Manassas Station – Manassas, Virginia - Atlas Obscura

Manassas Station

Manassas, Virginia

This train station inspired the name of a 1970's rock band and provided the backdrop for their album cover. 

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Singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Stephen Stills is best known for his work with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young. However, he has continued to record and release both collaborative and solo albums since 1968.

In April 1972, Stills released the first of two albums with a band whose name can be traced back to Stills’s interest in the Civil War. Stills had the band flown into Manassas Station for a trip to Bull Run, where the Confederacy had won its first major victory during the Civil War. 

Among the photos the band shot, the ones taken on the platform at Manassas Station were the favorites among the bunch. One of the shots captured at the station was selected as the album cover, and the band decided to record under the name “Manassas.”

The debut double album considered by many to be a classic climbed to #4 on the charts. Sadly, it was one of only two albums released by Manassas.

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There is a small public parking lot just behind the train station.

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