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Historic Preservation Events

 

 

2017 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.  

 

Click the month to view the events (below).

 

 

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

 

 


 

January

 

January 26

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

7 p.m.: Free, donations accepted

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

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

 

 


 

February

 

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

Lucasville School Open Weekends in February

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

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

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

 

February 18

Everyday Full of Work:  The African-American Experience at Ben Lomond

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

Ben Lomond Historic Site is proud to present special guided tours in recognition of African-American History month. Visitors can explore the historic home and the original slave quarter to learn about the enslaved population living at Ben Lomond in the years before the Civil War. Guests will have the opportunity to visit spaces not ordinarily open to the public and participate in hands-on activities.   

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

 

February 23

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

7 p.m.: Free, donations accepted

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

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

 

February 25

Barnes House Hard Hat Tour

11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., $5 suggested donation

Get a hard hat tour of Prince William County's newest "old" building. The Barnes House was restored as part of the Montclair Library project. The house was the home to an African American family after the Civil War. Learn about the family's amazing history during the Reconstruction-era, as well as the restoration of the home. This is a rare opportunity to see preservation in action! Barnes House is located at the Montclair Community Library, 5049 Waterway Dr., Dumfries, VA.

Barnes House Historic Site, 703-792-4754  

 

 


 

March  

March 4

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

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

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

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

 

March 11

POSTPONED    Cockpit Point Marker Dedication and Tours

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

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

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

 

March 23

Lecture:  If This Old Building Could Talk

7 p.m.: Free, donations accepted

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

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

 

March 25-26

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

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

$50 for historic homes tour on March 26

Spaces are limited, reservations required.

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

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

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

 

 

 

April

 

April 1

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

8 a.m. – 12p.m.

Join the staff at Bristoe Station Battlefield and the Civil War Preservation Trust at History for Park Day 2017. 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 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 of Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.

 

April 8

Eggstravaganza at Ben Lomond Historic Site

11 a.m. - 4 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, but we have lost our eggs and are asking for your help to find them!  Egg Hunts will be at 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm and 2:30pm at the historic site and each hunt will be separated by age groups.  Try your skills at a historic egg roll as well as enjoying fun kid friendly games and crafts at Pat White Center at Ben Lomond.  Bring your own basket for egg collecting.  Tours of the Civil War Hospital will be available.  Purchase tickets at Pat White Center at Ben Lomond.

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

 

April 8

Potomac Blockade Bus Tour

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; $80 per person (lunch included); reservations are required.

From September 1861 through March 1862 the Confederate army was able to blockade the Potomac River. Join local historians for a special bus tour that will explore this little known period of Civil War history.  Tour stops include: Aquia, Quantico, Williams Ordinary, Freestone Point, Pohick Church and more! Tour includes lunch and departs from Williams Ordinary in Dumfries.  For reservations call 703-792-4754.

Williams Ordinary, 17674 Main St., Dumfries, VA.

 

April 15

Easter Egg Hunt at Rippon Lodge

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 may 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 to eggs and a picnic lunch.  House tours are on the hour.

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

 

April 20, May 18, June, 15

Brews and Brains at Bad Wolf Brewery

6 p.m.- 8 p.m., free, donations accepted.  

The Prince William and Northern Virginia area has a rich social history throughout the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries in which beer played a part. From the role of taverns as a social and political venue throughout the 18th and 19th century, the impact of alcohol throughout the Civil War, to the economic influence of the development of breweries throughout the 20th century and prohibition, alcohol played a role in shaping the area today. Join the Historic Preservation Division and Bad Wolf Brewery as we examine the role of beer throughout American History in this three-part series of lectures, artifacts, and activities. The series will take place at Big Bad Wolf Brewery, located at 8420 Kao Circle, Manassas, VA.

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

 

April 22

Art in the Park - Brentsville

10 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Free

In the tradition of Monet, O'Keeffe, and Ansel Adams, come and set up your easel, open your sketchbook or focus your camera at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre. Join us for a day of art appreciation and picturesque views of the historic site, natural surroundings and our nature trail. We will have art table fun for the budding artists, art for sale, and pop-up art lessons throughout the day. Be sure to look in the historic schoolhouse which will feature Prince William County student art!

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

 

April 22

Potomac Blockade Boat Tour

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $45 per person

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 of the gun batteries and camps that supported the Confederate efforts. The cruise will include the preserved batteries at Freestone Point and Possum Nose, as well as Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tour includes lunch and departs from Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge.  For reservations call 703-792-4754. 

