Sunday, January 27, 2013

February Events at Historic PWCo Sites

February 2-3, 2013
February 9-10, 2013
February 16-17, 2013
February 23-24, 2013
Lucasville School Open Weekends
11am- 4pm daily; Free
Visit a reconstructed 19th century school used by the community of Lucasville.  Learn surprising facts of African American history in Prince William County and throughout the Northern Virginia region. 
Lucasville School 10516 Godwin Dr.ManassasVA.  703-365-7895

February 9, 2013
Chocolate – A History and Tasting
2pm; $15 per person.
For 2000 years humans have been enjoying chocolate.  We think of eating chocolate by the bar, bunny or box and for it to be sweet.  However, for most of its life chocolate hasn’t been sweet and we drank it.  Join artisan chocolate maker Ben Rasmussen of Potomac Chocolate as you sample your way through the history of chocolate.  Reservations required.  Not appropriate for children under 12. 
Old Manassas Courthouse 9246 Lee StreetManassasVA. 703-499-9812

February 14, 2013
Lecture: Courtship Customs of Centuries Past
7pm; $25 per person, $45 per couple reservations required
Join us for this dinner program on courtship, dating customs and dinner etiquette of the 18th and 19th Century.  Space is limited.  Please register no later than February 6th to secure a space.  Please call 703-792-4754 to make reservations.
Old Manassas Courthouse, 9246 Lee StreetManassasVA. 703-792-4754

February 16, 2013                                                                                                                        The Enslaved of Ben Lomond                                                                                            11am - 4pm; $5 per person, free for children under six                                                        
Staff will provide unique hands-on tours about slavery on the Plantation. Learn about the "Peculiar Institution" as it existed here from the 1700s to the Civil War. See the farm and house through the eyes of those who were enslaved and kept the plantation running. Hands on demonstrations will take place throughout the day. Tours begin on the hour. Last tour at 4 pm Please dress for the weather.
Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr.ManassasVA. 703-367-7872

February 21, 2013
Lecture: Washington and Rochambeau’s Path to Destiny
7pm; Free; donations accepted
General George Washington used the Washington Rochambeau route also known as the King’s Highway and the Potomac Path from Rhode Island, to Yorktown in 1781.  This major land route was vital to Washington’s war success. Sections of this route brought soldiers and Washington himself through Prince William County.  Join us for a living history, first person, account of this vital roadway. 
Ferlazzo Auditorium15941 Donald Curtis DrWoodbridgeVA. 703-792-4754

February 21-23, 2013
“Lest We Forget” The Enslavement and Emancipation Conference
8am - 8pm; Free
The first in an annual series of conferences on African American History in
Virginia gets underway in Prince William County on Thursday, February 21, 2013.
Activities include historical and dramatic plays, keynote addresses and paper sessions, discussion roundtables and forums, as well as guided tours of historic sites in Prince William County and Washington, D.C. Coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the executive order issued by President Abraham Lincoln in January 1863, “Lest We Forget” will engage history as a vehicle for understanding both the present day and the future. Join us as we bring together noted scholars, public historians, and actors to explore the cultural and historical legacies of the antebellum period. Registration and attendance for the conference is free. The optional Saturday bus tour to DC African American sites is $100, The bus tour of Prince William County sites is $70.00. Both all day tours include lunch. Please call 703-792-4754 for more information and to register.
Hylton Memorial Chapel14640 Potomac Mills RoadWoodbridgeVA.

February 28, 2013
Lecture: Jennie Dean; A Founder of Legacies for "Her People"
7 pm; Free, donations accepted
Spend an afternoon with historian Marion Dobbins as she discusses the accomplishments of Jennie Dean, founder of theManassas Industrial School for Colored Youth.  Jennie was born into slavery in 1852 and was owned by the Cushing and Newsom Families in Prince William County Virginia.  "A pioneer in the advancement of education and religion among the black citizens of Prince William and neighboring counties" Jennie is known for her mentorship, steadfast determination, fundraiser abiities and her never ending desire to education and uplift "Her people".  We will explore her early influences and adult ambitious in establishing a school and spiritual houses of worship in Prince William CountyVirginia
Old Manassas Courthouse 9246 Lee StreetManassasVA. 703-792-4754

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