Mt. Zion Historic Park

Mt. Zion Historic Park The church was a place of worship for Old School Baptists until 1980 and served various purposes during the Civil War.

Operating as usual

METEORS--OWLS--AND COYOTES--OH MY! 😲Last weekend's Perseid Meteor Shower Watch Party was awesome! Saw many meteors as we...
08/11/2021

METEORS--OWLS--AND COYOTES--OH MY! 😲

Last weekend's Perseid Meteor Shower Watch Party was awesome! Saw many meteors as well as heard Barred Owl, Great Horned Owl, Eastern Screech-owl, and a pack of Coyotes! It might be crazy late at 1am, but it's so worth it to catch the best action and wildlife. Register here for Wed and Thurs morning and tell your friends! I want to get back out there again!
http://apm.activecommunities.com/nov.../Activity_Search/4961
http://apm.activecommunities.com/nov.../Activity_Search/4962

METEORS--OWLS--AND COYOTES--OH MY! 😲

Last weekend's Perseid Meteor Shower Watch Party was awesome! Saw many meteors as well as heard Barred Owl, Great Horned Owl, Eastern Screech-owl, and a pack of Coyotes! It might be crazy late at 1am, but it's so worth it to catch the best action and wildlife. Register here for Wed and Thurs morning and tell your friends! I want to get back out there again!
http://apm.activecommunities.com/nov.../Activity_Search/4961
http://apm.activecommunities.com/nov.../Activity_Search/4962

EYEWITNESS TO WARSUNDAY, JULY 251 PM-5PMJoin us for guided tours of the 1851 church, site of an 1864 Civil War battle, a...
07/23/2021

EYEWITNESS TO WAR
SUNDAY, JULY 25
1 PM-5PM

Join us for guided tours of the 1851 church, site of an 1864 Civil War battle, and the adjacent cemetery. Tours include a living history presentation with Union army doctor describing how the church was used as a hospital in 1863. Signatures of Civil War soldiers can be seen at this site, part of the Northern Virginia Civil War Graffiti Trail. This is a free program. No registration required.

EYEWITNESS TO WAR
SUNDAY, JULY 25
1 PM-5PM

Join us for guided tours of the 1851 church, site of an 1864 Civil War battle, and the adjacent cemetery. Tours include a living history presentation with Union army doctor describing how the church was used as a hospital in 1863. Signatures of Civil War soldiers can be seen at this site, part of the Northern Virginia Civil War Graffiti Trail. This is a free program. No registration required.

If you are looking for something FREE and educational to do on Sunday, come by Mt. Zion Historic Park for a  guided tour...
06/25/2021

If you are looking for something FREE and educational to do on Sunday, come by Mt. Zion Historic Park for a guided tour of the 1851 church, site of an 1864 Civil War battle, and the adjacent cemetery.

Tours include a living history presentation with Union army doctor describing how the church was used as a hospital in 1863. Signatures of Civil War soldiers can be seen at this site, part of the Northern Virginia Civil War Graffiti Trail.

If you are looking for something FREE and educational to do on Sunday, come by Mt. Zion Historic Park for a guided tour of the 1851 church, site of an 1864 Civil War battle, and the adjacent cemetery.

Tours include a living history presentation with Union army doctor describing how the church was used as a hospital in 1863. Signatures of Civil War soldiers can be seen at this site, part of the Northern Virginia Civil War Graffiti Trail.

EYEWITNESS TO WARMT. ZION HISTORIC PARKSUNDAY, MAY 231 PM- 5 PM  FREEJoin us for guided tours of the 1851 church, site o...
05/19/2021

EYEWITNESS TO WAR
MT. ZION HISTORIC PARK
SUNDAY, MAY 23
1 PM- 5 PM
FREE

Join us for guided tours of the 1851 church, site of an 1864 Civil War battle, and the adjacent cemetery. Tours include a living history presentation with Union army doctor describing how the church was used as a hospital in 1863. Signatures of Civil War soldiers can be seen at this site, part of the Northern Virginia Civil War Graffiti Trail.

EYEWITNESS TO WAR
MT. ZION HISTORIC PARK
SUNDAY, MAY 23
1 PM- 5 PM
FREE

Join us for guided tours of the 1851 church, site of an 1864 Civil War battle, and the adjacent cemetery. Tours include a living history presentation with Union army doctor describing how the church was used as a hospital in 1863. Signatures of Civil War soldiers can be seen at this site, part of the Northern Virginia Civil War Graffiti Trail.

