Prince William County's historic properties are offering a lot of special programs in March.
On March 9, Women's History at the Brentsville Courthouse will look at the role women played in the 19th century. During site tours, visitors will learn about the role women played in the family and society and the hardships they faced, including child birth and a lack of rights. The $10 tours will run between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Brentsville Historic Centre, 12239 Bristow Road in Bristow. Call 703-365-7895 for more information.
Several of the county' historic properties offer unique locations as wedding venues. The Wedding Expo at the Old Manassas Courthouse will help people find those locations for their special day, such as the Old Courthouse and Rippon Historic Lodge, as well as connect them with local wedding professionals where they can collect ideas, see demonstrations, acquire free samples and more. The event is March 16 at 9250 Lee Ave. in Manassas and runs between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The cost is $5 per person with advanced tickets; $10 at the door. Space is limited, so registration is suggested. Call 703-499-9812 for more information.
On March 16, The History and Science of Cooking: Happy St. Patrick's Day will celebrate the food of the English, Irish and Scottish immigrants who settled throughout much of Virginia in the country's early days. Join the staff at Ben Lomond, 10321 Sudley Manor Drive in Manassas, as they make a traditional Irish cuisine as it would have been served before the days of electricity and pasteurization. The fare will include potatoes, cabbage and ham. Irish coddle, an Irish potato and sausage dish. Irish soda bread and butter, will also be on the menu. Space is limited for the event that runs between 10 a.m. and noon. The cost is $15 per family for up to four members. Reservations are required. Call 703-367-7872 to reserve a spot and dress for the weather for the outside event.
On March 21, Brews and Brains with Tucked Away Brewing Company, will delve into the Northern Virginia's rich history spanning the 18th century to the present day. Bring some food, grab a pint at the brewing company, at 8420 Kao Circle, and join Prince William County Historic Preservation Division historians to learn about the gruesome, scandalous and often exciting, little-known history of the area. The event, between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. is free, but donations are welcome. be "Stories of the Civil War" will be the topic of discussion.
Hundreds of Prince William County men went off to serve in World War I, which had a severe impact on them and those in the community who were left behind. Join Prince William County Preservationist Bill Backus at 7 p.m. on March 28 at 9250 Lee Ave., for the Old Manassas Courthouse Lecture Series: Doughboys from Prince William County in the Great War to learn about their nearly forgotten stories. The event is free. Donations are welcome. Call 703-792-5618 for more information.
Topics touching on local history from the American Revolution all the way through to the more recent history of the Lorena Bobbitt story will be on the agenda at the If I Were Today a Virginian: 5th-Annual Prince William/Manassas History Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on March 30 at the Old Manassas Courthouse. The event is $10 and fills quickly. Call 703-792-4754 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
The Prince William County Historic Preservation Division properties are open for tours by appointment. Regular hours will resume May 1. Call 703-792-4754 or visit pwcgov.org/history for more information.