May Programs and Grand Opening with Prince William Historic Preservation‏

May is:

Opening Day for Historic Preservation Sites

National Historic Preservation Month


A Great Time to Join us for Wonderful Program Offerings


Ben Lomond, Brentsville Courthouse and Rippon Lodge will be open for regular tours beginning May 1st at 11am.  Site are open Thursday – Monday from 11am-4pm.  If you have questions or would like to arrange a tour for large groups please call the site. 



May 10, 11, 24, 25

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park Tours

11am-3pm; Tours leave on the hour – donations encouraged.

Bristoe Station Battlefield staff and volunteers will provide guided tours of the hallowed grounds that contain camps, cemeteries, and battlefields. Learn about Camp jones and the two battles that took place in 1862 and 1863. Tours begin on the hour and depart from the kiosk in the parking lot on Iron Brigade Unit Avenue. The last tour leaves at 3PM. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. Insect repellant is encouraged. No pets please. Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, located off of Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.


May 3

Junior Girl Scout Gardening Badge Program

9am-11am; $5 per Scout

Junior Girl Scouts can earn all of the requirements for the Gardening Badge while helping us plant the vegetable garden for spring.  Program will run rain or shine.  Please dress to be outside and get dirty.  Scouts are encouraged to bring their own gardening gloves.  Scout leaders will need to purchase the badges on their own.  Reservations are required and space is limited.

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

May 3

Arlington Cemetery Tour

$80 per person, lunch included, reservations required

Tour Americas most hallowed ground on this all-day tour that will explore the history of Arlington from the early days when it was a shrine to George Washington through its founding as a national cemetery during America’s bloodiest conflict. The tour will include a tour of Robert E. Lee’s Arlington House and a driving tour that will highlight some of the notable burials within the cemetery. Along the way you will learn about lesser-known aspects of Arlington’s history such as Freedman’s Village, where former slaves experienced their first taste of freedom.  For reservations, call Ben Lomond Historic Site at 703-367-7872.


May 3

Flowers for Mom; A Flower Arranging Workshop

1pm; $35 per person or $50 for two 

Make a gift for Mom or yourself.  Bring Mom and spend the afternoon together.  Join Dr Elaine Davis, member of the Washington National Cathedral Flower Guild as she guides you through making an arrangement of your own to take home.  Bring your own scissors or pruners.  All other supplies will be provided.  Outdoor program please dress for the weather.  Not appropriate for children under the age of 12.  Reservation required.

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

May 8          

Lecture: The 1846 War with Mexico

7p.m.: Free, donations accepted

The Mexican-American War (1846-1848) marked the first U.S. armed conflict chiefly fought on foreign soil.  It pitted a politically divided and militarily unprepared Mexico against the expansionist-minded United States.  A border skirmish along the Rio Grande started the fighting and it was followed by a series of U.S. victories.  Young officers like U.S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, Thomas Jackson, and others who would later lead armies against one another in the Civil War had their first combat experience in Mexico.  Join historian Ron Mayer for an overview of this historic period using maps, illustrations, and pictures to help explain the who, what, when, and why of the conflict.

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

May 9

Rippon Lodge Family Night at the Movies

8pm; FREE

Bring a blanket and the family for a family friendly movie classic on the lawn.  Movie admission is free.  Popcorn and snacks available for sale.  House tours available from 6-8pm. Movie cancelled in the event of rain.  Please call for more details.

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



May 10-11       

Mother’s Day Tours at all Prince William County HPD Sites

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; $5.00 per person, free for children under six, MOTHERS FREE

In honor of Mother’s Day, all mothers that visit Rippon Lodge on Mother’s Day weekend will experience a complimentary tour of the site.  If your mom likes history or some stories that would give television drama a run for their money, treat Mom to a visit of Ben Lomond Historic Site, Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre or Rippon Lodge Historic Site.

May 10                                                                                                                                                                           

Potomac River Blockade Boat Tour

$40.00 per person, 10am-1pm, includes lunch, reservations required.

Cruise along the Potomac River shoreline and view sites that were critical to the Confederate successful blockade of Washington D.C. from September 1861 through March 1862.  The cruise will include the preserved batteries at Freestone Point and Possum Nose, as well as Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tours include lunch and departs from Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge.  For reservations call 703-792-4754.

May 17

Joseph McGill Slave Quarter Project

11am-4 pm; $7 per person, children six and under free

Since 2000 Mr. Joseph McGill, Jr. of the National Trust of Historic Preservation has traveled all across the county sleeping in and interpreting original slave quarters to raise awareness for these priceless buildings.  Ben Lomond Historic Site is pleased to announce that Mr. McGill will include the original slave quarters to his project.  Mr. McGill will be on site to discuss his project as well as costumed historians to interpret enslaved life in Prince William County prior to the Civil War.

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

May 22

Lecture: August 24, 1814 Washington in Flames

7p.m.: Free, donations accepted

America’s new capital built along the Potomac River in the middle of swampland and forests seemed to many an unlikely target for an enemy invasion.  They were wrong.  Even though there were warnings of an impending attack, the government was unprepared for the disaster of August 24, 1814.  The destruction by British forces of the nation’s capital was a very small part of the War of 1812, but it’s significance to the country was tremendous.  The torching of Washington rallied the people. Join author and historian, Carole L. Herrick, for a detailed look into the events of August 1814. Mrs. Herrick will have copies of her book available for sale.

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


May 24

Ben Lomond Antique Rose Garden and Tea

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.; $30.00 per person

Celebrate the arrival of spring by spending a wonderful afternoon in the antique rose garden at Ben Lomond enjoying historic tea.  Price of admission includes tea, light refreshments, and a special talk about roses and spring flowers in one of the largest antique rose garden in the Washington D.C. metro area.  Reservations required. Spaces are limited and will fill up fast.  The main house will be open to tours after tea. Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 703-367-7872.


May 24

Brentsville Car Show

11am- 4pm, $10 per person, children free under six

Join the Brentsville community for a day filled with fun for all ages.  Come see antique cars and trucks in a truly historic setting.  Clubs include the Quantico Marauders and many more.  Tours of the historic buildings will be given throughout the day with family friendly games and activities.

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

May 25

Historic Sundays at Brentsville Union Church

11am- 12pm FREE

Brentsville Union Church was built in 1870 and served the Brentsville community for over 100 years.  Today the country church has been restored and serves as a glimpse into life of the 19th century.  Come learn about the practices of faith that were once held here and how important churches were to society and local communities.  Program conducted in partnership with Historic Faith Ministries, a non-profit living history organization focusing on Victorian period customs and spirituality.  Program begins at 11a.m. and is FREE to the public.  Tours offered after the program for $5.00.

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


May 31, 2013                                                                                                                                            

Wildlife Walk at Bristoe Station Battlefield 

9am – 11am; $5 per person                                                                                                                        

Bristoe Station Battlefield is home to a complex meadow ecosystem.  Join outdoor experts on a guided walk of the battlefield.  Learn about the beneficial wildlife especially the birds and butterflies that call this ecosystem home.  Learn to identify the plants that these birds and butterflies need for food and shelter.  Bring binoculars. The tour departs from the kiosk in the parking lot at Iron Brigade Unit Ave and 10th Alabama Way.  Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.  No pets please.  Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, The parking lot is located off of Iron Brigade Unit Ave Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.

For More Information on Historic Preservation in Prince William County including; rentals, summer camps, and volunteering please contact us at 703-792-4754 or via email at


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