Backstory and Context
Collections and Exhibits at the Manassas Museum
From the 7,000-square-foot Manassas Museum, visitors can immerse themselves in the northern Virginia Piedmont region’s history through video, images, artifacts, and both permanent and temporary exhibits. Some of the permanent exhibits document the early plantation and settlement life, the building of the railroad junction in the region, the Battles of the First and Second Manassas, and the area’s post-Civil War reconstruction.
For instance, some artifacts (and their descriptions) regarding colonial life may include flax wheels, grain cradles, stoneware, portraits, ledgers, magazines, prison equipment, and many other farmstead and household items common among colonial homes. Furthermore, this museum lets visitors encounter both sides of Virginia slavery through an exhibit regarding a slave owner’s wife as well as an exhibit of a slave, called “Sarah.”
Some of the most popular events at the museum include the living history expositions. These events feature volunteers in colonial and historic costumes acting out various scenes from history, from the colonial home to the Civil War to railroad workers.1