 

April 22

Junior Girl Scouts Gardening Badge

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.; $5.00 per Scout

Come out and help Rippon Lodge plant the vegetable garden for spring while earning the Junior Girl Scouts Gardening Badge.  This program meets all of the requirements for the badge. Scouts are encouraged to bring their own gardening gloves as well as dress appropriately for being outside and getting dirty.  Scout leaders must purchase the badges on their own.  The program will run rain or shine. Reservations are required and space is limited.

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

 

April 27

Flying Machines of the Great Wars

7 p.m. Free, donations accepted

In a relatively short time the flying machine of the Wright Brothers became a weapon of war that is still today a critical component of our nation's defense.  Join representatives of the Freedom Museum as we explore these flying war machines and their roles in our nation's defense from World War I through today.

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

 

April 29

The Deadliest Enemy: Disease in the Civil War

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

Since the very beginning of the Civil War, disease was a critical problem among the armies of both North and South. By the war's end, two thirds of the soldiers who died during the fighting died from disease instead of battle wounds.  During this special tour of the field hospital, learn about why disease was such a big issue, what diseases swept through the regiments, their causes, and the treatments used to try and cure the soldiers. Tours begin on the hour.

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

 

April 29

Lost Towns of Prince William County Bus Tour

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; $80 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 and learn about a lost chapter in Prince William County history.

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

 

April 29

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

8am; FREE, Donations

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 Rd., Woodbridge, VA. 703-499-9812.

 


 

May  

May is Preservation Month!

 

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park Tours

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

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.

 

Yoga on the Lawn at Rippon Lodge – Saturdays, May 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 are offered most Saturday mornings from May to September.  Call Rippon Lodge to confirm class day and times. Those purchasing 10 classes will receive punch cards which are good for the whole season. Additional classes may be purchased at any time.

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

 

May 2

Preservation Month Lectures: Historic Bushy Park (Haymarket-Gainesville Library)

7 a.m., Free

While work has progressed to preserve the physical structure of Bushy Park, research on the history of the building has moved forward as well. Join County Preservationist Sarah Nucci for the latest on the history of the house, and the people who called it home.

Haymarket-Gainesville Library, 14870 Lightner Rd., Haymarket, VA. 703-792-4754.

 

May 6

Bushy Park Hard Hat Tour

11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., $5 suggested donation

Get a hard hat tour of Prince William County's newest "old" building. The Bushy Park House was restored as part of the Gainesville Library project. The house was the home to upper middle class families in the 18th and 19th century. This is a rare opportunity to see preservation in action! Bushy Park is located at the Gainesville Library, 14870 Lightner Rd., Haymarket, VA. Call 703-792-4754 for more information.

 

May 6

Kite Day at Brentsville

10 a.m. -3 p.m.; Free

Let's go fly a kite! Join us in this historic pastime. Bring your kites, a picnic and enjoy the day on the lawn behind Brentsville Courthouse. Visitors are welcome to enjoy face-painting, a kite-making craft table, and a horseshoe game on the front lawn. Concessions will also be available for purchase. Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895.

 

May 9

Preservation Month Lectures: Historic Barnes House (Montclair Library)

7 p.m., Free

Join County Preservationist, Sarah Nucci, for an in-depth history of the Barnes House. From local lore to the most scientific evidence we can find – come learn more about the Prince William County landmark. Who were the Barnes Family? When was this structure built? And why did we save it.

Montclair Library, 5049 Waterway Dr., Montclair, VA. 703-792-4754.

 

May 13-14

Mother's Day Weekend Tours

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!  All moms that visit during the Mother's Day weekend will receive a complimentary tour. 

All Prince William County Historic Preservation Division sites, 703-792-4754.

 

May 13

Brentsville Jail Grand Opening and Dedication

10 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Free, donations are encouraged

In its nearly 200-year existence, the Brentsville Jail has seen a lot of different uses.  From a jail in the 19th century, to a dormitory, private house, and office space in the 20th century, the building has changed a lot!  After six years of restoration, join us for a grand opening of the Historic Brentsville jail.  Local historians will provide special tours of the building.  Dedication ceremony to take place at 10 a.m.

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

 

May 15

Museum Kids Monday!

10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.; $5 per child, ages 8 and under.

