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“Manassas, history retold by people who understand and care” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Manassas National Battlefield Park

Manassas National Battlefield Park
6511 Sudley Road, Manassas, VA 20109
703-361-1339
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Ranked #1 of 20 Attractions in Manassas
Type: Battlefields
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Group tours/day tour
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Owner description: A 5,000-acre park that was the scene of two major Civil War battles.
London UK
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“Manassas, history retold by people who understand and care”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

My wife and I recently went on a tour of US Civil War Battle Sights as arranged by All-In-One-Tours. Entitled 'The Early Years' we visited Leesburg, Manassas, Harper's Ferry, Antietam and Gettysburg. It was an absolutely marvelous tour giving us a great understanding of the years leading up to war, a graphic understanding of the sheer carnage and sacrifice made by so many everyday Americans pitted against fellow US citizens and a feeling of the effect of this civil strife on today's United States.
Not being American and therefore not having a grounding and good understand of US history, we did a little homework before our tour and watched the excellent 12 hour Ken Burns Civil War CD box set, highly recommendable, and also saw the Killing of Lincoln as screened on National Geographic. We then finished our trip with a visit to the Ford Theatre and Petersen House in Washington DC where Lincoln was shot and died.

Manassas, of all visitor centres that we visited we appreciated the Manassas centre a little more than we did the somewhat larger centres at other sites. The LED assisted audio description of the way the first battle started, as shown on the relief map was an excellent introduction to the 40 minute film that runs on the hour.

Following our visit to the visitor centre we were given a detailed description of the two battles at Manassas by volunteer guide Bryant Kincaid who was absolutely excellent in his description of how the various battles came about and the consequences of decisions taken during battle and the significance of the outcomes of the various military manoeuvres.

The weather was not too kind to us as it snowed for most of the previous night and much of the morning of the tour but this didn't deter us or Bryant and we walked all the battles and were shown the key geographical features of the terrain that were so beneficial to those defending and so deadly to those attacking.

A really moving description of some of the early skirmishes of such a deadly war.

Visited March 2013
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Kokomo, Indiana
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“Civil War History Worth Visiting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Our family recently took a trip to Manassas National Battlefield Park and was impressed with the Visitor's Center and the preservation of the battlefield. The Volunteer Guide and the Park Ranger were both very knowledgable and interesting to listen to. We highly recommend spending a day learning about what took place there 150+ years ago.

Visited April 2013
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Cincinnati
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“Great Park and Great History Lessons to be Learned”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

This park was wonderful. Loved walking in the park and reliving what it must have been like to be there. Great 45 minute movie that explains it all (with re-enactors). My four kids learned a lot and did the Junior Ranger program too. I learned a lot too.

Visited March 2013
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Grafton, Wisconsin
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“Better than D.C.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Tons of Civil War artifacts in the museum. Excellent movie to kick-off the tour. GuIdes are very knowlegable. Only $3/person, free parking.

Visited April 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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“Great Battles, but we let the battlefield area become overrun with development”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Both of the battles at Bull Run/Manassas were important. But, for our modern-day purposes of visiting, too much of the battlefield was allowed to be purchased and developed, thus ruining it for us history buffs. I recommend instead Gettysburg, and the nearby Antietam battlefields, the two most important battles in the American Civil War.

Visited March 2013
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