October Event with Prince William County Historic Preservation‏

October 5

Metz Wetlands/ Rippon Lodge Bird Walk and Bagels

8am; $10 per person, free for children under six

Our location along the edge of Neabsco Creek and the Potomac River makes Metz Wetlands and Rippon Lodge an attractive place for birds.  Join local birding experts on a guided walk of the grounds.  Discover our diverse population of song and raptor birds.  After the walk join us for bagels in the River Room.  Bring binoculars and guide books.   Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.  No pets please.  Tours of the house are included.  Reservations required.  Tours begin in the parking lot at Metz Wetlands. 

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


October 5                                                                                                                         

Bristoe Station Campaign Bus Tour                                                                               

8am – 5pm, $80 a person, includes box lunch, reservations required                                             

 Enjoy a full day with an in-depth tour of the sites and battlefields that made up the Bristoe Campaign.  Stops will include:  Bristoe Station Battlefield, Buckland, Auburn and Remington. Historians will explain how this important campaign impacted soldiers, civilians and its overall impact on the outcome of the Civil War.  Contact Bristoe  Station Battlefield  Heritage Park, (703) 366-3049 for reservations.


October 12

Nature Trail Walk

1pm; $5 per person, children free under six

Take a guided tour along the nature trails at Brentsville and learn about the plants and animals that call this part of Virginia home.

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


October 12-13                                                                                                                            

Battle of Bristoe Station 150th Commemorative Weekend and Virginia History Mobile     

11am – 4pm, free, donations encouraged                                                                                   

To commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Bristoe Station, the park will offer living history demonstrations from lviing historians representing units that were at the battle in 1863.  Tours will be offered on the hour with historical talks, musical performances and a youth tent throughout the day.  The Virginia Civil War 150th History Mobile will be open to the public on Saturday.  This unique traveling Civil War exhibit is a great way to understand the impact of the Civil War and helps portray the role of Virginia in the Civil War.  Admission is free, but donations are encouraged to help support historic preservation in Prince  William County.  Please park at the Bristow  Shopping Center and a shuttle bus will be provided to the battlefield.

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


October 12

Civil War Music Concert at Brentsville Union Church

7pm; FREE

Come enjoy a special 150th Anniversary Evening Concert. Civil War musicians Evergreen Shade will perform at the historic Brentsville Union Church! The duo will perform classic songs and hymns as well as many favorites from the time of the Civil War. History comes to life through music as they accompany themselves on 6 and 12 string guitars, banjo, dulcimer, and a variety of percussion instruments

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


October 14                                                                                                                     

150th Anniversary of the Battle of Bristoe Station Commemoration                                  

Program is free, donations encouraged                                                                               

Join  Bristoe Station  Battlefield Park staff on the 150th Anniversary of the battle for exclusive tours of the battlefield and sites outside of the Park.  Tours will take place “in historic time” of the events in 1863.  Tours include: Car caravan tour of sites outside of the Park, Prelude to Battle Walking Tour, In the Footsteps of North Carolina Walking Tour and a Musical Tribute to the fallen at Bristoe Station.  Contact the park for tour times and details.

Bristoe  Station Battlefield  Heritage Park, The parking lot is located off of Iron  Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA 20136, (703) 366-3049.


October 18 and 19

Ben Lomond Ghost Hunting 101                                                                                                                                          

7pm – 12am, $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 two ghost seminars and investigations at Ben Lomond.  ECRIP is a local volunteer group of researchers who investigate claims of potential paranormal phenomena and educate interested parties about the paranormal by sharing collective research, experience, knowledge and theories. 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.    The seminar will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m., with the investigations being held from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Space is limited for the investigation, so reservations are required. 

Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 20109; 703-367-7872


October 18, 2013

Spectral Stories at Historic Brentsville

7pm- 9pm; $5 per person, children free under six

Do you love scary movies and hearing ghost stories?  Join site staff for a fun filled evening spent around a campfire as you hear spooky stories about Historic Brentsville and other haunts in and around Prince William  County.  Apple cider and cookies will be provided.

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


October 26

All Hallow’s Eve

11am – 4 pm; $5 per child, children under six free

Where did the tradition of Halloween come from?  Pumpkin carving? Trick-or-Treating? Join us for a kid friendly trip to All Hallow’s Eve past and present.  Play old fashioned games and enjoy traditional treats.  Scarecrows will be on display site wide. 

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520  Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, 703-499-9812


October 25-26

Spirits of Rippon Lodge

6pm-9pm; $10 per person, reservations recommended. 

Rippon Lodge has a diverse history.  A 1930 account of the Lodge says, “the house is said to be haunted in such a ghostly and sinister fashion that no one will occupy it.”   Rumor has it that the course of Route 1 was altered to avoid its ghostly residents.  Come experience a unique opportunity to tour the house and grounds by candlelight, meet several historical characters along the way and hear their tales of sadness and triumph.

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520  Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, 703-499-9812


October 27

Victorian Sundays

11am; FREE

On Sundays in Victorian America, it would not be hard to find the citizens of cities and towns.  They were worshiping and fellowshipping at the community church.  Join us at Brentsville Courthouse  Historic Center’s Union Church for a unique program that focuses on 19th Century worship practices and church centered activities.  The program is conducted by Historic Faith Ministries, a volunteer community group. 

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


For more information please visit our website at www.pwcgov.org/historpricpreservation

Or call us at 703-792-4754 or email historicpreservation@pwcgov.org

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