In 1852, two railroads met at a junction which linked Northern Virginia and Washington, DC with the Shenandoah Valley and Richmond, Virginia. Historic Manassas originated here, and played a major strategic role in the Civil War. It was near this railroad community that Union and Confederate soldiers faced off for the first major battle of the war. Known for its history from that War Between the States, Manassas' comprehensive museum and charming small-town vibe offers incredible glimpses into the past.
The certified Virginia Main Street Community combines a variety of shops, galleries, restaurants, and history with a calendar full of events year-round. Today, the railroad in Manassas can take visitors directly into the Nation's Capital via Amtrak and the local Virginia Railway Express (VRE).