2020 has been a tough year. We are honored that NOVA Parks was able to give so many people in Northern Virginia a place ...
12/17/2020

2020 has been a tough year. We are honored that NOVA Parks was able to give so many people in Northern Virginia a place to find solace and safe activities during the Pandemic.

Please help support the parks you've experienced during 2020 with a donation to our NOVA Parks Fund!

http://ow.ly/7Cln50COhgP

#happinesshere #getoutside #novaparks

12/11/2020
Things To Do At NOVA Parks This Winter

Even though it's cold outside, there are plenty of fun and safe activities to do at NOVA Parks this winter.

If you have been enjoying your time at our parks please consider donating to NOVA Parks at:

https://www.cfnova.org/donate/nova-parks-fund

We appreciate your continued support of NOVA Parks! ♥️

http://ow.ly/VFNZ50CJ6KW

Even though it's cold outside, there are plenty of fun and safe activities to do at NOVA Parks this winter.If you enjoy our parks please consider donating to...

It may be cold outside but there is still plenty of safe, outdoor fun to be had at NOVA Parks this winter!http://ow.ly/f...
12/09/2020
How to enjoy NoVa's local parks this winter

It may be cold outside but there is still plenty of safe, outdoor fun to be had at NOVA Parks this winter!

http://ow.ly/fCPC50CGMDf

#happinesshere #winterintheparks #novaparks

Don’t let the cold weather stop you from taking a hike, playing a round of golf or even camping in one of the region’s gorgeous public parks.

Are you looking for an outdoor adventure on this gorgeous Fall day?Join us today for guided tours of the Mt. Defiance ba...
11/07/2020

Are you looking for an outdoor adventure on this gorgeous Fall day?

Join us today for guided tours of the Mt. Defiance battlefield, part of the June 19, 1863 Battle of Middleburg. The tour will look at site features and the battle events in context, and will include strategic military aspects of the battle, landscape features, and engaging human-interest stories. Please wear a face mask and keep socially distance as much as possible during the tour. FREE.

#happinesshere #discoverwhatsnext #loudounhistory #getoutside #mtdefiance #battleofmiddleburg #novaparks

This weekend's weather is perfect to get out an explore!Join us on Saturday for guided tours of the Mt. Defiance battlef...
11/05/2020

This weekend's weather is perfect to get out an explore!

Join us on Saturday for guided tours of the Mt. Defiance battlefield, part of the June 19, 1863 Battle of Middleburg. The tour will look at site features and the battle events in context, and will include strategic military aspects of the battle, landscape features, and engaging human-interest stories. Please wear a face mask and keep socially distance as much as possible during the tour. Free and no registration required.

RSVP: http://ow.ly/2IBr50CcvWz

#happinesshere #discoverwhatsnext #loudounhistory #getoutside #mtdefiance #battleofmiddleburg #novaparks

Looking for a fun, safe family activity? Print out our fun and educational scavenger hunt, jump in the car, and set out ...
10/24/2020

Looking for a fun, safe family activity? Print out our fun and educational scavenger hunt, jump in the car, and set out on a Loudoun County adventure!
Download the scavenger hunt here: http://ow.ly/giQJ50C0TW0
#happinesshere #loveloudounhistory #novaparks

If you're looking for a safe and educational activity to do outside tomorrow, join us for a guided tour of Mt. Defiance ...
10/23/2020

If you're looking for a safe and educational activity to do outside tomorrow, join us for a guided tour of Mt. Defiance Battleground.

Led by local educator and historian Rich Gillespie, the tour will look at site features and the battle events in context, and will include strategic military aspects of the battle, landscape features, and engaging human-interest stories. Please wear a face mask and keep socially distance as much as possible during the tour.

The tour is FREE but please make a reservation at: http://ow.ly/d0KJ50C0Mf4

Our NOVA Parks Roving Naturalist have an AMAZING event for the viewing of Orionid Meteor Shower!Join the Roving Naturali...
10/19/2020

Our NOVA Parks Roving Naturalist have an AMAZING event for the viewing of Orionid Meteor Shower!

Join the Roving Naturalist for a late night (early morning) meteor shower watch party! Every October, the earth passes through a debris field produced by Halley's Comet; causing the Orionid Meteor Shower. As crazy as it seems, 1:00am is the best time to get outside and see the highest volume of meteors.

