Historic Towns Civil War Sites Museums Outdoor Experiences Wineries and Shopping
Historic Towns Manassas is just outside Washington, D.C. and is steeped in history and tradition. The city center has an old town feel with a museum rich in Civil War and local Virginia history; Bristow was part of an 18th century plantation; Dumfries the largest town in Prince William County, founded in 1749; Gainesville was a changing point for stagecoach horses; Haymarket is located on an abandoned Indian hunting path; Nokesville and its farming community; Occoquan a quaint town on the river; Quantico is surrounded by a US Marine Corps base; Woodbridge is traditional and contemporary.
Civil War History the Manassas National Battlefield Park holds artifacts from the battlefield and exhibits pertaining to the First Battle of Manassas, including audio-visual displays and a fiber-optic battle map presentation that describes troop movements during the battle. A few miles away, Ben Lomond Historic Site is a plantation turned Civil War hospital. View the graffiti from wounded soldiers, the instruments doctors used and the only remaining public slave quarters in northern Virginia.
American Heritage experience life as a Marine at the National Museum of the Marine Corps on a 135-acre site adjacent to Marine Corps Base in Quantico, featuring interactive exhibits and artifacts. Tun Tavern is modeled after the Philadelphia Tavern where the Marine Corps was founded in 1775. Visit Quantico National Cemetery and the Missing In America Project that locates, identifies and inters the unclaimed cremated remains of American veterans.
Outdoor Experiences paddle down Neabsco Creek on a kayak tour featuring bald eagles, herons, and turtles as you paddle through protected wildlife areas. Visit Leesylvania State Park on the Potomac River, former home of the father of Robert E. Lee and hike on one of the park’s five trails, including a two-mile trail that goes through the Lee family cemetery, homestead and gardens.
Wineries and Shopping at Potomac Mills; Virginia’s largest outlet mall features 220 shops. Travel to the foothills of the Bull Run Mountains and for a taste of Virginia wine in an 18th century manor house.
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