2015 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 29
Lecture:  Mission to Tokyo
7 p.m. Free, donations accepted
Author and Historian Robert F. Dorr will speak about the experiences of American airmen in the Pacific and his own experience researching and writing about them. The talk is drawn from his book, "Mission to Tokyo," a character-driven, Stephen Ambrose-style history of B-29 Superfortress bomber crews and their leaders in World War II. Bob says he has some new insights into the final months of the allies' war against Japan, including the March 10, 1945, firebombing of the Japanese capital and the bombing of Hiroshima. Bob's presentation includes real-life characters as diverse as Curtis LeMay and Yoko Ono, and even a couple of little-known facts about the Pentagon.
Old Manassas Courthouse 9248 Lee St., Manassas, VA, 703-792-4754
 
 

 


 

February

  

February 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28
Lucasville School Open Weekends
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 21
Up from Slavery:  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 and living history presentations 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.  Renowned slave interpreter Marion Dobbins will give a riveting first person performance on the life of a female slave. 
Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Drive, Manassas, VA  703-367-7872
 
February 26
Lecture:  Air Cav Reminiscences of a Vietnam Veteran
7 p.m. Free, donations accepted
In commemoration of both Black History Month, and the 50th Anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War, join us for a unique look at the war in Vietnam as told by Mr. John Davis, US Army retired, an African-American soldier who served in D Troop 3rd squadron 5th Cavalry which was a reconnaissance branch of the 9th Infantry Division. Air Cav was a new concept during the Vietnam War.  John will recount his experiences while “in country”   
Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Street, Manassas VA, 703-792-4754

 


 

March  

March 7  Details coming soon
Cockpit Point Battlefield Heritage Park Dedication
10 a.m. Free
TBD
Cockpit Point Rd., Dumfries, VA 22026, 703-792-4754
 
March 21-22
Lee’s Retreat to Appomattox – Two Day Bus Tour
$350 per person (inquire on double occupancy rates), two lunches, one dinner, and hotel room included in price, reservations required
To commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, this tour will follow in the footsteps of Lee and Grant’s armies from Petersburg to Appomattox.  Participants will get a behind the scenes view into one of America’s biggest dramas and see where our nation was reunited.  Tour will include admission to Petersburg National Battlefield Park, Sailor’s Creek Battlefield State Park, Appomattox National Historic Park, Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox and various other stops along the retreat route.  Tour includes transportation, all meals and overnight lodging. 
For reservations, call Ben Lomond Historic Site at 703-367-7872
 
March 26
Lecture: Vietnam: Through a Marines Eyes
7 p.m. Free, donations accepted
As we remember the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam war welcome historian Bill Peters for Vietnam: Through a Marine’s Eyes, a non-political slide presentation detailing and showcasing America’s fight against communism in Vietnam between 1969 and 1970.
Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Avenue, Manassas VA, 703-792-4754
 
March 28
Egg Hunt
11 a.m.- 4p.m. $5 per child, $2 per adult 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.  The Prince William County Sheriff’s Department will be on hand providing “Indent-A-Child” cards for interested parents.  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 to speed entrance process. 
Rippon Lodge Historic Site 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812
 
March 28
CWT Annual Park Clean Up Day – Bristoe Station Battlefield      
8 a.m. – noon
Join the staff at Bristoe Station Battlefield and the Civil War Trust for Park Day 2015. 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

April 4
Egg Hunt
11 a.m.- 4 p.m. $5 per child, adults and children 2 and under free.
The grounds of Ben Lomond will come alive as we will need your help to find all the hidden eggs.  Egg Hunts will be at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30.  Hunts will be separated by age groups.  Try your skills at a historic egg roll.  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. 
Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 703-367-7872
 
April 11
Spring Migration Bird Walk at Metz Wetlands
8 a.m. Free, Donations accepted
The Julie J. Metz Neabsco Creek Wetlands Preserve is home to a diverse bird population.   Join local birding experts on a guided walk along the trails and boardwalks.  Discover this unique 120 acre property in the heart of Woodbridge.  Bring binoculars and guide books.   Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.  You will get muddy if it has rained in the days proceeding.  No pets please.
Julie J. Metz Neabsco Creek Wetlands Preserve, 15875 Neabsco Road, Woodbridge, VA 703-499-9812
 
