Provided by City of Manassas
The Manassas Museum currently features New World Aristocracy: The Carters of Virginia. This exhibit is a joint effort between the Manassas Museum and the Prince William County Historic Preservation Division. Maria Diaz, a volunteer at the Manassas Museum, has translated the exhibit into Spanish. A Spanish companion guide will be available to visitors beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 3.
The exhibit features the Carters, a family that was most famous in the 1700 and 1800 hundreds, but left a lasting impact on much of Virginia. The exhibit includes rare artifacts on loan, items never before displayed, and hands-on children’s activities.
“Most people who live in this area today live on land that was once owned by a member of the Carter family,” Manassas Museum Curator Mary Helen Dellinger says. To see exactly what land the family owned, the exhibit will feature a map of Carter properties overlaid on a modern day map of area neighborhoods.
“A lot of the Carter storylines connect present-day neighborhoods,” says Prince William County Historic Site Operations Supervisor Rob Orrison. “Most people are amazed at how much land the Carter family owned.”
Liberia Plantation, Ben Lomond House, and Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg are among area properties built by Carter family members.
The exhibit runs through Dec. 31, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and is free to the public.