September 20th, 2017
The plains of Manassas saw two of the most consequential military conflicts during the early stages of the Civil War. Now under the auspices of the National Park Service, and known as National Battlefield Park, this historical site is free and open to all, thanks to its mission of preserving the natural landscape and educating visitors on the crucial role these meadows played in one of the darkest chapters of our nation’s history.
Sometimes referred to as the “Battle of Bull Run,” the 1861 armed conflict here was the Civil War’s first major battle, and an 1862 reprisal brought even heavier casualties in the fight to preserve the Union. A small fee at the visitor’s center provides even more historical exhibits, a short documentary film, and information on the walking tours available with park ranger staff. Historical markers are scattered around the site, so you can wander to your heart’s content—just be sure to bring your walking shoes.