Historic Preservation Events

Prince William County continues to evaluate operating schedules in light of the impacts of COVID-19. All programs are subject to change. Call (703) 792-4754 for more information.


The Historic Preservation Division hosts a variety of events to introduce the community to Prince William County's rich historic and cultural past. Events are held at several historic properties including:

These events allow visitors to explore and discover the families homes events and the everyday life of Prince William past. We hope you will join us for a step back in time!

Please note that the sites open for daily visits in May. Grounds and trails at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Center and Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park remain open daily from sunrise to sunset.

Online registration for programs listed in the calendar of events.


JULY


July 2
First Friday Night Fires at Ben Lomond: Parks and Preservation
7:30 p.m.; $5 per person, children 6 and under free

In a time when the outdoors means more to Americans than ever before, get outside, and enjoy the warm summer nights around a campfire as we explore the history of America's public parks. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, a picnic basket, and enjoy beautiful Virginia nights around a campfire with storytelling, history, recreation, and preservation. Masks are required when indoors, and are recommended when outdoors.

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.


July 6-9

Play Ball! Historic Baseball Camp

9 a.m. – 12 p.m., $100 per child ages 8-14, advanced registration required.

Experience baseball's history in this camp, where participants will play different versions of old-time baseball. During the camp, campers will also make their own 19th century baseball to take home with them. Campers will learn and experience the roots of America's pastime! Registration for this camp can be completed online at www.pwcparks.org or by calling 703-367-7872.

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.


July 7

Wednesday Walk at Bristoe Station Battlefield

6 p.m.; Free, donations encouraged

Join the staff and volunteers of Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park for monthly hikes to stretch your legs and exercise your minds. Topics, routes, and distances vary by month and will cover a wide variety of the history of Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. Stay tuned to our website for more information.

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. The parking lot is located off Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.


July 10

On These Walls: Graffiti at Ben Lomond

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; $5 per person, free for children under 6.

Take special tours focusing on the visible and invisible graffiti that still marks the walls of Ben Lomond. Who were the people that signed their names here, and why and when did they do it? Learn about the Civil War history of Ben Lomond after it was a hospital to find out! Masks are required when indoors, and are recommended when outdoors.

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.


July 10-11

World War II Weekend at Rippon Lodge

11 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily; FREE; donations welcome

The Greatest Generation came of age during a time of globe spanning conflict. Learn about daily life of soldiers in the European and Pacific Theatres from living historians portraying both Axis and Allied soldiers. Hear about their equipment, armaments, historic military vehicles, and medical care on and off the battlefield. Additionally, explore how citizens at home supported the war effort, view original WWII artifacts. Tour the house to hear about Admiral Richard Black, the last owner of Rippon Lodge, who was a WWII veteran and survivor of Pearl Harbor. Enjoy historic house tours, crafts, weapon and tactical demonstrations, and more.

Masks are required for self-guided, indoor tours, limited to 10 at a time; masks strongly suggested for outdoors.

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Rd., Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.


July 10

WWII Campfire at Rippon Lodge

7:30-8:30 p.m., $10 per participant

Listen to stories about World War II for one night only. This campfire series brings to life some of tales of the Greatest Generation and the battles they faced during the war. Space is limited; masks strongly suggested for outdoors. Advanced registration at www.pwcparks.org/historicprograms.

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Rd., Woodbridge, VA. 703-499-9812


July 12

Museum Kids Monday!

10 a.m. -11 a.m.; $5 per child, ages 9 and under.

Bring your child to Brentsville Courthouse this summer to explore history through sight, sound, smell, and touch through hands-on activities and crafts! Topics will vary each month and include subjects such as farming, archaeology, or 19th century toys. Adult must be able to participate with children. Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre will host the first Monday of the month, Ben Lomond Historic Site the third Monday of the month. Please contact the site to learn about the subject of the month. Reservations are not required.

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895.


July 16

Walking Tour of Historic Prince William Towns: Nokesville

7 p.m.; FREE; donations welcome.

Join local historians once a month this summer for a special walking tour of historic towns in Prince William County. For August, visit Nokesville, a small agricultural town with a rich history. Tour will depart from the Renaissance Montessori School located at 12625 Fitzwater Dr, Nokesville, VA 20181. For more information, please call 703-365-7895.


July 19

Museum Kids Monday!

10 a.m. -11 a.m.; $5 per child, ages 9 and under.

Bring your child to Ben Lomond this summer to explore history through sight, sound, smell, and touch through hands-on activities and crafts! Topics will vary each month and include subjects such as farming, archaeology, or 19th century toys. Adult must be able to participate with children. Please contact the site to learn about the subject of the month. Reservations are not required.

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.


