Monday, June 30, 2014

July Events at Prince William County Historic Sites

July 12
Brentsville Court and Trades Day/ Flea Market
11am- 4pm, $10 for table reservation (for flea market)
Court days were exciting in the 1800s! Come discover what court was like in Brentsville during its days as the fourth county courthouse of Prince William County.  Come sit in on a trial and learn about the court proceedings of the 1800s, which differ greatly from today.  Historic tradesmen and tradeswomen will be showcasing their skills, as well as modern crafts and jewelry for sale.  Table reservations required for participation in Flea Market.  Please call 703-365-7895 for more information.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va, 703-365-7895.

July 12
18th Century Curiosities of the Natural World
7pm.  $5 per person, children under six are free
During the 18th century scientific wonders and discoveries were being made daily.  Thomas and Christian Blackburn will be hosting Mr. Howarth an itinerate scientist, for an evening of discussion and admiration of his collection of curiosities and scientific instruments. Try out Mr. Franklin’s electricity machine and learn about balloons. You are cordially invited to attend.  This is an outdoor program and may be cancelled in the event of rain.  Please call the site to confirm. 
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park Tours
July 12,13,26,27
11am-3pm; Tours leave on the hour – donations encouraged.
Bristoe Station Battlefield staff and volunteers will provide guided tours of the hallowed grounds that contain camps, cemeteries, and battlefields. Learn about Camp jones and the two battles that took place in 1862 and 1863. Tours begin on the hour and depart from the kiosk in the parking lot on Iron Brigade Unit Avenue. The last tour leaves at 3PM. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. Insect repellant is encouraged. No pets please. Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, located off of Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.

July 19-20
Pringle House Hospital Weekend (Red Cross Blood Drive July 19)
$5 per person, children 6 and under free.  Free to all blood donors.
Join us at Ben Lomond as we commemorate the 153rd anniversary of Ben Lomond being used as a Civil War hospital.  Specialized tours include medical demonstrations, Civil War encampment, and special Civil War medical exhibit. On July 19, an American Red Cross Blood Drive will take place in the parking lot.   Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 703-367-7872.

July 20
Sundae Fun Day
1pm-4pm; free, donations accepted
Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with games and of course ice cream.  Ice cream has been enjoyed by all for centuries.  Learn how it was made long ago.  Grounds open at 11am bring a picnic to enjoy on the grounds and then join us for ice cream and games afterward. 
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.

July 21-25
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

July 26
Ghost Hunting 101
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
$100 per person for seminar and investigation, $40 for just the seminar – Reservations Required 
Ben Lomond has a diverse history from being a Civil War hospital to the home of countless slaves.  Today, many local residents claim that the house and grounds are haunted by spirits from the past.  Ben Lomond Historic Site is partnering with East Coast Research and Investigation of the Paranormal (ECRIP) to host a ghost seminar and investigation at Ben Lomond. Participants will first attend a seminar in which various theories and techniques currently used in investigating paranormal activity will be discussed. Afterwards, participants will work alongside experienced paranormal investigators in conducting a paranormal investigation at Ben Lomond.  Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 703-367-7872.

July 27
Historic Sundays at Brentsville Union Church
11am- 12pm FREE
Brentsville Union Church was built in 1870 and served the Brentsville community for over 100 years.  Today the country church has been restored and serves as a glimpse into life of the 19th century.  Come learn about the practices of faith that were once held here and how important churches were to society and local communities.  Program conducted in partnership with Historic Faith Ministries, a non-profit living history organization focusing on Victorian period customs and spirituality.  Program begins at 11a.m.and is FREE to the public.  Tours offered after the program for $5.00.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895

July 28
“The Lamps Are Going Out All Over Europe”: Prince William County & Manassas Remembers the Great War
7pm, free
In the early days of August, 1914 Englishman Sir Edward Grey famously said, "The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time." Grey was speaking of the fast-paced chain of events that hurled the continent of Europe into a cataclysmic war that would spread throughout the globe. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, join Prince William County and Manassas staff at the Old Manassas Courthouse for a brief talk on the impact of World War I, followed by a short ceremony to honor the 26 Prince William County war dead listed on the memorial on the courthouse lawn.  Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Avenue, Manassas, VA. For more information, call 703-367-7872.

August Special Events!  Call Now For Reservations!

August 2
Jazz in the Garden
7pm; $25 per person
Be our guest at an old fashioned lawn party.  Enjoy the view stunning river views at Rippon Lodge while listening to the biggest hits of the jazz age.  Hors d’oeuvres, wine and house tours included.  This is an outdoor program and may be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.  Reservations strongly recommended.  Proceeds benefit the restoration projects at Rippon Lodge. 
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.

August 9
Virginia’s Cash Crops at Ben Lomond
7:00pm – 9:00 pm, $50 per person, 21 years and over in age only
For nearly 100 years prior to the Civil War, Ben Lomond was an active plantation.  To commemorate this heritage, please join Ben Lomond Historic Site staff for a special evening highlighting the various cash corps that were grown, exported, and consumed here during the 1700s and 1800s. Program will include light refreshments and tasting of Virginia whiskey. Cigar samples will also be available.
Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 703-367-7872.

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