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Historic Preservation Events

 

 

Calendar of Events for Historic Preservation for august through december 2019

 

The Historic Preservation Division hosts a variety of events to introduce the community to Prince William County's rich historic and cultural past. Events are held at four historic properties: 

These events allow visitors to explore and discover the families homes events and the everyday life of Prince William past. We hope you will join us for a step back in time!   

Please note that the sites open for daily visits in May. Grounds and trails at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Center and Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park remain open daily from sunrise to sunset. 

 
 

April 13

Eggstravaganza at Ben Lomond!

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $5 per child, $2 per adult; children 2 and under free

Join Ben Lomond Historic Site for a special Eggstravagazna celebration! Throughout the day, make some new animals friends, enjoy historic, hands-on activities, kid friendly games and crafts, and more! Egg Hunts will be at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, and 1:30pm and each hunt will be separated by age groups. Find the golden egg and win a special prize! Bring your own basket for egg collecting.  Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 703-367-7872 and be picked up at the historic site.

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.

 

 

April 18

Brews and Brains with Tucked Away Brewing Company 

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.; FREE; donations welcome.  

Northern Virginia has a rich history from the 18th century to today. Grab a pint and join the Historic Preservation Division and Tucked Away Brewing Company as we examine the gruesome, scandalous, and exciting little-known history of the area. In April, join local historians as we explore Virginia's Beer History. Bring some food and join us at 8420 Kao Circle, Manassas, VA. Call to find out the topic today!

Brenstville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Road, Bristow, Virginia, 20136. 703-365-7895.

 

April 20

Rippon Lodge Egg Hunt

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; $5.00 per Child, $2 per Adult; Free for Children 2 and under.

Eggs are hiding among the grassy fields, trees, bushes and vines at Rippon Lodge Historic Site. We need you help to find them! Along with the search for eggs, crafts, games, and tours of the historic house make this an enjoyable day for the whole family.

Egg hunts are at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., and are separated by age groups. Guest are strongly encouraged to bring their own baskets for egg collecting. Tours of the historic Lodge conducted on the half hour. Advanced registration strongly recommended.

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.

 

April 20

Potomac Blockade Boat Tour

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  $50 per person, reservations required

Cruise along the Potomac River shoreline and view sites that were critical to the Confederate forces' successful blockade of Washington D.C. from September 1861 through March 1862. Local historians will discuss the significance of the blockade and the gun batteries and camps. The cruise will include the preserved batteries at Freestone Point and Possum Nose, Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tour includes lunch and departs from Leesylvania State Park, 2001 Daniel K Ludwig Drive, Woodbridge, Virginia. Call 703-792-4754 for more information. 

 

April 25

Old Manassas Courthouse Lecture Series: The History and Science of Bee Keeping

7 p.m.  Free, donations accepted

Louise Edsall, the Founder and Educator of Bees In Schools, LLC will introduce us to the history of keeping honey bees and harvesting honey and the science needed to keep them alive and thriving today.  During this unique presentation participants will get an up close and personal look at an observation hive to see how bees function to produce honey.

 Old Manassas Courthouse 9248 Lee Ave., Manassas, VA. For more information, call 703-792-5618.

 

April 27

Spring Migration Bird & Nature Walk at Julie J. Metz Neabsco Creek Wetlands Preserve

8am; FREE, Donations welcomed

The Julie J. Metz Neabsco Creek Wetlands Preserve is home to a diverse bird population.  Join local birding and nature experts on a guided walk along the trails and boardwalks.  Discover this unique 120-acre property in the heart of Woodbridge.  Bring binoculars and guide books.  Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.  You will get muddy if it has rained in the days proceeding.  No pets please.

Julie J. Metz Neabsco Creek Wetlands Preserve, 15875 Neabsco Road, Woodbridge, VA 703-499-9812. 

 

April 27

Brentsville 2nd Annual Art n' the Car Festival

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; FREE, donations accepted.

Bring the family and visit Brentsville Courthouse to enjoy our annual Art n' the Car Festival! Enjoy the scenic setting alongside great cars of yesteryear (cars, trucks & motorcycles) and the art of local artists and Prince William County students. Try your hand at making your own art at the "Make Your Own Art" table, sponsored by On-the-spot Art Workshops. There will be local art vendors and the Historic Courthouse will be open for self-guided tours. Grab some lunch from the food truck or pack a picnic, but plan to enjoy the day! Historic Courthouse will be open for self-guided tours. *If you want to enter your classic car, just RSVP to 703-365-7895 and we will find you a spot!

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895.

MAY – Historic Preservation Month – Sites (BL, BV, BSB, RL) Open

 

May-October: Tours on 2nd & 4th Weekends

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park Tours

11 a.m. - 3p.m.; Tours leave on the hour; Free, donations encouraged

Bristoe Station Battlefield staff and volunteers will provide guided tours of the hallowed grounds that contain camps, cemeteries, and battlefields. Learn about Camp Jones and the battles that took place in 1862 and 1863. Tours begin on the hour and depart from the kiosk in the parking lot on Iron Brigade Unit Avenue. The last tour leaves at 3PM. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. Insect repellant is encouraged. No pets please.

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. The parking lot is located off of Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.

