Historic Manassas is a must see tour group destination and an ideal addition to any group's itinerary. Just 30 miles from Washington, DC, a day trip can include a stop at The Manassas Battlefield, followed by a tour of the Manassas Museum, lunch in one of several restaurants that offer affordable group dining, and then a little shopping in the quaint stores of Old Town Manassas.
You'll have the group back in DC in time for a nap before dinner! Just give us a call at 703-361-6599 before you arrive so that we can make sure we've set aside bus parking in Old Town!
Suggested Route for a Historic Manassas Day Trip
1. Manassas National Battlefield Park
Bus parking: sufficient room to park and maneuver at 9 out of 11 tour stops on the park driving tour. Plenty of spaces at the Henry Hill Visitor Center.
Hours: The park is open daily dawn to dusk. The Visitor Center is open daily from 8:30 AM until 5:00 PM.
Rates: $3 entrance fee for all adults who are 16 yrs. of age and older.
All Federal Recreation Passes are honored. Passholders receive free entry for themselves and three other adults. Educational groups with a specific educational objective for their visit may qualify for an entrance fee waiver for the adult members of their group. Contact the park, or visit the website, for further details.
Within the Visitor Center there is a 45 minute-long film; Manassas: End of Innocence, which is shown every hour, on the hour, from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM. There is a $3 admission fee for the film for all adults who are 16 yrs. of age and older. Children under 16 are admitted to the park and movie free of charge as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Visitor Center contains a museum, a bookstore and the movie auditorium.
Within the park there are Civil War-era structures, commemorative monuments, artillery emplacements, and historic viewsheds that soldiers who fought here in 1861 and 1862 would recognize. Guided walking tours are offered for groups who make advanced reservations. Without a reservation, tours are available at pre-selected 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 - www.nps.gov/mana.
2. Mayfield Civil War Fort
Admission Free Open daylight to dusk daily.
8401 Quarry Road (corner of Quarry Road and Battery Height Road)
Bus parking available.
From the parking lot, the walking trail is 300 yards long and has a 3% rise as you make your way to the top.
The view from the fort location will make it clear why this site was chosen to defend Manassas.
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 Trail interpretive markers, the stone markers for the foundation of the Hooe mansion site Mayfield, the earthen remainder of the Civil War earthwork fortification, and a replica of the Quaker guns left by the Confederates to mask the removal of their artillery as part of their withdrawal to defend Richmond. 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 Hooes Family, owners of the land since the 1700's.
Phone: (703) 368-1873 / www.manassasmuseum.org
3. Liberia Plantation House
Currently not open to the public, unless tours reservations are scheduled with the Manassas Museum System
This ca. 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. Several Confederate generals made Liberia their headquarters, and Abraham Lincoln visited the house in 1862 to confer with his generals.
The Museum System has initiated the first phase of restoration of the structure and the development of the site as a living history museum. The house is open for special events ---The Haunting at Liberia and A Civil War Christmas at Liberia and for school tours, group tours by appointment, and special behind the scenes restoration programs. For more information about Liberia Plantation House and its restoration please call (703) 368-1873 or visit www.manassasmuseum.org.
4. Manassas Museum
9101 Prince William Street
The current 7,000-square-foot building sits on eight acres, opened in 1991, and is handicapped accessible. Permanent and temporary historical exhibits interpret Northern Virginia Piedmont history through artifacts, documents, and images. Two exhibit videos describe settlement of the region and impact of the Civil War on the community. Contact the museum for group pricing. Bus parking is available.
5. Shopping and Dining in Historic Old Town
Located at 9431 West St, Manassas, the Depot is in the Heart of Old Town just across the street from The Manassas Museum. Just over the railroad tracks await the quaint shops and restaurants of the historic district. Please see the Shopping and Dining sections of this website for additional information.
The Historic Manassas Train Station was constructed in 1904. In 1912 it was destroyed by fire and rebuilt on the original foundation in 1914. The station was completely restored to be historically correct in 1997. The Manassas City Visitors Center is currently located inside the Depot. Admission is free and open 7 days a week from 9-5. Bus parking is available and the facility is handicapped accessible. Call 703-361-6599 to receive information about the area or arrange for a guided walking tour of Historic Old Town.
6. The Freedom Museum
Located at the Manassas Regional Airport Terminal
The Freedom Museum opened on July 4th, 1999. This 20th Century Museum is operated by a coalition of Veteran organizations including numerous posts from the American Legion, the Veteran of Foreign Wars, The Fleet Reserve Association, Vietnam Veterans of America, and others, to honor those Americans who made the supreme sacrifice in defense of freedom, to pay tribute to those who served our country with honor and distinction, and to provide a place for our young citizens to learn of their history and heritage.
The thrust of the exhibit is the 20th Century - the American century. In addition to the present static display, special exhibits will be mounted for comemmorations such as: the National Guard 29th Division on DDay, the Fall of the Wall (10th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall), Semper Fi month, and others, accompanied by visiting vintage aircraft and vehicles, speakers, and unique demonstrations.
The present exhibit in the unused air terminal building at the Manassas regional airport is on a one-year lease and constitutes Phase I of overall planning. Phase II is being undertaken simultaneously to study and develop the marketing, promotion, and fund-raising steps necessary to create a permanent facility adjacent to the airport, which will evolve into an impressive, bona fide museum with unique collections and visiting exhibits. Veterans are always welcome.