April 25
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 to 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
 
April 25
Potomac River Blockade Boat Tour
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  $45 per person, includes lunch, reservations required
Cruise along the Potomac River shoreline and view sites that were critical to the successful Confederate blockade of Washington D.C. from September 1861 through March 1862.  The cruise will include the preserved batteries of Freestone Point and Possum Nose, as well as Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tour includes lunch.  The tour departs from Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge.  For reservations, call 703-792-4754. 
 
April 25
The Town of Brentsville, a Walking Tour
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  $35 per person, lunch is included, reservations requiredWhile the town of Brentsville grew up around the Courthouse and Jain, the town was and still is much larger than the Historic Centre.  Join local historians while we explore the rich heritage of Brentsville at sites outside of the historic site.  Locations will include historic cemeteries, historic buildings and the sites of long ago structures.  Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring a small lawn chair.  No pets please. 
 
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Road, Bristow, VA  703-365-7895
                                                                                                                    
April 30
Lecture: Missing in America Project: “You are not Forgotten!”
7 p.m. Free, donations accepted
Join Representatives of the Missing in America Project as they give details of their mission to locate, identify and inter the unclaimed cremated remains of American veterans through the joint efforts of private, state and federal organizations.  Their intention is to provide honor and respect to those who have served this country by securing a final resting place for these forgotten heroes.
Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Avenue, Manassas VA, 703-792-4754
 

 


 

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, located off of Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049
 
Saturdays, May-September
Yoga on the Lawn
9 a.m.- 10 a.m. $5 per class or 5 classes for $20 or 10 classes for $45
Yoga on the lawn with views of the Potomac River and Rippon Lodge in the background – you could not ask for a better outdoor venue.  Join certified yoga instructor Hamuri Allen for an hour long Vinyasa yoga practice.  From beginning yoga students to devotees this class is for you.  Bring a yoga mat, towel and water.  Beginning students may want to bring a block and/or strap.  Classes are offered most Saturday mornings from May-September.  Call the site to confirm class times.  Those purchasing 10 class will be given punch cards which are good for the entire season.  Additional classes may be purchased at any time. 
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, 703-499-9812
 
May 9-10
Brentsville Civil War Weekend
11 a.m.- 4 p.m. $5 suggested donation
Even after Appomattox, Civil War soldiers continued to march through Brentsville.  Join us as we commemorate the 150th anniversary of William T. Sherman and his army of “Bummers” encamping at Brentsville on their way to Washington D.C. for the Grand Review.  Living historians will be on site to portray both the soldiers and civilians at Brentsville along with Civil War music.  Lectures will be offered at the Union Church.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Road, Bristow, VA 20136, 703-365-7895
 
May 9
Potomac River Blockade Boat Tour
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  $45 per person, includes lunch, reservations required
Cruise along the Potomac River shoreline and view sites that were critical to the successful Confederate blockade of Washington D.C. from September 1861 through March 1862.  The cruise will include the preserved batteries of Freestone Point and Possum Nose, as well as Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tour includes lunch.  The tour departs from Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge.  For reservations, call 703-792-4754. 
 
May 10
Mother's Day Tours at all Prince William County HPD Sites
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. $5 per person, children 6 and under free, MOTHERS FREE
In honor of Mother's Day, all mothers that visit our sites 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/history
 
May 16
After the War Symposium:  A One Day Symposium on the Effects of the Civil War         
9 a.m.- 5 p.m. $10 per person, reservations required
This one day symposium will look into the end of the Civil War and the effects of the war on the nation.  Topics include the surrender of the Confederate armies, Freedmen’s Bureau, women during Reconstruction, post war effects on soldiers and Civil War memory.  Speakers will include Robert Dunkerly, Dr. Jane Censer, John Coski, Emmanuel Dabney, John Hennessy and George Wunderlich.  Symposium is co-sponsored by the Prince William County, City of Manassas, Prince William County Historic Commission and Historic Prince William.  Symposium will take place at the Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Ave., Manassas, VA
For reservations, call the Prince William County Historic Preservation Division office at 703-792-4754
 
