Tuesday, August 26, 2014

September Events at PWCo Historic Sites

September Events With Prince William County
Historic Preservation
Tastes of the Potomac Coming Soon!
October 4
Taste of the Potomac at Rippon Lodge
11-5pm; $20 per person (includes beer and wine tasting tickets), $10 per non-drinker, $5 for children over 6, designated drivers are FREE
Join us to celebrate and enjoy our region’s local flavors!  Local breweries and wineries will be set-up on the front lawn of Rippon Lodge.  Your tasting tickets will get you a tasting at each beer and wine vendor.   Local food vendors will also be selling there tasty treats.  Listen to live music while enjoying good food and drinks with a view of the Potomac at Prince William County’s oldest home.  The historic house will be open for tours throughout the day. 
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812


September 6 & 7
World War II Weekend
11am- 4pm daily; FREE
Admiral Black the last owner of Rippon Lodge was a WWII veteran and survivor of Pearl Harbor.  Learn about daily life of soldiers in the European and Pacific Theatres. World War II living historians will portray Axis and Allied soldiers. They will discuss their equipment, armaments and historic military vehicles. Learn about the home front and the many ways that citizens supported the war effort. View collections of original
WWII artifacts.
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.

September 6
Wildlife Walk at Bristoe Station Battlefield 
9am – 11am; $5 per person                                                                                                                       
Bristoe Station Battlefield is home to a complex meadow ecosystem.  Join outdoor experts on a guided walk of the battlefield.  Learn about the beneficial wildlife especially the birds and butterflies that call this ecosystem home.  Learn to identify the plants that these birds and butterflies need for food and shelter.  Bring binoculars. The tour departs from the kiosk in the parking lot at Iron Brigade Unit Ave and 10th Alabama Way.  Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.  No pets please.  Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, The parking lot is located off of Iron Brigade Unit Ave Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.

September 13
Camp Jones Luminary at Bristoe Station Battlefield Park
8pm – 10 pm; $10 per person
In the late summer of 1861, the farms and fields surrounding Bristoe Station were filled with thousands of Confederate soldiers. Lack of experience combined with little knowledge of disease caused illness to spread through these camps like wildfire. Join us as we remember those Confederates who died and are buried in the park’s Alabama Cemetery.  Guided tours and luminary of the Alabama Cemetery. No pets please.   Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. The parking lot is located off of Iron Brigade Unit Ave Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.

September 13
Bluegrass at Brentsville
1-5pm, $10 per person, $5 PWC employees with ID, children free under six
Enjoy the lively sounds of bluegrass bands on the grounds of Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre.  Music will be held from 1-5pmwith additional activities on the grounds.  Buildings will be open for tours and food available for purchase.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895.

September 13, 14 and 27, 28
Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park Tours
11am-3pm; Tours leave on the hour – donations encouraged.
Bristoe Station Battlefield staff and volunteers will provide guided tours of the hallowed grounds that contain camps, cemeteries, and battlefields. Learn about Camp jones and the two battles that took place in 1862 and 1863. Tours begin on the hour and depart from the kiosk in the parking lot on Iron Brigade Unit Avenue. The last tour leaves at 3PM. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. Insect repellant is encouraged. No pets please. Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, located off of Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.

September 20                                                                                                                                                             
 Potomac River Blockade Boat Tour                                                                                          
 $45 per person, 10am-1pm, includes lunch, reservations required.                                   
 Cruise along the Potomac River shoreline and view sites that were critical to the Confederate successful blockade of Washington D.C. from September 1861 through March 1862.  The cruise will include the preserved batteries at Freestone Point and Possum Nose, as well as Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tours include lunch and departs from Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge.  For reservations call 703-792-4754

September 27
Antiques Appraisal Fair
10am-4pm; $10 per two appraisals
Find out how much your grandma’s silver is worth or if your yard sale treasure is real.  Appraisers from Two Guys Antiques in Dumfries will be onsite to appraise your items. Appraisers include; silver, furniture, textiles, paintings, jewelry, glassware, stamps, coins, military, clocks, dolls and porcelain.  Please call the site to confirm appraisers and reserve your appraisal time.  House tour included with admission; tours on the hour with the last tour at 3pm.  Reservations highly suggested.       
Rippon Lodge Historic Site 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812

September 27-28
Prince William County Farm Tour – Ben Lomond Stop
9am-4pm; FREE
Join us at Ben Lomond as we celebrate the local area’s farming heritage.  See a sheep shearing demonstration, wool spinning, with hands-on activities such as 19th century laundry, dairy production, harvest your own herbs, Tours of the house are included with admission price, with tours on the hour. Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 703-367-7872.

