Spring into May Happenings in Manassas! 🌼👟🌷

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Provided by City of Manassas Economic Development

LarExpo (Latin American Artisans & Entrepreneurs Expo)

Celebrate Latin flair!

On Sunday, May 19, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., join the festivities at this multicultural expo celebrating Latin American culture through art, food, folklore, dances, Zumba, live music, artisans, and exhibitors showcasing the wealth of each participating country! Artists from Mexico, Central and South America will perform in their indigenous attire.

This year marks the fifth annual LarExpo in Historic Downtown Manassas at Harris Pavilion. LarExpo’s mission is to empower a vibrant community of Latin American artisans and entrepreneurs by creating a space to showcase their work while engaging the public and inspiring appreciation of their cultural heritage. Artisans have pledged to maintain high quality standards in their work while practicing sustainability of the environment, economy, and society.

Come for a fun, free, family celebration for all! Click HERE for the entertainment lineup for LarExpo 2024

Manassas City Parks & Trails

Dean Park walking trail

Get outside and explore the great outdoors!

The Parks, Culture, and Recreation Department manages 21 parks and historic sites for everyone’s enjoyment and recreational use.

Parks and Trails range from neighborhood parks with playgrounds, basketball courts, walking trails, picnic areas, and more, to historic sites with park settings such as LiberiaAnnaburgMayfield Fort, and Cannon Branch Fort.

Feel like biking? Check out the City’s Bike Map listing trails, bike lanes, shared-use paths, and even bike safety tips.

With Mother’s Day and Memorial Day fast approaching, make a special memory by exploring some of our beautiful parks and trails.

Click here for the City’s Park information and map listing 21 parks and historic sites.

Hints of History

Why the forts?

That’s the question on this Why the Forts? historical marker at Mayfield Fort, located at 8401 Quarry Road, which is one of seven historic sites stewarded by the Manassas Museum.

Mayfield Fort was one of a dozen Civil War earthwork fortifications (forts) constructed in this area by the fall of 1861. Forts were built by southern soldiers with the help of enslaved labor from neighboring farms.

But why here? To protect two strategic rail lines – the Orange and Alexandria and the Manassas Gap Railroads – that intersected at Manassas Junction making it easy to move soldiers into the area to defend Virginia from Union advances out of Washington, D.C. These rail lines also allowed for transport of supplies to and from northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley.

This Why the Forts? marker states that on May 8, 1861, orders were given by General Robert E. Lee for units from across central and northern Virginia “to build camps and begin training at Tudor Hall (Manassas Junction).” Later that month, these Virginia forces became part of the Confederate Army, and regiments from Virginia and South Carolina began to fortify the hills around the railroad junction. Soon, thousands of men from the south descended on Prince William and Fairfax with Manassas Junction as their command center.

Visiting Mayfield Fort today provides visitors a walk along a paved path, which leads to a hilltop with eight interpretive markers in a circular pattern (one of them is this Why the Forts? marker), a reproduction cannon, benches for seating, plus a marker at the site of the former Mayfield Farm and Hooe family cemetery. The park is open from sunrise to sunset.

From the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, this historic sketch below by Robert K. Sneden shows several circular earthwork defenses built at Manassas Junction towering over the railroad lines.

 

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