Restoration Plans

Whether families walk the wooded 18 acre site, school groups experience hands-on history, tourists follow Lincoln’s footsteps, locals enjoy concerts, or couples exchange vows on the historic ground, a restored Liberia will be both a recreational and historic asset for the community and for visitors from near and far. The Master Plan that guides the restoration of Liberia’s house and grounds (pictured below) was designed by Alexandria planning firm Rhodeside and Harwell to enable visitors to easily park on site, access a restored house, walk on trails that wind through a naturally wooded landscape, enjoy garden and amphitheater spaces, support weddings and events, and preserve Liberia’s historic integrity.
master plan
The plan leaves open several options for either a standalone restroom facility or a multi-use building that will accommodate restrooms, catering and classroom space, and takes into account the recommendations of the Liberia Citizens Advisory Committee.

Planning for construction of a new rest room that was not part of the Master Plan has begun. The rest room will be situated on the Portner Avenue side of the house and will resemble existing restrooms at Stonewall Park and Byrd Park. 

Much of the site development now underway involves surveying the property in order to locate, repair and install utilities, restore the historical grade of the property and begin restoring the historic landscape around the house itself. Rinker Design Associates, P.C., a Manassas surveying and land development firm, is now translating the master plan goals into a site plan for construction and technical directions. Olde Towne Landscaping of Manassas will be providing $50,000 of in-kind landscaping, grading and demolition for the project.
Much of the first phase of Liberia house’s restoration, including minor masonry repairs, structural stabilization, wall repair and restoration, is now complete. Charlottesville architect Doug Gilpin is now finalizing the design of an accessible back porch. Gilpin also directed the rehabilitation/restoration of the Manassas Historic Railroad Depot, the Prince William County Courthouse, and Ben Lomond House.

rear of house
The existing view at Liberia's rear includes the garage that was recently removed.

planned rear view
A visualization of Liberia's rear after restoration includes garden and event space.

Historic Structures Report

Read the entire Liberia Master Plan

Phase One Site Plan

Note: these files are large

What comes next? Programming and fundraising events will continue as restoration work permits, but completing Liberia’s restoration and sustaining this historic treasure for future generations will depend on your support.