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.


NOVEMBER


November 6
Early Days of Prince William County- Saturday 

11am- 3 pm; $5 per person
Rippon Lodge, one of the area’s oldest homes, welcomes you to Early Days of Prince William County. Experience living history demonstrations and reenactors, from colonial life and military encampments from various conflicts. Tour the lodge and encounter historic interpreters. Crafts, games, and more. Tours limited to 15 people at a time.
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, (703) 499-9812.


November 6
Farming the Fall Harvest

11 a.m. – 4 p.m., $5 per person, children 6 and under are free
For the 2021 season there will be two kitchen gardens at Ben Lomond. Come help us harvest.  Learn about the types of vegetables and plants that would be grown in each garden and harvested. Visitors can participate in cooking demonstrations in the historic slave quarters and prepare fall meals. Bring gloves and wear appropriate clothing and shoes. Yes, you will likely get dirty.
Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA (703) 367-7872


November 6
CANCELLED
Historic Preservation Bus Tour: Visiting Prince William’s Fallen Veterans

9 a.m. – 5 p.m., $70 per person, includes lunch and transportation
Prince William County’s cemeteries are filled with the fallen veterans of many wars that county residents fought in. From the American Revolution to the world wars to Korea and Vietnam, Prince William’s residents have paid the ultimate sacrifice at home and abroad. This tour will visit local cemeteries and share the stories of the county’s fallen war heroes.
Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA (703) 367-7872


November 13 
Campfire Tales

Saturday6:30 pm; $5 per person
Come join us by campfire at Rippon Lodge for an evening about the Antarctic!  Rear Admiral Richard B. Black of Rippon Lodge travelled to the continent at the bottom of the world five separate times between 1933 and 1965.  Hear some tales of his and other’s experiences on the ice in much warmer surroundings.
Reservations only at www.pwcparks.org/HistoricPrograms. Content may not be suitable for children under 10. Masks and social distancing suggested.
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, (703) 499-9812.


November 19
American Revolution Campfire Stories 

7-8pm; $5 per person, children 2 and under are free. 
Enjoy a tranquil campfire as you listen to heroic and inspiring tales of Prince William residents during the American Revolution. Learn how the men and women who called this county home helped secure our independence and shape our nation. 
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA. (703) 365-7895


DECEMBER 


December 3-6, 10-13, 17-20
Holidays through the Ages

Fridays to Mondays, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Fridays thru Mondays); $5.00 per person, children under 6 are free. Reservation strongly suggested.
Stroll through seasonal celebrations of the past at Rippon Lodge Historic Site. With interiors and exteriors richly decorated for the holidays, guests enjoy an in-depth exploration of seasonal festivities over the centuries.  
Reservations suggested. No groups larger than 15 at a time. Masks strongly suggested. Pre-register online today at www.pwcparks.org/HistoricPrograms.

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, (703) 499-9812.


December 3-4, 10-11, and 17-18
Holiday Evenings at Rippon Lodge

Fridays and Saturdays, 6-7 p.m. and 7-8 p.m.; $10 per person, children under 6 are free. Reservation required.
Enjoy the ambiance of the season by viewing Holiday through the Ages tours at night.  These special evening tours include festive and period lights inside the historic home and along the grounds. 
No groups larger than 15 at a time. Masks strongly suggested. Register online today at www.pwcparks.org/HistoricPrograms.
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, (703) 499-9812.


December 4
Christmas in a Civil War Camp

Tours at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.; $5 per person, children 6 and under are free
The Civil War did not pause at Christmas time. There were still battles to be fought, though camp life consumed most of the soldiers’ time. Experience how soldiers spent the holidays away from their families. Living history demonstrations and a visit from Civil War Santa Claus will accompany each tour. Nineteenth-century Christmas crafts will be available for children. Please come dressed for the weather. Tours will last approximately one hour.
Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, corner of Iron Brigade Unit Ave. and Tenth Alabama Way, Bristow, VA. (703) 366-3049.


December 11
Civil War Christmas & Concerts at Brentsville Courthouse 

6:00-8:00 p.m.; Free, donations welcome.   
During the winter of 1861, Prince William County was home to nearly 70,000 soldiers who spent Christmas here instead of in their homes. Step back over 150 years to see how soldiers and civilians celebrated Christmas time during the Civil War. Walk through camps by candlelight and interact with soldiers to learn about Christmas customs of the past. Get your picture taken with a Civil War Santa and have some hot cider as you enjoy a musical performance by the Brentsville District High School Choir at 7p.m. After the concert join them outside around the campfire and sing along!
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow, Road, Bristow, VA 20136


Saturday, December 11
Santa Comes to Rippon Lodge

1 p.m. – 3 p.m., $5.00 per child, parents free, Reservations required.
You better watch out! You better not cry! Santa Claus is visiting Rippon Lodge for one afternoon only! Be on your best behavior and keep your name on the “Nice” list. Parents will be given special “Things Santa Should Know” cards upon arrival. Bring your camera for pictures and dress appropriately for weather as some activities are outside.
With large numbers of excited tots expected, we ask parents bring plenty of snacks and extra activities for young children. Masks strongly suggested. Reservations only at www.pwcparks.org/HistoricPrograms.
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, (703) 499-9812.