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Historic Preservation
Historic Preservation Events

 

 

2016 Annual Calendar of Events for Historic Preservation

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 are closed during the winter season and open again 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. The sites will open for the special events noted below during the winter months.  

 

Click the month to view the events (below).

 

 

 Jan. Feb. March April May June July Aug. Sept. Oct.  Nov. Dec.

 

 


 

January

 

Postponed to February 4 due to inclement weather

Lecture: The Battle of Bristoe Station "Myths and Memory"

7p.m.: Free, donations accepted

Author and Bristoe Station Battlefield Site Manager Bill Backus will discuss the many myths surrounding the Battle of Bristoe Station. The Battle of Bristoe Station was the last major battle of the Civil War in Prince William County. Backus' recent book "A Want of Vigilance" will also be for sale.

Old Manassas Courthouse 9248 Lee St., Manassas, VA, 703-792-4754

 

 


 

February

 

February 4

Postponed from January 28

Lecture: The Battle of Bristoe Station "Myths and Memory"

7p.m.: Free, donations accepted

Author and Bristoe Station Battlefield Site Manager Bill Backus will discuss the many myths surrounding the Battle of Bristoe Station. The Battle of Bristoe Station was the last major battle of the Civil War in Prince William County. Backus' recent book "A Want of Vigilance" will also be for sale.

Old Manassas Courthouse 9248 Lee St., Manassas, VA, 703-792-4754

 

February 6, 7,13,14,20,21,27,28

Lucasville School Open Weekends in February

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

Visit a reconstructed 19th century school used by the community of Lucasville.  Learn surprising facts of African American history in Prince William County and throughout the Northern Virginia region.

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

 

February 20

Everyday Full of Work:  The African-American Experience at Ben Lomond

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

Ben Lomond Historic Site is proud to present special guided tours in recognition of African-American History month. Visitors can explore the historic home and the original slave quarter to learn about the enslaved population living at Ben Lomond in the years before the Civil War. Learn about some of the chores that enslaved men, women, and children, were expected to complete and learn about the allowances that were given to slaves. 

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

 

February 25

Lecture:  James Monroe at War

7p.m.: Free, donations accepted

Many know James Monroe as a legislator, diplomat, governor, and fifth President of the United States, but he also had a very active experience in the Revolutionary War.  Monroe was present at several pivotal moments during the conflict, and was admired for his courage and initiative.  His war service in the Third Virginia Infantry Regiment brought him into contact with men from Prince William County and other Northern Virginia localities.  Join us as Scott Harris, Director of the James Monroe Museum, discusses Monroe's role in our struggle for independence, as well as his local ties.

Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Street, Manassas VA, 703-792-4754

 

February 27

Barnes House Hard Hat Tour

11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., $5 suggested donation

Get a hard hat tour of Prince William County's newest "old" building. The Barnes House was restored as part of the Montclair Library project. The house was the home to an African American family after the Civil War. Learn about the family's amazing history during the Reconstruction-era and learn about the restoration of the building. This is a rare opportunity to see preservation in action! Barnes House is located at the Montclair Community Library, 5049 Waterway Dr., Dumfries, VA.

Barnes House Historic Site, 703-792-4754  

 

 


 

March  

March 5

Pain and Mercy in Virginia's Civil War Hospitals Bus Tour

8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $80 per person (lunch included)

Hospitals similar to the Mansion Hotel Hospital as seen in PBS's new drama, Mercy Street, were found throughout Virginia. Now learn the history behind the show by visiting some of these historic hospitals and learn what it was like for the wounded soldiers and medical staff working in them. Begin the tour at Ben Lomond, one of the first hospitals established during the war. Then travel to Alexandria to visit some of the hospitals and apothecaries there. You will hear stories about soldiers of both north and south and learn about their experiences while in Alexandria.

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

 

March 19

Eggstravaganza at Ben Lomond Historic Site

11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $5 per person, children 2 and under free

Ben Lomond Historic Site and the Pat White Center at Ben Lomond hid eggs on the grounds of Ben Lomond and we will need your help finding them! Egg Hunts will be at 11:45, 12:45, 1:45 and 2:45. Hunts will be separated by age groups. A fun and historic prize will be given to those who find the golden egg in each of the hunts! Try your skills at a historic egg roll; enjoy fun, kid friendly games and crafts all day long.  Bring a picnic and make a day of it.  House tours of the first floor will be available.  Please bring your own basket for egg collecting. Registration is taken and activities start at the Pat White Center at Ben Lomond.

