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The Historic Preservation Division hosts a variety of events to introduce the community to Prince William County's rich historic and cultural past. Events are held at several historic properties including: 

These events allow visitors to explore and discover the families homes events and the everyday life of Prince William past. We hope you will join us for a step back in time!   

Please note that the sites open for daily visits in May. Grounds and trails at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Center and Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park remain open daily from sunrise to sunset. 


Online registration for programs can be completed at www.pwcparks.org/historicprograms

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION

MARCH

March 6

Women's History at Brentsville Courthouse

11 a.m. & 1 p.m., $5 per person, free for children under six

Explore the role women played in the 19th Century from the perspective of Brentsville Courthouse. As we tour the site, learn about the woman's role in the family, in society and how they lived. Hear about the different types of hardships they faced, such as during childbirth, a lack of rights, and more. Tours are limited to seven people per tour and masks are required.

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Road, Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895.

 

March 6

Feisty, Friendly, and Fearless: Women of the Lodge

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $10 per person, free for children under six

Who were the women of Rippon Lodge? This special tour will focus on three or four of the ladies of Rippon Lodge, their lives, and their accomplishments, along with a look at the women they raised or who worked for them.

Masks required indoors and strongly suggested outdoors. Space is limited.

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.

 

March 13

Women's History Tours of Ben Lomond

11 a.m. & 1 p.m..; $5 per person, free for children under six

Celebrate Women's History Month with two exclusive tours of Ben Lomond Historic Site focusing on the female personalities of the property. Tours are $5 per person and will last approximately one hour. Masks are required when indoors, and are recommended when outdoors.                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Drive, Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.

 

March 13

Virtual Heraldry Virtual Workshop from Brentsville Courthouse

1 p.m. – 2 p.m., $5 per person, free for children under two

Everywhere we go, we see heraldry displayed in symbols all throughout Virginia and Prince William County depicting historical importance, location, family, and more. Join us virtually from your home to visit the 4th Prince William County Courthouse to learn about the types of heraldry used throughout Virginia's history. Learn what they mean and even spend time around your family table designing your own family crest based on your history and traditions! 

Link for this virtual program will be sent out after registration.

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Road, Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895.

 

March 20 & 21

Scrambled Egg Hunts at Brentsville Courthouse

11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., & 2 p.m.; $30 per egg hunt.

Enjoy a unique spin on an egg hunt this year at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre. Peter Rabbit created trouble again at Brentsville by taking all the candy and toys in our eggs and replacing them with puzzle pieces. He won't give back the goods, unless we solve the puzzle! Can you find the eggs he hid to get all the pieces and solve the puzzle?

 

Egg hunt areas are divided by family groups of six or less, with a time limit of 30 minutes for each egg hunt. Once your puzzle is completed, turn it in to receive a gift basket for the family to take home filled with treats, prizes, and more. Masks are required outside of reserved egg hunt area.

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Road, Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895.

 

March 20

Gourds to Tools: Crafting Crops into Dishes

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; $5 per person, free for children under six

It has been said that early Americans not only grew their own food but also their own dishes! Gourds were used often as bowls, dippers, cups as well as shelters to attract birds that were essential for insect control in agrarian habitats. Join us as we turn the gourds that were grown in the garden last summer into functional tools that will be used to enhance the interpretation at Ben Lomond. Masks are required when indoors and are recommended when outdoors.

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Drive, Manassas, VA 703-367-7872.   

 

March 25

Prince William Historic Preservation Virtual Lecture Series: An End to Innocence, The First Manassas Campaign

7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., donations welcome.

Award winning historian and author John Hennessy will present on the first major battle of the Civil War that took place right here in Prince William County. Mr. Hennessy will address the battle itself and the effect this battle had on the people of the county. This lecture will be conducted online. A link will be emailed to those who register in advance. Call (703) 367-7872 for more information.

Do you enjoy local history and want to help preserve it? Or do you enjoy our programs and online content? Consider making an online donation to help support Prince William Historic Preservation. Your donations to directly to supporting our programs and projects to preserve and interpret Prince William County's history. Simply click the link below, sign into your PWC Parks account, and choose how much you'd like to donate. Thank you for your support and with your help, you can help us make history.

www.pwcparks.org/historicdonations


March 27

Rippon Lodge Easter Egg Hunt

Timed hunts between 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; $5.00 children under 4, $10 per person over the age of 5.

The Easter Bunny has created a fun activity trail at Rippon Lodge. Look for hidden objects, do physical tasks, tell a joke, and more as you walk to receive your eggs. Reservation required. Bring your own basket. Timed walks for age groups, social distance required, family units no larger than 5 allowed at one time due to limited space.

