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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).

 

 

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

 

 


 

January

 

January 25

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.

 

 


 

February

 

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.

February 10

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, while supplies last! 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.

February 22

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.

February 23-24

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.

February 24

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.

 

 

 

 


 

March  

 

March 3 & 17 

History of Cooking with the Pat White Center: St. Patrick's Day

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.; $30 dollars per family for both sessions each month.

Throughout early Virginia, much of the area was settled by English and Scotch-Irish immigrants who continued their cultural traditions in their new home. For St. Patrick's Day, join us at Ben Lomond Historic Site and the Pat White Center at Ben Lomond as we make traditional Irish cuisine as it would have been made in the days before electricity and pasteurization. On March 3 learn about the process of pasteurization as we make cheese, hand-cranked ice cream, and homemade butter. On March 17 we will be making potatoes, fried cabbage, and sausage for St. Patrick's Day. Admission is $30 per family for both sessions. For more information or to register, please visit www.pwcparks.org or by calling 703-792-8320 or 703-792-5618.

 

March 17

Cockpit Point Tours

Tours take place at 10 a.m., 1p.m., and 3 p.m., Tours are offered by reservation only at $20 a person.

Join us on a special tour of Prince William County's newest historic park, Cockpit Point Civil War Park. Site includes rare Civil War era fortifications that were part of the Confederate Blockade of the Potomac River in 1861-1862. Tours of the site will take place at 10 a.m., 1p.m. and 3p.m. Reservations are required for the tours. Please note that tours will include difficult terrain and off trail style hiking. For reservations call 703-792-4754.

 

March 22  

Lecture: US Marines in The Great War

7 p.m.  Free, donations accepted

In 1917, US General John 'Black Jack' Pershing ordered the US Marine Expeditionary Force and the US Army to serve as one force in France.  The Army and Marines were to look the same and fight together. However the Marines did everything possible to keep their identity by putting USMC buttons on their green army uniforms and using USMC insignia as well.  The US Marines performed above and beyond expectations. They were such a force that the Germans gave them the nickname "Teufelshunde" - Devil Dogs at the Battle of Belleau Woods in June 1918.

Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Avenue. For more information, call 703.792.5618.

 

March 24

Ben Lomond Eggstravaganza!

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

Ben Lomond Historic Site and Pat White Center at Ben Lomond are coming together for a special Eggstravagazna with special activities at both sites. Egg Hunts will be at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, and 1:30pm at the historic site, and each hunt will be separated by age groups. While at Ben Lomond, make some new animal friends, tour the house, and enjoy some historic hands-on activities! Enjoy fun kid friendly games and crafts at the Pat White Center at Ben Lomond.  Bring your

own basket for egg collecting.  Purchase tickets at Pat White Center at Ben Lomond by visit www.pwcparks.org or by calling 703-792-8320.

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

 

March 24

"Growing Roots" Prince William – Manassas History Symposium

8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.; $10 for all day symposium, Spaces are limited, reservations required.

Our community has a long and rich history. 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.

James Bish – Prince William County: Early Settlement, Founding and Leadership

Daniel Davis – George Custer and the Battle of Buckland Mills                                                                                      Michael Gaines – Manassas' Own Beer Baron, Robert Portner

Charlotte Cain – "We are all in this war" Local Civilian Experience During the Civil War

Cecilia Lynch – Lost Towns of Prince William Forest Park

Charlie Grymes – Development of Prince William County After Shirley Highway

Manassas Museum Reception with the Curator (which includes hors d'oeuvres and cash bar)

Local Student History Day Presentation

 

Co-sponsored by the Manassas Museum, Prince William County Historic Commission and Historic Prince William. Reservations required, for more information contact 703-792-4754 or historicpreservation@pwcgov.org.

 

March 30

History by Campfire: Women's History During the Civil War

6:30 p.m.; $5 per person, children 2 and under free.

Enjoy a warm campfire and roasted marshmallows at Ben Lomond Historic Site while you learn some history. Each session of History by Campfire will feature different activities, artifacts, and maybe even a special guest! For March, join us as we celebrate Women's History Month and learn about the challenges and opportunities women faced during the war.

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

 

March 31

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 will 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 and a picnic lunch.  House tours are on the hour. Cash, VISA, MasterCard and Discover Cards accepted.

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

 

 

April

April 7

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

8 a.m. - 12p.m.

Join the staff at Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park and the Civil War Trust at Park Day 2018. Park Day is a nationwide event that encourages Civil War enthusiasts to help maintain, restore and preserve Civil War sites through volunteerism. Join us for a fun and rewarding day of work at Bristoe Battlefield. Projects will include litter pick up, cleaning cemeteries, construction of a boardwalk 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 Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.

 

April 7 & 21

History of Cooking with the Pat White Center: Spring on the Farm

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.; $30 dollars per family for both sessions each month.

Before the creation of grocery stores, families in Virginia had to live off what they could grow and raise from home. Now that spring is here, it is time to start the planting and begin enjoying fresh food again! On April 7 help us make paper pots and plant seedlings to grow a variety of vegetables. On April 21 learn about how the grounds and dependencies are used as we transfer those seedlings to ground, and make mixed vegetables, butter from the dairy and smoked bacon from our smokehouse. Admission is $30 per family for both sessions. For more information or to register, please visit www.pwcparks.org or by calling 703-792-8320 or 703-792-5618.

