History at your fingertips
In front of the Old Jail Museum in Warrenton is the first stop of the Bristoe Station Campaign Mobile Tour, where history buffs can dowload information via the QR code on the bottom right corner of the sign. -- Times Staff Photo/Randy Litzinger
If you are a Civil War history buff and have a cell phone, you are in for quite a treat.
Thanks to a partnership with Discover Prince William & Manassas, the Prince William County Historic Preservation Division secured a Virginia Tourism Corporation Civil War Sesquicentennial Marketing Grant to create the Bristoe Station Campaign Mobile Tour.
The launch of the new mobile tour kicks off the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Bristoe Station and is available today on your smartphone.
One of General Robert E. Lee’s last offensive campaigns of the Civil War, this was the last battle to take place in Prince William and Manassas – the site of the first Civil War Battle.
The mobile tour includes seven stops on a 50-mile route that spans between Prince William and Fauquier counties and takes visitors on some of the same roads soldiers traveled during the 1863 Bristoe Station Campaign.
The tour can take anywhere from a few hours to a full day, historians said.
Some of the stops include Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, the Buckland Races Battlefield, the Old Jail Museum in Warrenton and the Battle of Rappahannock Station.
“Partnerships like these, which span various jurisdictions, are incredibly important to heritage tourism,” Fauquier County Tourism Coordinator Catherine Payne stated. “Visitors do not see county or town borders, but seek comprehensive information about the sites and happenings that occurred during these historic events. This partnership allows visitors to easily access information about all of the sites important to the Bristoe Station Campaign.”
The tour includes QR codes at each stop that link visitors to the tour’s mobile web site, complete with images, maps and 90-second narratives.
For more information on the new mobile tour and commemorative events, visit ManassasBullRun.com.
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