 

Masks required indoors and strongly suggested outdoors for all in attendance. Walking along uneven ground, grass, and gravel surfaces. Parental supervision required along trail. Hunt times are: 10:30-11:00 am for children 4 and under; 11 am to12pm for ages 4-6; 12:30 to 1:30 pm for ages 4-6, and 2:30 to 3:30pm for ages 7 to 11.                                                                        

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA. 703-499-9812.

 

March 30- April 1

Spring Break History Camp  

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; $50 per camper, ages 8-13

Join us for a fun and historical Spring Break that explores the history of Prince William County through the eyes of Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre! Enjoy crafts and activities every day of camp focusing on a different era of history from the tools and trades of Native Americans and the farming activities of the 19th century, to detective work in the Brentsville Courthouse and Jail. Register online at www.pwcparks.org/historicprograms  or call 703-365-7895.

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Road, Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895.

 

APRIL

 

April 10

American Battlefield Trust Annual Park Day – Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park

8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Join the staff at Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park and the American Battlefield Trust at Park Day 2021! Park Day is a nationwide event that encourages Civil War enthusiasts to help maintain, restore and preserve Civil War sites through volunteerism. Join us for a fun and rewarding day of work at Bristoe Battlefield. Projects will include litter pick up, cleaning cemeteries, and trail maintenance throughout the 140-acre park. Wear sturdy work shoes, bring gloves and remember sunscreen. Tools and snacks will be provided. Meet in the parking lot off Iron Brigade Avenue. Please no pets.

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park.  The parking lot is located off Iron Brigade Unit Avenue., Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.

 

April 10

Science & History of Gardening at the Halisp Hall House

10 a.m. - 12 p.m., $5 per person, free for children under six

Bring your family to the Haislip-Hall House for a day of science and history while helping us plant the vegetable garden at the Historic Haislip-Hall House this spring! Learn about the agricultural history of Prince William while you help us plant the heirloom garden plots, learning about what different types of plants were grown and how they were used. Conduct your own soil and water experiment to learn about pollution and irrigation. Program will run rain or shine, please dress appropriately and bring gardening gloves. Reservations are required for space is limited.

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Road, Bristow, VA. 703- 365-7895.

 

April 17

Civil War Tours of Brentsville Courthouse

11 a.m. & 1 p.m., $5 per person, free for children under six

As the seat of Prince William County, Brentsville saw a lot of activity throughout the Civil War. Debates took place within the courthouse, troops mustered in for service, and the town suffered heavily at the hands of both armies over the years. Join us for a special tour of Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre to learn more about what happened at Brentsville during the Civil War. Tours are limited to seven people per tour and masks are required.                                                                                                                

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Road, Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895.

 

April 17

The Ellis' Magnificent Garden

10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; $7 per person, children under six free

Wade and Dessie Ellis' 'country home' Rippon Lodge was featured in Virginia's Historic Garden Week from the late 20's to the late 40's.  Visit Rippon Lodge for this socially-distanced outdoor program with staff and the modern day gardeners that make the lovely landscaped surroundings possible to learn more about how the outdoor landscape has evolved from a tobacco plantation into a public park!

This program is approximately 90 minutes and will involve outdoor walking over uneven terrain. Tour will begin on the front porch of the 1747 Lodge down the paved walkway from the parking lot. Masks required indoors and strongly suggested outdoors.

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.

 

April 22

Prince William Historic Preservation Virtual Lecture Series: James Longstreet After the Civil War: The Controversy Explained

7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., donations welcome.

Join Dan Paterson, a descendant of James Longstreet, as he explores the postwar legacy of James Longstreet, the South's most controversial soldier. Mr. Paterson will present a detailed timeline showing how events during the postwar period predated the Gettysburg controversy that was based upon the General's support for black suffrage, as well as membership and support for the Republican Party. This lecture will be conducted online. A link will be emailed to those who register in advance. Call (703) 367-7872 for more information.

Do you enjoy local history and want to help preserve it? Or do you enjoy our programs and online content? Consider making an online donation to help support Prince William Historic Preservation. Your donations to directly to supporting our programs and projects to preserve and interpret Prince William County's history. Simply click the link below, sign into your PWC Parks account, and choose how much you'd like to donate. Thank you for your support and with your help, you can help us make history.

www.pwcparks.org/historicdonations


April 24

Calligraphy Class in the Brentsville Schoolhouse

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.; $15 per person, ages 13 and up.

When the Brentsville Schoolhouse was in use between 1929 and 1944, one of the skills taught to students was penmanship. Have you ever wanted to improve your handwriting skills or be able to make your own invitations? Join historic preservation staff at the historic schoolhouse for a beginner's introduction to the art of calligraphy! During this 2-hour workshop you will learn about the historic importance of writing forms, a few basic traditional calligraphy styles, have the chance to try out your own new calligraphy skills, and learn some history along the way. Advanced registration is required.

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Road, Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895.