 

April 7

Brentsville 2nd Annual Art in the Park

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

Bring the family and enjoy the art of local artists and Prince William County students at the scenic setting of Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre. Participate yourself by trying your hand at the "Make Your Own Art" table, On-the-spot Art Workshops. You can even watch one of our many local artists painting on-site! There will be local art for sale and the Historic Courthouse will be open for self-guided tours.

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

 

April 14

Potomac Blockade Boat Tour

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

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 the gun batteries and camps. The cruise will include the preserved batteries at Freestone Point and Possum Nose, Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tour includes lunch and departs from Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge. Call 703-792-5618 for more information

and to make reservations.  Prices are subject to change without notice. 

Boat tour departs from the boat dock at Leesylvania State Park, 2001 Daniel K Ludwig Drive, Woodbridge, Virginia.

 

April 14, 21, 28

Rippon Lodge Girl Scout Badge Camp

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; $5.00 per Scout, per badge, $10/day

Come to Rippon Lodge to earn your Brownie and Junior Girl Scout Badges! There are two badges per day.  The badge camp begins at 9 a.m. each Saturday. The badge schedule is: April 14- Bugs and Gardening; April 21-Painting and Drawing; April 28 –Making Games and Playing the Past.  All troops must register and pay in advance. Our badge program meets all of the requirements for the badge. 

Troops should being their own lunch, water, and snacks. Scouts are required to bring proper materials or wear proper clothing. Be sure to dress appropriately for weather and getting dirty.  The badge camp will run rain or shine. Reservations are required and space is limited.  Scout leaders must purchase the badges on their own.

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

 

April 21

Brentsville Wildflower Walk

1pm; Free, donations accepted.  

Take a walk with Master Gardner and wildflower aficionado, Jeannie Couch as she describes Virginia's spring wildflowers along a one 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 Rd., Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895.

 

April 26  

The History of Wet Plate Photography

7 p.m.  Free, donations accepted

During the antebellum years and just prior to the American Civil War, a new technology known as collodion photography was coming into use and would forever change the way citizens saw their world.  These photographs printed on metal were extremely detailed and rivals any type of picture of today.  Robert Szabo, a wet plate Collodion Photographer has been working to keep this art alive, will be joining us and presenting on the history of this craft.

Old Manassas Courthouse 9248 Lee Avenue. For more information, call 703-792-5618.

 

April 27

History by Campfire: History Myths   

6:30 p.m.; $5 per person, children 2 and under free.

Enjoy a warm campfire and roasted marshmallows at Ben Lomond Historic Site while you learn some history. Each session of History by Campfire will feature different activities, artifacts, and maybe even a special guest! For April, in honor of "April Fools" learn about some of the different history myths that spread throughout Northern Virginia History. Hear stories about how the "whistle walk", "people were shorter back then," and "Civil War graffiti was written in blood" may or may not be true. You will be surprised by what you find out! 

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

 

April 28

Spring Migration Bird & Nature 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 and nature 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 28

Brentsville Classic Car Show

10am-3pm; Free, donations accepted.

Step Back-In-Time and visit Brentsville for this Classic Car Show event! Come on out and enjoy the scenic setting alongside great cars of yesteryear (cars, trucks & motorcycles). Grab some lunch from the food truck, or pack a picnic, but plan to enjoy the day! Historic Courthouse will be open for self-guided tours. *If you want to enter your classic car, just RSVP to 703-365-7895 and we'll find you a spot!

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

 

 


 

May  

May is Preservation Month!

 

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

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park Tours

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.

 

 

May 4

Walking Tour of Historic Prince William Towns: Dumfries

7 p.m.; Free; donations accepted

Join local historians on the first Friday of every month this summer for a special walking tour of historic towns in Prince William County.  On May 4 explore Dumfries, on June 1 explore Haymarket. On July 6 we will tour Occoquan and we will finish the series at Buckland on August 3. Please meet at the Weems-Botts Museum in Dumfries: 3944 Cameron Street, Dumfries, VA 22026. Call 703-365-7895 for more information.

 

May 5

Potomac Blockade Boat Tour

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

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 the gun batteries and camps. The cruise will include the preserved batteries at Freestone Point and Possum Nose, Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tour includes lunch and departs from Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge. Call 703-792-5618 for more information

and to make reservations.  Prices are subject to change without notice. 

Boat tour departs from the boat dock at Leesylvania State Park, 2001 Daniel K Ludwig Drive, Woodbridge, Virginia.

 

May 12

Bennett School Hard Hat Tours

11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.; $10 suggested donation, reservations suggested

Celebrate Historic Preservation month by getting a rare glimpse inside a historic landmark. Bennett School was built in 1909 as an agricultural high school through a grant from the Virginia General Assembly. It was never used for its intended purpose, but instead it was used as an elementary school until 1969, when the school closed and the property was transferred to Prince William County. Bennett School is an active construction site so please dress appropriately, including closed-toed shoes. Hard hats (provided) must be worn during the tour.

