March is shaping up to be a busy month for things to do across Prince William County. Easter egg hunts, cooking classes and Civil War park tours are a few events happening the beginning of this spring season.
Following are some of the events:
History of Cooking: St. Patrick’s Day at Ben Lomond Historic Site – March 3 and March 17: Much of Virginia was settled by Scots-Irish immigrants who continued their cultural traditions in the area. Join in at Ben Lomond Historic Site and the Pat White Center to learn how to make traditional Irish food as it would have been made in a time before electricity. On March 3, people will learn to make hand-made ice cream, cheese and butter. On March 17, potatoes, fried cabbage and sausage will be on the menu. Two people can attend both classes for $30. Each additional person is $10. The classes will run between 10 a.m. and noon. For more information or to register for the event at Ben Lomond Historic Site visit www.pwcparks.org or call 703-792-8320 or 703-792-5618.
Cockpit Point Civil War Park Tours – March 17: The Prince William County Historic Preservation Division team will offer a special tour of Prince William County's Cockpit Point Civil War Park. The site includes rare Civil War-era fortifications that were part of the Confederate Blockade of the Potomac River in 1861 and 1862. Please call 703-792-4754 for more information and to make reservations in advance. Tours are $20 and will take place at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Ben Lomond Eggstravaganza! – March 24: Egg Hunts will be held at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. at Ben Lomond Historic Site. Children will hunt for eggs in their own age groups and will also have the chance to make some new animal friends, tour the house, and enjoy historic hands-on activities while visiting the Lomond House at 10321 Sudley Manor Drive.
Coastal Shore Guided Hike at Leesylvania State Park – March 24: Explore the 3.5-mile coastal shore line at Leesylvania State Park at 2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Drive. Hikers will enjoy lunch around a bonfire at the Breakwater Store after the hike. Call 703-583-6904 for times and to register 24 hours in advance. The cost is $7.50.
Spring Break Boredom Busters at Weems-Botts Museum – March 27 through March 29: Visit the museum annex to learn about Colonial history during spring break. On March 27, learn to make candles and butter. On March 28, there will be hands-on sewing and embroidery program, and on March 29, kids can practice Colonial writing activities. Parents can join in or drop off their children at the museum at 3944 Cameron St. in Dumfries. Reserve a spot for the programs that run between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. by calling 703-221-2218 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost is $25 for all three programs and $10 for programs individually.
History by Campfire: Women’s History during the Civil War at Ben Lomond – March 30: Enjoy a warm campfire and roast marshmallows at Ben Lomond Historic Site at 6:30 p.m. while learning about the challenges and opportunities women faced during the Civil War. Call 703-367-7872 for more information. The cost is $5 per person. Children under two get in free.
Rippon Lodge Easter Egg Hunt – March 31: Eggs will be hidden among the trees, bushes and vines on the grounds at Rippon Lodge at 15500 Blackburn Road. Come find them and have more fun with crafts, games and tours of the historic house. Egg hunts are at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Call 703-499-9812 for more information about the program that runs between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.