2014 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.  

From 2011 through 2014, there will be a variety of activities to mark the 

 Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the American Civil War

Click the month to view the events (below).

 

 

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

 

 


 

January

 

January 16
Lecture: 1864 Battle of Cold Harbor
7 p.m.: Free, donations accepted
In late May and early June of 1864 Generals Robert E. Lee and U.S. Grant clashed at a small tidewater crossroads at Cold Harbor just outside of Richmond, Virginia. The outcome was indecisive yet one of the bloodiest conflicts of the war. Join historian Ed Sanders of Richmond National Battlefield Park for a detailed look at this battle.
Old Manassas Courthouse 9248 Lee Street, Manassas, VA 703-792-4754.
 
January 30
Lecture: The Key to the Bulge: The Battle for Losheimergraben
7 p.m.: Free, donations accepted
Join author and historian, Stephen M. Rusiecki, for a detailed look into the German winter offensive of 1944-45 which originated at a small cross-roads on the German-Belgian boarder.  Learn how a battered American Infantry Regiment, the 394th succeeded in blunting the German efforts.  This cost the German war machine valuable time and forced the German leadership to shift their war effort further to the South.  Mr. Rusiecki will have copies of his book by the same title and his most recent book; In Final Defense of the Reich: the Destruction of the 6th SS Mountain Division available for sale.
Old Manassas Courthouse 9248 Lee Street, Manassas, VA 703-792-4754.
 

 


 

February

  

Lucasville School Open Weekends
Saturday, February 1 and Sunday, February 2
Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9
Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16
Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23
11 a.m.- 4 p.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 8
Prince William County’s “12 Years a Slave”
11 a.m.-3 p.m., $5 per person
In 1835, William Hyden was passing his way through Prince William County during his journey from Ohio to Washington D.C.  A free African-American, Hyden was arrested as a runaway slave and thrown into the jail at Brentsville.  For over a year Hyden was confined to a jail cell before eventually escaping the jail and returning to freedom.  Join county historians was we explore and compare William Hyden and Samuel Northup, who was recently portrayed in "12 Years A Slave".
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA, 703-365-7895.
 
February 13
Courtship Customs of Centuries Past
7 p.m. $30.00 per person $55.00 per couple, reservations required
Join us for this dinner program on courtship, dating customs and dinner etiquette of the 18th and 19th century.  Space is limited.  Please register no later than February 7 to secure space.  Please call 703-792-4754 to make reservations.
Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Street, Manassas VA, 703-792-4754.
 
February 21-22
Ghost Hunting 101
7 p.m. – 12 a.m., $100 per person for seminar and investigation, $40 for just the seminar, reservations 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 two ghost seminars and investigations at Ben Lomond.  ECRIP is a local volunteer group of researchers who investigate claims of potential paranormal phenomena and educate interested parties about the paranormal by sharing collective research, experience, knowledge and theories. Participants will first attend a seminar in which various theories and techniques currently used in investigating paranormal activity will be discussed. Afterwards, participants will work alongside experienced paranormal investigators in conducting a paranormal investigation at Ben Lomond. 
 
The seminar will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m., with the investigations being held from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Space is limited for the investigation, so reservations are required. 
Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 703-367-7872.
 
February 27
Lecture: The Battle of New Market Heights: Freedom will be theirs by the Sword
7 p.m.: Free, donations accepted
In the predawn darkness of September 29, 1864, black Union Soldiers attacked a heavily fortified position on the outskirts of Richmond known as New Market Heights.  In a few hours of desperate fighting, these African American soldiers struck a blow against General R.E. Lee’s vaunted Army of Northern Virginia and proved to detractors that they could fight for the freedom and citizenship for themselves and their enslaved brethren.  Fourteen of the black soldiers who stormed the heights were awarded the Congressional Metal of Honor.  Author and historian Jimmy Price offers considerable insight into the black military experience and will have copies of his book by the same title as the lecture available for sale.
Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Street, Manassas VA, 703-792-4754.
 

 


 

March  

March 8
Women in the Civil War
11am-4pm; $5 per person, children six and under free
Many people are familiar with the hard-working, independent Rosie the Riveter of World War II who forged new opportunities for women. Long forgotten are the women who either through choice or circumstance challenged and changed women's roles in Civil War-era America. In honor of Women’s history month, join site staff for a guided, hands-on tour about these pathfinders for women's rights.  Tours start on the hour with the last tour starting at 3:00 p.m. Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA, 703-367-7872.
 
March 13
Lecture: Votes for Women!  Votes for Women!
Meet Suffragist Mrs. Robert “Mimi” Walker!
7 p.m.: Free, donations accepted
Join historic re-enactor Lynne Garvey-Hodge as Suffragist , Mrs. Robert Walker in a one person monologue.  Mrs. Walker reveals the story of her arrest in front of The White House on July 14, 1917, subsequent incarceration at the Occoquan Workhouse, and passionate participation in the Prison Parades of 1918-1919.  Hear her story as a Quaker woman, supported by her entrepreneur husband, her three children, life at her charming Baltimore estate, “Drumquhazle” and membership in Baltimore’s elite “Blue Book” Society.  This unique first person character portrayal is offered in commemoration of National Women’s History Month.
Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Avenue, Manassas VA, 703-792-4754.
 
