Host of Presidents
Countless people have passed through the doors of Liberia, but none were as well-known as Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln. Davis watched the First Battle of Manassas on July 21, 1861, and then came here to Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard's headquarters to meet with him and Gen. Joseph E. Johnson before returning to RIchmond on July 23. Lincoln came here on June 19, 1862, to visit Gen. Irvin McDowell, who was recovering after his horse fell on him. Ice cream—a scarce and expensive treat—may have been served on the back porch.
Lesser-known men also have left their mark, literally. Restoration work revealed numerous signatures on the walls upstairs, written by soldiers in Union regiments stationed here. This desire to be remembered, to say "I was here," was partly inspired by the knowledge that death was a constant companion on the battlefield.
Liberia is more than just its Civil War history. A family was raised here, enslaved people were held in bondage here, and a beer baron from Alexandria operated a dairy farm on the property. Find out more as you walk these grounds.
"General Beauregard was informed
— Alfred Roman, The Military Operations of General Beauregard (1884)
"June 19.—The President and Secretary of War arrived about 2 p.m. in a special train to see the general. … They returned to Washington in the afternoon."
Assistant Adjutant-General's Office journal, Gen. Irvin McDowell's Headquarters
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, and the Virginia Civil War Trails series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is June 19, 1862.
Location. 38° 46.008′ N, 77° 27.664′ W. Marker is in Manassas, Virginia. Marker is on Portner Avenue just south of Princeton Park Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8653 Portner Ave, 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. Turberville Memorial Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Liberia (within shouting distance of this marker); Liberia and the Weirs (within shouting distance of this marker); Enslaved of Liberia (within shouting distance of this marker); Weir Family Cemetery (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Manassas 1825 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Conner House (approx. 0.9 miles away); Conner House Restoration (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 15, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 15, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.