2018 Annual Calendar of Events for Historic Preservation
Please join us for the events planned for January and February. Check back soon for a complete listing of this year's events.
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).
Mosby’s Keydet Rangers
7 p.m.; FREE, donations welcome.
In 1863, John S. Mosby formed a command of Partisan Rangers with the blessing of Generals R.E. Lee & J.E.B. Stuart. Author and speaker Eric W. Buckland will lead us as we explore some of these Partisan Rangers who actually attended Virginia Military Institute, who hailed from Prince William County as well. Copies of Buckland’s book "Mosby’s Keydet Rangers" will be available for purchase. Old Manassas Courthouse, Manassas, VA. 703-792-5618.
Weekends in February
Lucasville School Open House
11 a.m- 4 p.m.; FREE, donations welcome.
Join us as we celebrate African American History Month at historic Lucasville School with our open house in February. Visit the 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, Manassas, VA 703-367-7872.
Celebrate the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial at Lucasville School!
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; FREE, donations welcome.
Working with the Frederick Douglass Family Initiative, we are celebrating the life and work of Frederick Douglass on the week of his 200th birthday! Join the Ebenezer Men’s Choir to kick off the celebration, then read-aloud sessions of passages from the Narrative and the Life of Frederick Douglass and learn about the One Million Abolitionists project. We will be giving away one hardback, special edition book to each family in attendance! Lucasville School, Manassas, VA 703-367-7872.
February 3 & 17
History of Cooking with the Pat White Center
10 a.m.- 12 p.m.; $30 dollars per family for both sessions each month.
February was historically a difficult month because fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, etc. were not available. Available food options would consist of root stock, dried fruits and vegetables, and flour. Those preparing the food had to be creative in how the food would be prepared. Join us as we prepare foods reflec-tive of what common people would have eaten in the days before refrigeration and pasteurization. For more information or to register, please visit www.pwcparks.org or by calling 703-792-8320. Ben Lomond Historic Site, Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.
Sowing the Seeds of Victory: The Women’s Land Army of America in Virginia and Washington, D.C.
7 p.m. FREE, donations always welcome
In 1917, the Women’s Land Army of America began recruiting the first of more than 20,000 women who would work the land while America’s farmers were called up to serve in the Great War. Join Adjunct In-structor Anna E. Kiefer as we explore these amazing women and this time in our states history. Old Manas-sas Courthouse, Manassas, VA. 703-792-5618.
Where they Slept: Spend the Night in Ben Lomond’s Slave Quarter
7 p.m. – 8 a.m.; $75 per person, reservations are required.
The Slave Quarter at Ben Lomond is one of only three to survive to this day in Prince William County. Join us for an exclusive oppor-tunity to spend the night in the original slave quarter where histori-ans and interpreters will help you learn about the people who lived and worked at Ben Lomond, and how they worked to survive in a time when freedom and choice were taken away. Ben Lomond His-toric Site, Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.
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.
Explore the historic home and original slave quarter to learn about the enslaved population living at Ben Lomond in the years before the Civil War. Visit spaces not ordinarily open to the public and partici-pate in hands-on activities to learn about some of the chores that en-slaved men, women, and children, were expected to complete, as well as the lives of the enslaved community. Ben Lomond Historic Site, Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.
May is Preservation Month!