Manassas National Battlefield Park
6511 Sudley Road, Manassas, VA, USA
www.nps.gov/mana - 1-703-361-1339
Manassas National Battlefield Park Reviews
A well-preserved setting at Manassas National Battlefield Oct 11, 2009
Manassas National Battlefield Park preserves the setting of the first major battle of the Civil War and of a second battle the following year. The First and Second Battle of Manassas (or Battles of Bull Run as they are also known) were significant points in the conflict. The first, fought in July 1861, demonstrated that the Confederacy would not be an easy foe to defeat and a Union defeat in the second, in August 1862, nearly led to European recognition of the Confederacy.
The area of the battlefield is well preserved and one can get real a feel for the setting and topography. Nearby suburban development has been held at bay, even to the extent that preservationists defeated the Disney Company itself in its bid to construct a "Disney's America" theme park adjacent to the battlefield park in the 1990s.
The park can be explored on foot and by car. Most of the action of First Manassas took place in a relatively small area bounded by Henry Hill and Bull Run. One can walk over the hill, down to the Stone House (a tavern that served as a field hospital), and over to the stone bridge over Bull Run.
Second Manassas took place over a wider geographical area. A driving tour has stops at significant locales and memorials. One can also hike both battlefield areas. Hiking the entire battlefield takes about a day and is a very enjoyable experience.
I highly recommend a visit to this historic park when you are in the Washington, DC, area. Start at the Visitor Center where a number of exhibits, films, and and interactive maps interpret the battles and events leading to them. Ranger-led tours of Henry Hill are given frequently.
The park entrance fee is $3.00.
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