plantation turned Civil War Hospital, visitors can now read the graffiti soldiers left behind. For lunch, jump ahead to the ‘50s and enjoy a meal at Juke Box Diner in Manassas then head to Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre. There, participate in a mock trial in the 1822 courthouse and tour the neighboring jail. After, visit Liberia Plantation, which served as the headquarters for both Union and Confederate troops during the Civil War. Finish the day with a little friendly competition of laser tag at Laser Quest. Or, sink a hole in one at one of three miniature golf courses.
Day Two: Discover what it’s like to be a Marine at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Attend boot camp, board a helicopter headed to Vietnam and view countless artifacts and military vehicles. After, visit Prince William Forest Park and the 1930s-era cabins once used by the Office of Strategic Services to train spies in World War II. Stop that rumbling stomach with lunch at Potomac Mills- Virginia’s largest outlet mall. Staff can arrange $5 meals deals and a scavenger hunt. After lunch, get back outside with a boat tour down the Occoquan River. Board a Miss Rivershore Charters boat and listen to a lively history lesson from the captain while watching for area wildlife. Finish the day by catching a fly ball and enjoying a BBQ at a Potomac Nationals game.
Day Three: Finish your journey through Prince William and Manassas with a trip to Rippon Lodge and the Weems-Botts Museum. Rippon is one of the oldest homes in the community and part of the National Underground Network to Freedom. Explore Weems- Botts, which was once home to Parson Weems- the biographer for George Washington and man responsible for the infamous story about Washington and the cherry tree.