Tours will begin in front of the school on Lee Avenue. Bennett School is located at 9300 Lee Avenue, Manassas, VA. For more information and reservations, please contact 703-792-4754.

 

May 12

Wildlife Walk at Bristoe Station Battlefield

9 a.m. - 11 a.m.; Free, donations accepted.

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 12

Candlelight Tour of Ben Lomond Historic Site  

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.; $10 per person, advanced reservation is required.

Ben Lomond has a grim history as a Confederate field hospital after the Battle of First Manassas.  

Come take a special candlelight tour and have a truly immersive Civil War hospital experience, where you will see, smell, and hear an active field hospital. Tour takes place in near dark. This tour may not be suitable for young children.

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

 

May 12-13

Mother's Day Tours (All 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 for Mother's Day!  All mothers that visit during the Mother's Day weekend will receive a complimentary tour of one of our historic sites! Free refreshments available as well.

All County owned historic sites, www.pwcgov.org/history, 703-792-4754.

 

May 19

Architectural Tours of Ben Lomond

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

For Historic Preservation Month, join us for a unique spin on our tour of Ben Lomond, with a focus on the 1832 architecture of the house. Learn how Ben Lomond was built without modern technology, the styles and needs of the time that influenced the design of the house, and about the people who constructed it. Portions of this tour will take you to places not ordinarily open to the public.

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

 

May 19

Armed Forces through the Ages at Rippon Lodge

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

Celebrate the Armed Forces with Rippon Lodge. From the earliest organized armies to the modern age, view encampments of soldiers of all military branches and centuries. Living history presentations, military vehicles displays and cavalry, and much more during this special one-day event.  Crafts and tours of the lodge, on the hour, are available.

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

 

May 19

Paranormal 101

7 p.m. – midnight; $70 per person for seminar & 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 Rd, Bristow, VA, 20136. 703-365-7895.

 

May 21

Museum Kids Monday!

10 a.m. -11 a.m.; $5 per child, ages 9 and under.

Bring your child to Ben Lomond this summer to explore history through sight, sound, smell, and touch with hands-on activities and crafts! Topics vary each month and will include subjects such as archaeology, plants, and 19th century toys. Adult must stay to participate with children. Please contact the site to learn about the subject of the month. Reservations are not required

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

 

May 26

Ben Lomond's Antique Rose Garden Tea

1 p.m. -3 p.m.; $30 per person, advanced registration is required. 

Celebrate the arrival of spring by spending a wonderful afternoon in the antique rose garden at Ben Lomond enjoying historic tea and garden themed 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. 

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

 


 

June

 

Yoga on the Lawn at Rippon Lodge – Saturdays, June through September

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

Enjoy performing yoga on the lawn with amazing views of the Potomac River and historic Rippon Lodge in the background.  No one could ask for a better outdoor venue to exercise.  Join certified instructor Christopher Glowacki for an hour-long Vinyasa yoga practice. Beginning yoga students to well versed devotes are welcomed.  Participants are encouraged to bring a yoga mat, towel and plenty of water; beginners may want to bring a block and/or strap.

 

Classes offered most Saturday morning from June to October.  Call Rippon Lodge to confirm class day and times. Those purchasing 10 classes will receive punch cards, which are good for the whole season.

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Rd., Woodbridge, VA. 703-499-9812.

 

June 1

Walking Tour of Historic Prince William Towns: Haymarket

7 p.m.; Free; donations accepted

Join local historians on the first Friday of every month this summer for a special walking tour of historic towns in Prince William County.  On June 1 explore Haymarket then on July 6 we will tour Occoquan and we will finish the series at Buckland on August 3.

Please meet at Haymarket Town Hall: 15000 Washington St, Haymarket VA 20169.

Please call 703-365-7895 for more information.

 

June 2

Lost Towns of Prince William County Bus Tour

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; $70 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 such as New Market, Smoketown, and Batestown among others to learn about a lost chapter in Prince William County history.

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

 

June 9

Meet the Men of Ben Lomond Candlelight Tour

8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.; $10 per person, advanced registration is required.

Come take a special candlelight tour and gain a truly immersive experience at the site where the men of Ben Lomond will take you throughout their world. Meet Mr. Chinn, who first owned the property, and Mr. Pringle, who lived in the house when it was commandeered as a hospital. Tour takes place in near dark where you will see, smell, and hear an active field hospital, and may not be suitable for young children.

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

 

June 16-17

Father's Day Tours (All Sites)

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

Does your Dad enjoy history, the outdoors, walking trails or good stories? Then treat him to a tour of one of Prince William County's historic sites for Father's Day!  All dads that visit during the Father's Day weekend will receive a complimentary tour of one of our historic sites. Free refreshments available as well.

All County owned historic sites, www.pwcgov.org/history, 703-792-4754.

 

June 16

Potomac Blockade Boat Tour

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

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 the gun batteries and camps. The cruise will include the preserved batteries at Freestone Point and Possum Nose, Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tour includes lunch and departs from Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge. Call 703-792-5618 for more information

and to make reservations.  Prices are subject to change without notice. 

Boat tour departs from the boat dock at Leesylvania State Park, 2001 Daniel K Ludwig Drive, Woodbridge, Virginia.

