Tuesday, August 26, 2014

September Events at PWCo Historic Sites

September Events With Prince William County
Historic Preservation
Tastes of the Potomac Coming Soon!
October 4
Taste of the Potomac at Rippon Lodge
11-5pm; $20 per person (includes beer and wine tasting tickets), $10 per non-drinker, $5 for children over 6, designated drivers are FREE
Join us to celebrate and enjoy our region’s local flavors!  Local breweries and wineries will be set-up on the front lawn of Rippon Lodge.  Your tasting tickets will get you a tasting at each beer and wine vendor.   Local food vendors will also be selling there tasty treats.  Listen to live music while enjoying good food and drinks with a view of the Potomac at Prince William County’s oldest home.  The historic house will be open for tours throughout the day. 
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812


September 6 & 7
World War II Weekend
11am- 4pm daily; FREE
Admiral Black the last owner of Rippon Lodge was a WWII veteran and survivor of Pearl Harbor.  Learn about daily life of soldiers in the European and Pacific Theatres. World War II living historians will portray Axis and Allied soldiers. They will discuss their equipment, armaments and historic military vehicles. Learn about the home front and the many ways that citizens supported the war effort. View collections of original
WWII artifacts.
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.

September 6
Wildlife Walk at Bristoe Station Battlefield 
9am – 11am; $5 per person                                                                                                                       
Bristoe Station Battlefield is home to a complex meadow ecosystem.  Join outdoor experts on a guided walk of the battlefield.  Learn about the beneficial wildlife especially the birds and butterflies that call this ecosystem home.  Learn to identify the plants that these birds and butterflies need for food and shelter.  Bring binoculars. The tour departs from the kiosk in the parking lot at Iron Brigade Unit Ave and 10th Alabama Way.  Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.  No pets please.  Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, The parking lot is located off of Iron Brigade Unit Ave Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.

September 13
Camp Jones Luminary at Bristoe Station Battlefield Park
8pm – 10 pm; $10 per person
In the late summer of 1861, the farms and fields surrounding Bristoe Station were filled with thousands of Confederate soldiers. Lack of experience combined with little knowledge of disease caused illness to spread through these camps like wildfire. Join us as we remember those Confederates who died and are buried in the park’s Alabama Cemetery.  Guided tours and luminary of the Alabama Cemetery. No pets please.   Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. The parking lot is located off of Iron Brigade Unit Ave Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.

September 13
Bluegrass at Brentsville
1-5pm, $10 per person, $5 PWC employees with ID, children free under six
Enjoy the lively sounds of bluegrass bands on the grounds of Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre.  Music will be held from 1-5pmwith additional activities on the grounds.  Buildings will be open for tours and food available for purchase.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895.

September 13, 14 and 27, 28
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.

September 20                                                                                                                                                             
 Potomac River Blockade Boat Tour                                                                                          
 $45 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

September 27
Antiques Appraisal Fair
10am-4pm; $10 per two appraisals
Find out how much your grandma’s silver is worth or if your yard sale treasure is real.  Appraisers from Two Guys Antiques in Dumfries will be onsite to appraise your items. Appraisers include; silver, furniture, textiles, paintings, jewelry, glassware, stamps, coins, military, clocks, dolls and porcelain.  Please call the site to confirm appraisers and reserve your appraisal time.  House tour included with admission; tours on the hour with the last tour at 3pm.  Reservations highly suggested.       
Rippon Lodge Historic Site 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812

September 27-28
Prince William County Farm Tour – Ben Lomond Stop
9am-4pm; FREE
Join us at Ben Lomond as we celebrate the local area’s farming heritage.  See a sheep shearing demonstration, wool spinning, with hands-on activities such as 19th century laundry, dairy production, harvest your own herbs, Tours of the house are included with admission price, with tours on the hour. Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 703-367-7872.

September 27-28
Prince William County Farm Tour – Brentsville Stop
10am-4pm FREE
Join site staff as we learn about farm life here in Brentsville and PWC during the mid-1800s.  Tour the 1850s cabin and feed chickens and other animals.  Help make soap and wash some clothes!  Historic games will also be played throughout the day.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895.

September 28
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.

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