Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October Events at PWCo Historic Sites

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 their tasy local 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.

October 4
The Carter’s of Virginia Bus Tour
$80 per person, lunch included, reservations required
One of the older families in Prince William County is the Carter family.  Once owning large swaths of Prince William including Ben Lomond, the Carter family was a political and economic powerhouse in the local area for hundreds of years.  This special bus tour will travel to the Northern Neck to visit some exclusive Carter family sites.  King Carter’s home at Corotoman, historic Christ Church, and other Carter family sites will be stops on this tour.  For reservations, contact Ben Lomond Historic Site at 703-367-7872.

October 11
Bird Walk and Bagels at Metz Wetlands and Rippon Lodge
8am; $10 per person
The location along the edge of Neabsco Creek and the Potomac River Metz Wetlandsand Rippon Lodge are attractive places for birds.  Join local birding experts on a guided walk of both properties.  Discover our diverse population of song and raptor birds.  After the walk join us for bagels at Rippon Lodge.  Bring binoculars and guide books.   Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.  No pets please. Tours of the house at Rippon Lodge included.  Reservations required.
Julie J. Metz Neabsco Creek Wetlands Preserve, 15875 Neabsco Road, Woodbridge, VA 703-499-9812.  Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192,  703-499-9812

October 11-12
Bristoe Station Anniversary Weekend
11am-4pm; $5 per person
Join Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park staff on the 151st Anniversary of the Battle of Bristoe Station. Tour a Civil War encampment, watch artillery firing demonstrations, and tour the site of the third and final battle that took place in Prince William County. No pets please. 
Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, The parking lot is located off of Iron Brigade Unit Ave Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.

October 11
Nature Trail Walk
1pm, $5 per person, children free under six
Take a guided tour along the nature trails at Brentsville and learn about the plants and animals that call this part of Virginia home.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895.

October 11                                                                                                                                                                    
Potomac River Blockade Boat Tour                                                                                        
 $40.00 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

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park Tours
October 11, 12, 25, 26
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.

October 17
Spectral Stories at Historic Brentsville
7pm- 9pm, $5 per person, children free under six
Do you love scary movies and hearing ghost stories?  Join site staff for a fun filled evening spent around a campfire as you hear spooky stories about Historic Brentsville and other haunts in and around Prince William County.  Apple cider and cookies will be provided.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895.

October 24 and 25
Spirits of Rippon Lodge
7-9 pm; $10 per person, children under 6 free.  
Rippon Lodge has a diverse history.  A 1930 account of the Lodge says, “the house is said to be haunted in such a ghostly and sinister fashion that no one will occupy it.”   Rumor has it that the course of Route 1 was altered to avoid its ghostly residents.  Come experience a unique opportunity to tour the house and grounds by candlelight, meet several historical characters along the way and hear their tales of sadness and triumph. Guided tours on the hour. Reservations strongly recommended. 

October 25
All Hallows Eve
11am-4pm
$5 person, children 2 and under free
Where did the tradition of Halloween come from?  Pumpkin carving? Trick-or-Treating? Join us for a kid friendly trip to All Hallow’s Eve past and present.  Play old fashioned games and enjoy traditional treats.
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.

October 25                                                                                                                                                                   
Potomac River Blockade Boat Tour                                                                                               
$40.00 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

October 26
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.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sunday's Obituary: Peter Owens (1825)

Richmond Enquirer
July 5, 1825

We are indebted to the polite attention of the Postmaster at Brentsville for the particulars of a melancholy, casualty which occurred at that place on the 19th inst.  Peter Owens, a man about 60 years of age, who had pursued the occupation of a well-digger for the last forty years, was employed by John McCrae, Esq. of Prince William county, Va. to clean a well on his plantation.  During the whole of the day above named he was closely engaged at his business, and at night, throwing his coat across his lap, sat down on the bank of the well to rest himself.  Having drunk freely of ardent spirits, which was not unusual for him to do, and being much fatigued with the labor of the day, he soon fell asleep and tumbled backwards into the well -- 83 feet deep, and containing 10 feet of water.  The body was reclaimed as soon as practicable, and a jury of inquest held over it, who gave for their verdict, "that the deceased came to his death by an accidental fall into a well, or by a bruise on the head in falling."

We are requested to state that he has several children some where in Virginia, and that his property will more than pay his debts.

Alex. Phenix


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Newspaper Tidbit: PWCo Court (1875)

Alexandria Gazette
September 11, 1875

At the September term of the County Court, J. Engle Smith was appointed and qualified by entering into bonds in $500 as overseer of the poor in Brentsville township.

Geo. W. Tansill and C. A. Cannon qualified as deputies of the county treasurer, W. W. Kincheloe.

The grand jury presented an indictment against William D. Lee for felony, charging him with burning the stackyard of Wm. L. B. Wheeler.

Manassas Russell was exempted from State and county capitation tax on account of old age.

