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Camps, Lectures and Tours this Summer at County’s Historic Properties
Thursday, 22 May 2014
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​Prince William County’s Historic Preservation Division will be busy in June with camps, lectures and bus tours. And there’s something for everyone.

The weeklong “American Girl Doll Camp” at the Rippon Lodge Historic Site will focus on several historical periods with actors playing the roles of the character dolls.
The “American Doll Camp” starts on June 23. It’s in the mornings from 9 a.m. to noon and we touch on five dolls that go along with the history of Rippon Lodge,” said Rebecca Super, the site manager at Rippon Lodge Historic Site, which is located at 15520 Blackburn Road in Woodbridge.
The Felicity “doll” will teach children about life in the 18th century. Caroline will talk about life during The War of 1812, while Samantha will focus on the year 1900. Kit, who had dreams of being a reporter, represents the 1930s; and Molly represents the 1940s and life during WWII.
“The girls get to meet the dolls every day and do activities that those dolls would have done in the time period in which they lived,” Super said. “They will learn 18th century country dancing and deportment. They’re going to build boats with Caroline and do sewing and learn tea etiquette with Samantha.”
During Kit’s day, camp leaders will break out some props that will be foreign to the children, though it wasn’t so long ago that such things were in common use. “We break out the manual typewriter, which is really fun. The kids interview each other and write little stories,” said Super.
Register for the camp by June 18 by calling the Rippon Lodge Historic Site at 703-499-9812.
Fathers will catch a break in June at several of the County’s historic properties. “On Father’s Day – that Saturday and Sunday – all fathers get in free for tours at Rippon Lodge, Brentsville Courthouse and Ben Lomond Historic Site,” Super said. The tours will be on the hour between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Also in June, those interested in history can take a couple of bus tours that will explore battles sites in Washington D.C., Petersburg and New Market Heights.
African American soldiers of the U.S. Colored Troops first fought, on a large scale in Virginia, 150 years ago. During the opening assaults at Petersburg, U.S. Colored Troops broke the Confederate line and later on played a prominent role in the Battle of the Crater. A tour on June 14 will focus on these clashes at Petersburg and culminate with a tour of New Market Heights – where the first Medals of Honor given to African Americans in U.S. history were awarded. The cost for the tour and lunch will be $80. For reservations, call Ben Lomond Historic Site at 703-367-7872. 
To commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812, join War of 1812 historian and author Ralph Eshelman and follow in the footsteps of the British invasion of 1814. This invasion led to the burning and destruction of Washington, D.C. in the summer of 1814. The tour will cover the British invasion of the Chesapeake, the Battle of Bladensburg and capture of Washington, D.C. Transportation and lunch included. Tour departs from Rippon Lodge Historic Site at 8 a.m. and returns at 6 p.m. on June 28. Call the Rippon Historic Site at 703-499-9812 for reservations and information.
For more information about the County’s historic properties and upcoming events at the properties, visit
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