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

 

March 26

Rippon Lodge Easter Egg Hunt

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.;$5.00 per child, $2 per adult; Free for children 2 and under

Eggs have been hidden among the trees, bushes and vines at Rippon Lodge, and we need you help to find them!  Along with the search for eggs, crafts, games and tours of the historic house make this a day the whole family may enjoy. Egg hunts are at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30, and will be separated by age groups. Bring your own baskets to eggs and a picnic lunch.  House tours are on the hour and the Prince William County Sheriff's Department will be on hand providing "Indent-A-Child" cards for interested parents.

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

 

March 24

Lecture: Just How Do I Determine The Age of My Antique Furniture?

7 p.m.: Free, donations accepted

Master restorer David Rickard of D&R Restoration and Upholstery in Woodbridge will give an in depth look at how to determine the age of furnishings by details such as screws, nails and even the joinery and other construction techniques used in putting together  pieces as well as finishing types.

Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Avenue, Manassas VA, 703-792-4754

 

 

 

April

April 2

Civil War Trust Annual Park Clean Up Day – Bristoe Station Battlefield      

8 a.m. – 12p.m.

Join the staff at Bristoe Station Battlefield and the Civil War Preservation Trust at History for Park Day 2016. Park Day is a nationwide event that encourages Civil War enthusiasts to help maintain, restore and preserve Civil War sites through volunteerism. Come out and join us for a fun and rewarding day of work at Bristoe Battlefield. Projects will include litter pick up, cleaning cemeteries and trail maintenance throughout the 140-acre park. Wear sturdy work shoes, bring gloves and remember sunscreen. Tools and snacks will be provided. Meet in the parking lot off Iron Brigade Avenue. Please no pets. 

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

 

April 2

Dumfries and Prince William County Revolutionary War Weekend

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

Join us on the anniversary of the mustering in of the Third Virginia Regiment of the Continental Army. In the spring of 1776, several companies of this regiment were formed in Dumfries and marched north to join George Washington's army.  Many notables such as James Monroe were present.  Join us at Williams Ordinary and the Weems-Botts Museum as we commemorate this event with living history, demonstrations and tours.  Militia and Continental encampments will be set up at both Williams Ordinary and Weems-Botts Museum.  Meet James Monroe, George Mason and other notable figures of 1776 Prince William County. 

Williams Ordinary is located at 17674 Main St., Dumfries, VA and Weems Botts Museum is located at 3944 Cameron St, Dumfries, VA.  Call 703-792-4754 for more information.

 

April 2

Tavern Night at Williams Ordinary

7 p.m.; $35 per person, reservations required, 21 and older only

Experience the year 1776 through local and historically inspired beer and food in the area's oldest original tavern.  Sample beers brewed by BadWolf Brewing while enjoying colonial inspired hors d'oeurves.   Taverns were the social centers of communities in the 18th century. Come listen to period music, play period games, meet local dignitaries such as George Mason, Henry Lee and James Monroe. Hear a lively debate on the prospect of American Independence!

Williams Ordinary, 17674 Main St., Dumfries, VA 22026. 703-792-4754

 

April 9-10

Civil War Encampment at Brentsville

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

49th Virginia/ 3rd ANV Regiment encampment and drill weekend

In April of 1861, residents of Prince William County met in Brentsville and voted to secede from the United States. That same month, several military units were formed in Brentsville to prepare for war. Join Civil War living historians to learn about the formation of these units and how they were trained and drilled.

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

 

April 9

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

8 a.m.; Free, Donations accepted

The Julie J. Metz Neabsco Creek Wetlands Preserve is home to a diverse bird population.  Join local birding 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 16

The Deadliest Enemy: Disease in the Civil War

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

Since the very beginning of the Civil War, disease was a critical problem among the armies of both North and South. By the war's end, two thirds of the soldiers who died during the fighting died from disease instead of battle wounds.  During this special tour of the field hospital, learn about why disease was such a big issue, what diseases swept through the regiments, their causes, and the treatments used to try and cure the soldiers.              Tours begin on the hour.

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

 

April 23

Potomac Blockade Boat Tour

10 a.m. to 1p.m.; $45 per person

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 of the gun batteries and camps that supported the Confederate efforts. The cruise will include the preserved batteries at Freestone Point and Possum Nose, as well as Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tour includes lunch and departs from Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge.  For reservations call 703.792.4754. 

 

April 23

Nature Trail Walk

1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.; $5 per person, free for children under six

Take a walk with Master Gardner and wildflower aficionado, Jeannie Couch as she describes Virginia's spring wildflowers along a 1 mile nature trail.  Dress for the weather including comfortable walking shoes.  Jeannie will provide magnifying loops so you can really see the details of the flowers along the way and you will receive handouts with the flowers pictures and names.  No pets please. 