May 21
Lecture:  The 1945 War In the Pacific
7 p.m. Free, donations accepted
Representatives from the United States Marine Corps Historic Company will give an in depth program on two of the most important amphibious operations in the Pacific Theater during the final year of World War II.  The landings on Iwo Jima, code name Operation Detachment and on Okinawa, code name Operation Iceberg were conducted in an effort to achieve a strong foothold from which mainland Japan could be attacked.  Casualties on Iwo Jima were staggering and the landing at Okinawa was the largest amphibious operation of World War II.  
Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Avenue, Manassas VA, 703-792-4754
 
May 23
Ben Lomond Antique Rose Garden and 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.  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 23
Historic Brentsville Jail Restoration Hard Hat Tour
10 a.m. - noon  $20 per person, reservations suggested
Join County preservation staff, local historians and restoration specialists as they show what has been accomplished during the previous year's efforts at the 1822 Brentsville Jail.  Get a close up look at the masonry preservation, timber framing and other work recently completed at the site.  This will be a rare chance to see behind the scenes preservation in progress on the Jail before all the work is completed. 
May 23   Final details coming soon
Arts Alive at Rippon Lodge
9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Free
In conjunctions with the Prince William County Arts Council and Prince William County Parks Rippon Lodge will host the second weekend of this annual event.  Enjoy a day of art, music, dance, food, vendors.  See a special exhibit on artist Aziva Black the last private owner of Rippon Lodge and a talented fashion illustrator of the 1930’s and 40’s. 
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA, 703-499-9812
 
May 29
Prince William County after the War
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.  Free, donations welcomed
With the last Confederate armies surrending in June 1865, the American Civil War was finally over and rebuilding could begin.  Like other localities, Prince William County was devastated by the war and started the long road to recovery.  While the war was over, new challenges appeared during the early days of Reconstruction that no one in 1861-1865 could have predicted.  Please join staff historians as we examine this often neglected part of American history.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Road, Bristow, VA 20136, 703-365-7895
 
May  Final details coming soon
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
Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park Tours
 
 

 

June

June 6
Historic Fashion Show and Tea
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.  $30 per person, reservations required
Enjoy the return of pleasant weather with a historic fashion show?  Models will exhibit different fashions from the 1760s to the 1890s.  After the show, enjoy a historic tea with the models and learn more about the material culture of our past.  Please dress appropriately for the weather.  No pets please.
Brentsville Courthous Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Road, Bristow, VA 20136, 703-365-7895
 
June 6
Family Night at the Movies
8pm; Free
Bring a blanket and the family for the 1979 classic The Muppet Movie on the lawn.  Movie admission is free.  Popcorn and snacks available for sale.  Movie cancelled in the event of rain.  Please call the site for more details and movie title. 
Rippon Lodge Historic Site 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812
 
June 6
Hood’s Texans in Prince William County
$80 per person, lunch included, reservations required
Hailed as “Lee’s Grenadier Guard,” the famous Confederate fighting unit known to history as Hood’s Texas Brigade established a fighting record with Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia that was second to none. While most students of the Civil War are familiar with their exploits at places like Antietam and Gettysburg, fewer are familiar with their experiences in Dumfries over the winter of 1861-’62. This tour will cover the places in Prince William County where the Texans were forged into an elite fighting force, including the county’s newly-acquired Possum Nose Battery, as well as winter hut sites, brigade headquarters, and a culminating tour of Chinn Ridge, where the 5th Texas alone lost 225 casualties.
For reservations, call Ben Lomond Historic Site at 703-367-7872
 
June 13
Potomac River Blockade Boat Tour
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  $45 per person, includes lunch, reservations required
Cruise along the Potomac River shoreline and view sites that were critical to the successful Confederate blockade of Washington D.C. from September 1861 through March 1862.  The cruise will include the preserved batteries of Freestone Point and Possum Nose, as well as Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tour includes lunch.  The tour departs from Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge.  For reservations, call 703-792-4754.
 
