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Manassas, located thirty-five miles from Washington D.C. in historic Prince William County, is an excellent day-trip out of the city. It was here on July 21, 1861 that the first battle between the Union and Confederate armies took place, known to Southerners as the First Battle of Manassas and to Northerners as Bull Run. The Union army had expected to make a clear run to Richmond but were stopped in their tracks by the venerable General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and his brigade. They would meet again on this battlefield a year later in August of 1862 when the Union Army was again turned back by the Confederates. There are several good ...

Manassas, located thirty-five miles from Washington D.C. in historic Prince William County, is an excellent day-trip out of the city. It was here on July 21, 1861 that the first battle between the Union and Confederate armies took place, known to Southerners as the First Battle of Manassas and to Northerners as Bull Run. The Union army had expected to make a clear run to Richmond but were stopped in their tracks by the venerable General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and his brigade. They would meet again on this battlefield a year later in August of 1862 when the Union Army was again turned back by the Confederates. There are several good quality museums to be seen here along with small towns such as Old Town Manassas, Occoquan and Bristow that are filled with history, shops and restaurants. The one site that is a must see is the Manassas National Battlefield Park where, depending on the amount of time you have, you can explore the museum with displays of Civil War artifacts, follow the Second Manassas driving tour with a CD, join a Park Ranger for a guided hike or pick up a map of the battlefield and go it on your own. Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park was where, in October 1863 the Union and Confederate armies clashed in a bloody battle. The park now offers a scenic pond and three miles of walking and equestrian trails winding through woods. Ben Lomond Historic Site and Old Rose Garden is a beautiful Federal style house built in 1837. During the Civil War it was a hospital for Union soldiers whose signatures are still on the inside walls. The surrounding rose garden is reportedly one of the largest public gardens devoted to roses in the United States.

Frances Folsom
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Frances Folsom is the author of CitySpot Palermo, a contributor to the Reiskits guides to Milan and Italy's Lakes Region, and Thomas Cook's Independent Traveller USA.

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    Winters are mild. Spring, early summer and autumn offer a temperate climate. Summer months are hot and humid.