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Historic Preservation

Travel Trunks Offer A Glimpse into History

The Historic Preservation Division has several traveling trunks to help children learn about the history of Prince William County and Virginia.  Trunks are lightweight, easily transportable and contain all the materials you need for the lesson.

Agriculture Truck

The STEM and STEAM Agricultural Traveling Trunk offer an understanding of the importance, developments and evolution of agriculture in the Prince William community.  They are designed for students in the third through seventh grade.  Materials in the trunks cover a wide array of agricultural topics including:

  • Best agriculture practices discovered throughout history
  • Erosion and its effect on Prince William County over time
  • Hands-on activities about collecting plants and growing vegetables
  • Advances and changes in agricultural practices

 


Trunk Rental Details

To reserve one or both trunks, contact Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre at 703-365-7895.  Each trunk costs $30.00 for a one week rental.  Historic Preservation Division staff can conduct an hour-long interpretive program with trunks at a cost of $50.00 per program.   Each trunk has a check sheet to assure all items are returned after each rental. 

Trunks are light weight plastic and on wheels for easy transportation. Teachers are responsible for picking up and dropping off the trunks at one of our Historic Preservation Division sites.  Special accommodations can be considered for delivery and pick up.


Civil War Trunks

The Civil War Trunks are based on two people from different and diverse backgrounds.  Both men traveled to Prince William and fought battles here during the American Civil War. These trunks give teachers and students a series of tools and resources to enhance the classroom experience. Educators are at liberty to use as many components as they desire.  The letters, diary entries, and reports are transcriptions from primary sources.  Their thoughts have been transcribed just as they appeared on the original page exactly including occasional misspellings.   


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Confederate Trunk

Based on the life of 21 year old college student William B. Ott, who was a student at Washington College and fought in the Battle of First Manassas on July 21, 1861.   

Trunk Includes:

  • Transcribed primary source material including letters/diary excerpts written by an officer in company I, 4th Virginia and letters/diary excerpts written by civilians who shared similar views of Private Ott.
  • Accurate reproductions of his uniform and accoutrements used by Private Ott.
  • Flash drive containing historically accurate, printable forms and primary source material for hands on activties.

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The Union Trunk is based on the life of Sergeant Daniel Corrigan, an Irish immigrant who lived in Braintree, MA at the time of the Civil War.  He was new to the United States arriving here in July 1861.  He worked as a flax dresser/factory worker.  He enlisted in Company E, 19th Massachusetts Volunteers on September 2, 1861 as a Private.  Sergeant Corrigan and five other men from companies E and K captured three pieces of artillery from Confederate Major David McIntosh's Battalion on October 14, 1863. 

Trunk includes:

  • Accoutrements and uniforms accurate to Massachusetts soliders. 
  • Transcribed primary source material including letters/diary excerpts.
  • Flash drive containing historically accurate, printable forms and primary source material for hands on activties.

Trunk Rental Details

To reserve one or both trunks, contact Ben Lomond Historic Site at 703-367-7872.  Each trunk costs $30.00 for a one week rental.  Historic Preservation Division staff can conduct an hour-long interpretive program with trunks at a cost of $50.00 per program.   Each trunk has a check sheet to assure all items are returned after each rental. 

Trunks are light weight plastic and on wheels for easy transportation. Teachers are responsible for picking up and dropping off the trunks at one of our Historic Preservation Division sites.  Special accommodations can be considered for delivery and pick up.

 

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