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

Manassas 1825

Liberia Plantation

 

— Plantation & Civil War Headquarters —

 
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1. Manassas 1825 Marker
Inscription.  Built by the Weir family in 1825, this Federal-style home is one of the few pre-Civil War dwellings that remains in the area. Once a prosperous 2,000-acre plantation, Liberia had a general store, a post office, and a school, and boasted a successful farm with as many as 80 slaves. During the Civil War, Liberia was headquarters to both Confederate forces under Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard, and Union forces under Gen. Irvin McDowell. Both Confederate President Davis and President Lincoln are believed to have visited.

A Civil War Trails sign on the corner of Portner and Breeden Avenues tells of the Battle of Bull Run Bridge and Liberia. After the war, the plantation was a successful dairy farm, and was donated to the City of Manassas in 1986 by I.J. and Hilda Breeden.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable BuildingsWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1825.
 
Location. 38° 45.887′ N, 77° 27.573′ W. Marker is in Manassas, Virginia. Marker
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2. Manassas 1825 Marker
The tree-lined approach to the house from Mathis Avenue.
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is on Mathis Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8785 Mathis 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. Liberia and the Weirs (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Liberia (about 700 feet away); Enslaved of Liberia (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Liberia (approx. 0.2 miles away); Turberville Memorial Garden (approx. 0.2 miles away); Weir Family Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mayfield Civil War Fort (approx. ¾ mile away); Conner House (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
 
More about this marker. The lower left of the marker features a map of the city of Manassas with blue stars marking the locations of 9 Manassas Historic Signs.

Liberia Plantation is owned by the City of Manassas. They have asked HMdb.org to note that the grounds are not open to the public and trespassing is strictly prohibited.
 
Historic Liberia House image. Click for full size.
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3. Historic Liberia House
“Liberia”, once known as “the Brick House”, stands on an elevation about half a mile north of where Fort Beauregard was located.
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4. Weir Family Cemetery
Contains the graves of members of the Weir family who died during the mid-19th century.
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5. Stone Marker
At one time this stone held a plaque describing Liberia.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 7, 2010. This page has been viewed 1,515 times since then and 35 times this year. Last updated on June 7, 2021. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 7, 2010. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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