 

April 24

Pre-Revolutionary War Rippon

11 a.m. to 3 p.m., $5.00 per person, free for children under six

Meet the PWC Independent Company of Cadets at Rippon Lodge as they discuss what pre-rev war Virginia was like for the militia. See cooking demonstrations, learn about frontier and colonial life, and tour the historic building.

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA. 703-499-9812.

 

MAY

May 1

"A County to Be Named Hartford"

Sixth Annual Prince William – Manassas History Symposium

$10 for all day symposium (8:30a.m. – 5p.m.). Spaces are limited, reservations required. All attendees are required to wear a mask during event. 

Our community has a long and rich history. Founded in 1731, Prince William County is one of the oldest counties in Northern Virginia. Join several local historic organizations as we commemorate this history at our Sixth Annual Prince William-Manassas History Symposium. Topics include:

 

9:30am – Bill Backus, Freedman's Bureau in Prince William County

10:30am – Dr. Chris Mackowski, The Legend of "Stonewall"

11:30am – 1:30pm LUNCH BREAK ON YOUR OWN

1:30pm – Mark Wilcox, Prince William County's Frontiersman:  Simon Kenton

2:30pm – Robert Teagle, The Life of Robert Carter III, Virginia's First Emancipator

3:30pm – Ellen Butler, WWII Lady Spies of the Office of Strategic Services


Release of the Third issue of the Journal of Prince William History, which will be for sale for the special one-day price of $5.00.

Symposium to take place under a tent at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA 20136. Co-sponsored by the Manassas Museum, Prince William County Historic Commission and Historic Prince William. Reservations required, for more information contact 703-792-4754 or historicpreservation@pwcgov.org. Register online at www.pwcparks.org/historicprograms


May-October: Tours on 2nd & 4th Weekends

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park Tours

Tours offered at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.; Free, donations encouraged

Bristoe Station Battlefield staff and volunteers will provide guided tours of this hallowed ground that contains camps, cemeteries, and battlefields. Learn about Camp Jones and the battles that took place in 1862 and 1863. Tours begin at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm and depart from the kiosk in the parking lot on Iron Brigade Unit Avenue. The last tour leaves at 3 pm. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. Insect repellant is encouraged. No pets please.

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. The parking lot is located off Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.


May 1

Pre-Revolutionary War Rippon Lodge

11 a.m. to 3 p.m., $5.00 per person

Meet the PWC Independent Company of Cadets at Rippon Lodge as they discuss militia service in colonial Virginia. See cooking demonstrations, learn about frontier and colonial life, plus tour the historic Rippon Lodge.

Masks required indoors and strongly suggested outdoors. Space is limited. Tour capacity capped at seven people.

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Rd., Woodbridge, VA. 703-499-9812.

 

May 5

Wednesday Walk at Bristoe Station Battlefield

6 p.m.; Free, donations encouraged

Join the staff and volunteers of Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park for monthly hikes to stretch your legs and exercise your minds. Topics, routes, and distances vary by month and will cover a wide variety of the history of Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. Stay tuned to our website for more information.

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. The parking lot is located off Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.

 

May 7

Walking Tour of Historic Prince William Towns: Occoquan

7 p.m.; FREE; donations welcome.

Join local historians once a month this summer for a special walking tour of historic towns in Prince William County. For May, visit Historic Occoquan, a major industrial town of Prince William County in 1755 with "certain forges, tolling mills, bake houses, saw mills, store houses, and dwellings". Tour will depart from the Mill House Museum located at 413 Mill St., Occoquan, VA 22125. Call 703-365-7895 for more information.

 

May 7
First Friday Night Fires at Ben Lomond: Parks and Preservation
7:30 p.m.; $5 per person, children 6 and under free

In a time when the outdoors means more to Americans than ever before, get outside, and enjoy the warm summer nights around a campfire as we explore the history of America's public parks. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, a picnic basket, and enjoy beautiful Virginia nights around a campfire with storytelling, history, recreation, and preservation. Masks are required when indoors, and are recommended when outdoors.

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.

 

May 8

How Does Your Garden Grow? – Ben Lomond Historic Site

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Free, donations encouraged

For the 2021 season there will be 2 kitchen gardens at Ben Lomond.  Come help us prepare them for planting.  Learn about the types of vegetables and plants that would be grown in each garden and actually help get seeds started for growing. Early vegetables can be started in the garden and for others that need it to be more consistently warm everything will be prepared for planting at a later time.  Bring gloves and wear appropriate clothing and shoes.  Yes, you will likely get dirty.

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.

 

May 8-9

Mother's Day Tours (All Sites)

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Free for Mothers and children under 6

Does your Mom enjoy history, visiting beautiful historic houses, picturesque gardens, and hearing juicy, dramatic stories of the past? Then treat her to a tour of one of Prince William County's historic sites for Mother's Day!  All mothers that visit during the Mother's Day weekend will receive a complimentary tour of one of our historic sites! Free refreshments available as well.

