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Manassas, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Town Is Born

1873 - 1915

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, November 30, 2019
1. The Town Is Born Marker
Inscription.  As the twentieth century dawned, an emerging town stood on what was once battle-scarred land. Incorporated in 1873, Manassas included churches, businesses, banks, newspapers, a small force of police and firemen, and hundreds of homes. The influence of the railroad continued to shape the community and was the main factor in Manassas becoming the county seat in 1892. Women in particular played an important role in shaping the town during the first quarter of the twentieth century, establishing schools, working in local businesses and crating civic organizations that supported a wide array of charitable causes. Segregation was a way of life, yet local black citizens contributed much to their neighborhoods, building schools, churches and businesses central to the growth of the community.

[Aside:]
Everything is new here...
— George Carr Round, 1885

[Captions:]
Eugenia Osbourn (left) and Jennie Dean (below) used their passion for education to establish schools in the late nineteenth century for the children of Manassas.
— Manassas Museum Collection

This
The Town Is Born Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 30, 2019
2. The Town Is Born Marker
view of Center Street in 1915 shows the first water lines being installed. Note the horse drawn carriages parked in the background. For Manassas, automobiles were still a thing of the future when this photo was taken.
— Manassas Museum Collection

Surveying tools like this one were used when laying out streets and lots in Manassas during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
— Photograph by Don Flory
Manassas Museum Collection

 
Erected by City of Manassas, Virginia.
 
Location. 38° 45.02′ N, 77° 28.399′ W. Marker is in Manassas, Virginia. Marker is on West Street just south of Center Street (Virginia Route 28), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9417 West Street, Manassas VA 20110, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wartime Manassas (here, next to this marker); Route of the "Old 97" (a few steps from this marker); A Railroad Town (a few steps from this marker); Jackson's Raid (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Wartime Manassas (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Wartime Manassas (within
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shouting distance of this marker); Loy E. Harris (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Manassas Junction (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
 
Categories. African AmericansCharity & Public WorkEducationIndustry & CommerceLaw EnforcementRoads & VehiclesSettlements & SettlersWomen
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 30, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 35 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 30, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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