September 27-28
Prince William County Farm Tour – Brentsville Stop
10am-4pm FREE
Join site staff as we learn about farm life here in Brentsville and PWC during the mid-1800s.  Tour the 1850s cabin and feed chickens and other animals.  Help make soap and wash some clothes!  Historic games will also be played throughout the day.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895.

September 28
Historic Sundays at Brentsville Union Church
11am- 12pm FREE
Brentsville Union Church was built in 1870 and served the Brentsville community for over 100 years.  Today the country church has been restored and serves as a glimpse into life of the 19th century.  Come learn about the practices of faith that were once held here and how important churches were to society and local communities.  Program conducted in partnership with Historic Faith Ministries, a non-profit living history organization focusing on Victorian period customs and spirituality.  Program begins at 11a.m.and is FREE to the public.  Tours offered after the program for $5.00.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895.

For More Information on Historic Preservation in Prince William County please contact

Monday, August 25, 2014

Military Monday: Prince William Rangers, Co. H, 15th Va. Cavalry

Manassas Journal
October 20, 1905

Prince William Rangers, Co. H, 15th Va. Cavalry
[Prepared for The Journal by Mrs. Geo. W. Johnson]

Captain William Gardner Brawner, killed in Maryland, '63
1st Lieut., J. C. Kincheloe
2nd Lieut., Edwin Nelson, taken prisoner in '63 and kept at Johnson's Island until end of war
3rd Lieut., Frank Davis
Com. Sergeant, John H. Hammill
Orderly Sergeant, Samuel H. Jones
2nd Sergeant, Leroy Davis
2nd Sergeant, William Kincheloe
3rd Sergeant, John Butler
4th Sergeant, W. W. Kincheloe
4th Sergeant, W. R. Lipscomb
1st Corporal, Geo. W. Hixon
2nd Corporal, Isaac Fairfax
3rd Corporal Charles Butler
4th Corporal, Levi Hixson


Robert Arrington
Benjamin E. Lynn
Luther Able [Abel]
Shirley Lynn
Benjamin Abel [Abel]
Wesley Ledman
Bradfield, Henry
A. T. Marshall
Thomas Botts
Joseph Mayhugh
Richard Brawner
John Mayhugh
James M. Barbee
Z. Mayhugh
Thomas Beach
James V. Nash
Cornelius Beach
Geo. W. Payne
Alexander Colbert
Jackson Payne
John Colbert
Dangg Pettit
W. W. Chappell
George Pettit
Leroy Cornwall
William Raney
James Cornwall
Joseph B. Reid
Richard Cornwall
Polk Reid
James O. Cornwall
Jackson Reid
M. Cornwall
John H. Renoe
George Cornwall
Joseph Richardson
John L. Cornwall
George Richardson
E. Dorsey Cole
Wm. Richardson
C. H. Copen
Randolph Spittle
Robert Carter
Lewis Spittle
Edward Carter
Edward Shepherd
C. A. Cannon
James Stone
George Davis
Thomas Stone
Henry Davis
Thomas Simpson
John Davis
John Slingerland
B. D. Davis
William Smoot
Peter Davis
Newton Stribling
Newton Delancy
John Smallwood
Thomas Dewell
Wallace Tansill
John French
George Tillet
Wellington Fairfax
John R. Tillet
Thomas Fairfax
Wm. Vermillion
Mark Florence
William Wilson
Wallace Hixson
William Wilkins
Henry Keys
Lewis Woodward
Ashwell King
George Wilt
Ramon Kincheloe
William Wilt
George Lowe
Thomas Windsor
Samuel R. Lowe
Grandison Warring

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Church Record Sunday: Revival Meeting (then and now)


Alexandria Gazette
August 28, 1867

Letter from Prince William County.

DUMFRIES, August 21 -- We have had for the last ten days a very interesting revival here in the M. E. Church, South, under the ministry of our circuit preacher, the Rev. Wm. G. Hancock.  He labored zealously, and great interest was manifested by the people generally.  There were a number of penitents of whom about forty professed religion, and thirty-one joined the church.  It was certainly a very interesting meeting, and called our recollection to old times.  There is no other news of general interest in the county.  Everything is quiet.  The corn crop is looking well.  B.B.

Alexandria Gazette
January 13, 1876

REVIVAL OF RELIGION AT MANASSAS -- A correspondent writing from the town of Manassas to the Washington Republican says:  -- "The week of prayer has been a season of great religious profit.  The Methodist Episcopal and Presbyterian churches united and held the meetings alternatively in their respective places of worship.  The fourth quarterly meeting from Prince William circuit was held at Manassas Saturday and Sabbath.  The Presbyterian services were suspended, and the congregation attended the Methodist Episcopal Church.  The sum of $432 was secured in subscriptions on Sabbath morning for the liquidation of the indebtedness on the building.  This squares old accounts.  We want about $175 more to suitably fit up and furnish the Sunday school and lecture rooms.  The members of the church have contributed liberally for persons so limited in their means."