 

June 16

Juneteenth Open House at Lucasville

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

Join us at Lucasville in honor of Juneteenth to learn about the celebration marking the emancipation of enslaved African Americans throughout the South. Visit the one-room schoolhouse to learn about the development of freedmen communities throughout Prince William County and the progression of education throughout Prince William County throughout Reconstruction and the Jim Crow Era.

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

 

June 18

Museum Kids Monday!

10 a.m. -11 a.m.; $5 per child, ages 9 and under.

Bring your child to Ben Lomond this summer to explore history through sight, sound, smell, and touch with hands-on activities and crafts! Topics vary each month and will include subjects such as archaeology, plants, and 19th century toys. Adult must stay to participate with children. Please contact the site to learn about the subject of the month. Reservations are not required

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

 

June 23-24

Brentsville Farmhouse Living History Weekend

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

During the middle 1800's most people living in Prince William County were somehow tied to farming. Explore how most residents lived as living historians bring the Haislip-Hall Farmhouse to life. Learn about the various chores that were required to make a 19th century farmhouse run and meet some real farm animals!

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

 

June 29, July 13, July 27, August 10

Rippon Lodge Revolutionary Readers – A Book Club for Young Readers

10 a.m. – Noon; $7.00 per child/ per day.

Do you like to read? Then spend the summer with Revolutionary Readers at Rippon Lodge Historic Site. Rippon's summer book club invites young readers (rising 4th to 6th grade) to join.  This summer explore books and topics connected to early American history through the eyes of young adults. Books this year are: Bully for You, Teddy Roosevelt by Jean Fritz on June 29; Lincoln's Flying Spies: Thaddeus Lowe and the Civil War Balloon Corps by Gail Jarrow on July 13; Dear America: The Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart The Winter of Red Snow by Kristiana Gregory on July 27, and Black Whiteness: Admiral Byrd Alone in the Antarctic by Robert Burleigh on August 10.

Each gathering of readers includes a discussion of the book, followed by interactive games, activities, crafts, food ways, and more.  All titles are available at the local library and Amazon.  Advance registration is required.

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

 


 

 July 

July 6

Walking Tour of Historic Prince William Towns: Occoquan

7 p.m.; Free; donations accepted

Join local historians on the first Friday of every month this summer for a special walking tour of historic towns in Prince William County.  On July 6 will tour Occoquan and we will finish the series at Buckland on August 3. Please meet at the Mill House Museum: 413 Mill St, Occoquan VA, 22125. Please call 703-365-7895 for more information.

 

July 7-8

World War II Weekend at Rippon Lodge

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

The Greatest Generation evolved during a time of war.  Learn about daily life of World War II soldiers in the European and Pacific Theatres from living historians portraying Axis and Allied soldiers. Hear about their equipment, armaments, historic military vehicles, and medical care on and off the battlefield.  Additionally, explore how citizens at home supported the war effort, view original WWII artifacts and learn about Admiral Black, the last owner of Rippon Lodge, a WWII veteran and survivor of Pearl Harbor. Enjoy popcorn and beverages (available for purchase), house tours, crafts, and more.

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

 

July 9-13

Technology through the Ages Camp at Ben Lomond Historic Site

9 a.m. – 12 p.m., $130 per child ages 8-13, advanced registration required.

Technology has been around since ancient times, it was just different than the technology we use today. Learn about the technologies used for hunting, cooking, warfare, health and more throughout Virginia's history. The camp will cover history and science from Virginia's early settlement through the 20th century with hands-on activities, crafts, games, and more. Registration for this camp can be completed on line at www.pwcparks.org or by calling 703-792-8320.

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

 

July 14

Off Site Tour: Prelude to First Manassas Car Caravan Tour

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; $20 per vehicle.  

While the Battle of First Manassas was the first major engagement of the war, with over 36,000 troops meeting on the fields near Bull Run, it did not come out of nowhere. Throughout the Manassas area, several events contributed to the battle and signaled the difficulties that laid ahead. On this caravan tour, visit several historic locations that helped shape the battle that we now know today. Stops will include sites such as Blackburn's Ford, Signal Hill, Liberia, Yorkshire, and more. Tour starts at Ben Lomond Historic Site.

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

 

July 16

Museum Kids Monday!

10 a.m. -11 a.m.; $5 per child, ages 9 and under.

Bring your child to Ben Lomond this summer to explore history through sight, sound, smell, and touch with hands-on activities and crafts! Topics vary each month and will include subjects such as archaeology, plants, and 19th century toys. Adult must stay to participate with children. Please contact the site to learn about the subject of the month. Reservations are not required

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

 

July 16-20

Civil War Basic Summer Camp at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre

9 a.m. - noon; $130 per participant ages 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.

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Road, Bristow, VA, 20136. 703-792-5618.

 

July 21-22

Ben Lomond Civil War Hospital Weekend

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday

Free during the day; For the evening event, we welcome a $5 suggested donation.

After the Battle of First Manassas, Ben Lomond served as a field hospital to treat the wounded. Visit Ben Lomond on the 157th anniversary of the battle and learn from historians and Civil War reenactors how soldiers were treated during the war and how the conditions of these hospitals differ from the hospitals we have today. The weekend will consist of demonstrations, tours, children's activities, and a special evening luminary recreating the hospital on Saturday evening from 6:30pm - 8:30pm.