March 15
CANCELED A Woman’s Work Is Never Done: Women’s Work in the 19th Century
11 a.m.- 3 p.m.; $5 per person, children under six are FREE
Come to see and participate with costumed historians as they demonstrate the endless labor-intensive duties women and children endured to run a mid-nineteenth century household.  Meet women as they cook in an open-hearth, turn over a garden for spring planting and do laundry.  Feel free to join in and help, this is tough work!
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895
 
March 21
Lecture and Book Signing:  Robert E. Lee in War and Peace
7 p.m.; Free, donations accepted
Join author and historian Dr. Donald A. Hopkins for a review of his newest book that has a compilation of every known photograph of Robert E. Lee in a single volume.  In addition to a few rare photographs and formats that were uncovered during the research phase of Robert E. Lee in War and Peace, the authors offers definitive and conclusive attribution of the identity of the photographers of the well-known Lee "in the field" images.  The book also reproduces a startling imperial-size photograph of Lee made by Alexander Gardner of Washington, D.C.  Students of American history in general and the Civil War specifically, as well as collectors and dealers who deal with Civil War era photography, will find Hopkins' outstanding Robert E. Lee in War and Peace a true contribution to the growing literature on the Civil War. 
Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Avenue, Manassas, VA, 703-792-4754
 
March 27
Lecture: The Dogs of War
7 p.m.: Free, donations accepted
Join author and historian Kathleen Kinsolving for this unique look into the favorite pets of some of World War II’s elite personalities from President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s dog to General George Patton’s bull terrier, Willy. Ms. Kinsolving will present a light hearted look at man’s best friend.  Her book, The Dogs of War will be available for purchase.
Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Avenue, Manassas VA, 703-792-4754.
 
 
March 29
Sample the Past: Women’s History Day at Rippon Lodge
11 a.m.-4.p.m.; $5 per person, children under 6 free
Christian, Dessie and Aviza invite you to spend the day at Rippon Lodge their home for many years.  Experience the lives of these three ladies in a celebration of Women’s History Month.  Art, fashion, food, past times, and more will be available for visitors to try.  By attending this program Junior Girl Scouts will earn all the requirements for the Playing the Past badge.  Reservations recommended for large groups.  Some activities are outdoors. 
Rippon Lodge Historic Site 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.

 

April

April 5
CWPT Annual Park Clean Up Day – Bristoe Station Battlefield      
8 a.m. – noon
Join the staff at Bristoe Station Battlefield and the Civil War Preservation Trust at History for Park Day 2014. Park Day is a nationwide event that encourages Civil War enthusiasts to help maintain, restore and preserve Civil War sites through volunteerism. Come out and join us for a fun and rewarding day of work at Bristoe Battlefield. Projects will include litter pick up, cleaning cemeteries and trail maintenance throughout the 133-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 of Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.
 
April 5
Metz Wetlands Guided Tour
9 a.m.; $5 per person, children under six free
Tour the wetlands with experts from Wetlands Solutions and Studies.  What is a wetlands bank?  How does it work to clean rainwater and run-off?  What animals, birds and insects call a wetland home?  .   Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.  You may get your feet wet if it has rained before this event.  No pets please.  Tour will begin in the parking lot at the kiosk.  Please carpool. 
Julie J. Metz Neabsco Creek Wetlands Preserve, 15875 Neabsco Road, Woodbridge, VA 703-499-9812. 
 
April 10
Lecture: Two Horsemen of the Revolution: Virginia’s Light Horse Harry Lee versus Britain’s Banastre Tarleton 
7 p.m.: Free, donations accepted
Join author and historian, Christopher George, as he compares and contrasts two of the American Revolutions most famous and colorful Cavaliers, Light Horse Harry Lee, of Leesylvania in Prince William County and Banastre Tarleton, from Liverpool, England.  Both families were involved in the slave trade and both men had careers in politics.  Each man saw the other as worthy adversaries during the Revolutionary War’s Southern Campaigns. Mr. George will explore these themes in detail.
Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Avenue, Manassas VA, 703-792-4754.
 
April 11-13
Ben Lomond Civil War Encampment
10 a.m.-4 p.m.; $5 per person, children six and under free
Join living historians as they interpret the life of Confederate soldiers from 3rd Regiment ANV. This event will allow visitors a unique glimpse into a camp setting where they can watch soldiers, conduct picket duty, drill, and learn the school of the soldier. Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 703-367-7872.
 
April 12
Rippon Lodge Clean-Up Day
9 a.m.-2 p.m.; FREE
The Prince William County Depart of Public Works and the Historic Preservation Division are looking for interested individuals and groups of all ages to help cleanup the grounds of Rippon Lodge in time for spring.  Tasks include invasive plant removal, meadow grass planting, pruning, trash pick-up, trail maintenance, mulch spreading and more.  Families welcome.  Please bring your favorite gardening tools and gloves and dress to be outside and get dirty.  Please register by calling 703-499-9812.
 Rippon Lodge Historic Site 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.
 
April 12
Nature Trail Walk 
1 p.m., $5 per person, children free under six
Take a guided tour along the nature trails at Brentsville and learn about the plants and animals that call this part of Virginia home.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895.
 
April 12   
Potomac River Blockade Boat Tour
$40 per person, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., reservations required
Cruise along the Potomac River shoreline and view sites that were critical to the successful blockade of Washington, D.C. held by the Confederates from September 1861 through March 1862.  The cruise will include the preserved batteries at Freestone Point and Possum Noise, as well as Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tours include lunch and departs from Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge.  For reservations, call 703-792-4754. 
April 14-18
Basic Civil War Camp
9 a.m.- noon, $130 per child, ages 8-12, reservations required
Children will participate in activities designed to develop a better understanding of soldier life during the American Civil War.  Activities include: “Enlist in Virginia’s Army,” “Life in Camp,” “Infantry Drill,” “Did Civil War Soldiers Really Eat that Stuff?” “Civil War Medicine,” and a field trip to Manassas National Battlefield Park.  Camp takes place at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895.
Reservations taken at the Ben Lomond Community Center (703-792-8320) or online at www.pwcparks.org
 
April 18-19
USCT Union Encampment
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; donations accepted
In 1864 soldiers returned to Bristoe Station. Instead of a battle, these Union troops instead encamped here for most of the winter and early spring. By May, soldiers and supplies traveled south along the railroad to the front lines. In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of these important events, the 23rd United Stated Colored Troops living history unit will encamp on the grounds of Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park to relate the story of the thousands of former slaves and free blacks who passed through here on their way to fight Robert E. Lee’s army. Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, located off of Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.
           
