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8thwonder-lrgThe Prince William Civil War Heritage Trail has been nominated in the “8th Wonder of the World” international competition, and we need your vote.

The contest is organized by VirtualTourist.com, a subsidiary of TripAdvisor Media Group. Now through Sept. 30, you can vote for the heritage trail—one of 300 unique attractions in the running—at www.virtualtourist.com/8thwonder. The winner will be announced on the television show “Extra.”

Our heritage trail is currently in the top 100 in the race for the title. This historic route immerses visitors in the sites, stories and personalities that forever changed our nation. The trail traverses more than 25 Civil War sites, including battlefields, museums and historic towns in Prince William and Manassas.

One site on the trail is Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, which is where Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s last offensive campaign of the Civil War unfolded 150 years ago. This fall, you can relive history here, as the Prince William County Historic Preservation Division marks the anniversary of the Battle of Bristoe Station. Historians will host a symposium Sept. 14-15 on the battles, personalities and outcomes of the 1863 Bristoe Campaign. There will also be guided tours, living history and other special educational programs Oct. 12-14.

Other sites along the trail include the Manassas Museum, Freestone Point at Leesylvania State Park and Bacon Race Church in Woodbridge.

I encourage you to vote for the Prince William Civil War Heritage Trail and help the world discover this piece of American history. You may vote once a day through Sept.

30. Together we can make the heritage trail a contender for the live winner reveal on national  television.

Ann Marie Maher is the president and CEO of Discover Prince William & Manassas. For more information about what’s going on in Prince William and Manassas, visit DiscoverPWM.com.

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