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

 

July 23-27

Civil War Homefront Camp

9 a.m. - noon; $150 per participant ages 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. On the last day participants will have a community picnic and homemade ice cream.  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. 703-792-5618.

 

July 30-August 2

Historic Living at Rippon Lodge Summer Camp

9 a.m. to 12 noon daily; $100 per participant, ages 8 to 15

What was it like to live at Rippon Lodge 270 years ago? What happened on the farm? What did children learn, eat, make or do to contribute to the household so long ago? What did the Blackburns do to survive difficult periods of weather? Come encounter life at the Blackburn's homestead during the Colonial era at Rippon Lodge's four-day camp. Each day, campers experience all new hands-on activities, crafts, chores and more!  The camp will run rain or shine. Reservations are required and space is limited. Registration for this camp can be completed on line at www.pwcparks.org. Call 703-499-9812 for more information.

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

 


 

August

August 3

Walking Tour of Historic Prince William Towns: Buckland

7 p.m.; Free; donations accepted

Join local historians on the first Friday of every month this summer for a special walking tour of historic towns in Prince William County.  Wrapping up our summer long series of tours with a visit to one of Prince William County's oldest towns, Buckland on August 3. Please meet at the Buckland Heritage Museum: 6275 Vint Hill Rd, Warrenton VA, 20187. Please call 703-365-7895 for more information.

 

August 11

Candlelight Tour of Ben Lomond Historic Site  

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.; $10 per person, advanced registration is required.

Ben Lomond has a grim history as a Confederate field hospital after the Battle of First Manassas.  

Come take a special candlelight tour and have a truly immersive Civil War hospital experience, where you will see, smell, and hear an active field hospital. Tour takes place in near dark. This tour may not be suitable for young children.

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

 

August 13-17

Civil War Advanced Camp at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre

9 a.m. - 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 about the cavalry, participate in artillery drill and 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. 703-792-5618.

 

August 18-19 

Paranormal Investigation and Spend the Night at Ben Lomond Hospital

7 p.m. – 8 a.m.; $75 per person, advanced registration is 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. Participants will first attend a seminar with discussions about various theories and current techniques and then participants will work alongside members of ECRIP in a paranormal investigation.  The seminar will run from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and the investigation will be held from 9 p.m. to midnight. After the investigation, settle in for the night in the Civil War hospital and sleep in the same space you searched for paranormal activity. Light breakfast refreshments included. Reservations are required for space is limited.

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

 

August 18      

Stonewall Jackson's Bold Sweep:  Second Manassas Campaign Bus Tour

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; $70, reservations required, space is limited

To commemorate the 156th Anniversary of the Second Battle of Manassas, the tour will detail Confederate General "Stonewall" Jackson's famous flank march around the Union army in August 1862.  This march led to the largest battle in Prince William County and Northern Virginia, resulting in over 18,000 casualties.  The tour will visit sites along Jackson's march such as Jeffersonton, Orlean, Marshall, Thoroughfare Gap, Bristoe Station, Conner House and the Bull Run Bridge Battlefield.  Cost includes transportation, admission to all sites and a boxed lunch.

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

 

August 18-19

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

9 a.m. on Saturday to 1 p.m. on Sunday $250 for parent and child ages 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. 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.

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Road, Bristow, VA, 20136. 703-792-5618.

 

August 18

National Bee Day at Rippon Lodge

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.; $5 per person

Enjoy National Bee Day at Rippon Lodge Historic Site.  With special guest Bees in Schools LLC and Edgemoore Art Studio, learn about all types of honeybees, how a hive works and see the way bees store honey.  Find out how you can contribute to protect these endangered species, and what can be made with the honey and wax.  Purchase Rippon Lodge's very own honey from our hive in our gift shop.

Please note: bees are temperamental and may sting.  If you are allergic to bees or honey, please make sure you use extra caution or do not attend.  Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Please do not wear black, as it attracts bees.

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

 

August 20

Museum Kids Monday!

10 a.m. -11 a.m.; $5 per child, ages 9 and under.

Bring your child to Ben Lomond this summer to explore history through sight, sound, smell, and touch with hands-on activities and crafts! Topics vary each month and will include subjects such as archaeology, plants, and 19th century toys. Adult must stay to participate with children. Please contact the site to learn about the subject of the month. Reservations are not required

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

 

August 25

Battle of Bull Run Bridge Car Caravan Tour

8 a.m. - 11 a.m.; $20 per vehicle

Join Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park staff for the 156th 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.  Stops include Manassas Junction, Liberia House, Mayfield Fort, Connor House and more!

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

 

August 25-26

Battle of Kettle Run Anniversary Tours

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

Join Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park staff and volunteers on the 156th 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.

 

August 25

Rippon Lodge Car Show

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; $5 Suggested donation

Enjoy a display of vintage and classic cars on the lawns of Rippon Lodge Historic Site.  Ask questions, take pictures of the beautiful vehicles and cast your vote for your favorite. Period games will be available for kids to play on the lawn. Listen to music while eating some delicious food, available for purchase.  Guided tours of the lodge, conducted on the hour, are $5 per person.

