Mayfield Fort Historic Site, Manassas

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By John Cowgill

The Mayfield Fort Historic Site is located about a mile from Historic Downtown Manassas. It was a fortification used by the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Built on the site of a mansion known as Mayfield, it was owned by the Hooes family. The Mayfield mantion was destroyed during the occupation of the fort.  Most Civil War historians do not mention Mayfield Fort, but it did play a few significant roles in the war itself.

Many forts were built throughout the Washington, D.C. region and throughout Northern Virginia.  Mayfield Fort was built in its location for many reasons.  It had the water source of two streams.  It was also next to the Orange and Alexandria Railroad and near the Manassas Gap Railroad, which the fort was erected to protect.  The fort also played a role in both of the Manassas battles.

Today, you can visit the old fort.  The site consists of the old earthwork, a few replica cannons, a cemetery, and the site of the Mayfield Mansion.  It is located at 8411 Quarry Road in Manassas, just minutes from Virginia Route 28.  The site is open sunrise to sunset.  Parking is on site.  There is a slight incline to get to the fort, but it is wheelchair accessible.

Mayfield Fort in Manassas may not be a famous site, but it is worth seeing how a little fort played a big role in history.


John Cowgill ( loves to visit historic places to include lesser-known sites.  He loves taking road trips, and he loves railroads.  You can also follow him on Facebook at ‘John Cowgill: Photographic Journeys’ and John Cowgill: DC Railroad Examiner.  You can also check out ‘John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad’ at


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