Saturday, March 29, 2014

Events: April Events at PWCo Historic Sites

April 5
CWPT Annual Park Clean Up Day – Bristoe Station Battlefield      
8am – 12pm
Join the staff at Bristoe Station Battlefield and the Civil War Preservation Trust at History for Park Day 2014. Park Day is a nationwide event that encourages Civil War enthusiasts to help maintain, restore and preserve Civil War sites through volunteerism. Come out and join us for a fun and rewarding day of work at Bristoe Battlefield. Projects will include litter pick up, cleaning cemeteries and trail maintenance throughout the 133-acre park. Wear sturdy work shoes, bring gloves and remember sunscreen. Tools and snacks will be provided. Meet in the parking lot off Iron Brigade Avenue. Please no pets.
Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, The parking lot is located off of Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.

April 5
Metz Wetlands Guided Tour
9am; $5 per person, children under six free
Tour the wetlands with experts from Wetlands Solutions and Studies.  What is a wetlands bank?  How does it work to clean rainwater and run-off?  What animals, birds and insects call a wetland home?  Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.  You may get your feet wet if it has rained before this event.  No pets please.  Tour will begin in the parking lot at the kiosk.  Please carpool. 
Julie J. Metz Neabsco Creek Wetlands Preserve, 15875 Neabsco Road, Woodbridge, VA 703-499-9812

April 10
Lecture: Two Horsemen of the Revolution: Virginia’s Light Horse Harry Lee versus Britain’s Banastre Tarleton 
7 p.m.: Free, donations accepted
Join author and historian, Christopher George, as he compares and contrasts two of the American Revolutions most famous and colorful Cavaliers, Light Horse Harry Lee, of Leesylvania in Prince William County and Banastre Tarleton, from Liverpool, England.  Both families were involved in the slave trade and both men had careers in politics.  Each man saw the other as worthy adversaries during the Revolutionary War’s Southern Campaigns. Mr. George will explore these themes in detail.
Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Avenue, Manassas VA, 703-792-4754.

April 11-13
Ben Lomond Civil War Encampment
10am-4pm; $5 per person, children six and under free
Join living historians as they interpret the life of Confederate soldiers from 3rd Regiment ANV. This event will allow visitors a unique glimpse into a camp setting where they can watch soldiers, conduct picket duty, drill, and learn the school of the soldier. Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 703-367-7872.

April 12
Rippon Lodge Clean-Up Day
9am-2pm; FREE
The Prince William County Department of Public Works and the Historic Preservation Division are looking for interested individuals and groups of all ages to help cleanup the grounds of Rippon Lodge in time for spring.  Tasks include invasive plant removal, meadow grass planting, pruning, trash pick-up, trail maintenance, mulch spreading and more.  Families welcome.  Please bring your favorite gardening tools and gloves and dress to be outside and get dirty.  Please register by calling 703-499-9812.
Rippon Lodge Historic Site 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.

April 12
Nature Trail Walk 
1pm, $5 per person, children free under six
Take a guided tour along the nature trails at Brentsville and learn about the plants and animals that call this part of Virginia home.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895.

April 12
Potomac River Blockade Boat Tour 
$40.00 per person, 10am-1pm, includes lunch, reservations required.                                        
Cruise along the Potomac River shoreline and view sites that were critical to the Confederate successful blockade of Washington D.C. from September 1861 through March 1862.  The cruise will include the preserved batteries at Freestone Point and Possum Nose, as well as Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tours include lunch and departs from Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge.  For reservations call 703-792-4754

April 14-18
Basic Civil War Camp
9am- 12pm, $130 per child, ages 8-12, reservations required
Children will participate in activities designed to develop a better understanding of soldier life during the American Civil War.  Activities include: “Enlist in Virginia’s Army,” “Life in Camp,” “Infantry Drill,” “Did Civil War Soldiers Really Eat that Stuff?” “Civil War Medicine,” and a field trip to Manassas National Battlefield Park.  Camp takes place at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895.
Reservations taken at the Ben Lomond Community Center (703-792-8320) or online at www.pwcparks.org

April 19
USCT Union Encampment
11am – 4pm; donations accepted
In 1864 soldiers returned to Bristoe Station. Instead of a battle, these Union troops instead encamped here for most of the winter and early spring. By May, soldiers and supplies traveled south along the railroad to the front lines. In commemoration of the 150thanniversary of these important events, the 23rd United Stated Colored Troops living history unit will encamp on the grounds of Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park to relate the story of the thousands of former slaves and free blacks who passed through here on their way to fight Robert E. Lee’s army. Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, located off of Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.
               
April 19
Egg Hunt
11am-4pm; $5 per child, adults and children 2 and under free.
Eggs have been hidden all over Rippon Lodge and we need your help to find them.  Egg Hunts will be at 11:3012:301:30 and 2:30.  Hunts will be separated by age groups.  Enjoy fun kid friendly games and crafts all day long.  Bring a picnic and make a day of it.  House tours available.  Bring your own basket for egg collecting.  All other activities will be ongoing throughout the day. Please bring exact change or to speed entrance process.  VISA and MC accepted. 
Rippon Lodge Historic Site 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.

April 24
Lecture: The War of 1812 in Northern Virginia and Washington D.C.
7p.m.: Free, donations accepted
Join us for an archeologist’s perspective of the events of 1814 in Alexandria, Virginia and Washington D.C.  Historian and archeologist, Patrick O’Neil, will present a unique view of the War of 1812. 
Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Avenue, Manassas VA, 703-792-4754.

April 26                                                                                                                                                                       
The Cavalry Comes to Brentsville
11am- 4pm, $5 per person, children free under six
In 1861, Brentsville served as the muster location for the Prince William Cavalry as they went off to fight in the Civil War.  Join living historians as they portray cavalry units from the Civil War.  Drills, firing demos and tours offered.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va, 703-365-7895.
                               
April 26                                                                                                                                                                         
 Potomac River Blockade Boat Tour                                                                                          
 $40.00 per person, 10am-1pm, includes lunch, reservations required.                                       
Cruise along the Potomac River shoreline and view sites that were critical to the Confederate successful blockade of Washington D.C. from September 1861 through March 1862.  The cruise will include the preserved batteries at Freestone Point and Possum Nose, as well as Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tours include lunch and departs from Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge.  For reservations call 703-792-4754. 


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