Com. vs. Samuel Smith, charged with putting an obstruction on the Midland railroad.  The prisoner, a small negro boy, was prosecuted by the Commonwealth's attorney, assisted by Gen. Eppa Hunton, employed by the railroad company, and defended by Messrs. C. E. Sinclair and E. E. Meredith.  The jury took the case about sundown, but failing to agree, were kept until twelve o'clock Tuesday, when they were discharged, and a new trial ordered at the next term of the court.  It is said the first vote by the jury resulted in eleven for acquittal and one for conviction, and that one, Mr. Perry, held out to the last.

Com. vs. Wm. D. Lee; prisoner arraigned and pleaded not guilty, and one of his counsel, Judge Sinclair, appeared and demurred generally to the indictment, and on his motion the case was continued until next court.


Friday, September 19, 2014

Friend of Friends Friday: Will: James Anderson (1806)

JAMES ANDERSON Will
Prince William County Will Book I, pg. 171
12 March 1806; proved 1 Dec 1806

In the name of God Amen I JAMES ANDERSON SENIOR being in perfect memory but weak in body do make this my last will and testament.  I will that all my legal debts to paid and when it shall please God to call me hence from this trancetory world that my body to be decently bured in a certain hope of a joyfull resurrection through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  Item. I will and bequeath to my well beloved wife MARY ANDERSON one third part of my estate during her natural life and at her decease to be equley divided among my children except my son JAMES that has got his part already.  Item 2 I will bequeath to my son JAMES ANDERSON one negro fellow named JOE one horse and mare two hogshead of tabco. & six poun cash which I consider as his part of my estate and he is not to have any more nor no clame hereafter. Item I will and bequeath that all and every part of my estate to be eqully divided among my other children only excepted as before excepted.  Item it is my will and desire that my well beloved wife MARY ANDERSON and PRESLEY WOOD[Y]ARD will be my Executors after my decease.  I have hereunto set my hand seal this twelfth day of March one thousand eight hundred and six.

JAMES ANDERSON  {seal}

Witnesses

JOHN ROLLANS
HENRY HOPE
MARGREET HOPE

At a Court held for Prince William County Decem 1st 1806.

The last will and testament of JAMES ANDERSON decsd was presented to the Court and being proved by the oaths of JOHN ROLLANS & HENRY HOPE was ordered to be recorded and MARY ANDERSON and PRESLEY WOODYARD the Exex. And Exor. mentioned in said will made oath to the same and having entered into bond with security, who justified according to law, certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate thereof in due form.

Teste


J.WILLIAMS  Ct. Cur.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thriller Thursday: Sad Death of Two Sisters (1913)

Manassas Democrat
January 2, 1913

KILLED WITHIN SIGHT OF HOME

Sad Deaths of Two Sisters

Miss Mamie Cooper and Sister, of Near Bealton, Struck by Engine 15 of Southern and Killed

Last Sunday afternoon as a party of young people were returning from making social calls two of them were killed by train No. 15 when they were within sight of home.  The fatal accident occurred near Bealton when Miss Mamie Cooper and her sister, to avoid No. 44 on the north bound track, stepped immediately in front of No. 15 which was south bound.

Two years ago their father, who was employed as track man, was killed in almost the same place, in the same manner, by the same train run by the same crew.


Monday, September 15, 2014

Military Monday: Manassas Battlefield to be Purchased

Manassas Democrat
March 3, 1921

Option on Site has been Obtained and Incorporation Conference Will Be Held in Washington Next Saturday

An option has been obtained by Maj. E. W. R. Ewing, past historian in chief, S.C.V., and Mr. Westwood Hutchinson, commander of Ewell Camp, U.C.V., for the purpose of buying the land on which the first battle of Manassas was mainly fought, and on which the second battle of Manassas closed, known as the Henry farm, with the privilege of purchasing, within two years from January 1, 1921, at the price of $25,000.

The Governor of each state of the South, the United Confederate Veterans and United Daughters of the Confederacy are invited to attend an organization meeting to be held at the Raleigh Hotel, Washington, D.C., on March 5, 1921, at which plans will be arranged under which title will be eventually held, and pursuant to which monuments will be erected, and the splendid battle museum, which comes also with the land at this price, will be conducted.

This site is beautiful for a memorial park, thirty miles from Arlington, 15 miles from historic Fairfax, 18 miles from enchanting Mount Vernon, 20 miles from Warrenton, the capital of Mosby's confederacy, and not much further from Chief Justice Marshall's old home, with Richmond within two hours' ride by automobile, and quaint old Manassas at the doorway.

It is planned that the meeting arrange for Incorporation, giving each Southern state and organization one member of the board.  ~Richmond Times Dispatch


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday's Obituary: Maria M. Hooe

Daily National Intelligencer (WAshington, DC)
September 19, 1834

At the residence of Mordecai Throckmorton, Esq. in Loudoun county, Virginia, on Friday, the 12th instant, after a protracted period of extreme suffering, Mrs. Maria M. G. Hooe, wife of John Hooe, Jr., Esq. of Locust Grove, Prince William County, and only daughter of the late Robert Gaines Beverly, of King George county.  A faithful and devoted wife, a most attentive and fond mother, an affectionate sister, and excellent neighbor -- her loss to her husband and daughter is indeed irreparable, and will be severely felt by her numerous relatives and friends.