Bring your child to explore history through sight, sound, smell, and touch through hands-on activities and crafts. Topics vary each month and will include subjects such as farming, textiles, or 19th century toys. Adult must be able to participate with children. Please contact the site to learn about the subject of the month. Reservations required.

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

 

May 18, June 15

Brews and Brains at Bad Wolf Brewery

6 p.m.- 8 p.m., free, donations accepted.  

The Prince William and Northern Virginia area has a rich social history throughout the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries in which beer played a part. From the role of taverns as a social and political venue throughout the 18th and 19th century, the impact of alcohol throughout the Civil War, to the economic influence of the development of breweries throughout the 20th century and prohibition, alcohol played a role in shaping the area today. Join the Historic Preservation Division and Bad Wolf Brewery as we examine the role of beer throughout American History in this three-part series of lectures, artifacts, and activities. The series will take place at Big Bad Wolf Brewery, located at 8420 Kao Circle, Manassas, VA.

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

 

May 20

Ben Lomond's Antique Rose Garden Tea

1 p.m. -3 p.m.; $30 per person

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, where you can learn how to care for your heirloom roses at home.  Reservations are required.

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

 

May 20

Spring Art Fling at Rippon Lodge

9 a.m. – 4 p.m., FREE

In conjunction with the Prince William County Arts Council and Prince William County Parks, Rippon Lodge hosts the second weekend of this wonderful family event. Enjoy a day full of music, dance, food, art and local vendors.  See a special exhibit on artist, Aviza Black, the last private owner of Rippon Lodge and a talented fashion illustrator of the 1930s and 1940s.

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

 

May 20

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 9

History Happy Hour: An Evening at Ben Lomond Historic Site

5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.; $15 per person, persons 21 and up only

Looking for a unique way to visit one of Prince William County's distinctive historic sites? Take part in our new series History Happy Hour! Receive two drink tickets to use over the course of the evening, and come and explore Ben Lomond to learn about the Civil War and medicine. Interact with living history interpreters, take part in a history scavenger hunt, see musket firing demonstrations, and explore the Civil War Hospital without barriers.  Reservations are suggested, but not required.

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

 

June 10

Potomac Blockade Boat Tour

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $45 per person

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 of the gun batteries and camps that supported the Confederate efforts. The cruise will include the preserved batteries at Freestone Point and Possum Nose, as well as Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tour includes lunch and departs from Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge.  For reservations call 703-792-4754. 

 

June 15

Brews and Brains at Bad Wolf Brewery

6 p.m.- 8 p.m., free, donations accepted.  

The Prince William and Northern Virginia area has a rich social history throughout the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries in which beer played a part. From the role of taverns as a social and political venue throughout the 18th and 19th century, the impact of alcohol throughout the Civil War, to the economic influence of the development of breweries throughout the 20th century and prohibition, alcohol played a role in shaping the area today. Join the Historic Preservation Division and Bad Wolf Brewery as we examine the role of beer throughout American History in this three-part series of lectures, artifacts, and activities. The series will take place at Big Bad Wolf Brewery, located at 8420 Kao Circle, Manassas, VA.

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

 

June 17-18

Father's Day Weekend Tours

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

Does your Dad enjoy military history, learning about historic construction and preservation, or the great outdoors? Then treat him to a tour of Prince William County's historic sites!  All fathers that visit during the Father's Day weekend will receive a complimentary tour. 

All Prince William County Historic Preservation Division sites, 703-792-4754.

 

June 18

Juneteenth Open House at Lucasville

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; $5 suggested donation

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 19

Museum Kids Monday!

10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.; $5 per child, ages 8 and under.

Bring your child to explore history through sight, sound, smell, and touch through hands-on activities and crafts. Topics vary each month and will include subjects such as farming, textiles, or 19th century toys and more! Adult must be able to participate with children. Please contact the site to learn about the subject of the month. Reservations required.

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

 

June 24

Star Wars Celebratory Anniversary

Gates open at 7 p.m.; movies begin approximately at 8:15 p.m., FREE admission, donations welcomed.

Come and enjoy the night sky while watching Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the movie's release, we encourage guests to come in their best Star Wars costume (audience appropriate please) for fun picture opportunities. Enjoy popcorn and beverages (available for purchase), and bring blankets and chairs to watch the movie. Movies cancelled in event of rain.

