Browse Exhibits (9 total)

Meet the Robinsons

This exhibit provides biographies of the Robinson family and explains how this relates to the 'average' African American experinece in the South during slavery.

Robinson Farm

This exhibit provides information about technology, farming practices, and James Robinson's struggles to become a farmer and landowner.

The War Comes to Robinson House

This exhibit details the family's experiences during the First Battle of Manassas in July 1861 and the Second Battle of Manassas in August 1862.

Starting Again: Life After the Civil War

This exhibit details the process of rebuilding their lives, farm, and fortune following the destruction of the Civil War.


"Africanisms" are those African practices which freedmen and slaves incorporated into their lives in America. These traditions and customs show how the Robinson's and many other African American families worked to sustain their African roots.

Changes to the House

This exhibit details how and why the physical property of the Robinson house farm changed over time. It also shows how these changes relate to social changes experienced by the family.

This exhibit brings the family's history from the nineteenth century to 1936, when the house was donated to the National Park Service. This is achieved by using the various house renovations as bench marks to give information about how the family and region were changing. 

Why Manassas?

This exhibit will give information about why the small railroad junciton of Manassas became the site of the first battle of the Civil War. 

A Peculiar Institution

This exhibit gives more detailed information about the institution of slavery in America.

A House Divided

This exhibit provides information about the causes of the Civil War.