For more information:
http://ow.ly/qjXZ50BWB5m

#happinesshere #orionidmeteor #novaparksnaturalist #novaparks

Looking for a fun, safe family activity? Print out our fun and educational scavenger hunt, jump in the car, and set out ...
10/09/2020

Looking for a fun, safe family activity? Print out our fun and educational scavenger hunt, jump in the car, and set out on a Loudoun County adventure!

Download the scavenger hunt here: http://ow.ly/Vpgq50BOjtk

#happinesshere #loveloudounhistory #novaparks

GUIDED TOURS OF MT. DEFIANCE BATTLEFIELDSATURDAY, AUGUST 811AM-1PMFREEJoin us for guided tours of the Mt. Defiance battl...
08/07/2020

GUIDED TOURS OF MT. DEFIANCE BATTLEFIELD
SATURDAY, AUGUST 8
11AM-1PM
FREE

Join us for guided tours of the Mt. Defiance battlefield, part of the June 19, 1863 Battle of Middleburg. Led by Bryan Robbins, Historic Preservationist and student of the Civil War, the tour will look at site features and the battle events in context, and will include strategic military aspects of the battle, landscape features, and engaging human-interest stories. A mounted Union cavarlyman also will be on site to answer questions about cavalry in the Civil War. Please wear a face mask and keep socially distance as mush as possible during the tours. Free and no registration required.

04/29/2020
During this fast-changing COVID-19 pandemic crisis, as a collective team, the Northern Virginia park and recreation dire...
04/23/2020
Collaboration in the Time of Pandemic | Feature | Parks & Recreation magazine | NRPA

During this fast-changing COVID-19 pandemic crisis, as a collective team, the Northern Virginia park and recreation directors have built on well-established ties to provide a coordinated response and work through difficult decisions together.

You can read the article about this collaboration, written by NOVA Parks Executive Director, Paul Gilbert, at:

http://ow.ly/bDpF50zmKSB

You can also listen to the podcast at:
http://ow.ly/QxHH50zmKSW

#flattenthecurve #stayhomestaysafe

During this fast-changing COVID-19 pandemic crisis, a group of park and recreation directors in Northern Virginia have built on well-established ties to provide a coordinated response and work through difficult decisions together.

04/22/2020
Happy Earth Day from NOVA Parks

NOVA Parks is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day! Here are 5 great ways you can celebrate Earth Day at home!

https://youtu.be/JpaivH1T5KI

#earthdaystartsathome #novaparks

NOVA Parks is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day! Here are 5 great ways you can celebrate Earth Day at home!

We want you to stay safe! Please do your part to flatten the curve and maintain social distancing when finding exercise ...
04/22/2020

We want you to stay safe! Please do your part to flatten the curve and maintain social distancing when finding exercise and recreation options today!

#stayhomestaysafe #flattenthecurve

We've been working hard to move many of our NOVA Parks programs online. You can check them out on our NOVA Parks' YouTub...
04/21/2020

We've been working hard to move many of our NOVA Parks programs online. You can check them out on our NOVA Parks' YouTube channel. Take a virtual nature hike, learn about the Critters at Potomac Overlook, make some Discoveries Through Trash, learn about native plants, and more! We're adding new content daily!

http://ow.ly/b0E550zk9Pm

#happinesshere #discoverwhatsnext #stayhomestaysafe #novaparks

Happy Tuesday! Please continue to adhere to social distancing when you are finding exercise and recreation options close...
04/21/2020

Happy Tuesday! Please continue to adhere to social distancing when you are finding exercise and recreation options close to home! We'd love to see photos of your neighborhood adventures!

#flattenthecurve #stayhomestaysafe #reducethecrowdsreducethespread

We look forward to welcoming you to our monthly 4th Sunday tours of historic Mt. Zion when COVID-19 is behind us!
04/20/2020

We look forward to welcoming you to our monthly 4th Sunday tours of historic Mt. Zion when COVID-19 is behind us!

Join the sites of the Northern Virginia Civil War Graffiti Trail for a weekly lunchtime discussion of the public spaces ...
04/20/2020

Join the sites of the Northern Virginia Civil War Graffiti Trail for a weekly lunchtime discussion of the public spaces where Civil War graffiti can still be found today.

Grab your lunch and your computer to tune into these interactive programs.

Below is the weekly schedule:

April 8: Historic Blenheim
April 15: Ben Lomond Historic Site
April 22: Liberia
April 29: Mt. Zion Historic Park
May 6: Graffiti House

We want you to stay safe! Please do your part to flatten the curve and maintain social distancing when finding exercise ...
04/19/2020

We want you to stay safe! Please do your part to flatten the curve and maintain social distancing when finding exercise and recreation options today!