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

 

 


 

 July 

Fridays, July 14th & 28th August 11th and 25th

Revolutionary Readers – A Book Club for Young Readers

10 a.m. – Noon; $7.00 per child

Young readers (rising 4th to 6th grade) are invited to join our book club.  This summer we will explore books and topics connected to early American history through the eyes of young adults. Each gathering of readers will include a discussion of the book and other related activities. A book list will be provided at time of registration.  All titles are available at the local library.

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

 

July 8

Bristoe Off the Park Battlefield Tour

10 a.m.- 12 p.m.; Free, donations encouraged

While Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park contains the site of some of the heaviest fighting at Bristoe Station, it does not contain all of it.  Join park historians for a special walking tour of New Bristow Village to learn about the events that took place there.

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

 

July 8-9

World War II Weekend at Rippon Lodge

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 from living historians portraying Axis and Allied soldiers.  Learn about their equipment, armaments, historic military vehicles, and medical care on and off the battlefield.  Also explore how citizens at home supported the war effort and view original WWII artifacts.

On the evening of July 8th, join us for a showing of Stalag 17, the story of a group of American airmen held in a German World War II prisoner of war camp, who come to suspect that one of their number is an informant. Adapted from a Broadway play, the movie was produced and directed by Billy Wilder, and starred William Holden, Don Taylor, Peter Graves and Otto Preminger in the role of the camp's commandant. Enjoy popcorn and beverages (available for purchase), and bring blankets and chairs to sit and enjoy the movies. Donations welcomed. Movie cancelled in event of rain.

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

 

July 15

Stonewall Brigade Bus Tour

8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; $80 per person (lunch included); reservations required.

One of the most famous incidents of the Civil War was Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson changing the course of 1st Manassas by leading his Stonewall Brigade in defense of the Henry Hill.  How did this brigade of Virginians get to their date with history?  Join local historians for a special anniversary bus tour highlighting Jackson's route from Winchester to the plains of Manassas.  Tour stops include: Winchester, Delaplane, Mitchell's Ford, Ben Lomond Historic Site, and Manassas National Battlefield.

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

 

July 17-21

Civil War Basic Summer Camp at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre

9 a.m. to 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 Rd., Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895.

 

July 17

Museum Kids Monday!

10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.; $5 per child, ages 8 and under

Bring your child to explore history through sight, sound, smell, and touch through hands-on activities and crafts. Topics vary each month and will include subjects such as farming, textiles, or 19th century toys and more. Adult must be able to participate with children. Please contact the site to learn about the subject of the month. Reservations required.

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

 

July 22-23

The Aftermath of First Manassas Weekend and Blood Drive

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

$5 per person during the day, children under 6 free; those who donate receive free admission.

$10 per person for evening tours, not recommended for children under 12, those who donate receive ½ off admission.

After the Battle of First Manassas, Ben Lomond served as a Confederate field hospital to treat the wounded. Visit Ben Lomond close to the 156th anniversary of the battle and learn from historians and Civil War reenactors how soldiers were treated during the Civil 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 program recreating the hospital on Saturday evening from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be on site and those who donate blood will receive free admission into the daytime event or half price admission to the evening event. 
Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.

 

July 24-28

Civil War Home Front Camp

9 am to noon, $150 per participant ages 8 to 13

The Home front 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, and on the last day a community picnic with 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 Rd., Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895.

 


 

 

August

 

August 5 

Paranormal 101

7 p.m. – midnight; $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 a paranormal seminar and investigation at Ben Lomond.  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.

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

 

August 5

History Happy Hour at Rippon Lodge

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., $15 per person, ages 21 and up only

Enjoy a festive night of pop culture trivia, games, music and more at Rippon Lodge Historic Site. Explore one of the oldest homes in Prince William County, mingle with new friends, try on historic attire, and maybe win a prize.

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

 

August 7-11

Civil War History Explorer Camp

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; $200 per participant, ages 13-16

For folks that have completed the Civil War Basic and Advanced Camps.  This camp will incorporate service projects and field trips to sites of historical significance in the area, and gives participants an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of how these sites are remembered and commemorated for future generations.  Bring lunch, snacks, and drinks daily. Registration for this camp can be completed on line at www.pwcparks.org or by calling 703-792-8320.

