Thornberry House, Manassas National Battlefield Park Preserving What Matters: Value-Led Planning for Cultural Heritage Sites

Thornberry House, Manassas National Battlefield Park, in 1936 and 1965. Built in the 1840s—and one of only three surviving structures in existence since the two Civil War battles at Manassas—the house was altered significantly from its original form between the 1930s and 1960s. In assessing how to preserve the house, the U.S. National Park Service determined that the building's greatest significance lay in its role as a shelter for wounded and dying Federal troops during the first battle of Manassas in July 1861. To this end, Thornberry House will be restored to its Civil War-era form and become an interpretive center for visitors. Photos: Courtesy Manassas National Battlefield Park, U.S. National Park Service.