Virginia

Step into the past of Brentsville during this unique historic “ghostly” experience. Along your guided tour you will meet the spirits of people that once lived, worked and faced execution in Brentsville during the 1800’s. These candlelit vignettes will give detailed insight into the past of Prince William County. Not recommended for children under 6.  Contact 703-365-7895 for more information.

Friday and Saturday, October 29 -30, 2010, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.  $5.00, children under 6 free.

Saturday, December 11, 2010, Concerts at 5p.m. & 6pm, site open 4p.m. – 8 p.m., FREE

Come enjoy sounds of the season as they are performed by the Brentsville District High School Women’s Treble Ensemble and the Brentsville District Mixed Vocal Ensemble.  The two concerts will take place in the historic ca.1870 Union Church.  Also, hot cider and gingerbread will be served by the warmth of a campfire.  Contact 703-365-7895 for more information.

Saturday, November 20, 2010, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., $40, Space limited, reservations required.

Gear up for the Thanksgiving season by learning the skills of open hearth cooking.  Join an experienced open hearth cooking historian to learn basic skills of historic cooking.  You will learn how to build a fire, prepare and cook three different dishes.  End the program by enjoying a taste of the food you cooked.  Class will take place in the recently restored ca. 1850 Haislip Farmhouse.  Contact 703-365-7895 for more information. 

Saturday – Sunday, October 2-3, 2010, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., $5.00, children under 6 are free

Join World War II living historians to learn about daily life for soldiers in the Europe and Pacific Theatres.  Axis and Allied soldiers will be portrayed with equipment, armaments and historic military vehicles.  Learn about the home front and ways citizens supported the war effort.  Also, a diverse exhibit of original WWII artifacts will be on display in the ca. 1928 One Room Schoolhouse.  Contact 703-365-7895 for more information.

Saturday and Sunday, September 25-26, 2010, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., FREE

Come learn about skills that were important to every day life of 19th century farmers in Prince William County.  Also, learn about some of the animals that could have been found these early farms.  Activities include candle dipping, butter making, carding wool, pounding corn, spinning, weaving, wood working, gardening and live period music. Contact 703-365-7895 for more information.

Saturday, September 11, 2010, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., FREE

All former students of the Brentsville One Room Schoolhouse are invited for a day of socialization and remembering the days of the Brentsville One Room School.  Light refreshments will be served.  Contact 703-365-7895 for more information. 

Monday – Thursday, July 26-29, 2010 – 9am-noon, $90, ages 8-13, reservations required

This camp will include activities associated with the various periods of history at Brentsville.  Participants will conduct a historic mock trial in the 1822 Courthouse, cook a snack and create historic crafts in the 1850 Haislip Farm House, learn about a school day in a one room schoolhouse and engage in nature with wildlife/plant life identification along the Brentsville Nature Trail.

Saturday, May 15, 2010, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., $80, space is limited, reservations required

Join Mosby expert and tour guide David Goetz for an in depth tour of the places and events of famous Confederate partisan raider, Col. John S. Mosby.  Mosby was known for his lightening raids and secretive missions during the Civil War.  The tour will cover several locations throughout “Mosby’s Confederacy”, an area in western Prince William, Loudoun and Fauquier Counties, that Mosby used as his base of operations. Cost includes admission to rarely visited sites and lunch.  Contact 703-365-7895 for reservations.

Saturday, May 1, 2010, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., $5.00, children under 6 are free

In April of 1861, residents of Prince William County met in Brentsville and voted to endorse Virginia’s secession from the United States.  That same month, several military units were formed in Brentsville to prepare for the defense of Virginia.  Join Civil War living historians to learn about the formation of these units and how they were mustered, trained and drilled.  Learn about how Prince William County’s civilians dealt with the harsh reality of war at the Haislip Farm House.  Civil War encampment with infantry, cavalry and artillery drills/demonstrations offered periodically throughout the day with the camps open for visitors.  Contact 703-365-7895 for more information.

Saturday, September, 18, 2010, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., $2.00

Follow a guided tour along the nature trails at Brentsville and learn about plant life and wildlife in this part of Virginia.  Contact 703-365-7895 for more information.