Car clubs and individual participants must register.  Call site offices at 703-499-9812 to receive information and registration form.

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

 

August 31

History by Campfire: Bully Bully! Teddy Roosevelt at Ben Lomond 

6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.; $5 per person, free for children 2 and under.

Enjoy a warm campfire and roasted marshmallows at Ben Lomond Historic Site while you learn some history. Each session of History by Campfire will feature different activities, artifacts, and maybe even a special guest! For August, learn about our 26th President and his escapades at Ben Lomond as well as his friend who made Ben Lomond his permanent residence.

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

 


 

September

 

September 8

Black & White Movie Night-Throwback Movie Night!

Movie starts a dark (approx. 8pm); Free, donations accepted.

Bring your blankets/chairs and meet us behind the Brentsville Courthouse for our annual FREE Movie Night! This year we will be showing the beloved classic, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Concessions will be available for purchase.

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

 

September 8

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.

 

September 8

In the Footsteps of Washington and Rochambeau Bus Tour

8:30 a.m.-5p.m.; $70 per person (lunch included); reservations required.

Join historian and author Dr. John Maass and County staff as we follow in the footsteps of General George Washington and French General Comte de Rochambeau as they marched on their way to Yorktown in the fall of 1781. The resulting American victory at Yorktown sealed American independence from Great Britain. Some sites visited will include Pohick Church, Colchester, Falmouth and the newly acquired section of the original King's Highway in Woodbridge.

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Rd., Woodbridge, VA. 703-499-9812.

 

September 8

School is Back in Session!

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

Are you excited that school has started again? Going to school was very different a hundred years ago than it is today. Visit the one room school at Lucasville to learn about the different ways that students learned in a segregated society. Try some of the tools used to teach students in  school, the games they played and even make a craft to take home! Not behaving well in school? Learn about some of the different ways students were disciplined, it may shock you!

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

 

September 8

Candlelight Tour of Ben Lomond Historic Site

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.; $10 per person, advanced registration is required.

Ben Lomond has a grim history as a Confederate field hospital after the Battle of First Manassas.  

Come take a special candlelight tour and have a truly immersive Civil War hospital experience, where you will see, smell, and hear an active field hospital. Tour takes place in near dark. This tour may not be suitable for young children.

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

 

September 15

Herbal Teas and Medicines of the 19th Century

1 p.m. -3 p.m.; $30 per person, advanced registration is required.

Before the invention of "modern" medicine, many medicines were made from different plants and herbs ground into pastes, teas, elixirs, and foods. Join us for herbal inspired tea and appetizers as you learn about some of the different herbs used for medicines, what illnesses they treated and how effective they actually were.  Price of admission includes tea, light refreshments and a special presentation at the Civil War hospital. A tour of the hospital is included after the program for all interested.  Reservations are required.

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

 

September 22

2nd Annual Brentsville Day

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

Join us for our 2nd Annual Brentsville Day! Come experience this nearly 200 year-old social and political center of Prince William County while we fill the grounds with festivities! Enjoy Bluegrass bands, historic farm demonstrations, living history, historic trades, artisans, food trucks, historic buildings, hay rides and more!    

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

 

September 22-23

Prince William County Farm Tour - Brentsville Stop

10 a.m. - 4p.m.; Free, donations accepted.

Join site staff and living historians to learn about farm life in Brentsville and Prince William County during the mid-1800s. Tour the 1850s farmhouse, and help us make some butter!

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

 

September 22

Potomac Blockade Boat Tour

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

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 the gun batteries and camps. The cruise will include the preserved batteries at Freestone Point and Possum Nose, Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tour includes lunch and departs from Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge. Call 703-792-5618 for more information

and to make reservations.  Prices are subject to change without notice. 

Boat tour departs from the boat dock at Leesylvania State Park, 2001 Daniel K Ludwig Drive, Woodbridge, Virginia.

 

September 28

History by Campfire: The Carter Empire

6:30 p.m.; $5 per person, children 2 and under are free. 

Enjoy a warm campfire and roasted marshmallows at Ben Lomond Historic Site while you learn some history. Each session of History by Campfire will feature different activities, artifacts, and maybe even a special guest! For September, join us as we learn about the extensive Carter family, one of Virginia's first families. Learn about their influence in Northern Virginia, their relationship with Great Britain and the peculiar history of the family that would lead to Ben Lomond's existence.

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

 

September 29

Make, Create, or Take Art! at Rippon Lodge

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Free, donations accepted.. (Guided Tours of Rippon Lodge are $5 per person, Free for children under six)

Bring your easel, canvas, paintbrushes, camera, or sketchbook to make, create, or take art at Rippon Lodge.  Whether it is a landscape, a still life, a nature sketch, a selfie, portrait, or abstract, Rippon Lodge pays special attention to the arts this day. Art is an integral part of the Lodge's history, from the famous watercolors by Benjamin Latrobe to our very own Aviza Black, fashion illustrator and painter.  Enjoy working with Edgemoore Art Studio, local photographers, make crafts at art stations, or create on your own.

The art event is free to all. (However, guided tours of the lodge are $5 per person.)