Saturdays, May through October

Yoga on the Lawn

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.; $5.00 per class, or 5 classes for $20.00

Enjoy performing yoga on the lawn with amazing views of the Potomac River and historic Rippon Lodge in the background. No one could ask for a better outdoor venue to exercise.

Join certified instructor Christopher Glowacki for an hour-long Vinyasa yoga practice. Beginning yoga students to well versed devotes are welcomed. Classes offered most Saturday mornings from May to October. Participants are encouraged to bring a yoga mat, towel and plenty of water; beginners may want to bring a block and/or strap. Please call Rippon Lodge to confirm class day and times.

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.

 

May 3

Walking Tour of Historic Prince William Towns: Dumfries

7 p.m.; FREE; donations welcome.

Join local historians on the first Friday of every month this summer for a special walking tour of historic towns in Prince William County.  On May 3 explore Nokesville, on June 7 explore Haymarket, on July 5 we will tour Dumfries and we will finish the series at Colchester on August 2. For May 3, please meet at the Weems-Botts Museum in Dumfries: 3944 Cameron Street, Dumfries, VA 22026. Call 703-365-7895 for more information.

 

May 4

Architectural Tours of Ben Lomond

11 a.m. - 4 p.m.  $5 per person, children 6 and under free.

For Historic Preservation Month, join us for a unique spin of our tours of Ben Lomond, focusing on the 1832 architecture of the house. Learn how Ben Lomond was built without modern technology, the styles and needs of the time that influenced the design of the house, and about the people who constructed it. Portions of this tour will take you to places not ordinarily open to the public.

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.

 

May 4

Special Potomac Blockade Boat Tour

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  $70 per person, reservations required

Cruise along the Potomac River shoreline on the 50' pontoon vessel Miss Rivershore and view sites that were critical to the Confederate forces' successful blockade of Washington D.C. from September 1861 through early March 1862.  The tour will motor past the preserved batteries at Freestone Point and Possum Nose, as well as Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tour includes lunch at Tim's Rivershore and a walking tour of the Possum Nose - Cockpit Point Gun Battery site. It departs from Tim's Rivershore Restaurant in Dumfries. The hike is steep in places so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.  For more information call 703-792-4754. 

The tour starts at the dock at Tim's Rivershore, 1510 Chery Hill Road, Dumfries, VA 22026.

 

May 11

Jamestown 1619-2019 Bus Tour

8:00 a.m.-5:30p.m.; $90 per person (lunch included); reservations required.

In 2019, Virginia commemorates three important events that took place in 1619. First is the meeting of the Virginia House of Burgesses, the first elected representative body in the western hemisphere. Second is the arrival of the first Africans to Virginia and finally the heightened role of women to assist the new Virginia colony. Join us on a special bus tour to Jamestown Settlement and Historic Jamestown. You will enjoy a special guided tour of the new exhibit "Tenacity: The Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia," which is a ground breaking exhibit on the role of women in the founding of Virginia. After visiting the Jamestown Settlement, we will go to Historic Jamestown, to see the original site of the James Fort and learn about the recent archaeology that has uncovered the church where the first Virginia House of Burgesses met in July 1619. Tour includes transportation, admission to sites, and lunch. Williams Ordinary, 17674 Main St., Dumfries, VA 22026. 703-792-4754.

 

May 11

Celebrate Spring! Nature Day at Brentsville Courthouse

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; FREE; donations accepted

Come on out and celebrate spring at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Center by learning all about nature and history! Join us for timed nature walks from local experts about native and invasive trees, learn how bees help the environment from local beekeepers, and enjoy special crafts, activities and more! Tours of the historic site will be available on the hour.

Brenstville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Road, Bristow, Virginia, 20136. 703-365-7895.

 

May 11-12

Mother's Day Tours (All Sites)

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.;, Free for Mothers and children under 6

Does your Mom enjoy history, visiting beautiful historic houses, picturesque gardens, and hearing juicy, dramatic stories of the past? Then treat her to a tour of one of Prince William County's historic sites for Mother's Day!  All mothers that visit during the Mother's Day weekend will receive a complimentary tour of one of our historic sites! Free refreshments available as well.

All County owned historic sites, www.pwcgov.org/history, 703-792-4754.

 

May 16

Brews and Brains with Tucked Away Brewing Company 

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.; FREE; donations welcome.  

Northern Virginia has a rich history from the 18th century to today. Grab a pint and join the Historic Preservation Division and Tucked Away Brewing Company as we examine the gruesome, scandalous, and exciting little-known history of the area. In May, join local historians as we explore Northern Virginia Railroads. Bring some food and join us at 8420 Kao Circle, Manassas, VA. Call to find out the topic today!

Brenstville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Road, Bristow, Virginia, 20136. 703-365-7895.

 

May 18

Ben Lomond's Antique Rose Garden Tea

1 p.m. -3 p.m.; $30 per person, advanced registration is required. 

Celebrate the arrival of spring by spending a wonderful afternoon in the antique rose garden at Ben Lomond enjoying historic tea and garden themed treats.  Price of admission includes tea, light refreshments, and a special talk about roses and spring flowers in one of the largest antique rose garden in the Washington D.C. metro area. 

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.