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

 

April 23

Open-Hearth Cooking Class at Brentsville

10 a.m. - 4p.m.; $40 per person; space limited, reservations required

Expand your culinary abilities by learning the skills of open-hearth cooking. Join an experienced open-hearth cooking historian and learn the basic skills needed to prepare food over an open fire. You will learn how to build a fire and will prepare and cook three different dishes. End the program by enjoying a taste of the food you cooked. Class will take place in the ca. 1850 Haislip Farmhouse. 

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

 

April 23

Rippon Lodge Junior Girl Scouts Gardening Badge

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.; $5.00 per Scout

Come out and help Rippon Lodge plant the vegetable garden for spring while earning the Junior Girl Scouts Gardening Badge.  This program meets all of the requirements for the badge. Scouts are encouraged to bring their own gardening gloves as well as dressing appropriately for being outside and getting dirty.  Scout leaders must purchase the badges on their own.  The program will run rain or shine. Reservations are required and space is limited.

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

 

April 28

Lecture: General George Meade's Leadership in 1863

7 p.m.: Free, donations accepted

Author and Historian Todd Berkoff will discuss General George Mead's leadership after Gettysburg, specifically during the Bristoe Station Campaign and his relationship with President Lincoln and Henry   Halleck during this time.  This is a broad look at the pressure placed on him to conduct offensive operations during the Fall of 1863 and some historical background on his career.

Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Avenue, Manassas VA, 703-792-4754

 

April 30

Junior Girl Scout Gardening at Ben Lomond Historic Site

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $5 per Scout

Junior Girl Scouts can earn all of the requirements for the Gardening Badge while helping us plant the vegetable garden and slave quarter garden for spring. Scouts will help us plan and plant the garden plots, learn about what different types of plants were grown, and prepare your own soil and water experiment to take home with you.     Program will run rain or shine. Scouts are encouraged to bring their own gardening gloves. Scout leaders will need to purchase the scout badges on their own. Ben Lomond Patches available for an additional cost.  Reservations are required and space is limited.

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

 

April 30

History Happy Hour at Rippon Lodge

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.; $15 per person, ages 21 and up only

Looking for a unique way to visit one of Prince William County's distinctive historic sites? Take part in our new series History Happy Hour! Enjoy a festive night of pop culture trivia, games, music and more at Rippon Lodge Historic Site. Explore one of the oldest homes in Prince William County, mingle with new friends, try on historic attire, and maybe win a prize.

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

 

 

April 30

Lost Towns of Prince William County Bus Tour

8 a.m. - 5p.m.; $80 per person (lunch included); reservations are required

While historic towns such as Dumfries, Occoquan, and Manassas survive to the present day, many smaller communities (and even towns), were abandoned, destroyed, or lost throughout history.  Join local historians as we explore these long forgotten communities and learn about a lost chapter in Prince William County history.

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

 
 

 


 

May  

May is Preservation Month!

 

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park Tours

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

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

 

Third Monday of the Month, May-October

Museum Kids Monday!

10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.; $5 per child ages 4-7

Bring your child to explore history through sight, sound, smell, and touch through hands-on activities and crafts. Topics vary each month and will include subjects such as farming, textiles, 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 required.

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

 

May – September, Saturdays

Yoga on the Lawn at Rippon Lodge

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

Yoga on the lawn with amazing views of the Potomac River and historic Rippon Lodge in the background – one could not ask for a better outdoor venue.  Join certified instructor Christopher Glowacki for an hour long Vinyasa yoga practice. This class welcomes beginning yoga students to well-versed devotes.  Participants are encouraged to bring a yoga mat, towel and plenty of water; beginners may want to bring a block and/or strap. Classes are offered most Saturday morning from May to September; please call Rippon Lodge to confirm class day and times. Those purchasing 10 classes will receive punch cards which are good for the whole season. Additional classes may be purchased at any time.

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-449-9812

 

May 7 -8

Mother's Day Tours at Prince William County Historic Sites

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

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!  All mothers that visit during the Mother's Day weekend will receive a complimentary tour of Rippon Lodge, Ben Lomond or Brentsville Courthouse

 

May 7

Brentsville Court and Trades Day

11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Free

Court days were exciting in the 1800s!  Discover what court was like in Brentsville during its days as the fourth county courthouse of Prince William County.  Come sit in on a trial and learn about the court proceedings of the 1800s, which differ greatly from today.  Historic tradesmen and tradeswomen will be showcasing their skills.  Get a sneak peak of the 1820s jail, currently under restoration, as it will be included onto the Slave Dwelling Project.

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

 

May 13

Explore your Park: Historic Cemeteries

7 p.m.; Free, donations encouraged

During the Civil War, the area around Bristoe Station became a vast cemetery.  Join local historians on a one hour walking tour exploring the various historical cemeteries that still remain on the Battlefield Heritage Park, and some that were removed.  Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.

