Constructed in 1825, Liberia was the home of William Weir and his wife, Harriet Bladen Mitchell Weir. Built largely by enslaved laborers, this two-story brick house is the one of the few remaining early nineteenth century structures in Manassas. Liberia’s Civil War history is well documented in the historical record. Graffiti, left behind by Union soldiers, is visible on
In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln visited Liberia to confer with his generals. By the end of the Civil War, Liberia was the only significant structure to remain standing on the plains of Manassas.
It was to this devastated landscape that the Weir family returned to farm their holdings. Despite the family's labor, they were unable to return the plantation to its former grandeur.