 

May 18

Historic Barnes House Grand Opening/Dedication

11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Free, donations accepted

Join local historians for the grand opening of the Barnes House exhibit! Built in the 1790s, the Barnes house was moved to Montclair in 2014 for preservation and restoration.  The Barnes House exhibit explores 200 years of the people who lived here and how they used the building.  Ribbon opening ceremony will begin at 11:00am with guided tours of the house offered throughout the day.  Barnes House is located at the Montclair Community Library, 5049 Waterway Drive, Dumfries, VA. For more information please call 703-792-4754.

May 20

Museum Kids Monday!

10 a.m. -11 a.m.; $5 per child, ages 9 and under.

Bring your child to Ben Lomond this summer to explore history through sight, sound, smell, and touch through hands-on activities and crafts! Topics will vary each month and include subjects such as farming, archaeology, or 19th century toys. Adult must be able to participate with children. Please contact the site to learn about the subject of the month. Reservations are not required.

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.

 

JUNE

 

June 1

Bookbinding Workshop at the Brenstville Schoolhouse

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; $30 per person, advanced registration required.

Whether you are a novice or have some bookbinding experience, you are "bound" to learn something in this class! Join us in a 20th century schoolhouse to learn about the history and terminology of bookbinding as you learn to make a book yourself. This class features a unique Piano Hinge technique to create a book that you will be able to use or display. Students should bring the following supplies if you have them: awl (or paper piercer), bone folder (or creasing tool), scissors, glue stick, X-acto knife, and cutting mat. All other materials will be provided. Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Road, Bristow, Virginia, 20136. 703-365-7895.

 

June 7

Walking Tour of Historic Prince William Towns: Haymarket

7 p.m.; FREE; donations welcome.

Join local historians on the first Friday of every month this summer for a special walking tour of historic towns in Prince William County.  On May 3 explore Nokesville/Brentsville, on June 7 explore Haymarket, on July 5 we will tour Dumfries and we will finish the series at Colchester on August 2. For May 3, please meet at the Haymarket Museum located at 15025 Washington St, Haymarket, VA 20169. Call 703-365-7895 for more information.

 

June 15

Juneteenth at Lucasville

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; FREE, donations welcome.

Join us at Lucasville in honor of Juneteenth to learn about the celebration marking the emancipation of enslaved African Americans throughout the South. Visit the one-room schoolhouse to learn about the development of freedmen communities throughout Prince William County and the progression of education throughout Prince William County throughout Reconstruction and the Jim Crow Era.

Lucasville School, 10516 Godwin Dr., Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.

 

June 15-16

Father's Day Tours (All Sites)

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; $5.00 per person, Free for fathers and children under 6.

Does your Dad enjoy history, the outdoors, walking trails or good stories? Then treat him to a tour of one of Prince William County's historic sites for Father's Day!  All dads that visit during the Father's Day weekend will receive a complimentary tour of one of our historic sites. Free refreshments available as well.

All County owned historic sites, www.pwcgov.org/history, 703-792-4754.

 

June 15

Special Potomac Blockade Boat Tour

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  $70 per person, reservations required

Cruise along the Potomac River shoreline on the 50' pontoon vessel Miss Rivershore and view sites that were critical to the Confederate forces' successful blockade of Washington D.C. from September 1861 through early March 1862.  The tour will motor past the preserved batteries at Freestone Point and Possum Nose, as well as Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tour includes lunch at Tim's Rivershore and a walking tour of the Possum Nose - Cockpit Point Gun Battery site. It departs from Tim's Rivershore Restaurant in Dumfries. The hike is steep in places so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.  For more information or to make a reservation call 703-792-4754. 

The vessel departs from the dock at Tim's Rivershore, 1510 Chery Hill Road, Dumfries, VA 22026.

 

June 17

Museum Kids Monday!

10 a.m. -11 a.m.; $5 per child, ages 9 and under.

Bring your child to Ben Lomond this summer to explore history through sight, sound, smell, and touch through hands-on activities and crafts! Topics will vary each month and include subjects such as farming, archaeology, or 19th century toys. Adult must be able to participate with children. Please contact the site to learn about the subject of the month. Reservations are not required.

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.

 

June 20

Brews and Brains with Tucked Away Brewing Company 

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.; FREE; donations welcome.  

Northern Virginia has a rich history from the 18th century to today. Grab a pint and join the Historic Preservation Division and Tucked Away Brewing Company as we examine the gruesome, scandalous, and exciting little-known history of the area. In June, join local historians as we explore The 75th Anniversary of D-Day.  Bring some food and join us at 8420 Kao Circle, Manassas, VA. Call to find out the topic today!

Brenstville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Road, Bristow, Virginia, 20136. 703-365-7895.

 

Fridays, June 28, July 12, July 27, and August 2

Rippon Lodge Revolutionary Readers – A Book Club Camp for Young Readers

9:30 a.m. – Noon; $7.00 per child/ per day.

Do you like to read? Then join us on Fridays to explore books and topics connected to early American history through the eyes of young adults. Each session includes a discussion of the book, followed by interactive games, activities, crafts, food ways, and more.  All titles are available at the local library and/or Amazon.  Advance registration is required.   This camp is designed for young readers (rising 4th to 6th grade).

Books this year are: "A Gathering of Days: A New England Girls' Journal 1830-1832" by Joan W. Blos on June 28; "Kate Warne, Pinkerton Detective" by Marissa Moss on July 12; "Sargent Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse who became a Hero" by Patricia McCormick on July 27; and "Full of Beans" by Jennifer Holm on August 2.

