- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 30, 2002


To find Old Town Manassas, take Interstate 66 from the Beltway to Route 28 South. Stay on Route 28 and follow signs for Old Town Manassas.

Main sites:

• Manassas Museum, 9101 Prince William St.

Phone: 703/368-1873

Hours: Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve and Day.

Admission and parking: Adults, $3; seniors 60 and older and students ages 6-17, $2; younger than 6, free. Admission is not charged on Sundays. Free parking is available.

Of note: The museum features a history of the Manassas area that includes the Civil War, the railroad and black history. A small gift shop specializes in Virginia memorabilia and Civil War books and reproductions. The museum will hold free concerts on its lawn at 6:30 p.m. Saturdays this summer. The museum will be open and free of charge from 6 to 8:30 p.m. during the shows.

• Historic Manassas Visitor Center, 9431 West St.

Phone: 703/361-6599

Hours: Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Closed New Year's, Thanksgiving and Christmas days.

Admission and parking: Free

Of note: The Visitor Center is a great starting point for walking tours to the other sights of Historic Manassas. The Visitor Center, which is also a working Amtrak and Virginia Railway Express commuter train station, houses the James and Marion Payne Railroad Heritage Gallery. There are maps, brochures and employees available to guide you. There also are a number of shops and restaurants within walking distance.

More information:

www.manassasmuseum.org or www.visitmanassas.org.

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