June 21
Father's Day Tour at all Prince William County HPD Sites
11 am - 4 pm; $5 per person, children 6 and under free, 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/history
 
June 26
Juneteenth:  Abolition in Prince William County
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.  Free
In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the creation of Juneteenth, join staff historians in an examination of the abolition movement in Prince William County.  While the war eventually freed hundreds of enslaved people, there was a surprisingly strong abolitionist movement in the County prior to the start of the war. While strong, it was not without its perils, with abolitionists being thrown in the Brentsville jail for just stating their beliefs in public.  
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Road, Bristow, VA 20136, 703-365-7895 
 

 


 

 July 

July 10 and 24, August 7 and 21
Revolutionary Readers – A Book Club for Young Readers 
10am-Noon; $7 per child
Young readers (rising 4-6th graders) are invited to join our book club.  This summer we will explore books and topics connected to the Revolutionary War.  Each meeting will include a discussion of the book and other related activities.  The book list will be provided at the time of registration.  All titles are available at the local library.   
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA, 703-499-9812
 
July 11
Flea Market at Brentsville
8 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Free admission, $10 for table reservation to sell at flea market
Court days were exciting in the 1800s.  Discover what court was like in Brentsville during its days as the fourth county courthouse of Prince William County.  People from all over the county would travel to Brentsville to buy and sell everything imaginable.  In commemoration of this heritage, a modern flea market will be held in front of the Courthouse.  Table reservations are required for participation in the flea market.  Please call 703-365-7895 for more information.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Road, Bristow, VA, 703-365-7895
 
July 13-17
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, 703-499-9812
 
July 18-19
Pringle House Hospital Weekend (Red Cross Blood Drive July 18)
10am-4pm: $5 per person, children 6 and under free.  Free to all blood donors.
Join us at Ben Lomond as we commemorate the 154th 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 18th, an American Red Cross Blood Drive will also take place and donors will get free admission to the program.  
Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 703-367-7872
 
July 20-24
Basic Civil War Camp
9am- 12pm, $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 25
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 clain that the house and grounds are haunted by spirits from the past.  Ben Lomond Historic Site is partnering with East Coast Reseach 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 invesitage 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 require.
Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Drive, Manassas, VA 703-367-7872
 
July 31
Rhoda Fewell and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Civil War Veterans
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.   Free
After coming home from the Civil War, Rhoda Fewell had trouble readjusting to civilian life.  Prone to violent outbursts, Fewell ultimarely shot and killed his sister's abductor in the Brentsville Jail.  While the historical record is unclear if Fewell was a violent man before the war, he may have been suffering from PTSD.  Known at the time as soldier's heart, many Civil War veterans struggled with their wartime experience.  Join staff historians as we explore an often undiscussed impact of the Civil War.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Road, Bristow, VA 703-365-7895
 

 

 

August

August 8
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 Staff for a special evening highlighting the various cash crops that were grown, exported and consumed here during the 1700s and 1800s.  Program will include light refreshments and tasking of Virginia whisley.  Cigar samples will also be available. 
Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Drive, Manassas, VA 703-367-7872
 
August 8
Movie Night at Historic Brentsville
8pm: Free
2nd Annual Brentsville Movie Night!  Enjoy an old movie the way they were meant to be seen!  Movie starts at nightfall. We will be showing Sands of Iwo Jima.   Bring chairs and or blankets.  Concessions will be available for purchase.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895
 
August 10-14
Bugs, Butterflies, Big Trees Camp
9am – Noon; $130 per child, ages 8-12
Bees, Birds, Boulders…Oh My!  Explore the natural world through art, games, and hands on activities.  Each day of camp will explore a different aspect of nature.  Learn from local subject matter experts.     
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812
 