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

 

September 29

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

8 a.m.; Free, donations accepted

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

October 5

Fireside Ghost Stories at Ben Lomond

7 p.m. - 8 p.m., $5 per person, children 2 and under are free.

Ben Lomond has a diverse and grim history serving as a Civil War hospital and to the home of countless slaves. Over the years, many local residents claim to have seen ghosts and other spooky happenings at the site. This has led to reports that the site is haunted. Join us for an exciting and eerie evening around the campfire to hear some of the ghost stories associated with the historic site. Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 703-367-7872.

 

October 6

Waterways Clean-up at Julie J. Metz Neabsco Creek Wetlands Preserve

Beginning at 8 a.m.

Trash is dangerous to natural environments. Join us as we clean-up the Neabsco Creek Wetlands, protecting the area and its natural resources and wildlife.  Equipment and beverages provided, but we recommend all participants to bring their own gloves, safety goggles and wear appropriate clothing and boots.  Please call 703-499-9812 to register you or your group.

Julie J. Metz Neabsco Creek Wetlands Preserve, 15875 Neabsco Road, Woodbridge, VA 703-499-9812. 

 

October 6

Overnight Stay in Brentsville Jail

8 p.m. - 8a.m.; $75 per person. Reservations are required.

From 1822 to 1893, the Brentsville jail housed numerous people awaiting trial and their fate. - Prisoners were accused of crimes from theft to poisoning and even murder.  In 1872, a prominent Prince William resident was gunned down in his cell while awaiting his trial.  Join us around a bonfire while we talk about the nearly 200 year-old building and the stories of many of the people imprisoned here.

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

 

October 13-14

Battle of Bristoe Station Anniversary Weekend and Luminary

11 a.m.-4 p.m. daytime demonstrations, Evening Luminary begins at 7 pm; Free, $5 suggested donation

Join Battlefield Park staff for the 155th 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. Park historians will lead tours of a section of the battlefield never open to the public before!

 

On Saturday evening, visit the battlefield for a rare treat to see nearly 1,000 luminary candles for every soldier who died at Bristoe Station.  Living history vignettes will be located across the battlefield and 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 Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.

 

October 13

Scary B-Movie Night at Rippon Lodge

Beginning at 7 p.m., with the movie starting at 7:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation.

Enjoy one of the top 1950s B horror movies, The Thing from Another World at Rippon Lodge. This classic horror movie features a U.S. Air Force crew and scientists who find a crashed flying saucer and a body frozen nearby in the Arctic ice. When the creature is accidentally revived, the crew must defend themselves against this malevolent, plant-based alien. Released by RKO Pictures in 1951, the film stars Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, Robert Cornthwaite, Douglas Spencer, and James Arness as The Thing.

 

Movie may not be suitable for children under 6 years old.  Bring blankets, chairs, and wear warm clothes as you sit on the lawn in the dark watching this great horror film.  Popcorn and beverages available for purchase. Event canceled in case of rain.

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

 

October 19-20

Spirits at Brentsville

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

Brentsville has a diverse history and it served as the county seat for nearly 100 years. During this time, many strange and scary events have happened here, and it is said that ghosts of long dead men and women still haunt the area.  Come experience a unique opportunity to tour the historic buildings and grounds by candlelight, meet several historical characters along the way and hear their tales of sadness and triumph. Guided tours on the hour. Not recommended for children under 12. Reservations strongly recommended. 

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895.

 

October 20

Potomac Blockade Boat Tour

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

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 the gun batteries and camps. The cruise will include the preserved batteries at Freestone Point and Possum Nose, Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tour includes lunch and departs from Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge. Call 703-792-5618 for more information

and to make reservations.  Prices are subject to change without notice. 

Boat tour departs from the boat dock at Leesylvania State Park, 2001 Daniel K Ludwig Drive, Woodbridge, Virginia.

 

October 20

Haunted Campfire at Rippon Lodge

7p.m. and 8:15 p.m.; $10 per person, (not appropriate for children under six)

The best spooky stories are told by campfire. Join Rippon Lodge's Haunted Campfire and hear long lost, ghostly tales of Virginia while surrounded by the darkeness.  Arrive at the Lodge's front porch and be escorted by candlelight down to the amphitheater to listen to heart-pounding, unnerving stories of yore. Reservations are required.  This is an outdoor event, therefore dress appropriately and wear close toed shoes.

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

 

October 27

Hospital Horrors

7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.; $10 per person, advanced registration strongly recommended.

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 recreated hospital and hear the stories of soldiers, doctors, and loved ones who were forever changed during the Civil War. Guided tours every fifteen minutes. Advanced reservations strongly recommended since spaces fill quickly.

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

 

 

 

 


  

November

November 3

Cockpit Point Tours

Tours take place at 10 a.m., 1p.m., and 3 p.m., Tours are offered by reservation only at $20 a person

Join us on a special tour of Prince William County's newest historic park, Cockpit Point Civil War Park. Site includes rare Civil War era fortifications that were part of the Confederate Blockade of the Potomac River in 1861-1862. Tours of the site will take place at 10 a.m., 1p.m. and 3p.m. Reservations are required for the tours. Please note that tours include difficult terrain and off trail style hiking. For reservations, call 703-792-4754.

