Local Year-End Sights

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By John Cowgill

December is here. Soon it will be the end of the year. Here’s what you’ll see in the Prince William area.

Walking along Mill Street in Occoquan, one can see the Rockledge Mansion on top of the hill.  Another short walk takes you to the Christmas tree in front of the town hall with the two red bows on the doors.  The shops and the cafes and the galleries are all decorated with lights.

Manassas Museum, Christmas tree

Christmas tree at the Manassas Museum Lawn

Over in Historic Downtown Manassas, there’s a Christmas tree in front of the Manassas Museum.  The old train station is decorated with bows and wreaths.  Across the tracks, all of the trees are decorated with lights.  At the Harris Pavilion, the ice skaters going around on the ice.  At the shops, the store owners and artists share their holiday cheer.  There is a model train display inside the old candy factory, the home for the Center for the Arts.

But what is there for those in our military?  There are blue Christmas trees in the main hall of the National Marine Corps Museum in Quantico.

The time is here.  It is time to celebrate the end of this year, and the beginning of a new one.



John Cowgill (johnbcowgill1@gmail.com) loves to visit historic places, to include lesser known sites.  He loves taking road trips, and he loves railroads.


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