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

 

August 11

Overnight Stay at the Pringle House Hospital

8 p.m. – 8 a.m.; $100 per person, reservations are required

From July 21 until the end of August, 1861, Ben Lomond was converted into the Pringle House Hospital to care for hundreds of wounded soldiers after the fateful events of the first major battle of the Civil War. Join site historians in a unique opportunity to spend the night in the hospital and learn about the wounded soldiers who were treated there, the families who were impacted, and the effects of the war on Northern Virginia. The evening will include a tour of the hospital, an evening campfire, and more. Breakfast will be provided in the morning. Participants must bring their own sleeping materials.

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

 

August 14-18

Civil War Advanced Camp at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre

9 am to 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 of the cavalry, participate in artillery drill, 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 Rd., Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895.

 

August 19-20

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 from 4 pm Friday to noon on Sunday.  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 Rd., Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895.

 

August 19

Movie Night at Historic Brentsville

8 p.m.; Free

Join us for our 4th Annual Brentsville Movie Night!  Enjoy an old movie the way they were meant to be seen!  Movie starts at nightfall. We will be showing The Count of Monte Cristo.  Bring chairs and or blankets.  Concessions will be available for purchase.

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

 

August 19

National Bee Day at Rippon Lodge

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; $5 per person

Enjoy National Bee Day at Rippon Lodge Historic Site.  With special guest Sweet Virginia and the Freedom High School Bee Club, learn about honey bees, how they work as a hive, produce honey, how you can contribute to protect these endangered species, and what can be made out of the honey and wax.  Taste fresh honey as well.  Space is limited. 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, do not wear black, as it attracts bees. Reservations recommended.

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

 

August 21

Museum Kids Monday!

10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.; $5 per child, ages 8 and under.

Bring your child to explore history through sight, sound, smell, and touch through hands-on activities and crafts. Topics vary each month and will include subjects such as farming, textiles, or 19th century toys and more! Adult must be able to participate with children. Please contact the site to learn about the subject of the month. Reservations required.

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

 

August 26

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.  Cars from 1950 to 1900 are welcome to be displayed. Visitors may ask questions and take pictures of the vehicles. Period games available for kids to play on the lawn.  Guided tours of the lodge are available for $5 per person on the hour.

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

 

August 26-27

Battle of Kettle Run Anniversary Tours

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

Join Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park staff and volunteers on the 154th 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 26

Jackson at Bristoe Station Anniversary "In-Time" Tour

7 p.m.; Free, $5 suggested donation

Join Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park staff and volunteers on the 154th anniversary of Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's capture of Bristoe Station, the precursor to the Battle of Second Manassas.  Jackson's capture of Bristoe, would allow him to capture the large Federal warehouses in Manassas on the 27th.  Visit the park on the actual anniversary for a specialized in-time walking tour.

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

 

August 27

Battle of Bull Run Bridge In-Time Walking Tour

9 a.m.; Free

Join Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park staff for the 155th 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.

Tour begins at Liberia Plantation House.  For more information, please call 703-366-3049

 

 


 

September

September 2

Overnight Stay in Brentsville Jail

8 p.m. – 8 a.m.; $100 per person, reservations are required

From 1822 to 1893 the Brentsville jail housed numerous people awaiting trial, and fate.  The prisoners were accused of various crimes from theft, to poisoning, and even murder.  In 1872 a prominent Prince William resident was gunned down in his cell while awaiting his trail.  Spend the night in the nearly 200 year old building and learn about some of the people who were imprisoned here.

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

 

September 9

Historic Brentsville Schoolhouse Happy Hour

5:30 p.m-7:30 p.m.; $15 per person, persons 21 and up only

Looking for a unique way to start the new school year? Take part in our Historic Brentsville Schoolhouse Happy Hour! Receive two drink tickets to use over the course of the evening, and come and explore the 1920s schoolhouse to learn about teaching in a one room schoolhouse during the Great Depression.  Reservations are suggested, but not required.

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

 

September 9

School is Back in Session!

11 a.m.  – 4 p.m.; $5 per person

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 houses at Lucasville School and Brentsville Courthouse to learn about the different ways that students learned in a segregated society. Try some of the tools that were used to teach in each of the schools, some of the games they played, and even make a craft at each school 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

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

 

September 9

Potomac Blockade Boat Tour

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $45 per person

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 of the gun batteries and camps that supported the Confederate efforts. The cruise will include the preserved batteries at Freestone Point and Possum Nose, as well as Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tour includes lunch and departs from Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge.  For reservations call 703-792-4754. 