All County owned historic sites, www.pwcgov.org/history, 703-792-4754.

 

May 10

Museum Kids Monday!

10 a.m. -11 a.m.; $5 per child, ages 9 and under.

Bring your child to Brentsville Courthouse this summer to explore history through sight, sound, smell, and touch through hands-on activities and crafts! Topics will vary each month and include subjects such as farming, archaeology, or 19th century toys. Adult must be able to participate with children. Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre will host the second Monday of the month, Ben Lomond Historic Site the third Monday of the month. Please contact the site to learn about the subject of the month. Reservations are not required.

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.

 

May 15

Ben Lomond's Antique Rose Garden Tea

1 p.m. -3 p.m.; $150 per table (up to four people per table), advanced registration is required. 

Celebrate the arrival of spring by spending a wonderful afternoon in the antique rose garden at Ben Lomond enjoying historic tea and garden themed treats.  Price of admission includes a table reservation that seats up to four people, tea, light refreshments, and a special talk about roses and spring flowers in one of the largest antique rose gardens in the Washington D.C. metro area.

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.

 

May 15

Brentsville Jail Exhibit Grand Opening

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; FREE, donations welcome.

In its nearly 200-year existence, the Brentsville Jail has seen a lot of different uses. From a jail in the 19th century, to a dormitory, private house, and office space in the 20th century, the building has changed a lot over the years. After years of restoration and research, join us for the grand opening of the Brentsville Jail Exhibit which tells the story of the town of Brentsville and its inhabitants, and highlights the building's various uses. Join historians and historic interpreters for a day of free tours and programming at the site after a Dedication Ceremony at 10 a.m.

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Rd. Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895.

 

May 17

Museum Kids Monday!

10 a.m. -11 a.m.; $5 per child, ages 9 and under.

Bring your child to Ben Lomond this summer to explore history through sight, sound, smell, and touch through hands-on activities and crafts! Topics will vary each month and include subjects such as farming, archaeology, or 19th century toys. An adult must be able to participate with children. Please contact the site to learn about the subject of the month. Reservations are not required.

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.

 

May 22

History Walk on the Boardwalk

9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m., $10 per person.

Learn history along the Neabsco Creek Boardwalk. This history walk, "Our Neabsco Creek" is a general overview of the history and environment of the area.  The group will meet at the Rippon Landing Parking Lot on Blackburn Road under the picnic shelter.

Leashed pets are welcome to join, but not all parts of the hike are accessible for wheelchairs. Space is limited, masks strongly suggested. Advanced registration at www.pwcparks.org/historicprograms.

Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail Neabsco Creek Boardwalk, 15125 Blackburn Rd., Woodbridge, VA. 703-499-9812.

 

May 27

Prince William Historic Preservation Lecture Series: Omar Bradley and George Patton's Deception Role in Operation Overlord

7 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.; Free, donations encouraged

The Historic Preservation Division will welcome Historian David W. Hogan Jr.as we explore the relationship of General George S. Patton and the Allied High Command, especially General Omar Bradley during World War II. Patton had established himself as a hard fighting General, especially with the Germans in Africa and Italy during the early years of US involvement in the war.  The German high command believed Patton would be in the thick of any operation against them because after all they considered him among the finest Allied Generals.  Patton, however, had a personality which strained his relationship with the allied high command.  Because of the German belief that Patton would be a key player, the Allied Command was able to use this reputation along with some fictitious communications originating here at Vint Hill Farm to fool the Germans leading to success in Operation OVERLORD. This will be an online presentation, to register visit: www.pwcparks.org/historicprograms. A link to the presentation will be emailed to all participants. For more information, call 703-367-7872.

 

May 29

Architectural Tours of Brentsville Courthouse

11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $5 per person, donations welcome.

With five historic structures from four different time periods, the buildings of Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre hold a lot of history in its architecture. For Historic Preservation Month, join us for a special tour of the historic centre that focuses on how these structures were built, how they were preserved, and how to read a historic building. The tour will include spaces not normally accessible to the public. Tours are limited to seven people and masks are required when indoors.

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895.

 

JUNE

June 2

Wednesday Walk at Bristoe Station Battlefield

6 p.m.; Free, donations encouraged

Join the staff and volunteers of Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park for monthly hikes to stretch your legs and exercise your minds. Topics, routes, and distances vary by month and will cover a wide variety of the history of Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. Stay tuned to our website for more information.

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. The parking lot is located off Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.