#flattenthecurve #stayhomestaysafe

04/16/2020
Meadowlark read alound title

Today is a great day to go on a Listening Walk. What sounds can you hear when you stop and listen? If you have young children, this Read Aloud from Meadowlark Gardens is a great book to listen to before you head out on your walk.

http://ow.ly/VTYQ50zfQpK

#flattenthecurve #stayhomestaysafe

Let's go on a Listening Walk with Jules from Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. She will be reading The Listening Walk written by Paul Showers.

04/13/2020
Historic Blenheim/Civil War Interpretive Center

Make sure to tune in on Wednesdays at noon to hear about the historic sites on our Northern Virginia Civil War Graffiti Trail. Mt. Zion will be featured on April 29th!

Graffiti, Grub and Go!

04/10/2020
Conversations in History: Lord Dunmore and the Coming of the Revolution

https://youtu.be/bpQC0oYhZJQ

If you haven't yet had the chance to watch our virtual "Conversations in History" lecture about Virgnia Royal Governor, Lord Dunmore, here's your chance! Thank you to our partner, Mosby Heritage Area Association, and their Public Programs Coordinator Travis Shaw. Enjoy!

Presented by NOVA Parks and the Mosby Heritage Area Association. We look at the life of Virginia's last Royal Governor, John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore, and...

Thank you to all our guests who are working to flatten the curve and are staying home and staying safe!We miss you and c...
04/10/2020

Thank you to all our guests who are working to flatten the curve and are staying home and staying safe!

We miss you and can't wait to welcome you back!

#stayhomestaysafe #flattenthecurve

Throwback Thursday--Row Your BoatToday we want to re-visit one of our most popular Throwback Thursday stories from 2019....
04/09/2020

Throwback Thursday--Row Your Boat
Today we want to re-visit one of our most popular Throwback Thursday stories from 2019. The story of the creation of Sandy Run Regional Park and its significant regatta facility.

In the 1970’s, NOVA Parks teamed up with the vocational education program of Fairfax County Public Schools. Boat houses and other related facilities were built in what became Sandy Run Regional Park. With great sight lines from its miles of waterfront and minimal current in the reservoir, Sandy Run is a significant regatta facility today, hosting competitions with thousands of spectators and participants.

For the complete story please visit: http://ow.ly/XeUx50z9Ohb

#happinesshere #discoverwhatsnext #60years #novaparks

Please remember to find exercise and recreation options that are within walking/biking distance from your house. Togethe...
04/09/2020

Please remember to find exercise and recreation options that are within walking/biking distance from your house. Together we can all do our part to flatten the curve!
#flattenthecurve #socialdistance #stayhomestaysafe

Exciting news from our sister park, Carlyle Historic Park:Carlyle House is thrilled to be part of ALX at Home LIVE! Catc...
04/08/2020

Exciting news from our sister park, Carlyle Historic Park:

Carlyle House is thrilled to be part of ALX at Home LIVE! Catch us on Visit Alexandria VA page on Tuesday, April 14 at 2 p.m. for the story of the Grandest Congress!

Teachers--this is a wonderful distance learning activity for your history units!

#happinesshere #discoverwhatsnext #carlylehouse #novaparks

Today's a great day to find new adventures in your neighborhood! Please help reduce the crowds and reduce the spread! St...
04/08/2020

Today's a great day to find new adventures in your neighborhood! Please help reduce the crowds and reduce the spread! Stay home, stay safe!
#flattenthecurve #socialdistance #stayhomestaysafe

Did you get out in your backyard or neighborhood yesterday while you were staying home and staying safe? Did you see any...
04/07/2020

Did you get out in your backyard or neighborhood yesterday while you were staying home and staying safe? Did you see any earthworms? Last May Potomac Overlook Regional Park found this 11 INCH earthworm at their park? Anyone find a bigger one?

If your little scientists want to learn more about Earthworms please visit National Geographic for Kids: http://ow.ly/Fngx50z7zCs

#stayhomestaysafe #adventuresinyourbackyard #flattenthecurve

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Aldie, VA
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Join us this Sunday, July 25th for our 4th Sunday opening of historic Mt. Zion Church. Free tours of the 1851 church and adjacent cemetery are offered, along with a walk along a section of the Old Carolina Road. Used during the Civil War as a barracks, meeting place, hospital, and the site of a skirmish, Mt. Zion was truly and place of worship and a place of war. 1:00-5:00pm