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2017 Annual Calendar of Events for Historic Preservation


See our events through March now.  Visit this site again soon.  We will post events scheduled for the remainder of the year.

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).



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January 26

Lecture:  Justice and Vengeance:  Scandal, Honor and Murder in 1872 Virginia

7 p.m.: Free, donations accepted

Author Arwen Bicknell will detail a notorious scandal involving James Clark, a Prince William County Commonwealth Arronery and Rhoda Fewell, the brother of Miss Fannie Fewell.  Clark allegedly abducted Miss Fewell. 

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






February 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26

Lucasville School Open Weekends in February

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

Join us as we celebrate African American History Month at the historic Lucasville School.  This is a reconstructed 19th Century school and offers the perfect backdrop to learn about African American history in Prince William County.  A special performance by the Ebenezer Baptist Church Choir on February 4th at 11 a.m. will kick off the month of programs.  There will be different activities or exhibits each weekend in the schoolhouse.  Come enjoy lectures, crafts and photograph displays. 

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


February 18

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. Guests will have the opportunity to visit spaces not ordinarily open to the public and participate in hands-on activities.   

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


February 23

Lecture:  The Freedom Museum:  Prince William County's Best Kept

7 p.m.: Free, donations accepted

A representative from the Freedom Museum, on the grounds of the Manassas Airport, will present a unique program about soldiers who went to war in WWI and WWII.  There will be photographs, letters and personal belongings of warriors that called Prince William County home. 

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


February 25

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, as well as the restoration of the home. 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 4

"The Marks They've Left Behind" Civil War Graffiti Bus Tour

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

Throughout the Civil War, many soldiers left their marks in the buildings they encountered.  Here is an opportunity to visit some of these vandalized homes in Northern Virginia.  View the marks they left behind, discover their stories and learn about the families whose lives were impacted by their visits.  Join us on an exclusive tour of Ben Lomond, Historic Blenheim, Mt. Zion and Graffiti House. 

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


March 11

Cockpit Point Marker Dedication and Tours

10 a.m. Dedication is Free, Tours are offered by reservation only at $20 per person

Join us as we dedicate a new Civil War Trails marker at our newest historic park, Cockpit Point Civil War Park.  Dedication program will take place at the end of Cockpit Point Road.  Tours of the site will take place at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.  Reservations are required for the tours.  Please note the tours will include difficult terrain and off trail style hiking.  For reservations, call 703-792-4754.

Cockpit Point Civil War Park, 18245 Cockpit Point Road, Dumfries, VA


March 23

Lecture:  If This Old Building Could Talk

7 p.m.: Free, donations accepted

Staff Preservationist, Sarah Nucci, will share her research on the WIlliams Ordinary from its beginning in the mid-18th century through the first quarter of the 19th century.  She will use primary source material, dendroconology and other research to give a clearer picture of the early use of this building, which now serves as the main offices of the Prince William County Historic Preservation Division.   

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


March 25-26

"Everything is New Here" Prince William-Manassas History Symposium

$10 for all day symposium (8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.) on March 25, Manassas Museum

$50 for historic homes tour on March 26

Spaces are limited, reservations required.

Founded in 1731, Prince William County is one of the oldest counties in Northern Virginia.  Join several local historic organizations as we celebrate this history at our First Annual Prince William-Manassas History Symposium.  The $10 fee for the symposium covers the costs of the speakers throughout the day and an evening reception at the Manassas Museum.

On March 26, enjoy a rare opportunity to visit four privately owned historic homes in Prince William County.  The $50 fee includes transportation and lunch. 

For information and reservations, call 703-792-4754. 








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