 

November 10

Early Days of Prince William County at Rippon Lodge

11am- 4pm; Free, donations accepted

Rippon Lodge, one of the County's oldest homes, welcomes you to Early Days of Prince William County. Founded by the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1731, Prince William County has a diverse and renowned history. Experience living history demonstrations, including Colonial life, life of enslaved African Americans, military encampment from the American Revolution and the Native American cultures that once inhabited the area.  Tours of the house, games and crafts for children and adults, included throughout the day.  

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

 

November 10

World War I and Prince William County Bus Tour

8:30a.m.-4p.m.; $70 per person, lunch is included.

It was the war to end all wars.  One hundred years ago, on November 11th, the Great War (World War I) came to an end.  The fighting forever changed the United States and Prince William County.  Join local historians for a special bus tour of World War I sites in Prince William County.  Explore sites of military training, factories and monuments in Prince William County will be explored, along with the final resting places of some of the fallen who were returned home after the war.

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

 

November 10

Candlelight Tour of Ben Lomond

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.; $10 per person, advanced registration is required.

Ben Lomond has a grim history as a Confederate field hospital after the Battle of First Manassas.  

Come take a special candlelight tour and have a truly immersive Civil War hospital experience, where you will see, smell, and hear an active field hospital. Tour takes place in near dark, and may not be suitable for young children.

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

 

November 17

Prince William County African American History and Culture Bus Tour

9a.m.-4p.m.; $70 per person, lunch is included. Reservations Required.

Are you interested in the unique and powerful stories behind the African American history of Prince William County? If so, join local historians for our African American History and Culture Bus Tour! We will travel the county, stepping back in time from the 1800s to the 1960s; stopping at many special (and some frequently forgotten) sites, to talk about lifestyle, challenges, and focus on the power of education. Sign up and hop aboard for this very special experience!

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

 

November 30

History by Campfire: Civil War Soldier's Life 

6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.; $5 per person, free for children 2 and under.

Enjoy a warm campfire and roasted marshmallows at Ben Lomond Historic Site while you learn some history. Each session of History by Campfire will feature different activities, artifacts, and maybe even a special guest! For the month of Veteran's Day, learn how soldiers lived during the American Civil War. See a musket firing demonstration and learn about the rations given to soldiers compared to the snacks we like to eat today.  

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

 

 

December 

 

November 30 – December 1

Rippon Lodge Holiday Candlelight Tours

Gates open at 5:00, tours from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; $7.00 per person, reservations recommend, not required.

For two nights only, view Rippon Lodge by candlelight at Christmastime. Beginning with a special tree lighting ceremony with tree ornaments decorated by local schoolchildren on Friday, visitors will marvel at beautifully lit historic grounds and buildings. Tours of the house will take place every 15 minutes to see our special Holiday through the Ages exhibit by candlelight. Interact with living historians, listen to music, enjoy making seasonal crafts, a warm beverage and shopping. Light refreshments on both nights.

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

 

December 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, and 21-22

Holidays through the Ages at Rippon Lodge

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

Stroll through seasonal celebrations of the past at Rippon Lodge. With interiors and exteriors of the historic house decorated for the holidays, guests view seasonal festivities to depict the holidays from the Colonial period though the 1940's as well as reflect different religions.  Light refreshments, a warm beverage, and shopping for unique Rippon merchandise round out a wonderful holiday experience. Reservations strongly recommended for groups larger than four. 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, 703-499-9812.

 

December 8

Civil War Christmas at Bristoe Station

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

Four wartime Christmases occurred during the Civil War.  Separated from loved ones on a holiday about families being together, these Christmases were hard on both the soldiers and the civilians back home.  Join living historians at Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park and experience a Civil War Christmas. 

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

 

December 8

Breakfast with Santa

10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; $20 per adult, $10 per child 2 to 8, under 2 free

In December of 1862, artist Thomas Nast made one of the first known
illustrations of Santa Claus. Enjoy a family breakfast, make authentic 19th Century Christmas decorations and to meet Santa who has dusted off that old 1862 suit and give him your wish list. For those who wish to visit with Santa but not have breakfast we ask for $2.00 to cover the cost of craft supplies. 

Participants are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots.

The program will be held in the Upper Ball Room of the Old Manassas Courthouse located at 9248 Lee Ave.  Manassas, VA 20110.

 

December 8

Historic Yule Tide Dinner at Old Manassas Courthouse

6 p.m. - 7:30p.m.; $75 per participant, ages 21 and over. 

Did you know that in early Virginia, Christmas had more for adults than it did for kids? Experience the holidays of years past with a historic Yuletide Dinner at the Old Manassas Courthouse, where you can smell the evergreen decorations, taste some of the unique food and beverages of the time, and partake in some of the delightful traditions many partook in here in the 18th and 19th centuries in Virginia. Reservations are required for space is limited; call 703-792-4754 for reservations.

The program held in the Upper Ball Room of the Old Manassas Courthouse located at 9248 Lee Ave., Manassas, VA 20110.

 

December 8

Santa Comes to Rippon Lodge

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.; $3.00 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, 703-499-9812.

 

December 8/15

Brentsville Holiday Concerts

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

Join the Brentsville community 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 Rd, Bristow, VA, 20136. 703-365-7895.

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