ECW Weekender: Upcoming Events in Prince William County

In Virginia and looking for some special historic events in February with a focus on African American experiences during the 19th Century? Prince William County Historic Preservation Division is offering some fantastic opportunities to check out their sites during the winter months.

Lucasville School Open House – Weekends in February

  • 11 a.m- 4 p.m.; FREE, donations welcome.
  • Lucasville School: 10516 Godwin Drive, Manassas Virginia 20110

Join us as we celebrate African American History Month at historic Lucasville School with an open house in February. Visit the 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.

Historic Barnes House Open House – February 9

  • 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Free, donations accepted.
  • Historic Barnes House: located at the Montclair Community Library, 5049 Waterway Drive, Dumfries, VA.

Get a behind the scenes tour of Prince William County’s newest “old” building. The Barnes House was the home to an African American family after the Civil War. Learn about the family’s amazing history during the Reconstruction-era and about the restoration of the building. Tours will take place at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm.

Everyday Full of Work: The African-American Experience at Ben Lomond – February 16

  • 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. $5 per person, children 6 and under free.
  • Ben Lomond Historic Site: 10321 Sudley Manor Drive in Manassas, VA 20109

Ben Lomond Historic Site is proud to present special guided tours in recognition of African-American History Month. Explore the historic home and the original slave quarter to learn about the enslaved population living at Ben Lomond in the years before the Civil War. Visit spaces not ordinarily open to the public and participate in hands-on activities to learn about some of the chores that enslaved men, women, and children, were expected to
complete.

African American History at Brentsville Courthouse – February 23

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.; $10 per person, free for children under six.

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre: 12229 Bristow Road in Bristow, Virginia 20136.

Explore the lives of African Americans in 19th century from the perspective of Brentsville Courthouse. As we tour the site, learn about how they lived, their experiences, and how they were treated in the community. Hear about the hardships they faced, such as enslavement and a lack of rights, and the triumphs they achieved before the county seat moved in 1893.

For more details about these special events or other activities and tours hosted by Prince William County Historic Preservation Division, check out their February 2019 flyer.

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