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

 

May 14

Bushy Park Hard Hat Tour

11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., $5 suggested donation

Get a hard hat tour of Prince William County's newest "old" building. The Bushy Park House was restored as part of the Gainesville Library project. The house was the home to upper middle class families in the 18th and 19th century. This is a rare opportunity to see preservation in action! Bushy Park is located at the Gainesville Library, 14870 Lightner Road, Haymarket, VA 201695049 Waterway Dr., Dumfries, VA., 703-792-4754

 

May 14

Innovating Inventions of the 19th and 20th Centuries

1 p.m. - 3 p.m.; $10 adults (8 and up); $5 for children (7 and younger); reservations are required

The 19th and 20th centuries played host many inventions over the years.  Everything from the sewing machine, Morse code, the light bulb, barbed wire, band-aids, and the yo-yo were all invented by genius minds during the 19th and 20th centuries.  Children and adults are encouraged to join staff in the Brentsville One-Room Schoolhouse for an afternoon learning about remarkable innovations that are now commonplace.  Each person will also make a small invention that they will be able to take home. 

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

 

May 21

Potomac Blockade Boat Tour

10 a.m. to 1p.m.; $45 per person

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 of the gun batteries and camps that supported the Confederate efforts. The cruise will include the preserved batteries at Freestone Point and Possum Nose, as well as Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tour includes lunch and departs from Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge.  For reservations call 703-792-4754

 

May 21

Ben Lomond's Antique Rose Garden Tea and Treats

1 p.m. -3 p.m.; $30 per person

Celebrate the arrival of spring by spending a wonderful afternoon in the antique rose garden at Ben Lomond enjoying historic tea and 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.  Reservations required. Spaces are limited and will fill up fast.

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

 

May 21

Wildlife Walk at Bristoe Station Battlefield

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.; $5 per person                                                                                                                        

Bristoe Station Battlefield is home to a complex meadow ecosystem.  Join outdoor experts on a guided walk of the battlefield.  Learn about the beneficial wildlife especially the birds and butterflies that call this ecosystem home.  Learn to identify the plants that these birds and butterflies need for food and shelter.  Bring binoculars. The tour departs from the kiosk in the parking lot at Iron Brigade Unit Ave and 10th Alabama Way.  Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.  No pets please.

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

 

May 21

Spring Art Fling at Rippon Lodge

11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Free ($40 vendor fee for exhibitors)

In conjunction with the Prince William County Arts Council and Prince William County Parks, Rippon Lodge hosts the spring weekend of this wonderful family event. Enjoy a day full of music, dance, food, art and local vendors.  See a special exhibit on artist, Aviza Black, the last private owner of Rippon Lodge and a talented fashion illustrator of the 1930s and 1940s.

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-449-9812

 

May 26

Lecture: In Final Defense of the Reich: The Destruction of the 6th SS Mountain Division "Nord"

7 p.m.; Free, donations accepted

Lt. Col. Stephen M. Rusiecki, Dean of Academics and Deputy Commander of the US Army Inspector General School, Fort Belvoir, Va will discuss how in April 1945 the American 71st Infantry Division exacted the final vestiges of life from the Reich's 6th SS Mountain Division in central Germany with perspectives from both sides.  Col Rusiecki will argue that the last gasp of the Wehrmacht on the Western Front was not a mere whimper, as some historians charge but an effort to extract every last bit of pain possible.  The book by the same name is meant to serve as a testament to the human experience in war, and to give perspectives of soldiers and civilians who suffered the brunt of the fighting.  Col Rusiecki will have copies of the book available for sale.

 Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Avenue, Manassas VA, 703-792-4754


 

June

 

June 4

Wedding Expo at Rippon Lodge

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $5.00 with advance reservation, $10.00 at the door.

For brides in need of assistance in finding vendors and unique locations, like historic Rippon Lodge, for their special day, attending this Wedding Expo is a must!  Local wedding professionals from all industries will be on hand to provide you with up-to-date information and the latest wedding trends.  Enjoy an afternoon of gathering ideas, watching demos, receiving discounts, acquiring free samples, and a chance for one lucky bride-to-be to win a fabulous grand prize! Advance reservations recommended, as the event is expected to be well attended.

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-449-9812

 

June 10

History Happy Hour: An Evening at Ben Lomond Historic Site

5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.; $15 per person, persons 21 and up only

Looking for a unique way to visit one of Prince William County's distinctive historic sites? Take part in our new series History Happy Hour! Receive two drink tickets to use over the course of the evening, and come and explore Ben Lomond to learn about the Civil War and medicine. Interact with living history interpreters, see musket firing demonstrations, and explore the Civil War Hospital without barriers.  Reservations are suggested, but not required.