 

June 4
First Friday Night Fires at Ben Lomond: Parks and Preservation
7:30 p.m.; $5 per person, children 6 and under free

In a time when the outdoors means more to Americans than ever before, get outside, and enjoy the warm summer nights around a campfire as we explore the history of America's public parks. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, a picnic basket, and enjoy beautiful Virginia nights around a campfire with storytelling, history, recreation, and preservation. Masks are required when indoors, and are recommended when outdoors.

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.

 

June 12
Architectural Tours of Ben Lomond
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.  $5 per person, children 6 and under free.
Join us for a unique spin of our tours of Ben Lomond, focusing on the 1832 architecture of the house. Learn how Ben Lomond was built without modern technology, the styles and needs of the time that influenced the design of the house, and about the people who constructed it. Portions of this tour will take you to places not ordinarily open to the public.

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.

 

June 14

Museum Kids Monday!

10 a.m. -11 a.m.; $5 per child, ages 9 and under.

Bring your child to Brentsville Courthouse this summer to explore history through sight, sound, smell, and touch through hands-on activities and crafts! Topics will vary each month and include subjects such as farming, archaeology, or 19th century toys. Adult must be able to participate with children. Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre will host the first Monday of the month, Ben Lomond Historic Site the third Monday of the month. Please contact the site to learn about the subject of the month. Reservations are not required.

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895.

 

June 18

Walking Tour of Historic Prince William Towns: Batestown

7 p.m.; FREE; donations welcome.

Join local historians once a month this summer for a special walking tour of historic towns in Prince William County. For June, visit Batestown a historic African American town that played a significant role in Prince William County's history. Tour will depart from the Little Union Baptist Church located at 17150 Mine Rd, Dumfries, VA 22025. Please dress appropriately and bring water for portions of the tour will be off the trail. Call 703-365-7895 for more information.

 

June 19-20

Father's Day Tours (All Sites)

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; $5 per person, Free for fathers and children under 6.

Does your Dad enjoy history, the outdoors, walking trails or good stories? Then treat him to a tour of one of Prince William County's historic sites for Father's Day!  All dads that visit during the Father's Day weekend will receive a complimentary tour of one of our historic sites. Free refreshments available as well.

 All County owned historic sites, www.pwcgov.org/history, 703-792-4754.

 

June 19

African American History Trail Car Caravan Tour

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; $10 per vehicle

Join local historians on a daylong tour exploring the unique and powerful stories behind the African American history of Prince William County. We will travel the county stepping back in time from the 1800s to the 1960s and stopping at many special and sometimes forgotten sites, to learn about the lifestyle, challenges, and the power of education.  Participants will drive around to the different stops in their own vehicles. The June tour will depart from Barnes House Historic Site and the August tour will depart from Ben Lomond Historic Site. Admission is $10 per vehicle. Advanced Registration is required for space is limited. Visit www.pwcparks.org/historicprograms to register. For more information, please call 703-792-4754.

 

June 19

Tales from Rippon Lodge-Saturday

7:30-8:30 p.m., $10 per participant, children under 6 free

Listen to stories about Rippon Lodge for one night only. This campfire series brings to life some of the myths and legends of this historic site and those prominent people involved in its history. Space is limited. Masks strongly suggested. Advanced registration at www.pwcparks.org/historicprograms

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Rd., Woodbridge, VA. 703-499-9812

 

June 19

Juneteenth at Lucasville

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; FREE, donations welcome.

Join us at Lucasville in honor of Juneteenth to learn about the celebration marking the emancipation of enslaved African Americans throughout the South. Visit the one-room schoolhouse to learn about the development of freedmen communities throughout Prince William County and the progression of education throughout Prince William County throughout Reconstruction and the Jim Crow Era.

Lucasville School, 10516 Godwin Dr., Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.

 

June 19

African American History Trail Car Caravan Tour

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; $10 per vehicle

Join local historians on a daylong tour exploring the unique and powerful stories behind the African American history of Prince William County. We will travel the county stepping back in time from the 1800s to the 1960s and stopping at many special and sometimes forgotten sites, to learn about the lifestyle, challenges, and the power of education.  Participants will drive around to the different stops in their own vehicles. Advanced Registration is required for space is limited.  For more information, please call 703-792-4754. Departs from Barnes House Historic Site.

Barnes House Historic Site, 5049 Waterway Dr., Dumfries, VA. 703-792-4754.

 

June 21

Museum Kids Monday!

10 a.m. -11 a.m.; $5 per child, ages 9 and under.

Bring your child to Ben Lomond this summer to explore history through sight, sound, smell, and touch through hands-on activities and crafts! Topics will vary each month and include subjects such as farming, archaeology, or 19th century toys. Adult must be able to participate with children. Please contact the site to learn about the subject of the month. Reservations are not required.

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.