April 19
Egg Hunt
11 a.m.-4 p.m.; $5 per child, adults and children 2 and under free.
Eggs have been hidden all over Rippon Lodge and we need your help to find them.  Egg Hunts will be at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30.  Hunts will be separated by age groups.  Enjoy fun kid friendly games and crafts all day long.  Bring a picnic and make a day of it.  House tours available.  Bring your own basket for egg collecting.  All other activities will be ongoing throughout the day. Please bring exact change or to speed entrance process.  VISA and MC accepted. 
Rippon Lodge Historic Site 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.
 
April 24
Lecture: The War of 1812 in Northern Virginia and Washington D.C.
7 p.m.: Free, donations accepted
Join us for an archeologist’s perspective of the events of 1814 in Alexandria, Virginia and Washington D.C.  Historian and archeologist, Patrick O’Neil, will present a unique view of the War of 1812. 
Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Avenue, Manassas VA, 703-792-4754.
 
April 26                                                                                                                                                                
The Cavalry Comes to Brentsville
11 a.m.- 4 p.m., $5 per person, children free under six
In 1861, Brentsville served as the muster location for the Prince William Cavalry as they went off to fight in the Civil War.  Join living historians as they portray cavalry units from the Civil War.  Drills, firing demos and tours offered.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va, 703-365-7895.   
                  
April 26                            
Potomac River Blockade Boat Tour
$40 per person, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., reservations required
Cruise along the Potomac River shoreline and view sites that were critical to the successful blockade of Washington, D.C. held by the Confederates from September 1861 through March 1862.  The cruise will include the preserved batteries at Freestone Point and Possum Noise, as well as Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tours include lunch and departs from Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge.  For reservations, call 703-792-4754. 
                                                                                                                      

 


 

May  

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park Tours
May-October: Tours on 2nd & 4th Weekends
11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tours leave on the hour – 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 two 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, located off of Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.
 
May 3
Junior Girl Scout Gardening Badge Program
9 a.m.-11 a.m.; $5 per Scout
Junior Girl Scouts can earn all of the requirements for the Gardening Badge while helping us plant the vegetable garden for spring.  Program will run rain or shine.  Please dress to be outside and get dirty.  Scouts are encouraged to bring their own gardening gloves.  Scout leaders will need to purchase the badges on their own.  Reservations are required and space is limited. 
Rippon Lodge Historic Site 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.
 
May 3
Arlington Cemetery Tour
$80 per person, lunch included, reservations required
Tour Americas most hallowed ground on this all-day tour that will explore the history of Arlington from the early days when it was a shrine to George Washington through its founding as a national cemetery during America’s bloodiest conflict. The tour will include a tour of Robert E. Lee’s Arlington House and a driving tour that will highlight some of the notable burials within the cemetery. Along the way you will learn about lesser-known aspects of Arlington’s history such as Freedman’s Village, where former slaves experienced their first taste of freedom.  For reservations, call Ben Lomond Historic Site at 703-367-7872.
 
May 3
CANCELED     Flowers for Mom; A Flower Arranging Workshop
1 p.m.; $35 per person or $50 for two 
Make a gift for Mom or yourself.  Bring Mom and spend the afternoon together.  Join Dr Elaine Davis, member of the Washington National Cathedral Flower Guild as she guides you through making an arrangement of your own to take home.  Bring your own scissors or pruners.  All other supplies will be provided.  Outdoor program please dress for the weather.  Not appropriate for children under the age of 12.  Reservation required. 
Rippon Lodge Historic Site 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.
 
May 8          
Lecture: The 1846 War with Mexico
7 p.m.: Free, donations accepted
The Mexican-American War (1846-1848) marked the first U.S. armed conflict chiefly fought on foreign soil.  It pitted a politically divided and militarily unprepared Mexico against the expansionist-minded United States.  A border skirmish along the Rio Grande started the fighting and it was followed by a series of U.S. victories.  Young officers like U.S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, Thomas Jackson, and others who would later lead armies against one another in the Civil War had their first combat experience in Mexico.  Join historian Ron Mayer for an overview of this historic period using maps, illustrations, and pictures to help explain the who, what, when, and why of the conflict.
Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Avenue, Manassas VA, 703-792-4754. 
 
May 9
Rippon Lodge Family Night at the Movies
8 p.m.; FREE
Bring a blanket and the family for a family friendly movie classic on the lawn.  Movie admission is free.  Popcorn and snacks available for sale.  House tours available from 6-8pm. Movie cancelled in the event of rain.  Please call for more details. 
Rippon Lodge Historic Site 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.
 
May 10-11       
Mother's Day Tours at all Prince William County HPD Sites
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $5.00 per person, free for children under six, MOTHERS FREE
In honor of Mother's Day, all mothers that visit Rippon Lodge on Mother's Day weekend will experience a complimentary tour of the site.  If your mom likes history or some stories that would give television drama a run for their money, treat Mom to a visit of Ben Lomond Historic Site, Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre or Rippon Lodge Historic Site.  www.pwcgov.org/historicpreservation
 
May 10                                                                                                                                                        
Potomac River Blockade Boat Tour
$40 per person, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., reservations required
Cruise along the Potomac River shoreline and view sites that were critical to the successful blockade of Washington, D.C. held by the Confederates from September 1861 through March 1862.  The cruise will include the preserved batteries at Freestone Point and Possum Noise, as well as Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tours include lunch and departs from Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge.  For reservations, call 703-792-4754. 
May 17
Joseph McGill Slave Quarter Project
11 a.m.- 4 p.m.; $7 per person, children six and under free
Since 2000, Mr. Joseph McGill, Jr. of the National Trust of Historic Preservation has traveled all across the county sleeping in and interpreting original slave quarters to raise awareness for these priceless buildings.  Ben Lomond Historic Site is pleased to announce that Mr. McGill will include the original slave quarters to his project.  Mr. McGill will be on site to discuss his project as well as costumed historians to interpret enslaved life in Prince William County prior to the Civil War.
Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 703-367-7872.
 
