Welcome to Manassas, Virginia – a city of 37,000 people about an hour out of Washington DC.
The area is the site of two key battles of the US Civil War – the second, in 1862, happened near the height of the Confederacy’s ascendancy.
Nowadays it’s very much a Washington DC suburb with commuter trains stopping at the junction that was such a vital rail route during the Civil War. In 1861 alone, more than 34,000 Confederate soldiers were camped here.
To us, it’s a welcome break after four days in the US capital. The metropolitan grandeur of Pennsylvania Avenue seems a million miles away from the small independent shops and bars of Main Street, Manassas.