Monday, September 5, 2011
September Programs with Prince William County Historic Preservation
The Deadliest Enemy
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; $7 per person, free for children under six
During the quiet winter of 1861-62 men were still dying long after the Battle of First Manassas. Disease killed more Civil War soldiers than combat and both armies were especially hard hit during the first winter of war. Please join site staff for guided, hands-on tours about the soldiers’ deadliest enemy. Tours begin on the hour. Last tour at 3 pm.
Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Drive, Manassas, VA 20109, (703) 367-7872
Sears, Roebuck & Co., Julius Rosenwald and the Creation of Black Schools in the South Lecture
Join Dennis P. Van Derlaske of the Prince William County Historical Commission for a fascinating lecture on how a retired executive from a major American retailer championed the creation of schools for African-Americans in the early 20th century south.
September 10, 11, 24 and 25
Bristoe Station Battlefield Guided Tours
11am-3pm, 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.
Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, The parking lot is located off of Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA 20136, (703) 366-3049
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.
Bluegrass at Brentsville
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.; $10 per person, free for children under six
Enjoy the lively sounds of a bluegrass band on the grounds of Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre while enjoying tastes of local wines and food. Bands include Skystone, Rattlesnake Hill and King Street Bluegrass Band. Guided tours of the historic buildings will be available throughout the day.
9th Annual Harvest Festival
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; $7 per person, free for children under six
Rippon Lodge has a long and diverse past from its Colonial America beginnings until today. Lectures and demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the day from local history, gardening, and nature groups. Enjoy music, food, crafts, kids games and activities. House and cemetery tours will be offered all day.
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge VA 22192, (703) 499-9812
Potomac Blockade Boat Tour
4:30p.m. – 7:30 p.m.; $20.00 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 and of the 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. No pets please. Not appropriate for children under six. Tour will leave from the dock at Leesylvania State Park. Optional 2 p.m. walking tour to Freestone Point will leave from Lee’s Hill Trailhead. Please call (703) 792-4754 for more information and to make reservations. Leesylvania State Park, 2001 Daniel K Ludwig Drive, Woodbridge, VA 22191, (703) 730-8205