 

June 21-25

Virginia History Camp

9 a.m. - noon; $130 per participant ages 6 to 8

Virginia has a rich and exciting history and we want to explore it! Experience the history of Virginia through Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre from the Native Americans, who were the first to live here, through the 20th century, the era of our parents and grandparents. Each day, campers will participate in hands-on activities and crafts that will allow them to experience how Virginia changed through time.

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895.

 

June 26

Freedmen's Bureau at Brentsville Tours

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; FREE, donations welcome.

In the years after the Civil War, a period of Reconstruction commenced as the nation worked to rebuild and transition millions of freed African Americans into society. This work was left to the Freedmen's Bureau and in Prince William County, the Freedmen's Burau office was stationed at Brentsville. Join us at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre for special tours and living history to learn more about the Freedmen's Bureau, and about this little known, yet turbulent time in the County's history.

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895.

 

JULY

 

July 2
First Friday Night Fires at Ben Lomond: Parks and Preservation
7:30 p.m.; $5 per person, children 6 and under free

In a time when the outdoors means more to Americans than ever before, get outside, and enjoy the warm summer nights around a campfire as we explore the history of America's public parks. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, a picnic basket, and enjoy beautiful Virginia nights around a campfire with storytelling, history, recreation, and preservation. Masks are required when indoors, and are recommended when outdoors.

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.

 

July 6-9

Play Ball! Historic Baseball Camp

9 a.m. – 12 p.m., $100 per child ages 8-14, advanced registration required.

Experience baseball's history in this camp, where participants will play different versions of old-time baseball. During the camp, campers will also make their own 19th century baseball to take home with them. Campers will learn and experience the roots of America's pastime! Registration for this camp can be completed online at www.pwcparks.org or by calling 703-367-7872.

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.

 

July 7

Wednesday Walk at Bristoe Station Battlefield

6 p.m.; Free, donations encouraged

Join the staff and volunteers of Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park for monthly hikes to stretch your legs and exercise your minds. Topics, routes, and distances vary by month and will cover a wide variety of the history of Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. Stay tuned to our website for more information.

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. The parking lot is located off Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.

 

July 10

On These Walls: Graffiti at Ben Lomond

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; $5 per person, free for children under 6.

Take special tours focusing on the visible and invisible graffiti that still marks the walls of Ben Lomond. Who were the people that signed their names here, and why and when did they do it? Learn about the Civil War history of Ben Lomond after it was a hospital to find out! Masks are required when indoors, and are recommended when outdoors.

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.

 

July 10-11

World War II Weekend at Rippon Lodge

11 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily; FREE; donations welcome

The Greatest Generation came of age during a time of globe spanning conflict. Learn about daily life of soldiers in the European and Pacific Theatres from living historians portraying both Axis and Allied soldiers. Hear about their equipment, armaments, historic military vehicles, and medical care on and off the battlefield. Additionally, explore how citizens at home supported the war effort, view original WWII artifacts. Tour the house to hear about Admiral Richard Black, the last owner of Rippon Lodge, who was a WWII veteran and survivor of Pearl Harbor. Enjoy historic house tours, crafts, weapon and tactical demonstrations, and more.

Masks are required for self-guided, indoor tours, limited to 10 at a time; masks strongly suggested for outdoors.

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Rd., Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.

 

July 10

WWII Campfire at Rippon Lodge

7:30-8:30 p.m., $10 per participant

Listen to stories about World War II for one night only. This campfire series brings to life some of tales of the Greatest Generation and the battles they faced during the war. Space is limited; masks strongly suggested for outdoors. Advanced registration at www.pwcparks.org/historicprograms.

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Rd., Woodbridge, VA. 703-499-9812

 

July 12

Museum Kids Monday!

10 a.m. -11 a.m.; $5 per child, ages 9 and under.

Bring your child to Brentsville Courthouse this summer to explore history through sight, sound, smell, and touch through hands-on activities and crafts! Topics will vary each month and include subjects such as farming, archaeology, or 19th century toys. Adult must be able to participate with children. Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre will host the first Monday of the month, Ben Lomond Historic Site the third Monday of the month. Please contact the site to learn about the subject of the month. Reservations are not required.

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895.

 

July 16

Walking Tour of Historic Prince William Towns: Nokesville

7 p.m.; FREE; donations welcome.

Join local historians once a month this summer for a special walking tour of historic towns in Prince William County. For August, visit Nokesville, a small agricultural town with a rich history.  Tour will depart from the Renaissance Montessori School located at 12625 Fitzwater Dr, Nokesville, VA 20181. For more information, please call 703-365-7895.

 

July 19

Museum Kids Monday!

10 a.m. -11 a.m.; $5 per child, ages 9 and under.

Bring your child to Ben Lomond this summer to explore history through sight, sound, smell, and touch through hands-on activities and crafts! Topics will vary each month and include subjects such as farming, archaeology, or 19th century toys. Adult must be able to participate with children. Please contact the site to learn about the subject of the month. Reservations are not required.

