When Union General McClellan began his campaign to take the new Confederate capital in Richmond, southern troops were forced to evacuate their winter camps that were set up throughout much of Fairfax and Prince William Counties. Brentsville, then the seat of local government, was one of the first communities affected by invading Federal forces. By the March 15, 1862, almost 6,000 soldiers occupied the area! Join us in reliving those tense and eventful days. Witness the training of US troops on the Courthouse grounds and learn how their unwanted presence in town changed Brentsville forever. Experience Civil War era drills, firearms demonstrations, camp cooking, period music and church services. Be on the lookout for possible skirmishes between the occupiers and local resistance fighters.
Join us in Prince William County this fall as we commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Bristoe Station. Events include bus tours, two day symposium, a feature exhibit and a weekend commemoration on the anniversary.
Discover Prince William & Manassas has created a Civil War Experience Pass that gives visitors admission into 6 Historic sites at a 50% discount off the regular retail price.
BEYOND THE BATTLEFIELD
Prince William & Manassas, Virginia offers hundreds of entertainment, shopping and dining possibilities. After a day of touring historic battlefields or participating in a 150th Commemoration event, consider some of these things to do... [Read More]