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.

 

June 29- 30

The 19th Century Living Experience at Brentsville

5 p.m. – 8 a.m.; $75 per person; advanced registration required. 

Leave modern times behind and experience what living in the 1800s! Join living historians at the Haislip-Hall house for an immersive experience where you will help cook dinner over an open hearth, enjoy the 19th century past-times, sleep in the 19th century log cabin, and more!  Personal bedding material is required, and a light breakfast is included in the morning. Reservations are required for space is limited.

Brenstville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Road, Bristow, Virginia, 20136. 703-365-7895.

 

JULY

 

July 5

Walking Tour of Historic Prince William Towns: Nokesville

7 p.m.; FREE; donations welcome.

Join local historians on the first Friday of every month this summer for a special walking tour of historic towns in Prince William County.  On May 3 explore Nokesville/Brentsville, on June 7 explore Haymarket, on July 5 we will tour Dumfries and we will finish the series at Colchester on August 2. For July 5, please meet at the Nokesville Church of the Brethren located at 13002 Fitzwater Dr, Nokesville, VA 20181. Call 703-365-7895 for more information.

 

July 8-12

Technology through the Ages Camp at Ben Lomond

9 a.m. – 12 p.m., $80 per child ages 8-13, advanced registration required.

Technology has been around since ancient times, it was just different than the technology we use today. Learn about the technologies used for hunting, cooking, warfare, health and more throughout Virginia's history. The camp will cover history and science from Virginia's early settlement through the 20th century with hands-on activities, crafts, games, and more. Registration for this camp can be completed on line at www.pwcparks.org or by calling 703-792-8320.

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.

 

July 13-14

World War II Weekend

11 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily; FREE

The Greatest Generation evolved during a time of war.  Learn about daily life of World War II soldiers in the European and Pacific Theatres from living historians portraying Axis and Allied soldiers. Hear about their equipment, armaments, historic military vehicles, and medical care on and off the battlefield.  Additionally, explore how citizens at home supported the war effort, view original WWII artifacts, and learn about Admiral Black, the last owner of Rippon Lodge, a WWII veteran and survivor of Pearl Harbor. Enjoy popcorn and beverages (available for purchase), historic house tours, crafts, live-fire demonstrations and more.

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.

 

July 15

Museum Kids Monday!

10 a.m. -11 a.m.; $5 per child, ages 9 and under.

Bring your child to Ben Lomond this summer to explore history through sight, sound, smell, and touch through hands-on activities and crafts! Topics will vary each month and include subjects such as farming, archaeology, or 19th century toys. Adult must be able to participate with children. Please contact the site to learn about the subject of the month. Reservations are not required.

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.

 

July 15-19

Civil War Basic Summer Camp at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre

9 a.m. - noon; $130 per participant ages 8 to 12

The Civil War Basic Camp is a unique hands on approach to the history of the American Civil War.  Activities include enlistment, drill and tactics, uniforms and equipment, flags, food ways and shelters used by both Union and Confederate Infantry.  The camp includes a tour of the 1861 portion of Manassas National Battlefield.  Registration for this camp can be done on line at www.pwcparks.org or by calling 703-792-8320 or 703-365-7895.

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Road, Bristow, VA, 20136. 703-792-5618.

 

July 20 -21

Ben Lomond Civil War Anniversary Weekend

Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Saturday: 11a.m. Lecture by Harry Smeltzer

Free, donations accepted

After the Battle of First Manassas, Ben Lomond served as a field hospital to treat the wounded. Visit Ben Lomond on the 158th anniversary of the battle and learn from historians and Civil War living historians how soldiers were treated during the war and how the conditions of these hospitals differ from the hospitals we have today. The weekend will consist of demonstrations, tours, children's activities, and a special evening tours. At 10:30 a.m., enjoy a featured lecture on "McDowell's Plan at Bull Run" by historian and blogger, Harry Smeltzer. In the evening, enjoy candle lit tours of the camps and hospital.

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.

 

July 22-26

Civil War Homefront Camp

9 a.m. - noon; $150 per participant ages 8 to 13

The Homefront camp is designed to give participants a feel for life as a young person while fathers and older brothers are off fighting the War.  Activities will include farm chores, food ways to include substitutions, Court day, 19th century fishing, letters to loved ones, sewing and needle work. On the last day participants will have a community picnic and homemade ice cream.  Registration for this camp can be completed on line at www.pwcparks.org or by calling 703-792-8320 or 703-365-7895.

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Road, Bristow, VA, 20136. 703-792-5618.

 

July 27

Classic Movie Night at Brentsville Courthouse: The Apple Dumpling Gang!

Movie starts a dark (approx. 8:30pm); Free, donations accepted.

Bring your blankets/chairs and meet us at Brentsville Courthouse for our annual FREE Movie Night! This year we will be showing the beloved 1975 classic, The Apple Dumpling Gang. Activities for children will be available starting at 7:30pm and concessions will be available for purchase. 

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895.

 

July 29-August 1

Life at Historic Rippon Lodge Summer Camp

9 a.m. to 12 noon daily, $80 per participant, ages 8 to 15

What was it like to live at Rippon Lodge 270 years ago? What happened on the farm? What did children learn, eat, make, or do to contribute to the household so long ago? What did the Blackburn's do to survive difficult periods of weather? Come encounter life at the Blackburn's homestead during the Colonial era at Rippon Lodge's four-day camp. Each day, campers experience all new hands-on activities, crafts, chores, and more! 

