Manassas Museum System Has Your History Fix

American Civil War Cannon

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Not far from our apartments in Centreville, VA, a unique destination explores the history and material culture of the Northern Virginia Piedmont region. The Manassas Museum System covers everything from early settlement to post-Civil War reconstruction. The system operates an array of historic sites with highlights including:

Liberia House 

Constructed in 1825, Liberia House originally stood on a 1,660-acre parcel of land known as the Bull Run tract. Owners William and Harriet Weir built the home for $2,876, a significant sum for the period. The couple produced grains and vegetables, as well as raised a herd of Merino sheep. The home was occupied by troops during the Civil War, and President Lincoln visited to meet with his general. Liberia is now open for tours and special events. It’s a twelve-minute drive from our community.

Mayfield Fort 

Native Americans occupied this 11-acre site between 3,700 to 2,500 BC. Peter Hamrick patented the land in 1740  and gave it the name Mayfield. He sold the property to Robert Hawson Hooe is 1779. The Hooe family used their wealth to shape Mayfield into a bustling operation featuring numerous support buildings. They temporarily abandoned the land in 1861 when soldiers worked to defend the vital railroad lines at Manassas Junction. Today, the site hosts living history events and features eight Civil War interpretive trail markers. The Mayfield Fort is a fifteen-minute drive from our Fairfax County apartments.

Cannon Branch Fort 

Scholars believe Cannon Branch Fort was originally a Native American base camp. Archaeologists have uncovered fire-cracked rocks, quartz spear points, and quartz flakes to support the theory. Cannon Branch later became a fort to defend supply lines. Open daily from sunrise to sunset, the fort is just 21 minutes away and is a fascinating place to explore.

Along with these Manassas Museum System historic sites, our Centreville apartments are also near premier dining and shopping destinations. To call our community home, please contact us. We would love to show you firsthand all we have to offer.

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