PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY/MANASSAS, Va., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Manassas National Battlefield Park was voted among the top five Historic Sites in Virginia by readers of Southern Living Magazine. Representatives from the Prince William County/Manassas Convention and Visitors Bureau, as well as the Park's Superintendent, Ed Clark, today cheered the designation.
Manassas National Battlefield Park, home to two great battles of the American Civil War, offers visitors a true antebellum experience. In the summer of 1861, the first major battle of the Civil War was fought in Manassas, leading to a victory by the Confederates. Almost a year later, the two sides met at the site again for another battle. The Confederates won again, this time bringing them to the height of their power.
Visitors are immediately immersed in history at the park's visitor center with interactive displays, artifacts and the film "The End of Innocence." Ranger-guided programs are regularly scheduled and self-guided walking and driving tours are available year-round. At the Henry Hill Visitor's Center, tourists may explore the many activities, scenic vistas, historic sites and walking trails that the park has to offer.
Manassas National Park retains the vistas and views seen by soldiers 150 years ago. The park, consisting of 5,000 acres of meadows, woodland and streams is part of Virginia's Birding and Wildlife trail, and will thrill any hiker. Take some time to explore the museum featuring Civil War era uniforms, weapons and field gear. Among the battlefield's iconic images is the statue of Stonewall Jackson on the site where he rallied the Confederate troops and led them to the first victory of the Civil War.
"I am so pleased that Manassas National Battlefield park was recognized by the readers of Southern Living Magazine as being one of the top historic destinations in Virginia. Visitors can not only experience two significant Civil War battlefields, but also enjoy the natural beauty and recreational opportunities Manassas offers," said Park Superintendent Ed W. Clark.
"We are pleased that of all of the rich historic sites in our Commonwealth, the battlefield was selected by Southern Living. The park is truly an authentic and unblemished tribute to the fallen heroes of the Civil War and serves a constant reminder about the need for smart historic preservation," said Sharon Cavileer, interim director of the Prince William County/Manassas Convention & Visitors Bureau. "We are pleased that visitors continue to recognize the historic charm and diversity of attractions in Prince William County."
When planning a trip to the Park, guests can find comfort in the many bed and breakfasts, hotels and eateries located in Manassas. For authentic accommodations, "out-of- towners" will enjoy the Manassas Junction and Bennett House Bed & Breakfast properties located in quaint historic Manassas. For great food, treat to yourself to a crab cake, at Manassas's newest restaurant, Gunnis.
For more information about the Manassas National Battlefield Park, visit www.nps.gov . To learn about local accommodations, places to eat and other great activities to explore while in Manassas, visit www.visitpwc.com.
The non-profit Prince William County/Manassas Convention and Visitors Bureau markets, develops and promotes Prince William County and Manassas as one of Virginia's top tourism, vacations and corporate destinations. The CVB's goal is to enhance the lives of their citizens, businesses and visitors, while also stimulating economic growth.
SOURCE Prince William County/Manassas Convention and Visitors Bureau