The camp will run rain or shine. Reservations are required and space is limited. Call 703-499-9812 for more information.

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.

 

AUGUST

 

August 2

Walking Tour of Historic Prince William Towns: Colchester

7 p.m.; Free; donations accepted

Join local historians on the first Friday of every month this summer for a special walking tour of historic towns in Prince William County.  On May 3 explore Dumfries, on June 7 explore Haymarket, on July 5 we will tour Nokesville and we will finish the series at Colchester on August 2. For August 2, meet at the Enyedi House located at 10605 Furnace Rd

Lorton, VA 22079. Please carpool if possible for parking is limited. Call 703-365-7895 for more information.

 

August 10

Annual Bee Day at Rippon Lodge Historic Site

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.; $5 per person, children under 6 are free

In honor of National Bee Day, come learn about honeybees, how a hive works, what is made of the honey and wax, and see the way bees store honey at Rippon Lodge.  During our Annual Bee Day, find out how you can contribute to protect this endangered species and view our working beehive on the hour.  Purchase Rippon Lodge's very own honey from our hive in our gift shop.

Please note: bees are temperamental and may sting.  If you are allergic to bees or honey, please make sure you use extra caution or do not attend.  Wear comfortable clothes and shoes; do not wear black or heavy perfumes, as it attracts bees.

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.

 

August 10

Prince William County African American History and Culture Bus Tour

9a.m.-4p.m.; $70 per person, lunch is included. Reservations Required.

Join local historians on a daylong tour exploring the unique and powerful stories behind the African American history of Prince William County. We will travel the county stepping back in time from the 1800s to the 1960s and stopping at many special and sometimes forgotten sites, to learn about the lifestyle, challenges, and the power of education. Sites will include Prince William Forest Park, Smoketown, Brentsville Courthouse, and much more!

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Center, 12229 Bristow Road, Bristow, VA 20136. 703-365-7895.

 

August 12-16

Civil War Advanced Camp at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre

9 a.m. - noon; $150 per participant, ages 8 to 13

The Civil War Advanced Camp picks up where the Basic Camp leaves off.  Participants will have the opportunity to speak with famous officer from the war, expand their knowledge of campaign foods and how they were prepared, learn about the cavalry, participate in artillery drill and build a sunshade.  This camp includes a tour of 2nd Manassas battlefield sites at Manassas National Battlefield.  Registration for this camp can be completed on line at www.pwcparks.org or by calling 703-792-8320 or 703-365-7895.

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Road, Bristow, VA, 20136. 703-792-5618.

 

August 16

Native American Campfire at Brentsville Courthouse

6:30 p.m.; $5 per person, free for children under 2

Enjoy a campfire and roasted marshmallows at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre as you learn about the native peoples who lived in the Prince William area long before Europeans arrived. Interact with hands-on artifacts, learn some of the games children played, and compare how Native Americans lived close to 400 years ago to how we live today.

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Road, Bristow, VA 20136. 703-365-7895.   

 

August 17-18 

Paranormal Investigation and Overnight at Ben Lomond Hospital

7 p.m. – 8 a.m.; $75 per person, advanced registration is required.

Ben Lomond has a diverse history from being a Civil War hospital to the home of countless slaves.  Today, many local residents claim that the house and grounds are haunted by spirits from the past.  Ben Lomond Historic Site is partnering with East Coast Research and Investigation of the Paranormal (ECRIP) to host a paranormal seminar and investigation at Ben Lomond. First, attend a seminar to learn about the various theories and current techniques of investigation. Then work alongside members of ECRIP in a paranormal investigation.  The seminar will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and the investigation will be held from 9 p.m. to midnight. After the investigation, settle in for the night in the Civil War hospital and sleep in the same space you searched for paranormal activity. Light refreshments served in the morning and bedding material is required. Reservations are required for space is limited.

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.

 

August 19

Museum Kids Monday!

10 a.m. -11 a.m.; $5 per child, ages 9 and under.

Bring your child to Ben Lomond this summer to explore history through sight, sound, smell, and touch through hands-on activities and crafts! Topics will vary each month and include subjects such as farming, archaeology, or 19th century toys. Adult must be able to participate with children. Please contact the site to learn about the subject of the month. Reservations are not required.

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.

AUGUST

 

August 24-25

Battle of Kettle Run Anniversary Tours

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Free, $5 suggested donation

Join Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park staff and volunteers on the 157th anniversary of Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's capture of Bristoe Station and the Battle of Kettle Run – the opening round of what would become the Second Battle of Manassas. This August 27th battle, while small, was bloody and took a heavy toll on the regiments that fought there. Visit the park on the actual anniversary for specialized in-time walking tours that will make this forgotten battle come to life in vivid detail.

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. The parking lot is located off of Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.

 

August 24

Rippon Lodge Car Show

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; $5 Suggested Donation

Enjoy a display of vintage and classic cars on the lawns of Rippon Lodge Historic Site.  Ask questions and take pictures of the beautiful vehicles, and cast your vote for your favorite. Listen to music while eating some delicious food, available for purchase. Period lawn games available for kids to play. Guided tours of the lodge, conducted on the hour, are $5 per person.

