The very first battle of the Civil War, The First Battle of Bull Run, was fought in Manassas.
Manassas has made the news on many occasions. It was here that Lorena Bobbit severed her husband's manhood with a knife in the middle of the night. On Route 234, the Sunoco gas station is where the Washington DC beltway snipers killed one of their victims. On Center Street is located the Manassas office of Comcast where an 80 year old lady recently went wild with a small hammer when she was upset with their customer service and it made national headlines. During the fourth season of Fox Television's American Idol, 21 year old Travis Tucker from Manassas became one of the top ten American Idol finalists. Also during the same season of American Idol, Judge Simon Cowell declared 18-year old Mary Roach from Manassas, the worst singer in the world.
Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission operates commuter bus service to/from Washington DC.
Sudley Road (Route 234 Business) runs North/South through Manassas, is the main shopping artery of the city.
Annual Heritage Railway Festival Every June the city puts on a Railway Festival with models, dealers and rides on the local VRE trains.
Manassas is fairly close to Washington DC, so there's a decent selection of minority ethnic restaurants in addition to regular fare. In addition, many chains are represented in Manassas including Cracker Barrel, Bob Evans, Golden Corral, Great American Steak and Buffet, Red, Hot and Blue, Hooters, Logan's Roadhouse, and local favorite Five Guys hamburgers. Manassas is also known locally for its unusually high number of 7/11 convenience stores per capita. This includes two on Sudley Road that are inexplicably right next door to each other. Local favorites are concentrated in the Old Town. The city of Manassas has a meals tax.
Cellular reception is good throughout the town. WiFi is available at some of the stores and restaurants.