Manassas, Virginia

Welcome to Manassas, Virginia – a city of 37,000 people about an hour out of Washington DC.

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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.

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