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

 

June 10

Explore your Park: History of the town of Bristoe (or is it Bristow?)

7:30 pm; Free, donations encouraged

Are you curious why Bristoe is sometimes spelled with an e but other times with a w?  Which one is right?  Join local historians on a special walking tour as we explore the history of the area of Bristoe from the 1600s to 2016.  Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.

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

 

June 18 - 19

Father's Day Tours at Prince William County Historic Sites

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

Does your Dad enjoy military history, learning about historic construction and preservation, or the great outdoors, than treat him to a tour of Prince William County's Historic Sites!  All fathers that visit during the Father's Day weekend will receive a complimentary tour of Rippon Lodge, Ben Lomond or Brentsville Courthouse

 

June 18

Potomac Blockade Boat Tour

10 a.m. - 1p.m.; $45 per person

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 of the gun batteries and camps that supported the Confederate efforts. The cruise will include the preserved batteries at Freestone Point and Possum Nose, as well as Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tour includes lunch and departs from Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge.  For reservations call 703.792.4754

 

June 18

Forgotten Civil War Battles of Northern Virginia Bus Tour

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; $80 per person (lunch included); reservations are required

While the battles of First and Second Manassas were the largest and most famous to occur in Northern Virginia, they were not the only ones.  Join local historians as we explore many of the smaller, hidden battles that took place in our region from 1861 to 1865.

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

 

 

June 18

Junior Girl Scouts Playing the Past at Ben Lomond Historic Site

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; $10 per scout

Junior Girl Scouts can complete four of the five requirements for the Playing the Past Badge as they learn what life was like for nurses who served during the American Civil War. Learn about some of the women who served as nurses during the Civil War. Experience some of the chores that they helped the surgeons with, create accessories that they would have used in their work, and receive a journal to create a diary like other nurses have. Scouts can fulfill all five requirements by attending Ben Lomond's Pringle House Hospital Weekend on July 23th and 24th. Reservations are required and space is limited.

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

 

June 20-24

Virginia Heritage Camp

9 a.m. - 4p.m.; $250 per child, reservations required

Explore Virginia history from Native Americans through the 20th Century. Learn about life in early Virginia through hands-on activities and crafts such as candle dipping and churning butter. Learn about how the Revolutionary War and the Civil War changed life in Virginia by drilling with soldiers and cooking over a fire. 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. 703-365-7895

 

June 25

Chaplin, Lloyd, and Keaton Movie Night

Gates open at 7 p.m.; movies begin approximately at 8:15 p.m., Free admission, donations welcomed.

Come and enjoy a movie night under the stars with three masters of physical comedy, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton. First showing is "The Champion", a 1915 silent feature starring Charlie Chaplin.  Second feature is the 1920 silent movie, "High and Dizzy" starring Harold Lloyd.  Finally, rounding out the night of comedy is the 1920s movie, "One Week" starring Buster Keaton. Popcorn and beverages available for purchase.  Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to sit and enjoy the movies. Movies cancelled in event of rain.

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-449-9812

 

 


 

 July 

 

Fridays - July 8, 22, August 5, 19

Revolutionary Readers – A Book Club for Young Readers

10 a.m. – Noon; $7.00 per child

Young readers (rising 4th to 6th grade) are invited to join our book club.  This summer we will explore books and topics connected to early American history through the eyes of young adults. Each gathering of readers will include a discussion of the book and other related activities. A book list will be provided at time of registration.  All titles are available at the local library.

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-449-9812

 

July 9 - 10

Prince William County World War II Weekend at Rippon Lodge

11 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily; Free, $5.00 per person suggested donation

Admiral Black, the last owner of Rippon Lodge, was a WWII veteran and survivor of Pearl Harbor.  Learn about daily life of soldiers in the European and Pacific Theatres from living historians portraying Axis and Allied soldiers.  Learn about their equipment, armaments, historic military vehicles, and medical care on and off the battle field.  Also explore how citizens at home supported the war effort and view original WWII artifacts.

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-449-9812

 

July 15

Explore your Park: Nature Walk

7 p.m.; Free, donations encouraged

Join a naturalist for a hike on Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park's trails and discover a local habitat that many reptiles call home. Dress for a moderate outdoor experience, and bring water. No pets.

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

 

July 16

Reptiles and Amphibians of Virginia

7 p.m.; $5 per person

Join naturalist and reptile expert Tony Bulmer on Friday evening for a lecture on the native reptiles and amphibians that call Virginia home. Learn why having these species in your yard and our parks is a good thing. The lecture will be held at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre and will include guest appearances by some of our local reptilian residents.