Car clubs and individual participants must register.  Call site offices at 703-499-9812 to receive information and registration form.

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.

 

August 24

Car Show Movie Night - Bullitt

Gates open at 7:30 p.m. movie starts at 8:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation.

"An all guts, no glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed a witness in his protection." The muscle car motion picture, "Bullitt" with Steve McQueen is a great way to end a classic car day. Bring the family or your auto enthusiast to watch this cool movie under the summer stars at Rippon Lodge.

Movie may not be suitable for children under 6 years old. Bring blankets, chairs, and wear warm clothes as you sit on the lawn, in the dark, watching this great horror film.  Popcorn and beverages available for purchase. Event canceled in case of rain.

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.

 

August 30

History by Campfire: Shepherdstown Comes to Manassas

7:30 p.m.; $5 per person, free for children under 2

Join us for a campfire and roasted marshmallows at Ben Lomond while you learn some history! On July 21, 1861 Ben Lomond was inundated by hundreds of young men who were wounded at the Battle of First Manassas. A good number of these boys were the area around Shepherdstown (now West Virginia). Soon families and religious leaders came from Shepherdstown to assist in taking care of the sons, neighbors and loved ones. Join us for a talk about these people, who they were and the trying days and nights they spent at Ben Lomond impacted their lives.

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 703-367-7872.

 

SEPTEMBER

 

September 7

School is Back in Session at Lucasville!

11 a.m.  – 4 p.m.; FREE, donations welcome.

Are you excited that school has started again? Going to school was very different a hundred years ago than it is today. Visit the one room school at Lucasville to learn about the different ways that students learned in a segregated society. Try some of the tools used to teach students in school, the games they played and even make a craft to take home! Not behaving well in school? Learn about some of the different ways students were disciplined, it may shock you!

Lucasville School, 10516 Godwin Dr., Manassas, VA, 703-365-7895.

 

September 14

Virginia in the Spanish-American War at Rippon Lodge 

11 a.m. to 4 p.m., $5 per person, children under 6 are free.

Considered to be a forgotten war, the Spanish-American War began in 1898 after the USS Maine was destroyed in the harbor of Havana, Cuba. It was a war that many at first did not comprehend or want, however the tide soon turned and many regiments in Virginia were soon preparing to fight. 

Explore the history of the Spanish-American War at Rippon Lodge Historic Site.  Speak with living history interpreters about the war, what the soldiers encountered, and see artifacts of the era.  Tours of the historic lodge and period games will be available.

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.

 

September 20

Fall Harvest Campfire at Brentsville Courthouse

6:30 p.m.; $5 per person, free for children under 2

Enjoy a campfire and roasted marshmallows at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre as you learn about how the local residents in Prince William County harvested their crops to prepare for winter. Experience the tools they used, the crops they harvested, and the unique things they did to prepare for winter in the 18th and 19th centuries! Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Road, Bristow, VA 20136. 703-365-7895.   

 

September 21

Potomac Blockade Boat Tour

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  $50 per person, reservations required

Cruise along the Potomac River shoreline and view sites that were critical to the Confederate forces' successful blockade of Washington D.C. from September 1861 through March 1862. Local historians will discuss the significance of the blockade and the gun batteries and camps. The cruise will include the preserved batteries at Freestone Point and Possum Nose, Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tour includes lunch and departs from Leesylvania State Park, 2001 Daniel K Ludwig Drive, Woodbridge, Virginia. Call 703-792-4754 for more information. 

 

September 21

Fall Migration Bird &Nature Walk at Julie J. Metz Neabsco Creek Wetlands

8am; FREE, Donations welcomed

The Julie J. Metz Neabsco Creek Wetlands Preserve is home to a diverse bird population.  Join local birding and nature experts on a guided walk along the trails and boardwalks.  Discover this unique 120-acre property in the heart of Woodbridge.  Bring binoculars and guide books.  Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.  You will get muddy if it has rained in the days proceeding.  No pets please.

Julie J. Metz Neabsco Creek Wetlands Preserve, 15875 Neabsco Road, Woodbridge, VA 703-499-9812. 

 

September 28

4th Annual Brentsville Day

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; FREE, donations accepted.

Join us for our 3rd Annual Brentsville Day! Come experience this nearly 200 year-old social and political center of Prince William County while we fill the grounds with festivities! Enjoy Bluegrass bands, historic farm demonstrations, living history, historic trades, local artisans and vendors, food trucks, historic buildings, hayrides and more!    

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA 703-365-7895.

 

September 29

Prince William County Farm Tour - Brentsville Stop

11 a.m. - 4p.m.; Free, donations accepted.

Join site staff and living historians to learn about farm life in Brentsville and Prince William County during the mid-1800s. Tour the 1850s farmhouse, and try your hands at historic trades and crafts!

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA 703-365-7895.

 

OCTOBER

 

October 4

Fireside Ghost Stories at Ben Lomond

7 p.m.- 8 p.m., $5 per person, children 2 and under are free.

Ben Lomond has a diverse and grim history from being a Civil War hospital to the home of countless slaves. Over the years, many local residents claimed to have seen ghosts and other spooky happenings at the site, claiming the site as haunted. Join us for an exciting and eerie evening around the campfire to hear some of the ghost stories associated with the historic site. Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 703-367-7872.