August 10-14
Basic Civil War Camp
9am- 12pm, $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 15 – December 31
A Virginia Dynasty:  The Carter’s of Virginia Exhibit at Manassas Museum
$5, Manassas Museum open Tuesday-Sunday, 10am – 5pm
The Carters were among the top 1% of prominent families living in eighteenth and nineteenth century Tidewater Virginia –leaders of the social, economic and political scene for nearly 200 years.   Their great wealth was invested in land, buildings, and, most importantly, enslaved people.  This exhibition will examine the Carter family’s role in the settling of Northern Virginia.  Using objects and images borrowed from public and private collections around the state, we will examine how the descendants of Robert “King” Carter lived, the homes they built, the slaves they kept, and their influence in politics, trade and the local social scene.
Co-sponsored and hosted by the Manassas Museum
Manassas Museum, 9101 Prince William St., Manassas, VA 20110, 703-368-1873
 
August 17-21
Advanced Civil War Camp
9 am – 12 pm, $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 27
Battle of Kettle Run Anniversary Tours
1pm – 4 pm; Free, $5 suggested donation
Join Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park staff and volunteers on the 153rd 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 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
 
 

 


 

September

September 12-13
American Revolution comes to Dumfries– 234rd Anniversary of the March to Yorktown
September 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. September 13, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.  Free
In September 1781, Prince William County was witness to one of the largest military marches in history as the Americans and French marched on their way to Yorktown.  Generals George Washington and Comte D’Rochambeau camped in Dumfries after visiting Mount Vernon.  American Revolutionary war camps with artillery and cavalry, historic trades, and characters will be available to tour   Tours will also be available of the ca. 1760 Williams Ordinary.  Visit other living history demonstrations at the Weems-Botts Museum.  Parking located at Dumfries Town Hall with free shuttle bus service provided to Williams Ordinary and Weems Botts Museum.
Williams Ordinary, 17674 Main St., Dumfries, VA 22026. 703-792-4754
 
September 12  Final Details Coming Soon
Historic Ales of the Revolution at Williams Ordinary
7 p.m.  $35 per person, reservations required, 21 and older only
Experience the 18th century through local and historically inspired beer and food in the area’s oldest original tavern.  Sample beers brewed by  ???? while enjoying colonial inspired hors d’oeurves.   Learn about the history of brewing beer and the roles that taverns played in early American communities.
Williams Ordinary, 17674 Main St., Dumfries, VA 22026. 703-792-4754
 
September 12 & 13
World War II Weekend
11 a.m.- 4 p.m. daily   Free
Admiral Black the last private 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 and 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 19
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 26  
Potomac River Blockade Boat Tour
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  $45 per person, includes lunch, reservations required
Cruise along the Potomac River shoreline and view sites that were critical to the successful Confederate blockade of Washington D.C. from September 1861 through March 1862.  The cruise will include the preserved batteries of Freestone Point and Possum Nose, as well as Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tour includes lunch.  The tour departs from Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge.  For reservations, call 703-792-4754.  
                                                                          
 
September 26 (Date subject to change) 
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, 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. 
Williams Ordinary, 17674 Main St., Dumfries, VA 22026. 703-792-4754
 
September 26
Taste of the Potomac at Rippon Lodge
1-7 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 their tasty local treats.  Listen to live music while enjoying good food and drinks with a view of the Potomac River 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.  Funds go to support the future Prince William County Museum at Rippon Lodge. 
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812
 
September 27-28
Prince William County Farm Tour -- Brentsville Stop
10 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.  Historic games will also be played throughout the day.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Road, Bristow, VA  703-365-7895
 
September 27-28
Prince William County Farm Tour -- Ben Lomond Stop
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Free
Join us at Ben Lomond as we celebrate the local area's farming heritage.  See a sheep shearing  and wool spinning demonstration, plus take part in hands-on activities such as 19th century laundry, dairy production, harvest your own herbs.  Tours of the house are available on the hour. 
Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Drive, Manassas, VA  703-367-7872
 

 

 

October 

                                                                                                                                        
October 3
Brentsville Court and Trades Day/ Flea Market
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. $5 per person, children 6 and under free, $10 for table reservation (for flea market)
Court days were exciting in the 1800s!  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
 
