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Historic Preservation
Historic Preservation Events

 

Please Note:  We Have Posted events for January through march. 

We will add events for the rest of the year soon

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

 

 

 

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May  

May is Preservation Month!

 

 

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