Monday, September 3, 2012

September Events at PWCo historic sites

September 8 - 9
World War II Weekend
11am – 4pm; 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. 703-499-9812

September 8
Historical Herbs
11am- 4pm; $5per person
Plants have many uses.  We like to look at them, eat them, and some can even make us feel better.  Previous generations relied on many herbal remedies for what ailed them.  Join the staff of Ben Lomond as we explore our Herb Garden and discover what herbs were used for what purpose decades before the rise of pharmaceutical companies.
Ben Lomond Historic Site. 703-367-7872

September 8-9,22-23
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 Park, 703-366-3049

September 15 
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

September 15
Bluegrass at Brentsville
1pm– 5pm; $10 per person
Enjoy the lively sounds of a bluegrass band on the grounds of Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre while sampling local wines and food.  Guided tours of the historic buildings will be available throughout the day. 
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre. 703-365-7895

September 15
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.

September 20
Fireside Stories: Battle of Shepherdstown
6pm–7pm; FREE
150 years ago, the Battle of Shepherdstown was fought at the end of the Maryland invasion.  This contentious engagement showed some of the flaws in certain officers that Lee decided to keep in his Army and the disastrous strategy of the Federal officers to recruit whole new regiments rather than filling the ranks of old ones.  Join local historians in a discussion about a long forgotten battle. Refreshments available for purchase, weather permitting
Ben Lomond Historic Site. 703-367-7872

September 22
10th Annual Heritage Harvest Festival
11am– 4pm, $7 per person
Rippon Lodge has a long and diverse past from its Colonial America beginnings until today.  Lectures and demonstrations presented by local history, gardening and natures groups will be available throughout the day.  Enjoy music, food, crafts, kids' games and activities.  House and cemetery tours will also be offered all day.     
Rippon Lodge Historic Site. 703-499-9812

September 22
Camp Jones Cemetery Commemoration 
10am, FREE
We will be commemorating the death and burial of nearly 1,000 soldiers during the fall of 1861 at Camp Jones located at Bristoe Station. Join historians and descendants as the newly restored Alabama Cemetery is dedicated.  Also unveiled will be a new monument to the men buried in the cemetery. 
Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. 703-366-3049

September 29  
Storytime at Brentsville
1pm; $2 per child
Join Brentsville staff for children’s stories about local history, people, and events.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre. 703-365-7895

For more information about Historic Preservation including:
 volunteer opportunities, rental of historic sites, scout programs, school field trips, etc

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