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Civil War Experience

Prince William and Manassas served as the site of several pivotal Civil War battles. With so much Civil War history concentrated in one area, there are a lot of great attractions that demonstrate how the Civil War shaped American history. One of the most well-known attractions is Manassas National Battlefield Park, the site of the First and Second Battles of Manassas, or as the North would say, Battles of Bull Run. Manassas Battlefield offers tours for visitors. Attend a basic tour or take a journey with one of the in depth tours offered less frequently. Take a look at our events calendar to see when they are offered.

Discover some of the top Civil War attractions in Prince William & Manassas.


Explore the Heritage trail in Prince William & Manassas. Order a free map of Virginia Civil War battlefields and historic sites to get the full Civil War experience in Prince William & Manassas.

Looking for a self-guided Civil War Battlefield tour? Take a journey on the Bristoe Station Campaign Mobile Tour to explore the roads that soldiers took during the Bristoe Station Battle. Discover images, audio, and maps that bring the events to life. Each stop has a QR code so that visitors can connect to the mobile tour’s website.


Explore the impact of the Civil war on all Americans including civilians, soldiers, children, women, and slaves. Depending on your role during the war, you had a different viewpoint. A Confederate soldier involved in the war felt very differently from a slave or a woman living in the North. Learn about the different perspectives to get a better idea of what it was like to live during the war.

The 150th Commemoration of the First and Second Battles of Manassas/Bull Run was a huge event in Prince William & Manassas. The reenactment featured living history demonstrations, speakers, art, music, and historical commemoration activities for the whole family. View photos from the 150th Commemoration of the Battles of Manassas

Heritage Trail

Explore the 25 sites within Prince William & Manassas designated as part of the Heritage Trail.


Experience the Civil War through the eyes of those who lived it.  Learn more about the roles of women, children and African Americans during the Civil War.

150th Commemorative Reenactment of the Battle of 1st Manassas/Bull Run

View photos from the 150th Anniversary Reenactment of the American Civil War and the Battle of First Manassas/Bull Run in Gainesville, Virginia.

World Class Museums

Rich in history and heritage, Prince William & Manassas serve as one of the most authentic and commemorated places to go in Virginia. Discover the site of the first large scale battle of the Civil War, the place where Light Horse Harry Lee, the grandfather of the Revolutionary War once resided and more. Learning takes center stage as you explore the National Museum of the Marine Corps or tour the Manassas Museum in Historic Downtown Manassas.

Bristoe Station Campaign Mobile Tour

Travel the roads soldiers took during the Bristoe Station Battle through the new Bristoe Station Mobile Tour. The 50-mile route connects visitors to images, audio and maps that bring to life the events and stops that were part of this 1863 campaign.

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