Saturday, August 2, 2014

August Events at PWCo Historic Sites

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.

August 9
Movie Night at Historic Brentsville
FREE
1st Brentsville Movie Night!  Come enjoy an old movie the way they were meant to be seen!  Movie starts at nightfall.  Brentsville will show family-oriented films outside to the public.  Bring chairs and or blankets.  Concessions will be available for purchase.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895.

August 9,10,23,24
Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park Tours
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.

August 11 - 15
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 Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Drive, Manassas, Va. 703-367-7872.
Reservations taken at the Ben Lomond Community Center (703-792-8320) or online at www.pwcparks.org

August 16
Art’s Alive
9am-1pm; $5 per person, children under 2 free
Rippon Lodge was once home to Aviza Black a successful artist and fashion illustrator of the 20th century.  Several of Aviza’s works will be on display for a special one day only exhibit.  Local artists will be on hand doing demonstrations and selling their work. Explore your inner artist.  Try your hand at being an artist with family friendly activities. 
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.

August 18-22
Advanced Civil War Camp
9 am – 12 pm, $150 per child, ages 8 -13, reservations required
Children will participate in activities designed to develop a better understanding of soldier life in other branches of the American Civil War to include Artillery, and Cavalry, have an opportunity to meet Generals R. E. Lee and James Longstreet.  All will enlist for the week and will go on a field trip to Manassas National Battlefield 2nd Manassas sites.  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

August 24
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

August 26-27
Kettle Run Weekend
11am – 4 pm; $5 per person
Join Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park staff on the 152nd anniversary of Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s capture of Bristoe Station and the Battle of Kettle Run – the opening round of what would become the Second Battle of Manassas. This August 27thbattle, while small, was bloody and took a heavy toll on the regiments that fought there. Activities for the weekend will consist of specialized tours about the 73rd New York, which had its bloodiest day here, and the Confederate 6th Louisiana “Tigers.”  No pets please.
Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, The parking lot is located off of Iron Brigade Unit Ave Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.

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