 

September 16

Manassas' Civil War Hospitals Car Caravan Tour

8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $40 per car (lunch not included)

Manassas was the site of two major battles fought on July 21, 1861, and August 28-30, 1862, along the banks of Bull Run. The horrors of battle did not end for many men when these battles ended, but continued in the numerous hospitals that were set up throughout the area, proving to be some of the bloodier battles in history to that point, the hospitals were overrun with more casualties than they expected. Join us as we visit the hospitals of Manassas, to learn about medicine at the beginning of the Civil War, about the soldiers who were treated in these hospitals, and about the families whose homes were commandeered. Reservations are required.

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

 

September 16

Dance the Evening Away at the Rippon Lodge Canteen

7 p.m. – 10 p.m.; $30.00 per person; active military discount available; reservations required

From Hollywood to New York City, canteens were the place for soldiers to relax and enjoy good food, music, entertainment and dancing during World War II. Musicians and actors such as Glen Miller, Benny Goodman, Bob Hope, Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich, Shirley Temple, and even former President Herbert Hoover could be found spending time with the service men at canteens across the country.

Dance the night away at Rippon Lodge as it is transformed into a dance hall reminiscent of a canteen with live Big Band music, delicious food and beverages. Guests are encouraged to "Dress the Part!" and attend the event in their best dress, vintage costume, or active military uniforms. Food and non-alcoholic beverages available; extra drinks available for purchase.  Discounted admission for all active military members. Reservations are required to attend this unique and fun evening dance.

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

 

September 18

Museum Kids Monday!

10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.; $5 per child, ages 8 and under.

Bring your child to explore history through sight, sound, smell, and touch through hands-on activities and crafts. Topics vary each month and will include subjects such as farming, textiles, or 19th century toys and more! Adult must be able to participate with children. Please contact the site to learn about the subject of the month. Reservations required.

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

 

September 23

Brentsville Day!

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Free

Join us for our first Brentsville Day! The community of Brentsville has been around for nearly 200 years and served as the social and political center of Prince William County for nearly 100 years. Enjoy historic farm demonstrations, living history, bluegrass music, games, food, tours of the historic buildings and more.    

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

 

September 23-24

Prince William County Farm Tour -- Brentsville Stop

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Free

Join site staff as we learn about farm life here in Brentsville and Prince William County during the mid-1800s.  Tour the 1850s farm house and learn how Prince William County farmers, free and enslaved.  Discover how they lived and worked before electricity and running water.

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

 

September 30

Civil War Raiders of Northern Virginia Bus Tour

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; $80 per person (lunch included); reservations are required.

One of the most famous figures to emerge from the Civil War was John S. Mosby.  Operating behind Federal lines in Northern Virginia, Mosby created a legacy that still resounds today.  However Mosby was not the only band of guerillas in the area; other bands of soldiers from Virginia and South Carolina also worked in the area.  Join historians from Prince William County Historic Preservation Division and the Mosby Heritage Area Association for a special bus tour that will not only visit Mosby sites, but also other guerilla sites in Northern Virginia.  Bus departs from Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre.  For reservations please call 703-365-7895.

 


  

October 

 

Month of October

Rippon Lodge in Mourning

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; $5.00 per person, Free for children under 6; October 1 to October 30.

Why is black a color for mourning?  Why are mirrors covered when one passes away?  How long did someone wear mourning attire?  How did mourning practices change over the centuries?  Learn this and more during the month of October at Rippon Lodge, as we dress the historic house in various periods of mourning.  Guided tours of this special look at how death was commemorated and celebrated over the centuries are on the hour.

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

 

October 6, 2017 – March 4, 2018

The Forgotten World War and Its Impact at Home: World War I Collaborative Exhibit with the Manassas Museum

Working in conjunction with the Manassas Museum this exhibit will look at the home front in Prince William County and Manassas during World War I.  Themes will include music and propaganda, the impact of the Spanish Flu epidemic in the area, and the growth of farms and local military bases and their impact on the county.  A final section will list all the soldiers from the area that were KIA. Manassas Museum, 9101 Prince William St., Manassas, VA. 703-368-1873.

 

October 7

Spectral Stories at Historic Brentsville

7 p.m.- 8 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. 

