Contributing Writer: Andrea Lopez | Images: CCN Manassas —
First, we came across the Old Manassas Courthouse. The Old Courthouse was built in 1893. It wasn’t until 1984 that it was replaced with the current courthouse located down the street. President Taft was at the Old Courthouse in 1911, for the Peace Jubilee. In 2001, restoration of the building was completed, and it is now currently open to the public. We only saw the outside of the building, but it was elegant.
Afterwards, we walked to The Bennett School, which is located on the same street as the Old Courthouse. We didn’t expect to see it boarded up, but after reading it’s history we found out why.
The building was built in 1909 and served as an elementary school. While they were constructing the building they found two graves of soldiers from the civil war, and they left them there as a memorial. Besides that the building is boarded up because it has not been restored and therefore it is dangerous to the public.
We learned a lot on this stroll through Manassas. It was a wonderful experience, and we hope that others can learn something from experience.
“I thought it was an adventurous day filled with history.” – Mirna Martinez