July 19-23

Life on a Farm Camp

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; $160 per participant ages 8 to 13

Ever wonder what life was like on a farm was like before electricity and mechanized equipment? This camp will help you experience what it was like. Experience what it was like on a farm helping with chores including, but not limited to tending the garden, preparing food, learning about livestock and more. Don't worry, it won't all be work! Campers will participate in a variety of activities including sewing, fishing, candle making, and more.

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895.


July 19-23

Civil War Basic Camp

Monday – Friday; 8 a.m. – Noon; $140 per child, ages 8 - 13

The Civil War Basic Camp is a unique hands-on approach to the history of the American Civil War. Activities include enlistment, dill and tactics, uniforms and equipment, flags, foodways, and shelters used by the Civil War soldiers.

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. The parking lot is located off Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.


July 24-25

Ben Lomond Civil War Anniversary Weekend

Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Free, donations accepted

After the Battle of First Manassas, Ben Lomond served as a field hospital to treat the wounded. Visit Ben Lomond on the 158th anniversary of the battle and learn from historians and Civil War living historians how soldiers were treated during the war and how the conditions of these hospitals differ from the hospitals we have today. The weekend will consist of demonstrations, tours, children's activities, and more.

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.


July 24

All Told Sad Tales: Candlelight Tours of the Hospital at Ben Lomond

7 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.; $10 per person, advanced registration strongly recommended.

Ben Lomond has a grim history as serving as a Confederate Field Hospital after the Battle of First Manassas. Come experience a unique opportunity to tour the house and grounds in the recreated hospital and hear the stories of soldiers, doctors, and loved ones who were forever changed during the Civil War. Guided tours every twenty minutes. Advanced reservations strongly recommended for spaces fill quickly.

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.


July 24

Crime and Punishment at Brentsville Courthouse

11 a.m.; 1 p.m., $5 per person, free for children under six

As Prince William County's seat for 70 years, Brentsville's courthouse and jail was the focus of law and order in the community. Take a tour of the Brentsville's public lot and learn about the laws, crime, and punishment of the 19th century while you hear about some of the high-profile cases that were tried on-site.

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895.


AUGUST


August 2-6

Law and Order Detective Camp

9 a.m. - noon; $130 per participant ages 8 to 13

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a detective in the 1800's? Join us at the historic Brentsville Courthouse and Jail to explore 19th laws, what happened when someone broke the law, and how laws were was enforced. Campers will learn about court proceedings by taking part in a mock trial, and do hands-on activities showing how science was (and wasn't) used in crime investigation. Compare past and present as part of the camp by taking a field trip of modern day law and order facilities.

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895.


August 4

Wednesday Walk at Bristoe Station Battlefield

6 p.m.; Free, donations encouraged

Join the staff and volunteers of Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park for monthly hikes to stretch your legs and exercise your minds. Topics, routes, and distances vary by month and will cover a wide variety of the history of Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. Stay tuned to our website for more information.

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. The parking lot is located off Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.


August 6
First Friday Night Fires at Ben Lomond: Parks and Preservation
7:30 p.m.; $5 per person, children 6 and under free

In a time when the outdoors means more to Americans than ever before, get outside, and enjoy the warm summer nights around a campfire as we explore the history of America's public parks. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, a picnic basket, and enjoy beautiful Virginia nights around a campfire with storytelling, history, recreation, and preservation. Masks are required when indoors, and are recommended when outdoors.

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.


August 9

Museum Kids Monday!

10 a.m. -11 a.m.; $5 per child, ages 9 and under.

Bring your child to Brentsville Courthouse this summer to explore history through sight, sound, smell, and touch through hands-on activities and crafts! Topics will vary each month and include subjects such as farming, archaeology, or 19th century toys. Adult must be able to participate with children. Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre will host the first Monday of the month, Ben Lomond Historic Site the third Monday of the month. Please contact the site to learn about the subject of the month. Reservations are not required.

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895.


August 10-12

Along the Water Summer Camp-The Native People of the Potomac

Tuesday to Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., $120 per child, ages 9-12

This three-day camp will explore the life of the indigenous peoples who once called the Potomac River and Neabsco Creek their home. Experience and learn about food, farming, life along the water's edge, and the diverse cultural beauty of the First People of the region.

Masks required indoors and strongly suggested outdoors. Children should bring their own snacks and beverages. Space is limited. Advanced registration at www.pwcparks.org/historicprograms

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Rd., Woodbridge, VA. 703-499-9812.


August 14

Bee Encounter at Rippon Lodge

Saturday, 11 and 2 p.m., $10 per person, 15 and older.

Come learn all about the history and wonder of bees and beekeeping during this special up-close and personal encounter. See Rippon Lodge's bee hive and its workers making honey, feeding the queen and more.

