Prince William & Manassas are where America’s story unfolded more than 150 years ago. Now, experience it for yourself by visiting some of the 20-plus Civil War sites that preserve our nation’s past and bring history to life.
Day One: Explore Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, which became the county seat in 1822. Participate in a mock trial in the historic courthouse and learn about 19th-century government, laws and practices. After the trial, walk through the allegedly haunted jail and see the burn marks on the wood where one inmate tried to set a fire to escape. After, follow in the footsteps of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s last offensive campaign of the Civil War at Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. Watch living history demonstrations and explore the land that endured significant military activity during the Civil War. Finish the day with a Civil War dinner at the historic Manassas Courthouse, site of the 1911 Peace Jubilee where Union and Confederate soldiers reconciled 50 years after the first major Civil War battle.
Day Two: Connect with some of America’s first soldiers at Manassas National Battlefield Park. Stand in the footsteps of “Stonewall” Jackson, take a tour with a guide in period attire and enjoy a picnic lunch on the rolling countryside. Continue your journey through the Civil War with a visit to Ben Lomond Historic Site. A plantation turned Civil War hospital, visitors can now read the graffiti soldiers left behind, handle the tools doctors once used and explore one of the only public slave quarters remaining in Northern Virginia.
Break for lunch in Historic Old Town, a once sleepy railroad junction that played a key role in the Civil War. Dine at one of several locally owned restaurants, browse through the boutiques and visit the Manassas Museum. Complete your journey through Manassas with a stop at Liberia Plantation. Once the largest working plantation in Prince William, Liberia turned into the headquarters for both Union and Confederate troops during the Civil War.