Opportunities to Help at Historic Preservation Sites . . . 

 Just for Scouts!

 

The Prince William County Department of Public Works, Historic Preservation Division is offering a variety of volunteer and project opportunities for our local boy and girl scouts.  Many of these opportunities can help you fulfill service hour and badge requirements.  It also helps your community by preserving and protecting our historic treasures.  Review the list below then call us to let us know how you can help.  If you have other ideas for projects or ways to help, contact us to discuss your suggestions.

All projects include two parts. A large long term project and a weekend work day project. The scout is responsible for at least the first $250 in costs for the project.
 
County Wide
 
Plan, design, and construct wildlife enclosures at Bristoe Station, Brentsville Courthouse, Doves Landing, and Rippon Lodge. The enclosures are to be mapped using GPS technology and monitored monthly for one year. A weekend work day project can be completed at any of the above listed sites. 
 
Brentsville
 
Long Term Projects
 
1.)  Historic Fence for entire courthouse site (work with staff)
 
2.)  Rebuild well cover (use existing cover as model)
 
3.) Have nature trail tour script written for Brentsville nature walk (tree id, information on animals and plants to ID etc.)
 
4.) Bluebird trail, build six boxes and monitor bi-weekly for the first season
 
5.) Design and build a corn crib
 
Weekend Work Day Projects
 
1.) Clean up exterior and perimeter grounds
 
2.) Sealing/staining of deck, well cover and all wooden ramps
 
3.) White washing cabin interior
 
Rippon Lodge
 
Long Term Projects
 
1.) Brick pathway repair along boxwood alee to cemetery
 
2.) Develop self-guided walking tour brochure for wildlife, trees, birds, etc.
 
3.) Continuation of orchard planting. Apples, Peaches, Plums and Cherry cultivars that were available prior to 1939
 
4.) Repair and rebuild amphitheater
 
5.) Install deer fencing around vegetable garden. Relocate compost pile. Rebuild two raised planters to include wire mesh tops
 
6.) Clear and repair Ellis era trail from West side of main Lodge to old (original) entrance
 
7.) Install steps and erosion control measures on Potomac Heritage Trail
 
8.) Build and install gate at main entrance to site
 
Weekend Work Day Projects
 
1.) Invasive plant removal
 
2.) Fence painting at entrance
 
3.) Mulching of; trails, amphitheater, cemetery, garden beds
 
4.) Trash removal along Blackburn Rd and in ravine between site and townhouse development
 
Williams Ordinary
 
Long Term Projects
 
1.) Develop a Backyard Habitat and Butterfly garden wildlife garden including bird bath, feeders, appropriate plantings and fencing
 
2.) Develop a blue bird trail, six boxes along perimeter of the property
 
3.) Continue the picket fence along Colonial Street to Fairfax Street
 
4.) Develop a vegetable garden for demonstration purposes. The garden may become a community garden in the future
 
Weekend Work Day Projects
 
1.) Invasive plant removal
 
2.) Fence painting at entrance
 
3.) Mulching and planting gardens
 
4.) Trash removal along Oronoco Street
 
Ben Lomond
 
Long Term Projects
 
1.) Rose Arbors for Rose Garden (2)
 
2.) Historic Roadbed (clear and fencing)
 
3.) Amphitheatre in sunken garden
 
4.) Vegetation Screening on property line
 
Weekend Work Day Projects
 
1.) Painting the interior of the dairy
 
2.) Interior painting of the slave quarter
 
3.) Rose garden cleanup
 
Bristoe Battlefield
 
Long Term Projects
 
1.) Footbridge at Trail Connection
 
2.) Civil War era reconstructed Winter Hut
 
3.) Blue Bird Box trail
 
4.) Historic Road bed clearing and mulching
 
5.) Multiple projects with possible Mississippi Cemetery area (fencing, clearing etc...)
 
Weekend Work Day Projects
 
1.) Trash Pickup
 
2.) Invasive plant removal. Site wide
 
3.) Trail maintenance
 
Doves Landing
 
Long Term and Eagle Scout Projects To Be Determined
 
Weekend Work Day Project
 
1.) Clearing of trails
 
2.) Posting Boundaries
 
3.) Trash removal
 
4.) Non-native plant removal