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

 

July 18-22

Civil War Basic Summer Camp at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre

9 a.m. to noon; $130 per participant aged 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

 

 

July 23-24

Pringle House Hospital Weekend and Blood Drive

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; $5 per person; children under 6 free, those who donate receive free admission.

After the Battle of First Manassas, Ben Lomond served as a Confederate field hospital to treat the wounded. Visit Ben Lomond close to the 155th anniversary of the battle and learn from historians and Civil War reenactors how soldiers were treated during the Civil War and what the conditions of these hospitals differ from the hospitals and medicine we have today. The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be on site and those who donate blood will receive free admission into the event.

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

 

July 23

You Are There: Witness the Chaos of Pringle House Hospital

7p.m. – 9 p.m.: $10 per person; those who donate blood that day receive $5 admission.

Ben Lomond, known as the Pringle House Hospital, has a grim history as serving as a Confederate Field Hospital after the Battle of First Manassas. Witness the horrors of the hospital and hear their stories of drama and sadness as you tour the house and grounds interacting with those whose lives were impacted by the war. Guided tours every half hour. Reservations strongly recommended.

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

 

July 25-29

Civil War Homefront Camp

9 a.m. to noon; $150 per participant aged 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, and on the last day community picnic and homemade Ice cream.  Registration for this camp can be completed on line or by calling 703.792.8320 or 703-365-7895 

 

July 30

Ghost Hunting 101

7 p.m. – midnight; $100 per person for seminar and investigation, $40 for just the seminar, reservations 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.  ECRIP is a local volunteer group of researchers who investigate claims of potential paranormal phenomena and educate interested parties by sharing collective research, experience, knowledge and theories.  Participants will first attend a seminar with discussions about various theories and current techniques.  Afterwards, participants will work alongside members of ECRIP in a paranormal investigation.  The seminar will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m.  The investigation will be held from 9 p.m. to midnight.  Space is limited for the investigation.  Reservations are required.

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

 

 

 

August

 
 

August 5

History Happy Hour: Trivia Night at Old Manassas Courthouse

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.; $15 per person, 21 years and over in age only

Looking for a unique way to visit one of Prince William County's distinctive historic sites? Take part in our new series History Happy Hour! Come celebrate Virginia's rich history and take part in Prince William County's first History Happy Hour Trivia Night!  Test your skills in local history and popular culture, while competing against friends, family, and other teams. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and last place. Trivia registration costs cover two free drink tickets and light refreshments. Registration is suggested, but not required.

Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Avenue, Manassas, VA, 703-367-7872

 

August 8-12

Civil War Advanced Camp at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre

9 a.m. to 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 of the cavalry, participate in artillery drill, 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. 703-365-7895

 

August 15-19

History Explorer Camp

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; $300 per camper (ages 8-12)

Become explorers and experience Virginia's local history through interactive tours and activities at different historic sites that each illustrated a different time in our nation's history.  Visit different historic sites including Rippon Lodge Historic Site, Ben Lomond Historic Site, Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, and many more! Camp includes van transportation. Bring lunch, snacks, and drinks daily.

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

 

August 19-21

So You Want To Be A Civil War Soldier Camp at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre

4 p.m. on Friday to noon on Sunday; $300 for parent and child aged 13-16

This camp is designed to put all of the lessons learned in the previous camps into practice as participants enlist in a company, establish a camp and become a soldier in camp for two days through a series of hands on activities and drills.  Parents and children will be staying in shelter tents and performing camp duties from 4 pm Friday to noon on Sunday.  Participants will need to bring sleeping bag or blankets.

Registration for this camp can be completed on line at www.pwcparks.org or by calling 703-792-8320 or 703-365-7895

 

August 20

Movie Night at Historic Brentsville

8 p.m.; Free

3rd Annual Brentsville Movie Night!  Enjoy an old movie the way they were meant to be seen!  Movie starts at nightfall. We will be showing Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier.   Bring chairs and or blankets.  Concessions will be available for purchase.

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

 

August 26

Jackson at Bristoe Station Anniversary "In-Time" Tour

7 p.m..; Free, $5 suggested donation

Join Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park staff and volunteers on the 154th anniversary of Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's capture of Bristoe Station, the precursor to the Battle of Second Manassas.  Jackson's capture of Bristoe, would allow him to capture the large Federal warehouses in Manassas on the 27th.  Visit the park on the actual anniversary for a specialized in-time walking tour.