17 May
Antiques Appraisal Fair
10 a.m.-4 p.m.; $10 per two appraisals
Find out how much your grandma’s silver is worth or if your yard sale treasure is real.  Appraisers from Two Guys Antiques in Dumfries will be onsite to appraise your items. Appraisers include; silver, furniture, textiles, paintings, jewelry, glassware, stamps, coins, military, and porcelain.  Please call the site to confirm appraisers and reserve your appraisal time.  House tour included with admission; tours on the hour with the last tour at 3pm.  Reservations highly suggested.       
Rippon Lodge Historic Site 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.
 
May 22
Lecture: August 24, 1814 Washington in Flames
7 p.m.: Free, donations accepted
America’s new capital built along the Potomac River in the middle of swampland and forests seemed to many an unlikely target for an enemy invasion.  They were wrong.  Even though there were warnings of an impending attack, the government was unprepared for the disaster of August 24, 1814.  The destruction by British forces of the nation’s capital was a very small part of the War of 1812, but its significance to the country was tremendous.  The torching of Washington rallied the people. Join author and historian, Carole L. Herrick, for a detailed look into the events of August 1814. Mrs. Herrick will have copies of her book available for sale.
Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Avenue, Manassas VA, 703-792-4754. 
 
May 24
Ben Lomond Antique Rose Garden and Tea
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.; $30.00 per person
Celebrate the arrival of spring by spending a wonderful afternoon in the antique rose garden at Ben Lomond enjoying historic tea.  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.  Reservations required. Spaces are limited and will fill up fast.  The main house will be open to tours after tea. Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 703-367-7872.
 
May 24
Brentsville Car Show
11 a.m.- 4 p.m., $10 per person, children free under six
Join the Brentsville community for a day filled with fun for all ages.  Come see antique cars and trucks in a truly historic setting.  Clubs include the Quantico Marauders and many more.  Tours of the historic buildings will be given throughout the day with family friendly games and activities.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895
 
May 25
Historic Sundays at Brentsville Union Church
11 a.m.- noon, free
Brentsville Union Church was built in 1870 and served the Brentsville community for over 100 years.  Today the country church has been restored and serves as a glimpse into life of the 19th century.  Come learn about the practices of faith that were once held here and how important churches were to society and local communities.  Program conducted in partnership with Historic Faith Ministries, a non-profit living history organization focusing on Victorian period customs and spirituality.  Program begins at 11a.m. and is FREE to the public.  Tours offered after the program for $5.00.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895
 
May 31                                                                                                                                                          
Quilting at Historic Brentsville
11 a.m.- 3 p.m., $5 per person, children free under six
Many families throughout the area, both past and present have quilts in their homes; not only for warmth but for decoration.  Join local quilters as they demonstrate the time-honored skills and traditions of quilt making here at Historic Brentsville.  Learn about the many quilt patterns, and their meanings.  You can even try your hand at sewing a few stitches!
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895.
 
May 31, 2013                                                                                                                                            
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.
 

 

June

June 12
Lecture: Establishment of the Prince William County Police and Some of its Most Challenging Cases
7 p.m.: Free, donations accepted
Join us for a unique look at the origins of the Prince William County Police Department presented by someone who was there; Charlie T. Deane.  From changes in policing since the departments formation in 1970 to the Beltway Sniper Case, and immigration policies and even the John and Lorena Bobbitt case. Retired, Chief Deane will give insights into these events from his perspective. 
Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Avenue, Manassas, VA 703-792-4754.
 
June 14-15
Father's Day Tour at all Prince William County HPD Sites
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $5.00 per person, free for children under six, FATHERS FREE
In honor of Father's Day, all fathers that visit Rippon Lodge on Father's Day weekend will experience a complimentary tour of the site.  If you dad enjoys military history, a history of tools, or anything else "manly" treat Dad to a visit of Ben Lomond Historic Site, Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre or Rippon Lodge Historic Site, www.pwcgov.org/historicpreservation
 
June 14
U.S. Colored Troops in Richmond-Petersburg Campaign Bus Tour
$80 per person, lunch included, reservations required
150 years ago, African American soldiers of the U.S. Colored Troops made their large-scale debut in the Virginia theater. During the opening assaults at Petersburg, USCTs broke the Confederate line and later on played a prominent role in the disastrous Battle of the Crater. This tour will focus on these clashes at Petersburg and culminate with a tour of New Market Heights – where the first Medals of Honor given to African Americans in U.S. history were awarded.  For reservations, call Ben Lomond Historic Site at 703-367-7872.
 
June 14                                                                                                                                                     
Potomac River Blockade Boat Tour
$40 per person, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., reservations required
Cruise along the Potomac River shoreline and view sites that were critical to the successful blockade of Washington, D.C. held by the Confederates from September 1861 through March 1862.  The cruise will include the preserved batteries at Freestone Point and Possum Noise, as well as Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tours include lunch and departs from Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge.  For reservations, call 703-792-4754. 
 
June 23-27
American Girl Doll Camp
Do you love the American Girl Historical Character Dolls? Come spend a week at Rippon Lodge Historic Site and learn all about your favorite historical dolls and what life was like during the time period they lived. Rippon Lodge is the perfect setting to discover and explore these wonderful characters. Make butter with Felicity, be a reporter with Kit and more. Activities will include; crafts, games, history, music, snacks and much more. Registration required.
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.
 