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.

 

July 19-23

Life on a Farm Camp

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; $160 per participant ages 8 to 13

Ever wonder what life was like on a farm was like before electricity and mechanized equipment? This camp will help you experience what it was like. Experience what it was like on a farm helping with chores including, but not limited to tending the garden, preparing food, learning about livestock and more. Don't worry, it won't all be work! Campers will participate in a variety of activities including sewing, fishing, candle making, and more.

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895.

 

July 19-23

Civil War Basic Camp

Monday – Friday; 8 a.m. – Noon; $140 per child, ages 8 - 13

The Civil War Basic Camp is a unique hands-on approach to the history of the American Civil War.  Activities include enlistment, dill and tactics, uniforms and equipment, flags, foodways, and shelters used by the Civil War soldiers.

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. The parking lot is located off Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.

 

July 24-25

Ben Lomond Civil War Anniversary Weekend

Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Free, donations accepted

After the Battle of First Manassas, Ben Lomond served as a field hospital to treat the wounded. Visit Ben Lomond on the 158th anniversary of the battle and learn from historians and Civil War living historians how soldiers were treated during the war and how the conditions of these hospitals differ from the hospitals we have today. The weekend will consist of demonstrations, tours, children's activities, and more.

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.

 

July 24

All Told Sad Tales: Candlelight Tours of the Hospital at Ben Lomond

7 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.; $10 per person, advanced registration strongly recommended.

Ben Lomond has a grim history as serving as a Confederate Field Hospital after the Battle of First Manassas. Come experience a unique opportunity to tour the house and grounds in the recreated hospital and hear the stories of soldiers, doctors, and loved ones who were forever changed during the Civil War. Guided tours every twenty minutes. Advanced reservations strongly recommended for spaces fill quickly.

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.

 

July 24

Crime and Punishment at Brentsville Courthouse

11 a.m.; 1 p.m., $5 per person, free for children under six

As Prince William County's seat for 70 years, Brentsville's courthouse and jail was the focus of law and order in the community. Take a tour of the Brentsville's public lot and learn about the laws, crime, and punishment of the 19th century while you hear about some of the high-profile cases that were tried on-site.

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895.

 

AUGUST

August 2-6

Law and Order Detective Camp

9 a.m. - noon; $130 per participant ages 8 to 13

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a detective in the 1800's? Join us at the historic Brentsville Courthouse and Jail to explore 19th laws, what happened when someone broke the law, and how laws were was enforced. Campers will learn about court proceedings by taking part in a mock trial, and do hands-on activities showing how science was (and wasn't) used in crime investigation. Compare past and present as part of the camp by taking a field trip of modern day law and order facilities.

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895.

 

August 4

Wednesday Walk at Bristoe Station Battlefield

6 p.m.; Free, donations encouraged

Join the staff and volunteers of Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park for monthly hikes to stretch your legs and exercise your minds. Topics, routes, and distances vary by month and will cover a wide variety of the history of Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. Stay tuned to our website for more information.

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. The parking lot is located off Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.

 

August 6
First Friday Night Fires at Ben Lomond: Parks and Preservation
7:30 p.m.; $5 per person, children 6 and under free

In a time when the outdoors means more to Americans than ever before, get outside, and enjoy the warm summer nights around a campfire as we explore the history of America's public parks. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, a picnic basket, and enjoy beautiful Virginia nights around a campfire with storytelling, history, recreation, and preservation. Masks are required when indoors, and are recommended when outdoors.

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.

 

August 9

Museum Kids Monday!

10 a.m. -11 a.m.; $5 per child, ages 9 and under.

Bring your child to Brentsville Courthouse this summer to explore history through sight, sound, smell, and touch through hands-on activities and crafts! Topics will vary each month and include subjects such as farming, archaeology, or 19th century toys. Adult must be able to participate with children. Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre will host the first Monday of the month, Ben Lomond Historic Site the third Monday of the month. Please contact the site to learn about the subject of the month. Reservations are not required.

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895.

 

August 10-12

Along the Water Summer Camp-The Native People of the Potomac

Tuesday to Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., $120 per child, ages 9-12

This three-day camp will explore the life of the indigenous peoples who once called the Potomac River and Neabsco Creek their home.  Experience and learn about food, farming, life along the water's edge, and the diverse cultural beauty of the First People of the region.

Masks required indoors and strongly suggested outdoors. Children should bring their own snacks and beverages. Space is limited. Advanced registration at www.pwcparks.org/historicprograms

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Rd., Woodbridge, VA. 703-499-9812.

 

August 14

Bee Encounter at Rippon Lodge

Saturday, 11 and 2 p.m., $10 per person, 15 and older.

