Manassas Civil War Weekend

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Contributed by City of Manassas, VA City of Manassas, VA . . . On Aug. 22-24, the City of Manassas will host the Manassas Civil War Weekend at the Manassas Museum, Liberia Plantation and venues throughout Historic Downtown Manassas. Visitors will experience living history, Civil War encampments, historians, and attractions for all ages.

The annual Manassas Civil War Weekend grew out of the popular Sesquicentennial of the Civil War commemorations, which attracted tens of thousands of visitors to the area from across the country. This year’s commemoration will bring to life military, civilian, and African-American experiences from 150 years ago with a diverse offering of free programs, living history, and exhibits. Especially notable this year will be a lecture by nationally known Civil War historian Ed Bearss. Bearss, The Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service, is best known for his role in the Ken Burns’ PBS series, The Civil War, the most popular program broadcast by that network to date. He will deliver his keynote address at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22 on the museum lawn. 

At Liberia Plantation, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 23 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 24, there will be re-enactor infantry and artillery units, period musical performances, children’s activities, African-American stories and songs and food way presentations. New this year will be a quilt exhibit, stories from the Underground Railroad, a period tea and fashion show. Brief tours of the first floor of the house featuring recent restoration work and plans for the site will also be offered.

Events and programs on the lawn of the Manassas Museum include living history demonstrations, military drills, artillery demonstrations, period music and drama. Additional lectures will focus on spy activity, battles in the Shenandoah, ladies of the Civil War, and importantCivil War figures.

The Manassas Museum, which will be open free to the public during Civil War Weekend, will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 22 – 23, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 24. Civil War Journey: The Maps and Sketches of Private Robert Sneden, is on display. This is an exhibit from the Virginia Historical Society in its first stop on a national tour.

Special events during the weekend include: Stories in Stone, a special tour of the Manassas City Cemetery on Aug. 22 at 9 p.m.; a Civil War parade through the streets of Historic Downtown on Aug. 23 at 10 a.m.; a commemoration of Jackson’s Raid on the Junction with a bourbon tasting on Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. ending with the burning of a mock railroad car on museum grounds at dusk; an interfaith service on the lawn on Aug. 24 at 9 a.m.; and a Manassas Symphony concert and ice cream social at the Harris Pavilion on Aug. 24 at 3 p.m.

Historic Downtown merchants and restaurants will also join in the festivities with special sales, food and entertainment. For the mostup-to-date information, visit<> or call 703-368-1873.


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