June 26
Lecture: A Spy for the Union: The Life and Execution of Timothy Webster
7 p.m.: Free, donations accepted
Timothy Webster, best known for his work as a spy for the Union during the Civil War, began his career as a New York City policeman. Webster was involved in a number of cases but perhaps his biggest contribution to National Security was exposing a plot to assassinate President-elect Abraham Lincoln in 1861.  For a time he was considered the Union’s top spy, until in 1862 when he was betrayed by fellow spies and became the first Union spy executed in the Civil War.  Author and historian Corey Recko will give a detailed overview of the life of Timothy Webster and have copies of his book available for sale.
Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Avenue, Manassas, VA 703-792-4754.
 
June 28
“The Burning of Washington”, Bicentennial of the War of 1812 Bus Tour
8 a.m.-6 p.m.; $80 per person
To commemorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, join noted War of 1812 historian and author Ralph Eshelman as we follow in the footsteps of the British invasion of 1814.  This invasion led to the burning and destruction of Washington D.C. in the summer of 1814.  Tour will cover the British invasion of the Chesapeake, the Battle of Bladensburg and capture of Washington, D.C.  Transportation and lunch included.  Tour departs from Rippon Lodge Historic Site, reservations required.
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.
 
June 28
Baseball at Historic Brentsville!
10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Program free, but a $5 donation is requested to benefit the American Red Cross
Enjoy baseball as this community has for generations!  Watch as Prince William County Firefighters and Police Officers challenge each other in an exciting game of software to raise funds to support the American Red Cross.  Bring your bat and glove to join in a pick up game after their charity game.  Historic games will also be played throughout the day.  Bring a picnic lunch or purchase hot dogs, peanuts and drinks just like you find at the ballpark.  Tours for the historic buildings will be given on the hour.  Join the Brentsville community for a day filled with fun and food, and a chance to support an important charity.     
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va, 703-365-7895.
 
June 28                                 
Potomac River Blockade Boat Tour
$40 per person, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., reservations required
Cruise along the Potomac River shoreline and view sites that were critical to the successful blockade of Washington, D.C. held by the Confederates from September 1861 through March 1862.  The cruise will include the preserved batteries at Freestone Point and Possum Noise, as well as Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tours include lunch and departs from Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge.  For reservations, call 703-792-4754. 
                                                                                                                      
June 29
Historic Sundays at Brentsville Union Church
11 a.m.- noon, free
Brentsville Union Church was built in 1870 and served the Brentsville community for over 100 years.  Today the country church has been restored and serves as a glimpse into life of the 19th century.  Come learn about the practices of faith that were once held here and how important churches were to society and local communities.  Program conducted in partnership with Historic Faith Ministries, a non-profit living history organization focusing on Victorian period customs and spirituality.  Program begins at 11a.m. and is FREE to the public.  Tours offered after the program for $5.00.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895

   


 

 July 

July 12
Brentsville Court and Trades Day/ Flea Market
11 a.m.- 4 p.m., free admission, $10 for table reservation (for flea market)
Court days were exciting in the 1800s! Come discover what court was like in Brentsville during its days as the fourth county courthouse of Prince William County.  Come sit in on a trial and learn about the court proceedings of the 1800s, which differ greatly from today.  Historic tradesmen and tradeswomen will be showcasing their skills, as well as modern crafts and jewelry for sale.  Table reservations required for participation in Flea Market.  Please call 703-365-7895 for more information.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va, 703-365-7895.
 
POSTPONED:  July 12
18th Century Curiosities of the Natural World
7 p.m.  $5 per person, children under six are free
During the 18th century scientific wonders and discoveries were being made daily.  Thomas and Christian Blackburn will be hosting Mr. Howarth an itinerate scientist, for an evening of discussion and admiration of his collection of curiosities and scientific instruments. Try out Mr. Franklin’s electricity machine and learn about balloons. You are cordially invited to attend.  This is an outdoor program and may be cancelled in the event of rain.  Please call the site to confirm. 
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.
 
CANCELED July 14-18
History Adventure Camp
9 a.m. – noon; $150 per child, ages 8-12
Explore the past through the lives of Rippon Lodge residents.  Join the Continental Army during the American Revolution, learn how to cook without electricity and modern stove, play trap ball, and much more. 
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.
 
July 19-20
Pringle House Hospital Weekend (Red Cross Blood Drive July 19)
$5 per person, children 6 and under free.  Free to all blood donors.
Join us at Ben Lomond as we commemorate the 153rd anniversary of Ben Lomond being used as a Civil War hospital.  Specialized tours include medical demonstrations, Civil War encampment, and special Civil War medical exhibit. On July 19, an American Red Cross Blood Drive will take place in the parking lot.   Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 703-367-7872.
 
July 20
Sundae Fun Day
1 p.m.-4 p.m.; free, donations accepted
Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with games and of course ice cream.  Ice cream has been enjoyed by all for centuries.  Learn how it was made long ago.  Grounds open at 11 a.m.  Bring a picnic to enjoy on the grounds and then join us for ice cream and games afterward. 
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.
 
July 21-25
Basic Civil War Camp
9 a.m.- noon, $130 per child, ages 8-12, reservations required
Children will participate in activities designed to develop a better understanding of soldier life during the American Civil War.  Activities include: “Enlist in Virginia’s Army,” “Life in Camp,” “Infantry Drill,” “Did Civil War Soldiers Really Eat that Stuff?,” “Civil War Medicine,” and a field trip to Manassas National Battlefield Park. Camp takes place at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895.
Reservations taken at the Ben Lomond Community Center (703-792-8320) or online at www.pwcparks.org
 
July 26
Paranormal Investigation at Ben Lomond
7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m., $100 per person for seminar and investigation, $40 for just the seminar – Reservations Required 
Ben Lomond has a diverse past where the property served as a farm, a Civil War Hospital and the home of enslaved people.  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 ghost seminar and investigation at Ben Lomond. Participants will first attend a seminar in which various theories and techniques currently used in investigating paranormal activity will be discussed. Afterwards, participants will work alongside experienced paranormal investigators in conducting a paranormal investigation at Ben Lomond.  Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 703-367-7872.
 
