Published: September 14, 2010
nowBuzz up! MANASSAS, Va. –Next year marks 150 years since the Civil War began, and tourism planners are hoping many will flock to Prince William County and Manassas to celebrate the anniversary.
“This is not a commemoration about a battle of the Civil War … this really means a lot for the entire region … every year the APA selects the top event in U.S. and Canada for tour groups and bus travelers… for 2011 the sesquicentennial is ranked as the top event for the First Battle of Manassas,” said Eron Shostek with American Bus Association.
Organizers submit about 600 events to the association each year, hoping theirs will be selected to be in the top 100.
This year, our region won out when the decision was announced Tuesday on the steps of the Old Manassas Courthouse, a Civil War relic in use until 1984.
“I feel a bit like Dr. Strangelove, as a northerner by birth I continue my natural instinct to say the ‘Battle of Bull Run,’ but it is the ‘Battle of Manassas,’” said Prince William Board Chairman Corey A. Stewart, R-At large. “This is another opportunity for Prince William County, private industry, the American Bus Association and especially our friends in the City of Manassas to work together to in the mutual benefit of both communities.”
The first event during the regional celebration is Jan. 16, with a lecture at the Manassas Museum.
It will also include the annual Manassas Heritage Railway Festival and Civil War weekend.