Apr 5, 2011

The Manassas Gap Railroad In Centreville

(Patch) With a tremendous degree of anticipation, I decided recently to set out, Indiana Jones-style, and find a relic from the past. Of course, being limited to Centreville and the surrounding area, I wouldn't find a gold trinket or biblical treasure. Instead, I looked for an archaeological relic—in this particular case a pair of bridge abutments from the Civil War. "You know, you're kind of reinventing the wheel," Jim Burgess, Ranger and Museum Specialist from Manassas National Battlefield Park warned me. "Others have already written about the unfinished railroad." They have, indeed, but with the sesquicentennial of the Civil War approaching, I figured now would be a good time to revisit. Continued