Manassas, Virginia was the site of the first major battle of the American Civil War in 1861, known to history as First Battle of Bull Run. Since then, the city has evolved into an independent city that offers a refreshing lifestyle for those who want to be near Washington, but outside of the high-stress city life. Area universities and colleges infuse Manassas with a youthful vibe, while high tech employers form the backbone of the economy. The housing market is dynamic with new construction, but prices remain within the budget of most of the residents. The historical attractions of Manassas are a staple for educational trips and history buffs who troop to the Manassas National Battlefield Park, the U.S. Marine Corps Air-Ground Museum, and the Ben Lomond Manor House. The shores of Cannon Branch and the fields of Baldwin Park are popular tourist destinations, and visitors from all over the state and beyond join locals to celebrate the African-American Heritage Festival, the Fall Jubilee, the Prince William County Fair, the Old World Festival, and other events.
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