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

 

August 27

Battle of Bull Run Bridge In-Time Walking Tour

9 a.m.; Free

Join Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park staff for the 154th anniversary of the Battle of Bull Run Bridge– part of the opening rounds of what would become the Second Battle of Manassas.  Hours before the Battle of Kettle Run to the South, the Battle of Bull Run Bridge was the first Federal attempt to drive Stonewall Jackson away from Manassas. This August 27th battle, while small, was particularly bloody for the Union Army and took a heavy toll on the regiments that fought there.  Visit the ground on the actual anniversary for specialized in-time walking tour that will make this forgotten battle come to life in vivid detail.

Tour begins in front driveway of Liberia Plantation House; 8601 Portner Ave, Manassas, VA 20110. For more information please call 703-366-3049

 

August 27

Battle of Kettle Run Anniversary Tours

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

Join Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park staff and volunteers on the 154th 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.

 


 

September

 

September 10

Potomac Blockade Boat Tour

10 a.m. - 1p.m.; $45 per person

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 of the gun batteries and camps that supported the Confederate efforts. The cruise will include the preserved batteries at Freestone Point and Possum Nose, as well as Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tour includes lunch and departs from Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge.  For reservations call 703.792.4754. 

 

September 10

WWII – Dance the Evening Away at the Rippon Lodge Canteen

7 p.m. – 10 p.m.; $30.00 per person; active military discount available; reservations required

Dance the night away at Rippon Lodge as it is transformed into a dance hall reminiscent of a USO canteen with live Big Band music, delicious food and beverages. The USO (The United Service Organizations) was incorporated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941 to handle the on-leave recreation needs for members of the Armed Forces during the war.

Guests are encouraged to "Dress the Part!" and attend the event in their best dress, vintage costume, or active military uniforms. Food trucks will be present for guest to purchase food to sustain them during the night; beverages available for purchase.  Discounted admission for all active military members. Reservations are required to attend this unique and fun evening dance.

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-449-9812

 

September, 10

School is Back in Session!

1:00 p.m. – 4 p.m.; $5 per person

Are you excited that school has started again? Going to school was very different a hundred years ago than it is today. Visit Lucasville School and learn about the different ways that students learn and even try some of the tools they used to teach. Not behaving well in school? Learn about some of the different ways students were disciplined, it may shock you! Learn about some of the games that students used to entertain themselves and even create a toy that you get to take home with you!

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

 

September 17-18

4th Annual Brentsville Bluegrass Festival

1pm -4  pm, Saturday and Sunday; $10 per person, children free under six

Enjoy the lively sounds of local bluegrass bands at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre!  Along with music, local food vendors, antique vehicles, and games will be offered throughout the day for a perfect fall day.

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

 

September 24-25

Prince William County Farm Tour -- Brentsville Stop

10 a.m. - 4p.m.; Free

Join site staff as we learn about farm life here in Brentsville and Prince William County during the mid-1800s.  Tour the 1850s farm house and learn how Prince William County farmers, free and enslaved.  Discover how they lived and worked before electricity and running water. 

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


  

 

October 

   

October 8

Potomac Blockade Boat Tour

10 a.m. - 1p.m.; $45 per person

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 of the gun batteries and camps that supported the Confederate efforts. The cruise will include the preserved batteries at Freestone Point and Possum Nose, as well as Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tour includes lunch and departs from Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge.  For reservations call 703.792.4754. 

 

October 8

Bristoe Station Campaign Bus Tour

8 a.m. -5p.m.; $80 per person (lunch included); reservations are required

Join authors Bill Backus and Rob Orrison and enjoy a full day with an in-depth tour of the sites and battlefields that made up the Bristoe Campaign.  Stops will include:  Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, Auburn, Remington and Buckland.  Historians will explain how this important campaign impacted soldiers, civilians and its overall impact on the outcome of the Civil War.  Participants will have a chance to see little known or visited sites.

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

 

October 8

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

8 a.m.; Free, Donations accepted

The Julie J. Metz Neabsco Creek Wetlands Preserve is home to a diverse bird population.  Join local birding 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

 

October 14

153rd Anniversary Battle of Bristoe Station "In-Time" Anniversary Tours

3 p.m. – 6p.m.; Free, $5 suggested donation

Join Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park staff and volunteers on the 153rd anniversary of the third and final Civil War battle to take place in Prince William County. This October 14th battle, while small, was the culmination of Lee's last offensive of the War. 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

 

October 15-16

Battle of Bristoe Station Anniversary Weekend and Luminary

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

Join Battlefield Park staff for the 152nd 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. On Saturday evening, visit the battlefield for a rare treat to see over 2,000 luminary candles for every soldier who died at Bristoe Station.  Living history vignettes will be located across the battlefield and self-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 of Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.