Masks strongly suggested outdoors. Please do not wear perfume or hairspray. Do NOT attend if allergic to bees or honey. Space is limited. Advanced registration at www.pwcparks.org/historicprograms

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Rd., Woodbridge, VA. 703-499-9812.


August 14, September 11, October 9

Brentsville Bluegrass Concert Series

Gates open at 4:00 p.m.; Concert starts at 5:00 p.m., Admission is $10 per person.

For hundreds of years, the Brentsville Public Lot has been a place of entertainment and festivities and we are continuing that tradition into today! Bring your chairs, kick up your heels, and enjoy some Bluegrass and comfort food at the historic centre! Before the concert starts, self-guided tours will be available. Food and beverage will be available for purchase on-site. The lawn will be marked to help maintain social distancing and face masks are required when indoors. Pre-purchased tickets are recommended for space is limited.


August 14 – Skystone Bluegrass Band


September 11— King Street Bluegrass


October 9 – Page County Ramblers

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA. (703) 365-7895.


August 16

Museum Kids Monday!

10 a.m. -11 a.m.; $5 per child, ages 9 and under.

Bring your child to Ben Lomond this summer to explore history through sight, sound, smell, and touch through hands-on activities and crafts! Topics will vary each month and include subjects such as farming, archaeology, or 19th century toys. Adult must be able to participate with children. Please contact the site to learn about the subject of the month. Reservations are not required.

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA  (703) 367-7872


August 16 - 20

Civil War Advanced Camp

Monday – Friday; 8 a.m. – Noon; $160 per child, ages 8 - 13

The Civil War Advanced Camp picks up where the Basic Camp leaves off. Participants will have the opportunity to speak with a famous officer from the War, expand their knowledge of campaign foods and how they were prepared, learn about the cavalry, participate in artillery drill, and build a Civil War shelter.

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. The parking lot is located off Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. (703) 366-3049


August 20

Walking Tour of Historic Prince William Towns: Haymarket

7 p.m.; FREE; donations welcome.

Join local historians once a month this summer for a special walking tour of historic towns in Prince William County. For August, visit Haymarket, the second town in the county to be incorporated in 1882 with a rich history spanning as far back as the 18th century. Tour will depart from the Haymarket Museum located at 15025 Washington St, Haymarket, VA 20169. For more information, please call (703) 365-7895


August 21

African American History Trail Car Caravan Tour

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; $10 per vehicle

Join local historians on a daylong tour exploring the unique and powerful stories behind the African American history of Prince William County. We will travel the county stepping back in time from the 1800s to the 1960s and stopping at many special and sometimes forgotten sites, to learn about the lifestyle, challenges, and the power of education. Participants will drive around to the different stops in their own vehicles. Advanced Registration is required for space is limited. Visit www.pwcparks.org/historicprograms to register. For more information, please call 703-792-4754.Departs from Ben Lomond Historic Site.

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Drive, Manassas, VA. (703) 367-7872


August 21

Rippon Lodge Car Display

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; $5 per person, children under 6 are free

Enjoy a display of vintage and classic cars on the lawns of Rippon Lodge Historic Site. Ask questions, listen to groovy music, and take pictures of the beautiful vehicles. Guided tours of the lodge, conducted on the hour, are $5 per person.

Car clubs and individual participants must register. Call site offices at 703-499-9812 to receive information and registration form.

Masks strongly suggested for outdoors, required for indoors. Guests registration to attend event at www.pwcparks.org/historicprograms

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Rd., Woodbridge, VA. (703) 499-9812


August 27

A Real-Time Walking Tour of the Battle of Kettle Run

5:00 p.m.; Free, $5 suggested donation

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park staff will lead a 90-minute-long walking tour covering in real-time the events as they transpired at Bristoe Station 159 years ago. Learn about the first battle at Bristoe Station and how it shaped the outcome of the Second Manassas Campaign.

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. The parking lot is located off Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. (703) 366-3049


August 28-29

Battle of Kettle Run Anniversary Weekend

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Free, $5 suggested donation

Join Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park staff and volunteers on the 159th 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 27th battle, while small, was bloody and took a heavy toll on the regiments that fought there. Visit the park on the actual anniversary for specialized walking tours that will make this forgotten battle come to life.

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. The parking lot is located off Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. (703) 366-3049


August 28

Native American Campfire at Brentsville Courthouse

6:30 p.m.; $5 per person, free for children under 2

Enjoy a campfire and roasted marshmallows at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre as you learn about the native peoples who lived in the Prince William area long before Europeans arrived. Interact with hands-on artifacts, learn some of the games children played, and compare how Native Americans lived close to 400 years ago to how we live today.

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA. (703) 365-7895