October 8-9  Details Coming Soon
Bristoe Station Education Day
 
 
October 10 - 11
Battle of Bristoe Station Anniversary Weekend and Luminary
11 a.m.-4 p.m. daytime demonstrations, Evening Luminary begins at 5 p.m. Free, $5 suggested donation
Join Battlefield Park staff for the 152nd 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 10
Fall Migration Bird Walk at Metz Wetlands
8 a.m.  Free, donations accepted
The Julie J. Metz Neabsco Creek Wetlands Preserve is home to a diverse bird population.   Join local birding experts on a guided walk along the trails and boardwalks.  Discover this unique 120 acre property in the heart of Woodbridge.  Bring binoculars and guide books.   Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.  You will get muddy if it has rained in the days proceeding.  No pets please.
Julie J. Metz Neabsco Creek Wetlands Preserve, 15875 Neabsco Road, Woodbridge, VA 703-499-9812
 
October 10
Potomac River Blockade Boat Tour
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  $45 per person, includes lunch, reservations required
Cruise along the Potomac River shoreline and view sites that were critical to the successful Confederate blockade of Washington D.C. from September 1861 through March 1862.  The cruise will include the preserved batteries of Freestone Point and Possum Nose, as well as Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tour includes lunch.  The tour departs from Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge.  For reservations, call 703-792-4754. 
 
October 23 and 24
Spirits of Brentsville Courthouse
7 - 9 p.m.  $10 per person, children under 6 free
Brentsville, the county seat for nearly 100 years was host to many strange and scary events.  It is said that ghosts of long dead men and women still haunt the area.  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. Discover the newly restored Brentsville Jail.  Guided tours on the hour. Not recommended for children under 12. Reservations strongly recommended. 
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895
 
October 30
Spectral Stories
7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.  $5 per person.  
Rippon Lodge is said to be haunted in a ghostly and sinister fashion. Join master storytellers for a spooky night of ghostly tales of the past.  Our amphitheater will come to life for one night only for a delightfully spine chilling evening.  Not recommended for children under 12. Outdoor program with uneven walking surfaces. Reservations strongly recommended. 
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812
 
October 31  Final Details Coming Soon
Halloween Hospital Horrors at Ben Lomond
7 - 9 p.m. $10 per person, children 6 and under freeAre you brave enough to enter a Civil War hospital on Halloween night itself?  Do you love spooky stories and tales of ghostly encounters?  Then join site staff for a fun-filled evening touring the house and grounds where the dead of First Manassas are rumored to walk the earth to this very day.  Apple cider and cookies will be provided to those brave souls who make it through the tour!  Tours will leave on the hour with the last tour departing at 9 p.m.
Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Drive, Manassas, VA 703-367-7872
 
 

  

November

     
November Details to be provided soon.
ECRIP at Brentsville Jail
 
November Details to be provided soon.
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 14
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 4-6; 11-13; 18-20, 26-27
The Holidays at Rippon Lodge
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday and Sundays; 1 p.m.- 8 p.m. Saturdays  $5 per person, children under 6 free
Take a stroll through Christmases gone by as the historic home will be decked out for the holidays inside and out.  Decorations from the 18th century through the 20th century will be on display.  Guided tours of the house being on the hour.  Enjoy hot cider and cookies and take in the night lights on Saturdays evenings. Bring a non-perishable food item for donation to local food banks.
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812
 
December 5
Lunch with Santa
12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. $20 for ages 6 and up, $10 for ages 5 and below, reservations required
After the Manassas Christmas Parade come by and enjoy lunch with Santa Claus at the Old Manassas Courthouse!  Enjoy family lunch and a chance to meet Santa and directly deliver your wish list.  Bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate for Toys for Tots.  
Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Avenue, Manassas VA, Call 703-792-4754 for reservations.
 
December 12
Santa Comes to Rippon Lodge
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.  $2 per child
Santa Claus will be visiting Rippon Lodge for one afternoon only!  Be on your best behavior so he will have you on the nice list and 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  Final details coming soon.  
Brentsville Holiday Concerts
Concerts at 5 p.m. and 6 p.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 703-365-7895