 

October 5

Scary B-Movie Night at Rippon Lodge

Beginning at 7:00 p.m., with the movie starting at 7:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation.

Come for a Double Feature of spooky fun at Rippon Lodge! Families will enjoy the70th anniversary showing of "Legend of Sleepy Hallow", an animated classic from Disney from 1949. The second feature is the 50 year old classic horror film, "House on Haunted Hill" (1969) with legendary actor Vincent Price.  Two anniversaries of horror in one night!

Second movie featured may not be suitable for children under 6 years old. Bring blankets, chairs, and wear warm clothes as you sit on the lawn, in the dark, watching this great horror film.  Popcorn and beverages available for purchase. Event canceled in case of rain.

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.

 

October 12

Rippon Lodge Murder Mystery!

6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., tours on the hour. $10 per person, Reservations required.

Do you have the detective skills to solve this mystery? Then come to Rippon Lodge and help solve a 20th century crime! During a World War II evening gathering at Wade Ellis', a horrible crime is committed. One of his guests is found dead. Who's behind the sinister plot?  Is there a saboteur amongst the guests; a double agent in disguise?  Is anyone else in danger? For one night only, discover clues and solve the mystery of who committed the murder!

 

Enjoy this mysterious and interactive guided tour at Rippon Lodge.  FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY. THE SUBJECT MATTER IS NOT APPROPRIATE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN.

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.

 

October 12-13

Battle of Bristoe Station Anniversary Weekend and Luminary

11 a.m.-4 p.m. daytime demonstrations, Evening Luminary begins at 7 pm on October 12; Free, $5 suggested donation

Join Battlefield Park staff for the 156th Anniversary of the Battle of Bristoe Station. Tour a Civil War encampment, watch artillery firing demonstrations, and tour the site of the third and final battle that took place in Prince William County. Park historians will lead tours of a section of the battlefield never open to the public before!

 

On Saturday evening, visit the battlefield for a rare treat to see nearly 1,000 luminary candles for every soldier who died at Bristoe Station.  Living history vignettes will be located across the battlefield and guided tours will lead visitors to meet the men and women who made history here.

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, the parking lot is located off Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.

 

October 17

After Gettysburg: Meade and Lee at Bristoe Station Book Talk with Jeffrey Hunt

7 p.m.  Free donations accepted

Join historian and author Jeffrey Hunt as he explains the complexities of command during the much over looked Fall 1863 campaign in Virginia between Union General George G. Meade and Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Copies of his new book, Meade and Lee at Bristoe Station: The Problems of Command and Strategy after Gettysburg, from Brandy Station to the Buckland Races, August 1 to October 31, 1863, will be available for sale.

Old Manassas Courthouse 9248 Lee Ave., Manassas, VA. For more information, call 703-792-4754.

 

October 18

Campfire Ghost Stories at Brentsville Courthouse

7 p.m. - 8 p.m., $5 per person, children 2 and under are free.

Brentsville has a diverse and dramatic history as it served as the county seat for nearly 100 years. During this time, many strange and scary events have happened here, and many say that ghosts of long dead men and women still haunt the area. Join us for an exciting and eerie evening around the campfire to hear some of the ghost stories associated with the historic site.

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA 703-365-7895.

 

October 19

Fall 1863 Campaign Bus Tour: Bristoe Station to Mine Run

8:30 a.m. – 5p.m.; $70, reservations required, space is limited

During October – November 1863, the Union and Confederate armies fought a hard long campaign across central Virginia from Orange to Manassas. Battles such as Bristoe Station, Buckland, Rappahannock Station and Mine Run solidified Union control of most of northern and central Virginia. Join historians and authors Dr. Chris Mackowski, Michael Block and Rob Orrison as we tour these sites and learn about how the chess match between Robert E. Lee and George Meade led to the end of the Civil War. Transportation and lunch is included. 

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, the parking lot is located off Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.

 

October 19 

Spirits of Brentsville

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.; $10 per person.  

Brentsville has a diverse and dramatic history as it served as the county seat for nearly 100 years. During this time, many strange and scary events have happened here, and many say that ghosts of long dead men and women still haunt the area.  Come experience a spirited night as you explore the grounds and buildings where you may encounter the spirits of the past and hear their tales of sadness and triumph. Guided tours on the half hour. Not recommended for children under 10. Reservations strongly recommended. 

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895.

 

October 19

Potomac Blockade Boat Tour

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  $50 per person, reservations required

Cruise along the Potomac River shoreline and view sites that were critical to the Confederate forces' successful blockade of Washington D.C. from September 1861 through March 1862. Local historians will discuss the significance of the blockade and the gun batteries and camps. The cruise will include the preserved batteries at Freestone Point and Possum Nose, Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tour includes lunch and departs from Leesylvania State Park, 2001 Daniel K Ludwig Drive, Woodbridge, Virginia. Call 703-792-4754 for more information. 

 

October 26

Hospital Horrors at Ben Lomond 

7 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.; $10 per person, advanced registration strongly recommended.

Ben Lomond has a grim history as serving as a Confederate Field Hospital after the Battle of First Manassas. Come experience a unique opportunity to tour the house and grounds in the recreated hospital and hear the stories of soldiers, doctors, and loved ones who were forever changed during the Civil War. Guided tours every twenty minutes. Advanced reservations strongly recommended for spaces fill quickly.

