The City of Manassas has completed the purchase of 3.65 acres of land and the historic structure Annaburg Manor from the Prince William Hospital Corporation to create the city's 16th park. This purchase will provide an opportunity for an interested non-profit to restore Annaburg Manor as a community asset, and provide much-needed park space.
Where is Annaburg Park?
When will the Park Open?
Before the park is opened to the public, the City needs to make some necessary safety improvements including tree trimming, parking enhancement, and the addition of new signage. The public will be invited to a picnic in the fall that will kick off the development of a master plan which will help determine future improvements to the park and the historic house. At this time the Annaburg Manor house is not open to the public due to safety concerns.
What Can You Do at Annaburg Park?
The shaded area surrounding the house will be opened soon for passive recreation from dawn to dusk. Once open it will be a great place for a walk or a picnic. Keep in mind that park rules prohibit:
- Amplified sound
- Alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, weapons, fireworks, and glass bottles
- Littering and dumping of debris - Let's Keep Manassas Beautiful!
- Personal grills and open fires
- Unleashed dogs--please clean up after your pet
- Vehicle parking in non-designated areas and on the grass
- Motorized bikes or ATVs
The ivy-covered stone tower, resembling a medieval stone folly or ruin, was a landmark on the Annaburg estate that was variously described as a museum, beer garden, or wine cellar. The tower was demolished in the late 1970s.
When Robert Porter died in 1906 he left a $1.9 million estate and generous contributions, including $5,000 to the Manasseh Lodge of Masons to build a Masonic Hall, $5,000 to improve Manassas streets, and $5,000 to a trust fund charged with caring for the poor with a provision that one-third of the money should go to “the poor colored citizens.”
Read Background Reports on the Annaburg acquisition
Annaburg Manor Report by Architect John F. Heltzel AIA, PC
presentation from the Architectural Review Board special Work Session to solicit public comment on the Historic Overlay District and Landmark proposal for Annaburg Manor.
Background report on the Historic Overlay District and Landmark proposal.