Richmond Times Dispatch
September 26, 1915

Revival services began at the Manassas Baptist Church on last Monday night.  Dr. Baker, of Leesburg, is conducting the meeting, assisted by Rev. H. L. Quarles.


Woodbine Church
Continues to Celebrate 139 Years of Ministry

Join us at 7:00 pm each night
August 22, 23, 24 (2014)

12914 Canova Drive
Manassas, VA  20112


Friday, August 15, 2014

Friend of Friends Friday: Will: Hannah Carter (1821)

Prince William County Will Book L, pg 381
12 Sep 1809; proved 08 Aug 1821

In the name of God Amen I HANNAH CARTER of the County of Prince William and Parish of Dettingen in the Commonwealth of Virginia being weak in body but of sound mind and judgment, do make ordain and declare this  to be my last will and testament, revoking all others made heretofore by me.  Imprimis.  I recommend my soul to God who gave it, my worldly estate I dispose of in the manner hereinafter expressed.  Item I leave my negro woman EALSY free & to be at her own disposal after my decease.  In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this twelvth day of September One thousand eight hundred and nine.


Signed sealed and executed in the presence of

At a Court of Quarterly Sessions Contd and held for Prince William County August 8th 1821.  This last will and testament of HANNAH CARTER decd. was presented to the Court and the same being proved by the oaths of HARRISON G. GOLDEN and WALTER G. HAYES is ordered to be recorded.

Teste, PHIL. D. DAWE

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wednesday's Child: Lola "Ollie" Beavers / Lola Ledman

Manassas Democrat
September 7, 1911


Little Ollie Beavers, six years old, daughter of John Beavers, died Friday at Sinclair's Mill.  The funeral was held Saturday.

Manassas Journal
September 8, 1911

Little Lola, the six-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Beavers, and little Lola, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Ledman, died about the same hour on last Friday and were buried on Saturday afternoon at the same hour in Bradley Cemetery.  The parents of the deceased were neighbors residing near Sinclair's Mill.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

PUBLIC NOTICE: Memorial Ceremony for School Site Cemetery

Prince William County Public Schools will conduct a respectful re-interment ceremony for the graves discovered at the 12th high school construction site. The public is invited to attend. The ceremony will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday September 6th, 2014. Since the graves are located on an active construction site and parking is a concern, we are requiring that all attendees meet before 9:45 AM at the Edward Kelly Leadership Center 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas, VA 20112. Bus transportation will be provided from there to the ceremony site. Please do not drive to the high school site or enter the Independence Drive community to attend this ceremony.

Prince William County Public Schools looks forward to this burial ceremony as we honor those being re-interred. Thank you for your cooperation.

So that we can plan appropriately, please kindly provide notice of your plans to attend on or before August 25th, 2014 by calling 703-791-7308.

The cemetery discovered on the 12th High School construction site is believed to be that of William and Cordelia Lynn and members of their family, who owned the land from the 1850's through 1899.  (They are also my gggreat-grandparents.)

As noted on the PWCS public announcement, the remains and artifacts from the 11 graves have already been reinterred at the new cemetery site approximately 900 yards from the original cemetery.  To my knowledge, no family members or clergy were present for the actual reburial.  I have been assured by PWCS officials that this was for safety reasons because of the ongoing construction and heavy equipment close at hand.

The ceremony on Saturday, September 6th is being planned as a memorial and cemetery dedication.


Monday, August 11, 2014

Military Monday: Men Who Were With Mosby

The Washington Post (DC)
October 13, 1898


Washingtonians Who Will Attend the Reunion of the Band

The Washington men who were with Mosby will meet at Confederate Hall tomorrow evening at 7:30 o'clock to make arrangements to attend the annual reunion of the famous band, which is to take place at Manassas on October 25.

The local committee on arrangements is composed of R. M. Harrover, Durand Shackleford, and M. M. Marmaduke.  The Washington men who will attend the reunion are:  A. J. Biedler, T. R. Baker, Americus Davis, P. A. Darneille, P. M. Darden, W. L. Flynn, Durand Shackleford, R. M. Harrover, A. J. Hobson, M. M. Marmaduke, D. G. Mohler (Sergeant), Dr. A. B. Mitchell, R. Macall, Lieut. Joe Nelson, James P. Nalls, J. B. Proutt, Liet. Boyd Smith, William R. Stone, T. J. Thompson, Capt. E. F. Thompson, G. R. Turberville, B. Thrift, Bush Underwood, Dr. Samuel Waggaman, Hugh T. Waters, S. H. Wilson, Sergt. J. W. Wrenn, and Lieut. Albert Wrenn.