Friday, October 26, 2012

November/December Programs at PW Historic Sites

November 3
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.

November 17  
Open-Hearth Cooking Class at Brentsville
10am – 1pm, $40 per person; space limited, reservations required.
Gear up for the Thanksgiving season by learning the skills of open-hearth cooking. Join an experienced open-hearth cooking historian and learn the basic skills needed to prepare food over an open fire. You will learn how to build a fire then prepare and cook three different dishes. End the program by enjoying a taste of the food you cooked. Class will take place in the ca. 1850 Haislip Farmhouse. 
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre. 12227 Bristow RoadBristow VA 703-365-7895

November 17
The Revolution Comes to Rippon
11am – 4pm, FREE
In 1774 Prince William County Resolved that no person shall be taxed without their consent. A first act against the King.  Rippon Lodge was home to Thomas Blackburn, a Patriot of the American Revolution. 
Revolutionary war soldiers will be camped at Rippon Lodge. See camp life, drill with soldiers, sample camp food, and join the ranks.  Activities and crafts for kids will take place throughout the day.  
Rippon Lodge Historic Site 15520 Blackburn RdWoodbridge VA  703-499-9812

December 8
Slave Holidays
5 pm-7 pm; $10 per person
Learn how the enslaved community celebrated the holidays and how they resisted the institution that kept them enslaved. Living history vignettes will allow some of the enslaved workers at Ben Lomond to come to life, giving you a  unique perspective into this period of American history.  Tours every 30 minutes.  Advanced reservations are suggested but not required.
Ben Lomond Historic Site. 10321 Sudley Manor Dr, Manassas VA  703-367-7872

December 8
A 1940s Christmas                                       
11am–4pm; $7 per person, children under 6 free
What were holiday celebrations like during WWII?  When ration cards and air raid drills were common place.  The Ellis family hosted many a party here at the Lodge during the war.  Join us for music, light refreshments and holiday crafts for kids.  Please dress for the weather.     
Rippon Lodge Historic Site. 15520 Blackburn RdWoodbridge VA 703-499-9812

December 8
Family History Day- History of Santa Claus and the Gift Giver
11am– 4pm; $7 per person
We all know the gift giver as Santa Claus, Saint Nick, Sinter Klaas . . .  there is a gift giver in many cultures.  Learn about the customs and traditions of this mysterious fellow who brings gifts to children.  Crafts, games and stories will be offered throughout the day. 
Rippon Lodge Historic Site. 15520 Blackburn RdWoodbridge VA 703-499-9812

December 15 
Brentsville Christmas 
4pm – 7pm; Free (charge for pictures with Santa)
Join students from Brentsville High School in celebrating the holidays at Brentsville Historic Centre.  Enjoy seasonal music in the historic Union church, enjoy cider and roast marshmallows by a roaring fire and stop by the Ca. 1822 courthouse for a picture with Santa.  This program is free with a nominal charge for photographs.  Stop by from 4-7pm to welcome in the Yuletide Season.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre. 12227 Bristow RoadBristow VA 703-365-7895

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