Introduction to Manassas, Virginia
Manassas, Virginia is 10 miles NW of Dale City, Virginia (center to center) and 25 miles SW of Washington, District of Columbia. The city is in the Washington area. There are 35,135 residents in Manassas.
The First Battle of Manassas, also known as the First Battle of Bull Run, was fought in this area in 1861. This was the first major land battle of the American Civil War. The Second Manassas Battle was fought in August 1862. At that time, Manassas was just a railroad crossing and, despite the two victories, it remained in the Union's hands for most of the war. The town of Manassas was officially incorporated in 1873. The community was so called because of its location at the junction of the Manassas Gap and the Alexandria and Orange railroads. It was incorporated as an independent city in 1975.
Manassas and nearby Attractions
- Manassas National Battlefield Park
- Manassas Museum
- Department of Motor Vehicles Manassas
- Stonewall Recreation Center
- Cannon Branch
- Baldwin Park
Things To Do In Manassas
While in Manassas, one can visit the historic sites and museums nearby. Among these are Manassas National Battlefield Park, Ben Lomond Manor House, Manassas Museum, and U.S. Marine Corps Air-Ground Museum. The city also has a number of beautiful churches and cemeteries that are worth visiting. The shores of the Cannon Branch are popular tourist destinations. At the city’s parks, visitors can pursue a range of recreational activities. In addition, the city hosts annual celebrations including the African-American Heritage Festival, Fall Jubilee, Latino Festival, Old World Festival, and Prince William County Fair.
Air transportation is available from Washington Dulles International Airport.
Manassas Higher Education
Strayer University-Manassas Campus is the local institute of higher education. Other institutes within a radius of 20 miles include George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College.