Civil War Tours
During the Civil War, the rolling countryside around Poplar Springs sat near the border between the two warring sides and saw a number of skirmishes and battles, as well as major troop movements, several occupations and monumental suffering. Confederate Cavalry Battalion Commander John Singleton Mosby, known as the Gray Ghost for his ability to strike without warning then disappear, operated in this area.
Manassas was the site of major battles in 1861 and 1862. The Manassas National Battlefield Park is home to a museum, picnic areas and both guided and self-guided trails.
After the first battle of Manassas, the city of Warrenton was overrun with injured soldiers. Homes, schools and stores were turned into makeshift hospitals. The Warrenton Cemetery on Chestnut Street is the final resting place for at least 600 Confederate soldiers. Trail maps for self-guided Civil War tours are available at www.visitfauquier.com and www.fauquiercivilwar.com. The visitor center on the grounds of the Spilman-Mosby House (33 North Calhoun St., 540-820-1021) also has trail guides, or you can create your own half- or full-day tour through Mosby’s Confederacy Tours.