Monday, June 25, 2012

July Events at Historic Sites

July 11
Family Night: Historic Toys and Games
6 p.m. –8 p.m., $1 when coming from the Sudley Manor Rd Chick-Fil-A, $2 for everyone else
Join us to create your very own corn husk and yarn doll.  Enjoy games from the 1800s.  Before Barbie came along, most children had to do with these simple but entertaining toys.  Learn about the history of Civil War era toys while you make your very own.
Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 20109; 703-367-7872

July 9 - 13
Rippon Lodge Colonial Camp
9:00 am – Noon. $150 per child, ages 8-12, reservations required.
Step back in time and spend your mornings in 18th Century Virginia.  Explore the daily activities and life of kids living in Prince William County during the colonial period.  Living history, live music, hands-on demonstrations and special guests will be featured daily. Activities will include; crafts, games, history, music, food and much more.
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Rd., Woodbridge, 703-499-9812

July 14
A Little Bit of Elbow Grease will Remove that Stain! Laundry in the 19th Century
11 a. m. - 4 p.m.; $5.00 per person; free for children under six
Today we set it and forget it.  Back in the 19th century, doing your laundry was labor intensive and time consuming.  Join the staff of Ben Lomond in doing some laundry with two washtubs, a washboard, soapy water and some elbow grease in this fun hands-on program.  Afterwards, you'll gain a new appreciation for your washer machine! 
Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 20109; 703-367-7872

July 14-15 and 28-29
Bristoe Station Battlefield Guided Tours
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., tours leave on the hour, donations accepted
Bristoe Station Battlefield staff and volunteers will provide guided tours of the battlefield. Learn about Camp Jones and the two battles that took place here in 1862 and 1863. Tours begin on the hour and depart from the kiosk in the parking lot on Iron Brigade Unit Avenue. Last tour at 3 pm.  Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. No pets please.
Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, The parking lot is located off of Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA 20136, (703) 366-3049

July 16-20
Basic Civil War Camp
9 a.m. – noon; ages 8 – 13, $130 per child; reservations required
Children will participate in activities designed to develop a better understanding of soldier life during the American Civil War. Activities include “Enlist in Virginia’s Army”, “Life in Camp,” “Infantry Drill,” “Did Civil War Soldiers Really Eat that Stuff?”, “Civil War Medicine” and a field trip to Manassas National Battlefield Park.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA 20136; 703-365-7895

July 19
Fireside Stories at Ben Lomond: Forgotten General, E. K. Smith
6 p.m. –7 p.m.; free, donations accepted, refreshments available for purchase, weather permitting
Nearly 150 years ago, General Edmund Kirby Smith led the first Confederate invasion of the autumn counter-offensive.  From 1st Manassas (where he was wounded and carried to Ben Lomond) to leading the first Confederate army into Kentucky to eventually overseeing the Confederate war-effort West of the Mississippi, Smith had an important Civil War career.  However, today he is almost forgotten.  Join local historians as we explore the controversial life and career of E. Kirby Smith.
Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 20109; 703-367-7872

July 20
Potomac River Blockade Boat Tours and Lunch
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; $30.00 per person; reservations required
Cruise along the Potomac River shoreline and view sites that were critical to the Confederate forces’ successful blockade of Washington D.C. from September 1861 through March 1862. Local historians will discuss the significance of the blockade, gun batteries and camps that supported the Confederate efforts. The cruise will include the preserved batteries at Freestone Point and Possum Nose, as well as Evansport and Shipping Point. Tour includes snacks.  No pets please. Not appropriate for children under six. Please call 703-792-4754 for more information and reservations.

July 21
Nature Trail Walk
1:00 p.m.; $5 per person, free for children under six
Take a guided tour along the nature trails at Brentsville and learn about plants and animals that live in this part of Virginia. 
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA 20136, (703) 365-7895

July 28
Storytime at Brentsville
1:00 p.m.; $2 per child
Join Brentsville staff for children’s stories about local history, people, and events.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA 20136, (703) 365-7895

July 28
Chocolate-A History and Tasting
2:00 pm; $15 per person
For 2000 years, humans have been enjoying chocolate. Join artisan chocolate maker Ben Rassmussen of Potomac Chocolate as you sample your way through the history of chocolate. Participants will sample several gourmet artisan chocolates from across the country. Learn how chocolate is grown and made.  Reservations required.  Not appropriate for children under 12. 
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Rd., Woodbridge, 703-499-9812

August 4-5
Confederates Invade the North! Robert E. Lee’s Campaign of Second Manassas to Antietam Two Day Bus Tour 
8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday
$325 with hotel, $250 without hotel, reservations required, space is limited
Join local historians for an exciting and in-depth two day tour covering Robert E. Lee’s most brilliant campaign of the Civil War from early August through mid-September 1862. Tour includes stops at sites such as Jeffersonton, Bristoe Station, Manassas Battlefield, Chantilly Battlefield, South Mountain, and Antietam Battlefield.  As much as possible, we will be following the exact route that the armies took in 1862.  Learn the strategies of the commanders, outcomes of the battles and personal stories of the soldiers who fought during the bloodiest month of the Civil War. 

$250 cost includes transportation, entrance fees to all sites and three meals (Lunch and Dinner on the first day; Lunch on the second day).  $325 cost includes all the above PLUS hotel accommodations at Four Points Sheraton Manassas on Saturday night and breakfast on Sunday morning.
Ben Lomond Historic Site, mailing address: 17674 Main St., Dumfries, VA 22026; 703-367-7872

For more information about the Prince William County Division of Historic Preservation visit their website at

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