Come learn all about the history and wonder of bees and beekeeping during this special up-close and personal encounter. See Rippon Lodge's bee hive and its workers making honey, feeding the queen and more.

Masks strongly suggested outdoors. Please do not wear perfume or hairspray. Do NOT attend if allergic to bees or honey. Space is limited. Advanced registration at www.pwcparks.org/historicprograms

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Rd., Woodbridge, VA. 703-499-9812.

 

August 14, September 11, October 9

Brentsville Bluegrass Concert Series

Gates open at 4:00 p.m.; Concert starts at 5:00 p.m., Admission is $10 per person.

For hundreds of years, the Brentsville Public Lot has been a place of entertainment and festivities and we are continuing that tradition into today! Bring your chairs, kick up your heels, and enjoy some Bluegrass and comfort food at the historic centre! Before the concert starts, self-guided tours will be available. Food and beverage will be available for purchase on-site. The lawn will be marked to help maintain social distancing and face masks are required when indoors. Pre-purchased tickets are recommended for space is limited.

August 14 – TBD

September 11— King Street Bluegrass

October 9 – TBD

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895.

 

August 16

Museum Kids Monday!

10 a.m. -11 a.m.; $5 per child, ages 9 and under.

Bring your child to Ben Lomond this summer to explore history through sight, sound, smell, and touch through hands-on activities and crafts! Topics will vary each month and include subjects such as farming, archaeology, or 19th century toys. Adult must be able to participate with children. Please contact the site to learn about the subject of the month. Reservations are not required.

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.

 

August 16 - 20

Civil War Advanced Camp

Monday – Friday; 8 a.m. – Noon; $160 per child, ages 8 - 13

The Civil War Advanced Camp picks up where the Basic Camp leaves off.  Participants will have the opportunity to speak with a famous officer from the War, expand their knowledge of campaign foods and how they were prepared, learn about the cavalry, participate in artillery drill, and build a Civil War shelter.

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. The parking lot is located off Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.

 

August 20

Walking Tour of Historic Prince William Towns: Haymarket

7 p.m.; FREE; donations welcome.

Join local historians once a month this summer for a special walking tour of historic towns in Prince William County. For August, visit Haymarket, the second town in the county to be incorporated in 1882 with a rich history spanning as far back as the 18th century.  Tour will depart from the Haymarket Museum located at 15025 Washington St, Haymarket, VA 20169. For more information, please call 703-365-7895.

 

August 21

African American History Trail Car Caravan Tour

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; $10 per vehicle

Join local historians on a daylong tour exploring the unique and powerful stories behind the African American history of Prince William County. We will travel the county stepping back in time from the 1800s to the 1960s and stopping at many special and sometimes forgotten sites, to learn about the lifestyle, challenges, and the power of education.  Participants will drive around to the different stops in their own vehicles. Advanced Registration is required for space is limited.  Visit www.pwcparks.org/historicprograms to register. For more information, please call 703-792-4754.Departs from Ben Lomond Historic Site.

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Drive, Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872

 

August 21

Rippon Lodge Car Display

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; $5 per person, children under 6 are free

Enjoy a display of vintage and classic cars on the lawns of Rippon Lodge Historic Site.  Ask questions, listen to groovy music, and take pictures of the beautiful vehicles. Guided tours of the lodge, conducted on the hour, are $5 per person.

Car clubs and individual participants must register.  Call site offices at 703-499-9812 to receive information and registration form.

Masks strongly suggested for outdoors, required for indoors. Guests registration to attend event at www.pwcparks.org/historicprograms

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Rd., Woodbridge, VA. 703-499-9812.

 

August 27

A Real-Time Walking Tour of the Battle of Kettle Run

5:00 p.m.; Free, $5 suggested donation

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park staff will lead a 90-minute-long walking tour covering in real-time the events as they transpired at Bristoe Station 159 years ago. Learn about the first battle at Bristoe Station and how it shaped the outcome of the Second Manassas Campaign.

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. The parking lot is located off Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.

 

August 28-29

Battle of Kettle Run Anniversary Weekend

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Free, $5 suggested donation

Join Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park staff and volunteers on the 159th anniversary of Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's capture of Bristoe Station and the Battle of Kettle Run – the opening round of what would become the Second Battle of Manassas. This August 27th battle, while small, was bloody and took a heavy toll on the regiments that fought there. Visit the park on the actual anniversary for specialized walking tours that will make this forgotten battle come to life.

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. The parking lot is located off Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.

 

August 28

Native American Campfire at Brentsville Courthouse

6:30 p.m.; $5 per person, free for children under 2

Enjoy a campfire and roasted marshmallows at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre as you learn about the native peoples who lived in the Prince William area long before Europeans arrived. Interact with hands-on artifacts, learn some of the games children played, and compare how Native Americans lived close to 400 years ago to how we live today.

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895.   

 


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