Save the dates! Prince William County (Virginia) is hosting some great events and highlighting lots of local history with Civil War ties this summer. Some are free, others require registration and a small; all offer a chance to explore sites and history up-close.
Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park Tours
May – October, 2nd and 4th Weekends
Tours leave at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.; Free.
Battlefield Heritage Park, 703-366-3049.
Join Bristoe Station Battlefield historians for guided tours of the hallowed grounds that contain camps, cemeteries, and battlefields. Tours begin on the hour and depart from the kiosk Bristoe Station
June 15, 2019 – Juneteenth at Lucasville
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; FREE, donations welcome.
Lucasville School, Manassas, VA. 703-365-7895
Join us at Lucasville in honor of Juneteenth to learn about the celebration marking the emancipation of enslaved African Americans throughout the South. Visit the one-room schoolhouse to learn about the development of freedmen communities and the progression of education throughout Prince William County throughout Reconstruction.
June 15, 2019 – Special Potomac Blockade Boat Tour
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $70 per person, reservations required.
For more information or to make a reservation call 703-792-4754.
Cruise along the Potomac River shoreline and view sites that were critical to the Confederate forces’ successful blockade of Washington D.C. from September 1861 through early March 1862. Tour includes lunch at Tim’s Rivershore and a walking tour of the Possum Nose – Cockpit Point Gun Battery site. It departs from Tim’s Rivershore
Restaurant in Dumfries. The hike is steep in places so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.
June 29- 30, 2019 – The 19th Century Living Experience at Brentsville
5 p.m. – 8 a.m.; $75 per person; advanced registration required.
Reservations are required for space is limited. Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, VA. 703-365-7895.
Leave modern times behind and experience what living in the 1800s! Join living historians at the Haislip-Hall house for an immersive experience where you will help cook dinner over an open hearth, enjoy the 19th century past-times, sleep in the 19th century log cabin, and more! Personal bedding material is required, and a light breakfast is included in the morning.
For more details, please visit the Prince William County’s event page and scroll down to the June happenings: http://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/park/hp/Pages/Historic-Preservation-Events.aspx