Friday, September 28, 2012

October Events at Historic Sites in PWCo

October 13
149th Anniversary of the Battle of Bristoe Station Tours
11am-3pm; FREE, donations accepted 
On October 14, 1863, Federal and Confederate forces met once again at Bristoe Station. Join local historians for an in-depth tour of the battle which ended General Robert E. Lee’s last offensive of the war. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. No pets please. Tours begin on the hour and depart from the kiosk in the parking lot.        
Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park703-366-3049

October 13
Family History Day- All Hallow’s Eve
11am – 4pm, $7 per person
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. 703-499-9812

October 13,14,27,28
Bristoe Station Battlefield Guided Tours
11am-3pm; 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, tours leave on the hour.  Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. No pets please.
Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park703-366-3049

October 20
Ghost Stories of Historic Brentsville
7pm – 9pm; $5 per person
Join the staff of Brentsville around the campfire for an evening of spooky stories from around Prince William County.  Cookies and cider included.    
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre. 703-365-7895

October 20
In the Footsteps of the Gray Ghost, Col. John S. Mosby Bus Tour
8am – 5pm, $85 per person, reservations required, space is limited
Ride and walk in the footsteps of one of the Civil War’s most legendary figures, Col. John S. Mosby, the famed “Gray Ghost”.  Mosby’s “Robin Hood” like exploits has been made into legend and lore.  This tour will highlight several areas inNorthern Virginia where Mosby made his mark.  Take in the beautiful fall scenery of the Piedmont region of Virginia as we trace Mosby’s most daring raids and exploits.  Price includes admission to sites and lunch.
Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park703-366-3049

October 20
Potomac River Blockade Boat Tours
10am–1pm; $30 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 lunch.  No pets please. Not appropriate for children under six. Please call 703-792-4754 for more information and reservations.

October 20      
Nature Trail Walk
1pm; $5 per person
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, 703-365-7895

October 26
Historic Spirits of Ben Lomond
6pm – 9pm, $10 per person, reservations suggested
Ben Lomond has a diverse history from being a Civil War hospital to the home of countless slaves.  Today, many local residents claim that the house and grounds are haunted by spirits from the past.  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.
Ben Lomond Historic Site. 703-367-7872

October 27      
Storytime at Brentsville
1pm; $2
Join Brentsville staff for children’s stories about local history, people, and events.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre. 703-365-7895

October 27-28
Here Lieth the Body
11am – 4pm, $7 per person
Funerals, Duels, and Ghostly Tales. See Rippon Lodge draped in black crepe as family members mourn the 1757 death of Richard Blackburn. Learn about the early 19th century local duels and the losers who were brought to Rippon Lodge. Ghostly tales will be spun throughout the day.
Rippon Lodge Historic Site. 703-499-9812

Prince William County Division of Historic Preservation

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