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Historic Preservation

Education and Programs



Historic Preservation Division of the Prince William County Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism offers educational experiences for students, youth groups, and scouts.  We offer field trips to our historic sites, including a colonial home, civil war hospital, an early County settlement and a civil war battle site.  In addition, we can offer materials and guides for your classroom and youth meetings to guide conversations and spark interest in our local history.  Finally, we can work with you to create custom programs and experiences to meet your needs.  Call us at 703-792-4754 to discuss your needs and goals. 

Educational Opportunities at our Historic Sites

Are you looking for exciting ways to get your students engaged with local history?  Look no further than your own community!  We offer exciting and meaningful programs at Ben Lomond Historic Site in Manassas, Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre in Bristow, Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park in Bristow and Rippon Lodge Historic Site in Woodbridge. 
Join us for our fun and educational programs to help students learn about their own County's history.  These programs directly correspond to Virginia SOLs.  We offer teaching guides and activities for specific learning experiences related to our sites. 

Field Trips

What better place to learn about local and American history than by visiting the historic site right here in Prince William County? Bring your students to the places where history was made and where it is preserved. From a colonial house and historic courthouse and jail, to an immersive Civil War hospital sites can make learning about wide spans of our nation's history engaging and memorable. 

The links below help you discover more about the education opportunities from historic preservation:

Learn more about our unique school education programs

Plus learn about more about specific sites as a field trip destination:

  • Visit Ben Lomond, a home steeped in historic from the late Colonial through the antebellum period, including stories from the enslaved community, plantation life and the Civil War.
  • Visit Brentsville, once the County seat with a restored 1822 Courthouse and Jail, 1850s Farm House and 1929 one-room schoolhouse.
  • Visit Lucasville, an African-American one-room schoolhouse serving the community from 1885 through 1926. 
  • Visit Rippon Lodge, one of the oldest surviving structures in Prince William County.

Interested in scheduling something unique? Call 703-792-5618 today to speak to an educator about designing a specially tailored program.   


Travel Trunks

Can't come to us?  We can visit your classroom with educational trunks filled with materials to help students understand and get excited about history.  Our trunks focus on the history of the Civil War and STEAM with agriculture.  Travel Trunks offer a hands on glimpse into a moment in history, complete with discussion guides and replicas of artifacts and clothing from that period.  Trunks can be used by the teacher or we can provide a guide to step your class through the trunk.

After School Programs

Let us help you create an after school history club to engage interested students OR provide the perfect setting for your existing clubs!  Many of our sites are near county schools.  We can provide special programs, events or research activities. 
For older students, we also offer a Junior Preservationist program to study and volunteer at historic sites.  You can click here to learn more.

More Opportunities

Students can discover history and participate in a variety of other offerings:


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You can explore our various historic sites and offerings online.  For more information on historic resources in the Prince William County area click here


Call us for more information on Educational Programs and to discuss your needs at 703-792-5618 or email us at


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