February and March Progams with Prince William County Historic Preservation‏

Please Join Us This February and March!

Lucasville School Open Weekends

Saturday, February 1 and Sunday, February 2

Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9

Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16

Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23

11am- 4pm, free, donations accepted

Visit a reconstructed 19th century school used by the community of Lucasville. Learn surprising facts of African American history in Prince William County and throughout the Northern Virginia region.

Lucasville School 10516 Godwin Dr., Manassas, Va, 703-365-7895.


February 8

Prince William County’s “12 Years a Slave”

11am-3pm, $5 per person

In 1835, William Hyden was passing his way through Prince William County during his journey from Ohio to Washington D.C. A free African-American, Hyden was arrested as a runaway slave and thrown into the jail at Brentsville. For over a year Hyden was confined to a jail cell before eventually escaping the jail and returning to freedom. Join county historians as we explore and compare William Hyden and Samuel Northup, who was recently portrayed in “12 Years A Slave”.

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


February 13

Courtship Customs of Centuries Past

7p.m. $30.00 per person $55.00 per couple, reservations required

Join us for this dinner program on courtship, dating customs and dinner etiquette of the 18th and 19th century. Space is limited. Please register no later than February 7 to secure space. Please call 703-792-4754 to make reservations.

Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Street, Manassas VA, 703-792-4754.


February 21-22

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 703-367-7872.


February 27

Lecture: The Battle of New Market Heights: Freedom will be Theirs by the Sword

7p.m.: Free, donations accepted

In the predawn darkness of September 29, 1864, black Union Soldiers attacked a heavily fortified position on the outskirts of Richmond known as New Market Heights. In a few hours of desperate fighting, these African American soldiers struck a blow against General R.E. Lee’s vaunted Army of Northern Virginia and proved to detractors that they could fight for the freedom and citizenship for themselves and their enslaved brethren. Fourteen of the black soldiers who stormed the heights were awarded the Congressional Metal of Honor. Author and historian Jimmy Price offers considerable insight into the black military experience and will have copies of his book by the same title as the lecture available for sale.

Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Street, Manassas VA, 703-792-4754.



March 8

Women in the Civil War

11am-4pm; $5 per person, children six and under free

Many people are familiar with the hard-working, independent Rosie the Riveter of World War II who forged new opportunities for women. Long forgotten are the women who either through choice or circumstance challenged and changed women’s roles in Civil War-era America. In honor of Women’s history month, join site staff for a guided, hands-on tour about these pathfinders for women’s rights. Tours start on the hour with the last tour starting at 3:00 p.m. Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA, 703-367-7872.


March 13

Lecture: Votes for Women! Votes for Women!

Meet Suffragist Mrs. Robert “Mimi” Walker!

7 p.m.: Free, donations accepted

Join historic re-enactor Lynne Garvey-Hodge as Suffragist, Mrs. Robert Walker in a one person monologue. Mrs. Walker reveals the story of her arrest in front of The White House on July 14, 1917, subsequent incarceration at the Occoquan Workhouse, and passionate participation in the Prison Parades of 1918-1919. Hear her story as a Quaker woman, supported by her entrepreneur husband, her three children, life at her charming Baltimore estate, “Drumquhazle” and membership in Baltimore’s elite “Blue Book” Society. This unique first person character portrayal is offered in commemoration of National Women’s History Month.

Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Avenue, Manassas VA, 703-792-4754.


March 15

A Woman’s Work Is Never Done: Women’s Work in the 19th Century

11a.m.- 3p.m.; $5 per person, children under six are FREE

Come to see and participate with costumed historians as they demonstrate the endless labor-intensive duties women and children endured to run a mid-nineteenth century household. Meet women as they cook in an open-hearth, turn over a garden for spring planting and do laundry. Feel free to join in and help, this is tough work!

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


March 21

Lecture & Book Signing: Robert E. Lee in War and Peace

7p.m.: Free, donations accepted

Join author and historian, Dr. Donald A. Hopkins whose newest book has compiled every known photograph of Robert E. Lee in a single volume. In addition to a few rare photographs and formats that were uncovered during the research phase of Robert E. Lee in War and Peace, the author offers definitive and conclusive attribution of the identity of the photographer of the well-known Lee “in the field” images, and reproduces a startling imperial-size photograph of Lee made by Alexander Gardner of Washington, D.C. Students of American history in general and the Civil War in particular, as well as collectors and dealers who deal with Civil War era photography, will find Hopkins’ outstanding Robert E. Lee in War and Peace a true contribution to the growing literature on the Civil War.

Old Manassas Courthouse 9248 Lee Street, Manassas, VA 703-792-4754.


March 27

Lecture: The Dogs of War

7p.m.: Free, donations accepted

Join author and historian Kathleen Kinsolving for this unique look into the favorite pets of some of World War II’s elite personalities from President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s dog to General George Patton’s bull terrier, Willy. Ms. Kinsolving will present a light hearted look at man’s best friend. Her book, The Dogs of War will be available for purchase.

Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Avenue, Manassas VA, 703-792-4754.


March 29

Sample the Past: Women’s History Day at Rippon Lodge

11am-4pm; $5 per person, children under 6 free

Christian, Dessie and Aviza invite you to spend the day at Rippon Lodge their home for many years. Experience the lives of these three ladies in a celebration of Women’s History Month. Art, fashion, food, past times, and more will be available for visitors to try. By attending this program Junior Girl Scouts will earn all the requirements for the Playing the Past badge. Reservations recommended for large groups. Some activities are outdoors.

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


For More Information About Historic Preservation in Prince William County




Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pwhistoric

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s