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 703-367-7872.

 

NOVEMBER

 

November 2

Historic Bushy Park Open House

11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Free, donations accepted

Get a behind the scenes tour of Prince William County's newest "old" building. Built in the 1790s, Bushy Park contains over 200 years of both local and national history. Learn about the site's amazing history from the Colonial through Civil War eras and about the restoration of the building. This is a rare opportunity to see preservation in action!

Tours will take place at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. Bushy Park is located at the Haymarket-Gainesville Community Library, 4870 Lightner, Rd, Haymarket, VA 20169. For more information call 703-792-4754.

 

November 2

Early Days of Prince William County

11am- 4pm; FREE; $5 Suggested donation

Rippon Lodge, one of the County's oldest homes, welcomes you to Early Days of Prince William County. Founded by the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1731, Prince William County has a diverse and renowned history, with significant locations where many important moments in our Nation's history occurred.

Experience living history demonstrations, from Colonial life and military encampments from various conflicts, such as the American Revolution, to the Native American cultures that once inhabited the area. Tours of the historic house, games and crafts for children and adults, included throughout the day. 

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.

 

November 2-3

Paranormal 101 & Overnight in the Brentsville Jail

7 p.m. – midnight; $70 per person for seminar & investigation, $40 for just the seminar, reservations required

Brentsville has a diverse history from being a County seat for Prince William County to being a quiet town.  Today, many local residents claim that the site haunted by spirits from the past.  Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre is partnering with East Coast Research and Investigation of the Paranormal (ECRIP) to host a paranormal seminar and investigation at Brentsville.  Participants will first learn about various theories and current techniques of investigation. Afterwards, participants will work alongside members of ECRIP in a paranormal investigation.   The seminar will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and the investigation will be held from 9 p.m. to midnight.  After the investigation, settle in for the night in the Brentsville Jail and sleep in the same space you searched for paranormal activity. Light breakfast refreshments included. Reservations are required for space is limited.

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Rd, Bristow, VA, 20136. 703-365-7895.

 

DECEMBER

Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays, December 6-8, 13-15, 20-22

Holidays through the Ages at Rippon Lodge Historic Site

11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Fridays thru Sundays); $5.00 per person, children under 6 are free.

Stroll through seasonal celebrations of the past at Rippon Lodge Historic Site. With interiors and exteriors richly decorated for the holidays, guests view seasonal festivities over the centuries as well as different religions, from the Colonial Period through the 1940s.  Light refreshments, a warm beverage, and shopping for unique Rippon merchandise round out a wonderful holiday experience.

Reservations strongly recommended for groups larger than 4. Tours begin on the hour on the front porch.  Guests should dress in appropriate attire and comfortable shoes for this walking tour.

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.

 

December 7

Holiday Candlelight Tours at Rippon Lodge Historic Site

Gates open at 5:00, tours from 6 to 9 p.m.; $7.00 per person, reservations recommended, not required.

For one night only, view Rippon Lodge by candlelight at Christmastime. Beginning with a special tree lighting ceremony with tree ornaments decorated by local schoolchildren, visitors will marvel at the beautifully lit historic grounds and buildings. Guest may tour the Holiday through the Ages decorations by candlelight, listen to music, see World War II reenactors on the grounds, enjoy making seasonal crafts, a warm beverage, and shopping and holiday cookies. 

Reservations strongly recommended for groups larger than 4. Tours begin on the hour on the front porch.  Guests should dress in appropriate attire and comfortable shoes for this walking tour.

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.

 

December 7

Annual Historical Christmas Dinner: 1944

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.; $75 per participant, ages 21 and over. 

Experience the holidays of years past with a historical Christmas dinner at the Old Manassas Courthouse. This year, experience Christmas in the 1940s where in the midst of World War II, rationing and the war efforts affected the foods and beverages served. While you learn the history of the time, enjoy some of the unique foods and beverages typically found and partake in some of the distinctive traditions of the holidays during the war. Reservations are required for space is limited; call 703-792-4754 for reservations. The program held in the Upper Ball Room of the Old Manassas Courthouse located at 9248 Lee Ave., Manassas, VA 20110.

 

December 14

Santa Comes to Rippon Lodge

1 p.m. – 3 p.m., $3.00 per child, reservations recommended

You better watch out! You better not cry! Santa Claus is visiting Rippon Lodge for one afternoon only! Be on your best behavior and keep your name on the "Nice" list. Parents will be given special "Things Santa Should Know" cards upon arrival. Bring your camera for pictures and dress appropriately for weather as some activities are outside.

With large numbers of excited tots expected, we ask parents bring plenty of snacks and extra activities for young children.

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.

 

December 14

Civil War Christmas & Concerts at Brentsville

5 p.m. - 8 p.m.; FREE, donations welcome.

During the winter of 1861, Prince William County was home to nearly 70,000 soldiers who spent Christmas here instead of in their homes.  Step back over 150 years to see how soldiers and civilians celebrated Christmas time during the Civil War. Walk through camps by candlelight and interact with soldiers to learn about Christmas customs of the past. Get your picture taken with a Civil War Santa and enjoy hot cider as you enjoy a musical performance by the Brentsville District High School Choir at 7p.m. and sing along!

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Road, Bristow, VA 20136, (703) 365-7895.

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