By Patricia Hall, FairfaxFamilyFun.com
While many people learn United States history strictly from textbooks, documentaries, and occasional museum visits, those of us who live in Northern Virginia have a distinct advantage: our “backyards” are living classrooms. With so many historic sites, opportunities abound to see the buildings that tell so many stories and to walk along the same fields that soldiers and founding fathers walked, especially during the Civil War era.
Relive those days and teach your kids about our rich history and heritage in a fun way at the Manassas Civil War Weekend, coming up August 26-28, 2016. It’s a weekend of free events for all ages and interests at the Manassas Museum and Liberia Plantation. Activities include costumed historic characters, drills and artillery firings, and more that represent what life was like in Manassas during a time of great conflict.
There also will be a Civil War dance, period music, a fashion show, a cemetery tour, talks by renowned local authors, and more. New activities this year include debates between interpreters portraying President Lincoln and Confederate President Jefferson Davis and others portraying Virginia Governors Smith and Pierpont. Other special activities include a bourbon tasting, a commemoration of the 1862 rail car burning at Manassas Junction, and a scavenger hunt for kids. See details on the City of Manassas website.
Also remember to see our special page on reenactments and living history events for all of this year in our region.
Photo (c) P. Hall