Manassas National Battlefield Park is a fun and exciting place to explore and connect with our history and natural surroundings. Planning ahead can help to make your experience a safe and enjoyable journey through nature and time. A few different factors should be considered before heading into the battlefield. Always be prepared by checking the local weather forecast. The battlefield can be very hot and humid on a nice summer day. On a warm and sunny day, be prepared with plenty of drinking water, sunscreen, and a hat. Be aware of the different conditions associated with heat stress, heat exhaustion and heat stroke in order to know when to rest or ask someone for help. The battlefield also contains a variety of ticks, and knowing tick safety protocols is very important for one's health. Some ticks are carriers of blood born pathogens, which can be trasmitted when the tick is embedded in its host. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme Disease can be prevented with the right precautions. Please read the following information about tick safety and prevention.
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.