History Happened Here Tours

History Happened Here Tours We are a touring business to help you understand the history of Virginia. We conduct local small group tours of George Washington's life and Virginia.
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These local tours are set up to take you to where history happened. There are many tours to choose including the most important set of tours covering George Washington. This is not the George Washington of Mount Vernon, but the George Washington of Westmoreland, Virginia, of Stafford County and Fredericksburg, VA. Also discover the George Washington of Alexandria, VA and of Winchester and Fredrick County, VA. We give you the George Washington you do not really know, that of his youth, that of a surveyor, of a Burgess, and that of a Colonel in the Virginia Militia and of the French and Indian War. If you want to learn more about George Washington than what Mount Vernon is able to give the George Washington tours are a great place to learn about our greatest President. Other local tours also include local northern Virginia Colonial History Tours, Revolutionary War Tours, Antebellum Tours, African-American Tours, and Civil War Tours. All of our tours are fully guided with information you will not find anywhere else. We can handle a group of up to six people in comfortable transportation.

Come out to the Montclair Library tomorrow evening, September 24th at 7:30 pm to hear about the Lee Family of Virginia i...
09/24/2019

Come out to the Montclair Library tomorrow evening, September 24th at 7:30 pm to hear about the Lee Family of Virginia in the Revolutionary War.

Join me on June 30th as I lead a tour for Historic Prince William about African-American History in Prince William Count...
06/17/2019

Join me on June 30th as I lead a tour for Historic Prince William about African-American History in Prince William County: 1670-1970. The free tour begins at 1pm and will go for four hours as you drive your own vehicle from site to site where we will learn of the important history of African-Americans in Prince William County.

In a span of 270 years and at a distance of less than one-hundred yards separate two actions of African –American freedo...
05/08/2019

In a span of 270 years and at a distance of less than one-hundred yards separate two actions of African –American freedom in what is now Prince William County. Along Neabsco Creek, close to where it crosses current day Route One, in the 1690s was the plantation of William Harris. On that plantation lived Benjamin Lewis, a black servant, who filed a complaint in the county court on 20 May 1691. Lewis claimed that he was free in England, and had been brought into this country under a contract to serve four years, just as white indentured servants were. His contract, signed in England on 11 June 1686, is among the records of Stafford County. Harris, his master, claimed the paper was forged. The jury found that the contract was valid and ordered Lewis’s release. William Harris appealed the decision, and records of the appeal's outcome are unfortunately lost. William Harris died in 1698 and was buried near Neabsco Creek and present-day Route One. Two hundred seventy years later in 1961, then 13-year-old Joyce Russell, became the first student to integrate a high school in Prince William County just south of the Harris plantation, where in 1961 stood Gar-Field Senior High School. Also that day, Joyce’s younger sister Deborah and brother Cameron integrated Occoquan Elementary School, and brother Jimmy was the first black student at Fred Lynn Middle School. To learn more about these events and other stories of African-American history in Prince William County consider taking an African American Prince William County Tour at History Happened Here Tours.

The Old Potomac Path, probably started out as an old Indian pathway, journeyed through Prince William County in the earl...
04/21/2019

The Old Potomac Path, probably started out as an old Indian pathway, journeyed through Prince William County in the early colonial time period and later was expanded to become the King's Highway. It was on this road that George Washington traveled with his army heading to Yorktown, Virginia in 1781. Learn more about the Revolutionary War in Prince William County and places you can still see the King's HIghway by scheduling a Revolutionary War Prince William Tour at History Happened Here tours.

Enjoyed a Great Tour this week of 19th Century Prince William County with Prince William County educators.  We saw many ...
08/12/2017

Enjoyed a Great Tour this week of 19th Century Prince William County with Prince William County educators. We saw many 19th Century sites including Brentsville, Bristow, Greenwich, Buckland, including Cerro Gordo where we had a personal tour by the owner Linda Wright, Haymarket, St. Pauls Church, Jennie Dean Historical Site and we finished off the day with a visit to the Clover Hill Slave Quarters and Lucasville School. Overall it was a great day with great educators and wonderful weather for early August.

Prince William County Schools Educators please come join us on Tuesday August 8th for a professional development tour of...
08/05/2017

Prince William County Schools Educators please come join us on Tuesday August 8th for a professional development tour of Nineteenth Century Prince William County. You will learn and visit sites that focus on the shift in economic and political power of the county to the western side of the county. Sites we will visit include Brentsville, Greenwich, Buckland, Haymarket, We will also focus on the growing 19th century disaster of slavery by examining slavery's impact on both slave owners and slaves by visiting historical sites that help to tell that story as well as an overview of the Civil War in Prince William County. Sign up in the PWC staff professional development catalog under Course Code: SST 716.4.

Prince William County Schools Educators please come join us on Friday July 14th for a professional development tour of C...
07/13/2017

Prince William County Schools Educators please come join us on Friday July 14th for a professional development tour of Colonial Prince William County. You will learn about the early 17th and 18th century settlement, importance of tobacco, indentured and slave labor, Dumfries as a Port town, Occoquan as an industrial center, important leaders, and the colonial iron industry. Sign up in the PWC staff professional development catalog under Course Code: SST 716.3.

Yesterday with Prince William County Teachers on the George Washington's Prince William Tour.  We had a great time visit...
07/12/2017

Yesterday with Prince William County Teachers on the George Washington's Prince William Tour. We had a great time visiting the many sites that George Washington would have known in Prince William County.

Prince William County Schools Educators please come join us on Monday July 10th for a professional development tour of G...
07/06/2017

Prince William County Schools Educators please come join us on Monday July 10th for a professional development tour of George Washington's Prince William County. You will learn about George Washington's many connections to Prince William County throughout his life as we will visit places that George Washington would recognize still today. Sign up in the PWC staff professional development catalog under Course Code: SST 716.2.

Took a tour with Dan and Dave today doing the entire route of the John Wilkes Booth escape route after the assassination...
06/28/2017

Took a tour with Dan and Dave today doing the entire route of the John Wilkes Booth escape route after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

Prelude to Greatness: The Young George Washington professional development tour for Prince William County Educators on J...
06/25/2017

Prelude to Greatness: The Young George Washington professional development tour for Prince William County Educators on June 22nd

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