March Programs with Prince William County Historic Preservation‏

March is Woman’s History Month!  Please join us in celebration!


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.



Please help us keep our historic sites beautiful by volunteering at one of the events below. 

Groups and individuals are welcome. 


April 5

CWPT Annual Park Clean Up Day – Bristoe Station Battlefield      

8am – 12pm

Join the staff at Bristoe Station Battlefield and the Civil War Preservation Trust at History for Park Day 2014. Park Day is a nationwide event that encourages Civil War enthusiasts to help maintain, restore and preserve Civil War sites through volunteerism. Come out and join us for a fun and rewarding day of work at Bristoe Battlefield. Projects will include litter pick up, cleaning cemeteries and trail maintenance throughout the 133-acre park. Wear sturdy work shoes, bring gloves and remember sunscreen. Tools and snacks will be provided. Meet in the parking lot off Iron Brigade Avenue. Please no pets.

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


April 12

Rippon Lodge Clean-Up Day

9am-2pm; FREE

The Prince William County Department of Public Works and the Historic Preservation Division are looking for interested individuals and groups of all ages to help cleanup the grounds of Rippon Lodge in time for spring.  Tasks include invasive plant removal, meadow grass planting, pruning, trash pick-up, trail maintenance, mulch spreading and more.  Families welcome.  Please bring your favorite gardening tools and gloves and dress to be outside and get dirty.  Please register by calling 703-499-9812.

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

For more information about the Prince William County Division of Historic Preservation



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