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

 

October 7

Potomac Blockade Boat Tour

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $45 per person

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 of the gun batteries and camps that supported the Confederate efforts. The cruise will include the preserved batteries at Freestone Point and Possum Nose, as well as Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tour includes lunch and departs from Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge.  For reservations call 703-792-4754. 

 

October 14

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

8 a.m.; FREE, Donations

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 Rd., Woodbridge, VA 703-499-9812. 

 

October 14

154th Anniversary Battle of Auburn, "In-Time" Anniversary Tour

9 a.m. –10 a.m.; Free, $5 suggested donation

While the Bristoe campaign culminated on the afternoon of October 14, 1864 at the Battle of Bristoe Station, another battle earlier in the day had a profound impact on the course of events.  With elements of both armies at times cut off, the Battle of Auburn was a small but important battle that set the stage for fighting later in the day.  Join local historians for a special in-time walking tour on battlefield land that is not normally accessible to the public.  

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

 

October 14

154th Anniversary Battle of Bristoe Station "In-Time" Anniversary Tour

4 p.m. – 6p.m.; Free, $5 suggested donation

Join Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park staff and volunteers on the 154th anniversary of the third and final Civil War battle to take place in Prince William County. This October 14th battle, while small, was the culmination of Lee's last offensive of the War. 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.

 

October 14-15

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 154th 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. On Saturday evening, visit the battlefield for a rare treat to see over 2,000 luminary candles for every soldier who died at Bristoe Station.  Living history vignettes will be located across the battlefield and self-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 of Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.

 

October 16

Museum Kids Monday!

10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.; $5 per child, ages 8 and under.

Bring your child to explore history through sight, sound, smell, and touch through hands-on activities and crafts. Topics vary each month and will include subjects such as farming, textiles, or 19th century toys and more! Adult must be able to participate with children. Please contact the site to learn about the subject of the month. Reservations required.

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

 

October 20-21

Spirits of Rippon Lodge

7 p.m. - 9 p.m. $10 per person, (not appropriate for young children)

Rippon Lodge's diverse history is full of truths, myths and rumors, such as the course of Route 1 was altered to avoid its ghostly residents. Come and experience a uniquely haunting tour of the historic house and grounds by candlelight, perhaps encounter the departed spirits of notable residents and neighbors, and hear their tales of sadness and triumph. Reservations Required; this is a walking tour at night with uneven grounds, surfaces and darkened rooms. Please dress appropriately for the weather and walking; flashlights recommended. Tours every 20 minutes (7, 7:20, 7:40, 8, 8:20 and 8:40 pm.). Call 703-499-9812 for reservations.

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

 

October 21

Legends by Lanternlight: Remembrances of Brentsville

7:30pm- 9:30pm, FREE

Hear the stories of Brentsville from the perspective of the people who lived and passed through here during the Civil War.  The program will be led by the costumed interpreters of the Mosby Heritage Area Interpretive Group. The county seat for Prince William County during the Civil War, Brentsville saw soldiers passing through it throughout much of the Civil War.  Confederates used the village as a point of mustering point at the beginning of the war before Union soldiers occupied the area from 1862-1865.  The community even witnessed a few minor, but deadly battles.  Come learn these stories and more as part of a lantern-lit tour of this historic village. Walking is required.  Please dress appropriately. For questions, please call (540) 687-5188 or 703-365-7895.

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Road, Bristow, VA,

 

October 22

Buckland Mills Caravan Tour

9 a.m.- 12 p.m.; Free, donations encouraged.

By 1863 Federal cavalry had finally come into its own.  However Confederate cavalry under JEB Stuart was still a deadly foe.  The October 19, 1863 Battle of Buckland proved that the Southern horsemen were still capable of trouncing their blue-clad counterpart.  Join local historians for a special caravan tour exploring what was later called "The Buckland Races".  Stops will include Greenwich, Buckland, New Baltimore, and more.  Tour starts at Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park.  The parking lot is located off of Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.

 

October 28

Hospital Horrors

 7p.m. – 10 p.m.; $10 per person, not recommended for children under 12

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 twenty minutes. Advanced reservations strongly recommended.

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

 

October 28

Historic Cemeteries of Brentsville Walking Tour

Tours: 11am; 1pm; 3pm; $5 per person

In the nearly 200-year history of the community of Brentsville, many cemeteries have sprung up in the area.  Unfortunately, some of these burial grounds are now lost to history.  However, others are still marked today.  Join local historians for a special walking tour of historic Brentsville as we explore some of these little known spots.