July 27
Historic Sundays at Brentsville Union Church
11 a.m.- noon, free
Brentsville Union Church was built in 1870 and served the Brentsville community for over 100 years.  Today the country church has been restored and serves as a glimpse into life of the 19th century.  Come learn about the practices of faith that were once held here and how important churches were to society and local communities.  Program conducted in partnership with Historic Faith Ministries, a non-profit living history organization focusing on Victorian period customs and spirituality.  Program begins at 11a.m. and is FREE to the public.  Tours offered after the program for $5.00.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895
 
July 28
100th Anniversary Commemoration of World War I
7 p.m., free
“The Lamps Are Going Out All Over Europe”: Prince William County Remembers the Great WarIn the early days of August, 1914 Englishman Sir Edward Grey famously said, "The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time." Grey was speaking of the fast-paced chain of events that hurled the continent of Europe into a cataclysmic war that would spread throughout the globe. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, join Prince William County and Manassas staff at the Old Manassas Courthouse for a brief talk on the impact of World War I, followed by a short ceremony to honor the 26 Prince William County war dead listed on the memorial on the courthouse lawn. Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Avenue, Manassas, VA. For more information, call 703-367-7872.
 
 

  


 

August

CANCELED  August 2
Jazz in the Garden
7 p.m.; $25 per person
Be our guest at an old fashioned lawn party.  Enjoy the stunning river views at Rippon Lodge while listening to the biggest hits of the jazz age.  Light fare, wine and house tours included.  This is an outdoor program and may be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.  Reservations strongly recommended.  Proceeds benefit the restoration projects at Rippon Lodge. 
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.
 
CANCELED  August 9
Virginia’s Cash Crops at Ben Lomond
7 p.m. – 9 p.m., $50 per person, 21 years and over in age only
For nearly 100 years prior to the Civil War, Ben Lomond was an active plantation.  To commemorate this heritage, please join Ben Lomond Historic Site staff for a special evening highlighting the various cash corps that were grown, exported, and consumed here during the 1700s and 1800s. Program will include light refreshments and tasting of Virginia whiskey. Cigar samples will also be available.
Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 703-367-7872.
 
August 9
Movie Night at Historic Brentsville
Free!
1st Brentsville Movie Night!  Come enjoy an old movie the way they were meant to be seen!  Movie starts at nightfall.  Brentsville will show family-oriented films outside to the public.  Bring chairs and or blankets.  Concessions will be available for purchase.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895.
 
August 11 - 15
Basic Civil War Camp
9 a.m.- noon, $130 per child, ages 8-12, reservations required
Children will participate in activities designed to develop a better understanding of soldier life during the American Civil War.  Activities include: “Enlist in Virginia’s Army,” “Life in Camp,” “Infantry Drill,” “Did Civil War Soldiers Really Eat that Stuff?,” “Civil War Medicine,” and a field trip to Manassas National Battlefield Park. Camp takes place Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Drive, Manassas, Va. 703-367-7872.
Reservations taken at the Ben Lomond Community Center (703-792-8320) or online at www.pwcparks.org
 
August 16
Art’s Alive
9 a.m.-1 p.m.; $5 per person, children under 2 free
Rippon Lodge was once home to Aviza Black a successful artist and fashion illustrator of the 20th century.  Several of Aviza’s works will be on display for a special one day only exhibit.  Local artists will be on hand doing demonstrations and selling their work. Explore your inner artist.  Try your hand at being an artist with family friendly activities. 
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.
 
August 18-22
Advanced Civil War Camp
9 a.m. – noon, $150 per child, ages 8 -13, reservations required
Children will participate in activities designed to develop a better understanding of soldier life in other branches of the American Civil War to include Artillery, and Cavalry, have an opportunity to meet Generals R. E. Lee and James Longstreet.  All will enlist for the week and will go on a field trip to Manassas National Battlefield 2nd Manassas sites.  Camp takes place at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895.
Reservations taken at the Ben Lomond Community Center (703-792-8320) or online at www.pwcparks.org
 
August 24
Historic Sundays at Brentsville Union Church
11 a.m.- noon, free
Brentsville Union Church was built in 1870 and served the Brentsville community for over 100 years.  Today the country church has been restored and serves as a glimpse into life of the 19th century.  Come learn about the practices of faith that were once held here and how important churches were to society and local communities.  Program conducted in partnership with Historic Faith Ministries, a non-profit living history organization focusing on Victorian period customs and spirituality.  Program begins at 11a.m. and is FREE to the public.  Tours offered after the program for $5.00.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895
 
August 23-24
Kettle Run Weekend
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; $5 per person
Join Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park staff on the 152nd 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. Activities for the weekend will consist of specialized tours about the 73rd New York, which had its bloodiest day here, and the Confederate 6th Louisiana “Tigers.”  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

September 6
Bristoe Wildlife Walk
9:00 AM—11:00 AM
$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 6 & 7
World War II Weekend
11 a.m.- 4 p.m. daily; FREE
Admiral Black the last owner of Rippon Lodge was a WWII veteran and survivor of Pearl Harbor.  Learn about daily life of soldiers in the European and Pacific Theatres. World War II living historians will portray Axis and Allied soldiers. They will discuss their equipment, armaments and historic military vehicles. Learn about the home front and the many ways that citizens supported the war effort. View collections of original
WWII artifacts.
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.
 
September 13
Camp Jones Luminary at Bristoe Station Battlefield Park
8 p.m. – 10 p.m.; $10 per person
In the late summer of 1861, the farms and fields surrounding Bristoe Station were filled with thousands of Confederate soldiers. Lack of experience combined with little knowledge of disease caused illness to spread through these camps like wildfire. Join us as we remember those Confederates who died and are buried in the park’s Alabama Cemetery.  Guided tours and luminary of the Alabama Cemetery. 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 13
Bluegrass at Brentsville
1-5 p.m., $10 per person, $5 PWC employees with ID, children free under six
Enjoy the lively sounds of bluegrass bands on the grounds of Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre.  Music will be held from 1-5pm with additional activities on the grounds.  Buildings will be open for tours and food available for purchase.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895.
 
