Visitor Center Museum Closed During Construction Project
The museum at the Henry Hill Visitor Center is closed due to the installation of a fire protection system in the exhibit area. The visitor center and gift shop remain open daily and the park film is shown hourly. More »
Several different types of plant communities occupy the 5,000 acres of land at Manassas National Battlefield Park. Hundreds of acres of the park are maintained as the historic agrarian landscape that existed in 1861. Agricultural hay leases preserve an authentic cultural perspective for the enjoyment of the public. The native, warm season grasses also provide an excellent habitat for wildlife. Open fields are covered in native grasses, wildflowers, and shrubs.
The woodlands are made up of basic oak-hickory forests, acidic oak-hickory forests, mesic forests, mountain bottomland forests, mountain swamp forests, upland depression swamp forests, eastern white pine hardwood forests, and Virginia pine- Easter red cedar successional forests.
The park hosts over 700 kinds of vascular plants; 186 monocot angiosperms, 500 dicot angiosperms, 16 pteridophytes, and 4 gymnosperms carpet the premises. The abundance of multiple plant communities within the park represents a healthy ecosystem that is capable of supporting a diverse range of wildlife.
Did You Know?
Congressman Alfred Ely, representing upstate New York, was captured by pursuing Confederates during the retreat after First Manassas. Ely spent five months in Libby Prison in Richmond, before being released. He returned to Washington and published an account of his experience the following year.