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

 


  

November

 

November 3

A Civil War Soldier's Campfire

6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.; $5 per person, reservations recommended

Enjoy a warm campfire at Ben Lomond Historic Site and learn how Confederate soldiers lived during the American Civil War. Practice drilling with a Civil War soldier, see a musket firing demonstration, and learn about the rations given to Confederate soldiers.  Try the cornpone that Confederate soldiers commonly ate during the Civil War and compare it to the s'mores we enjoy today. 

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

 

November 4

Paranormal 101

7 p.m. – midnight; $100 per person for seminar and 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.

 

November 11

Bristoe Station Veteran's Day Commemorative Candlelight Tour

6 p.m.-8 p.m.; Free, $5 suggested donation

During four years of war, hundreds of Civil War soldiers were buried in the area around Bristoe Station.  Some died in the two battles that were fought for control of the strategic railroad.  Others succumbed to disease they were encamped in the area from a few days to a few months.  While some remains were removed after the war, many still reside in the area.  This special candlelight tour of the battle will highlight some of the soldiers who died at Bristoe Station.

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

 

November 11

Early Days of Prince William County

11 a.m.- 4 p.m.; FREE

Prince William County's history begins in 1731 when it was founded by the Virginia House of Burgesses. One of the County's oldest homes will host a special event to highlight the history and culture of Native Americans and the colonial peoples of the area.

Living history demonstrations, colonial life and military encampments from various conflicts, such as the American Revolution, and of Native American cultures will be available all day. Tours of the house are also included.

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

 

November 18

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. Tours of the site will take place at 10 a.m., 1p.m. and 3p.m. Reservations are required for the tours. Tours will include difficult terrain and off trail style hiking. For reservations call 703-792-4754.

 

    

 

December 

Saturdays in December (December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-23)

Holidays through the Ages at Rippon Lodge

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

Visit Rippon Lodge and stroll through seasonal celebrations gone by. The interior and exterior of the historic house will be decorated for the holidays.  Various rooms inside the home will represent different periods of seasonal celebrations, from the Colonial Period through the 1940s.  Light refreshments, a warm beverage, and shopping for unique Rippon merchandise round out a wonderful tour. Reservations strongly recommended for groups larger than 4. 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 Rd., Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.

 

December 2

Holiday Night at Rippon Lodge

Gates open at 5:00, tours from 6 to 8 p.m.; $5.00 suggested donation

For one night only, see Rippon Lodge by candlelight at Christmastime. Beginning with a special tree lighting ceremony with tree ornaments decorated by local school children, visitors will see the grounds and several of the historic buildings beautifully lit with lights. Guest may tour the Holiday through the Ages decorations by candlelight, listen to music, enjoy making seasonal crafts, a warm beverage, shopping and holiday cookies.  One night only. Reservations for groups larger than 4 recommended.

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

 

December 2

JEB Stuart Christmas Raid Bus Tour

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; $80 per person (lunch included); reservations are required.

Confederate general JEB Stuart is famous for leading his cavalry in raids around his Federal opponent.  While his raids on the Peninsula and towards Gettysburg are well known, his 1862 Christmas Raid through Northern Virginia is less well known.  Join local historians on a special bus tour exploring the seldom visited sites associated with this raid.

Tour includes lunch and departs from Williams Ordinary in Dumfries.  For reservations call 703-792-4754.   Williams Ordinary, 17674 Main St., Dumfries, VA 22026.

 

December 9

Brentsville Holiday Concerts

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

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 Rd., Bristow, VA, 20136. 703-365-7895.

 

December 9

Santa Comes to Rippon Lodge

1 p.m. – 3 p.m., $2.00 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 Rd., Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.

 

December 9

Breakfast with Historic Santa

9 a.m. – 11 a.m., $10 per child, $5 per adult, children under 2 are free

In December of 1862, artist Thomas Nast made one of the first known
illustrations of Santa Claus.  Come by and enjoy breakfast with Santa at the Old Manassas Courthouse!  Enjoy family breakfast, make authentic 19th Century Christmas decorations and a chance to meet Santa who has dusted off that old 1862 suit and give him your wish list.   Breakfast will be from 10 till noon.  Crafts and pictures with Santa will be open until 3 p.m. a $3.00 donation to help with cost of craft supplies for those not eating with us would be appreciated. For reservations, call 703-792-4754.

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

 

 

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