September 13                                 
Potomac River Blockade Boat Tour
$40 per person, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., reservations required
Cruise along the Potomac River shoreline and view sites that were critical to the successful blockade of Washington, D.C. held by the Confederates from September 1861 through March 1862.  The cruise will include the preserved batteries at Freestone Point and Possum Noise, as well as Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tours include lunch and departs from Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge.  For reservations, call 703-792-4754. 
                                                                                                           
September 20                                                                                                                                             
Potomac River Blockade Boat Tour
$40 per person, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., reservations required
Cruise along the Potomac River shoreline and view sites that were critical to the successful blockade of Washington, D.C. held by the Confederates from September 1861 through March 1862.  The cruise will include the preserved batteries at Freestone Point and Possum Noise, as well as Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tours include lunch and departs from Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge.  For reservations, call 703-792-4754. 
September 27
Antiques Appraisal Fair
10am-4pm; $10 per two appraisals
Find out how much your grandma’s silver is worth or if your yard sale treasure is real.  Appraisers from Two Guys Antiques in Dumfries will be onsite to appraise your items. Appraisers include; silver, furniture, textiles, paintings, jewelry, glassware, stamps, coins, military, clocks, dolls and porcelain.  Please call the site to confirm appraisers and reserve your appraisal time.  House tour included with admission; tours on the hour with the last tour at 3pm.  Reservations highly suggested.       
Rippon Lodge Historic Site 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812
 
September 27-28
Prince William County Farm Tour – Ben Lomond Stop
FREE
Join us at Ben Lomond as we celebrate the local area’s farming heritage.  See a sheep shearing demonstration, wool spinning, with hands-on activities such as 19th century laundry, dairy production, harvest your own herbs, Tours of the house are included with admission price, with tours on the hour. Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 703-367-7872.
 
September 27-28
Prince William County Farm Tour – Brentsville Stop
FREE
Join site staff as we learn about farm life here in Brentsville and PWC during the mid-1800s.  Tour the 1850s cabin and feed chickens and other animals.  Help make soap and wash some clothes!  Historic games will also be played throughout the day.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895.
 
September 28
Historic Sundays at Brentsville Union Church
11 a.m.- noon, free
Brentsville Union Church was built in 1870 and served the Brentsville community for over 100 years.  Today the country church has been restored and serves as a glimpse into life of the 19th century.  Come learn about the practices of faith that were once held here and how important churches were to society and local communities.  Program conducted in partnership with Historic Faith Ministries, a non-profit living history organization focusing on Victorian period customs and spirituality.  Program begins at 11a.m. and is FREE to the public.  Tours offered after the program for $5.00.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895.
 

 


 

October 

                                                                                                                                        
October 4
Taste of the Potomac at Rippon Lodge
11 a.m.-5 p.m.; $20 per person (includes beer and wine tasting tickets), $10 per non-drinker, $5 for children over 6, designated drivers are FREE
Join us to celebrate and enjoy our region’s local flavors!  Local breweries and wineries will be set-up on the front lawn of Rippon Lodge.  Your tasting tickets will get you a tasting at each beer and wine vendor.   Local food vendors will also be selling there tasty local treats.  Listen to live music while enjoying good food and drinks with a view of the Potomac at Prince William County’s oldest home.  The historic house will be open for tours throughout the day.  Hosted by the Prince William Historic Preservation Foundation. 
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.
 
October 4
The Carter’s of Virginia Bus Tour
$80 per person, lunch included, reservations required
One of the older families in Prince William County is the Carter family.  Once owning large swaths of Prince William including Ben Lomond, the Carter family was a political and economic powerhouse in the local area for hundreds of years.  This special bus tour will travel to the Northern Neck to visit some exclusive Carter family sites.  King Carter’s home at Corotoman, historic Christ Church, and other Carter family sites will be stops on this tour.  For reservations, contact Ben Lomond Historic Site at 703-367-7872.
 
October 11
Bird Walk and Bagels at Metz Wetlands and Rippon Lodge
8am; $10 per person
The location along the edge of Neabsco Creek and the Potomac River Metz Wetlands and Rippon Lodge are attractive places for birds.  Join local birding experts on a guided walk of both properties starting at Metz.  Discover our diverse population of song and raptor birds.  After the walk join us for bagels at Rippon Lodge.  Bring binoculars and guide books.   Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.  No pets please. Tours of the house at Rippon Lodge included.  Reservations required.
Julie J. Metz Neabsco Creek Wetlands Preserve, 15875 Neabsco Road, Woodbridge, VA 703-499-9812.  Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192,  703-499-9812
October 11-12
Bristoe Station Anniversary Weekend
11 a.m.-4 p.m.; $5 per person
Join Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park staff on the 151st 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. No pets please. 
Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, The parking lot is located off of Iron Brigade Unit Ave Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.
 
October 11
Nature Trail Walk
1 p.m., $5 per person, children free under six
Take a guided tour along the nature trails at Brentsville and learn about the plants and animals that call this part of Virginia home.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895.
 
October 11                                                                                                                                                  
Potomac River Blockade Boat Tour
$40 per person, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., reservations required
Cruise along the Potomac River shoreline and view sites that were critical to the successful blockade of Washington, D.C. held by the Confederates from September 1861 through March 1862.  The cruise will include the preserved batteries at Freestone Point and Possum Noise, as well as Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tours include lunch and departs from Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge.  For reservations, call 703-792-4754. 
October 17
Spectral Stories at Historic Brentsville
7 p.m.- 9 p.m., $5 per person, children free under six
Do you love scary movies and hearing ghost stories?  Join site staff for a fun filled evening spent around a campfire as you hear spooky stories about Historic Brentsville and other haunts in and around Prince William County.  Apple cider and cookies will be provided.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895.
 
