Manassas 150th Events

Civil War Traveler has an excellent listing of information related to the sesquicentennial observances at Manassas occurring between July 20 and 24.  Here are the scheduled events:

Thursday, July 21, 2011

  • 9:30 a.m. First Manassas Commemorative Ceremony at the Manassas National Battlefield Park. Ticketed event.
  • Noon Manassas National Battlefield Park visitor center and exhibition areas open to visitors. The day’s programs include a commemorative stamp dedication, long and short guided tours of the battlefield and living history demonstrations – all scheduled throughout the afternoon.
  • Noon Commemorative stamp dedication, Henry Hill, Manassas National Battlefield Park 1 pm
  • Living history demonstration, Henry Hill, Manassas National Battlefield Park 2 pm
  • Ranger-guided tour, “Changing Fortunes on Henry Hill,” begins at the visitor center Henry Hill, Manassas National Battlefield Park 3 pm
  • Living history demonstration, Henry Hill, Manassas National Battlefield Park 4 pm
  • Ranger-guided tour, “War and Remembrance – The Henry Farm – From Battlefield to Memorial,” begins at the visitor center, Henry Hill, Manassas National Battlefield Park 4-5:30 pm
  • Living history, “National Jubilee of Peace” recreates the 1911 Peace Jubilee with vintage flags, automobiles and more at the Old Manassas Courthouse, Grant and Lee Avenues 8-10 pm
  • Concert, Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle. Tickets begin at $30.

Friday, 22, 2011

  • 10 am Ranger-guided tour: “Standing Watch at Stone Bridge”, begins at Tour Stop 12, Manassas National Battlefield Park.
  • 10 am-noon Parade in Old Town Manassas. Free. 11 am Living history demonstration, Henry Hill, Manassas National Battlefield Park.
  • 1 pm Living history demonstration: Henry Hill, Manassas National Battlefield Park.
  • 2 pm Ranger-guided Tour, “Fading Hopes on Chinn Ridge” begins at the visitor center, Manassas National Battlefield Park.
  • 3 p.m Living history demonstration: Henry Hill. Manassas National Battlefield Park.
  • 3-10 pm World Premiere: Director’s Cut of “Gods and Generals” at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. Includes 3 pm panel discussion. Theatrical Premiere 5-10 pm. More info: www.HallowedGround.org.
  • 6 pm Evening Program: “Behind the Lines – War Passes Sudley Springs” includes ranger-guided walk, music and more. Begins near the Sudley United Methodist Church, near Manassas National Battlefield Park stop 5.
  • 7-9 pm Opening reception for Virginia’s Civil War exhibit at the Manassas Museum.
  • 7-8:30 pm Concert, Civil War period music at the Harris Pavilion on Battle Street, downtown Manassas. Free.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

  • 7 am–3 pm Reenactment, major event at Pageland Farm in Gainesville. Spectator parking at Jiffy Lube Live, 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow VA 20136. Tickets, parking, schedule information: www.manassasbullrun.com.
  • 10 am Ranger-guided tour: “Opening Clash at Matthews Hill” begins at Manassas National Battlefield Park Tour Stop 4 (Matthews Hill).
  • 11 am Living history demonstration: Henry Hill, Manassas National Battlefield Park.
  • 11 am-3 pm Guided tours of the Bristoe Station battlefield, see this nearby battlefield, site of two battles in 1862 and 1863. Tours begin on the hour. $5.
  • 11 am-4 pm Guided tours, “John Chapman’s Civil War Nightmare” at the Chapman/Beverley Mill. $5.
  • 11:30 a.m Living history demonstration: Henry Hill, Manassas National Battlefield Park.
  • 1 pm Living history demonstration: Henry Hill, Manassas National Battlefield Park.
  • 1:30 pm Living history demonstration: Henry Hill, Manassas National Battlefield Park.
  • 2 pm Ranger-guided tour: “The Robinson Farm – An African American Family Caught in the Crossfire” Begins at the visitor center, Manassas National Battlefield Park.
  • 3 pm Living history demonstration: Henry Hill, Manassas National Battlefield Park.
  • 3:30 pm Living history demonstration: Henry Hill, Manassas National Battlefield Park.
  • 6 pm Evening lecture featuring former NPS Chief Historian Edwin Bearrs will focus on military leadership during the First Manassas campaign. Commemorative Stage Area, Henry Hill, Manassas National Battlefield Park.
  • 6:30–8 pm Living history tours at the Pringle House Confederate Field Hospital at Ben Lomond. $15. Reservations suggested: 703-367-7872.
  • 7 pm Evening Concert by the Quantico Marine Corps Band, Commemorative Stage Area, Henry Hill, Manassas National Battlefield Park.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

  • 7 am-3 pm Reenactment, major event at Pageland Farm in Gainesville. Spectator parking at Jiffy Lube Live, 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow VA 20136. Tickets, parking, schedule information: www.manassasbullrun.com.
  • 10 a.m Ranger-guided tour, “Behind the Lines – The Road to Portici” begins at the visitor center, Manassas National Battlefield Park.
  • 10 am Interfaith service on the Lawn at Manassas Museum.
  • 11 am Living history demonstration, Henry Hill Manassas National Battlefield Park.
  • 11 am-3 pm Guided tours of the Bristoe Station battlefield, see this nearby battlefield, site of two battles in 1862 and 1863. Tours begin on the hour. $5.
  • Noon Living history demonstration, Henry Hill Manassas National Battlefield Park.
  • 1 pm Living history demonstration, Henry Hill Manassas National Battlefield Park.
  • 2 pm Lecture, Henry Hill Commemorative Stage, Henry Hill Manassas National Battlefield Park.
  • 2 pm Wreath Laying Ceremony at the City Cemetery.
  • 3:30 pm Ranger-guided tour, “Retreat and Pursuit – A Defeated Army Begins its Withdrawal, begins at the visitor center Manassas National Battlefield Park.

The map below indicates the locations of the major events around Manassas:

In addition, please check the Manassas NBP web site for updates.

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