 

October 21 -22

Spirits of Rippon Lodge

7p.m. to 9 p.m., $10 per person, (not appropriate for young children)

Rippon Lodge's diverse history is full of truths, myths and rumors, such as the course of Route 1 was altered to avoid its ghostly residents. Come and experience a uniquely haunting tour of the historic house and grounds by candlelight, perhaps encounter the departed spirits of notable residents and neighbors, and hear their tales of sadness and triumph.

Reservations Required; Tours on the half hour (7, 7:30, 8, and 8:30.). Call 703-499-9812 for reservations.

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-449-9812

 

October 28

Overnight Stay in Brentsville Jail

8 p.m. - 8a.m.; $125 per person, reservations are required

From 1822 to 1893 the brick Brentsville jail housed numerous people awaiting trial, and fate.  The prisoners were accused of various crimes from theft, to poisoning, and even murder.  In 1872 a prominent Prince William resident was gunned down in his cell while awaiting his trail.  Spend the night in the nearly 200 year old building and learn about some of the people who were imprisoned here.

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

 

October 29

Hospital Horrors by Night

7p.m. - 9p.m.; $10 per person, children under 6 free

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 dark and hear the stories of soldiers, doctors, and loved ones who were forever changed during the Civil War. Bring a flashlight. You never know what spirits you'll run in to. Guided tours every half hour. Not recommended for children under 12. Reservations strongly recommended.

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

                                                                                                                                     
 
 
 

  

November

     
 

November 5

Brentsville Community Reunion

10 a.m. – 4p.m.; Free

Have you ever called Brentsville home? Or does Brentsville hold a special place in your heart?  If so join us for our first annual Brentsville reunion, with a potluck, games, tours, fellowship and much, much more.  

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

 

November 12

Early Days of Prince William County at Rippon Lodge

11 a.m. - 4p.m.; Free

Prince William County's rich history begins in 1731 when it was founded by the Virginia House of Burgesses. One of the County's oldest homes will host a special event to highlight the history and culture of Native Americans and the colonial peoples of the area. Living history demonstrations of Native American culture, colonial life and military encampments will be available all day.  Tours of the house are also included.

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-449-9812

 

November 12

Brentsville Campfire

6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.; $5 per person, reservations recommended

Enjoy a warm campfire at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre and learn how Confederate soldiers lived during the American Civil War. Practice drilling with a Civil War soldier, see a musket firing demonstration, and learn about the rations given to Confederate soldiers.  Try the cornpone that Confederate soldiers commonly ate during the Civil War and compare it to the s'mores we enjoy today. 

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

 

November 12

Paranormal 101

7 p.m. – midnight; $100 per person for seminar and 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 jail, courthouse and grounds are 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.  ECRIP is a local volunteer group of researchers who investigate claims of potential paranormal phenomena and educate interested parties by sharing collective research, experience, knowledge and theories.  Participants will first attend a seminar with discussions about various theories and current techniques.  Afterwards, participants will work alongside members of ECRIP in a paranormal investigation.  The seminar will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m.  The investigation will be held from 9 p.m. to midnight.  Space is limited for the investigation.  Reservations are required.

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

 
 
 

 


 

December 

 

December 3

Lunch with Santa

1 p.m. – 2:30pm; $20 for ages 6 and up, $10 for ages 5 and below, reservations required

After the Manassas Christmas Parade come by and enjoy lunch with Santa Claus at the Old Manassas Courthouse!  Enjoy family lunch and a chance to meet Santa and directly deliver your wish list.  Kids can enjoy making a historic holiday craft.  We will also be accepting new, unwrapped toys for donation for Toys for Tots.  

Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Avenue, Manassas VA, Call 703-792-4754 for reservations

 

December 2-4, 9-11, 16-18

Holidays through the Ages at Rippon Lodge

11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Fridays and Sundays); 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. (Saturdays); $5.00 per person, children under 6 are free.

Visit Rippon Lodge and stroll through seasonal celebrations gone by. The historic house's interior spaces shall be dressed with holiday decorations from various time periods, with a special dedication to the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.  Visit Saturday evenings (5pm-8pm) to enjoy tree displays decorated for the season by local schools.  Before or after your tour, enjoy listening to live holiday music.  Crafts, light refreshments, a warm beverage, and shopping for unique Rippon merchandise round out a wonderful tour.  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, 703-449-9812

 

December 10

Santa Comes to Rippon Lodge

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.; $2.00 per child

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, 703-449-9812

 

December 10

Brentsville Holiday Concerts

Concerts from 5p.m. -7p.m.; Free

Join the Brentsville community Saturday evening for two Holiday concerts filled with seasonal music performed by the Brentsville District High School Choir at the beautiful and historic Brentsville Union Church. Enjoy hot cider and cookies by a warm bonfire.

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

 

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