October 24 and 25
Spirits of Rippon Lodge
7-9 p.m.; $10 per person, children under 6 free.   
Rippon Lodge has a diverse history.  A 1930 account of the Lodge says, “The house is said to be haunted in such a ghostly and sinister fashion that no one will occupy it.”   Rumor has it that the course of Route 1 was altered to avoid its ghostly residents.  Come experience a unique opportunity to tour the house 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. 
 
October 25
All Hallows Eve
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
$5 person, children 2 and under free
Where did the tradition of Halloween come from?  Pumpkin carving? Trick-or-Treating? Join us for a kid friendly trip to All Hallow’s Eve past and present.  Play old fashioned games and enjoy traditional treats.
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.
 
October 25                                                                                                                                                     
Potomac River Blockade Boat Tour
$40 per person, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., reservations required
Cruise along the Potomac River shoreline and view sites that were critical to the successful blockade of Washington, D.C. held by the Confederates from September 1861 through March 1862.  The cruise will include the preserved batteries at Freestone Point and Possum Noise, as well as Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tours include lunch and departs from Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge.  For reservations, call 703-792-4754. 
October 26
Historic Sundays at Brentsville Union Church
11 a.m.- noon, free
Brentsville Union Church was built in 1870 and served the Brentsville community for over 100 years.  Today the country church has been restored and serves as a glimpse into life of the 19th century.  Come learn about the practices of faith that were once held here and how important churches were to society and local communities.  Program conducted in partnership with Historic Faith Ministries, a non-profit living history organization focusing on Victorian period customs and spirituality.  Program begins at 11a.m. and is FREE to the public.  Tours offered after the program for $5.00.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895.

 

 

  

November

     
CANCELED November 8
Before the Blackburn’s: Native Americans of Virginia
11 a.m.-4 p.m.; $5 per person, children under 6 free.
Long before Richard Blackburn built Rippon Lodge, many Native American tribes resided along the banks of the creeks and rivers of Virginia. Under Chief Powhatan, the Mattaponi, Rappahannock, and Pamunkey tribes all prospered. Hear stories, play traditional games and lean about Native American history and culture. Tours of the house included with admission.
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.
 
November 8
Veteran’s Day at Historic Brentsville
10 a.m.-1 p.m., free, $5 dollar suggested donation
Salute our brave veterans who have contributed to our nation’s freedom!  Join site staff for crafts and fun at Brentsville’s historic courthouse.  In celebration of Veteran’s Day, write letters to current soldiers serving overseas.  Learn about our military history through first-person interpretation vignettes of all major American conflicts starting with the American Revolution to current day.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895.
 
November 15
1776! The Revolution Comes to Rippon Lodge
11 a.m.- 4 p.m.; free
In February of 1776, the 3rd Virginia Regiment was organized out of companies from several local counties including Prince William County. The troops will muster at Rippon Lodge home of Thomas Blackburn for inspection and to make ready. Residents are invited to come for the day to see the troops. Living history demonstrations of both military and civilian life during the American Revolution will take place all day.
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.
 
November 15
Open-Hearth Cooking Class at Brentsville
10 a.m.-1 p.m., $30 per person, not recommended for children under 12, reservations required
Gear up for the Thanksgiving season by learning the skills of open-hearth cooking.  Join an experienced open-hearth cooking historian and learn the basic skills needed to prepare food over an open fire.  You will learn how to build a fire and will prepare and cook three different dishes.  End the program by enjoying a taste of the food you cooked.  Class will take place in the ca. 1850 Haislip Farmhouse.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895.
 

 


 

December 

December 6
A Visit from Santa at Williams Ordinary
Saturday Santa from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., free
Pictures with Santa: $5.00 for 4x6 or $10.00 for 8x10
In December of 1862, artist Thomas Nast made one of the first known illustrations of Santa Claus. Santa was shown giving gifts to soldiers in the field at Fredericksburg, Virginia during the American Civil War.  This year, Santa will dust off that old suit he wore back then and make an appearance at Williams Ordinary in Dumfries.
Guests can make old-time holiday decorations and Pomander balls with citrus fruit and cloves for their trees at home.
Williams Ordinary, 17674 Main St., Dumfries, VA 22026. 703-792-4754.
 
December 7
Santa Comes to Rippon Lodge
Noon-3 p.m.; $2 per child
Santa Claus will be visiting Rippon Lodge on Sunday afternoon.  Learn about Christmas traditions of the past.  Be on your best behavior so he will have you on the nice list.  Bring your wish list for him.  Parents will be given special “Things Santa Should Know” cards upon arrival.  Bring your camera for pictures!  Dress for the weather some activities are outside. 
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.
 
December 7
Holiday on the Home Front – WWII Christmas Candle Tours  
5 p.m.-8 p.m.; $5 per person, children under 6 free
It's 1943 and World War II is in full swing.  What was Christmas like for Wade and Dessie Ellis at their Rippon Lodge home?  WWII artifacts and decorations will be on display throughout the house.  Listen to a holiday fireside chat with FDR or a Bob Hope Special.  Try your hand at making ornaments using what materials were on hand due to rationing. 
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.
 
December 13 
Brentsville Holiday Concerts
5 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Join the Brentsville community Saturday evening 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 Road, Bristow, VA 703-365-7895.
 
December 13
Enslaved Holiday
5 p.m.- 7 p.m., $7 per person, six and under free
Take a candle lit tour of the main house and slave quarter to learn how the enslaved community celebrated the holidays and how they resisted the institution that kept them enslaved. Living history vignettes will allow some of the enslaved workers at Ben Lomond to come to life, giving you a unique perspective into this period of American history.   Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 703-367-7872.