Prince William County Historic Preservation Division

Prince William County Historic Preservation Division The Prince William County Historic Preservation Division is a division of the Prince William County Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Tourism. The Division manages County-owned historic properties & assists in the preservation of County wide cultural resources
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Prince William County Historic Preservation Division's cover photo
01/02/2020

Prince William County Historic Preservation Division's cover photo

Thank you for a GREAT turnout today for our First Day Hikes!  Over 200 people came out to enjoy the County's historic an...
01/02/2020

Thank you for a GREAT turnout today for our First Day Hikes! Over 200 people came out to enjoy the County's historic and natural resources at Neabsco Regional Park and Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. A great way to start off 2020!

Over 100 people for the 1st Day hike at Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park!!
01/01/2020

Over 100 people for the 1st Day hike at Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park!!

We are off on our First Day Hike at Neabsco Regional Park! If you are not here now...come on out and join us!
01/01/2020

We are off on our First Day Hike at Neabsco Regional Park! If you are not here now...come on out and join us!

Don't forget our special First Day Hike from Neabsco Regional Park to Leesylvania via the Neabsco Creek Boardwalk and Me...
12/31/2019

Don't forget our special First Day Hike from Neabsco Regional Park to Leesylvania via the Neabsco Creek Boardwalk and Metz Wetlands is TOMORROW! We will meet at the Neabsco Regional Park pavilion next to the parking lot on Blackburn Road in Woodbridge at 9am. The walk to Leesylvania will be four miles one way. Wear comfortable shoes, appropriate clothes for the weather and bring water. History and Nature provided.

First Day Hike Neabsco Regional Park
Friends of Leesylvania State Park
Leesylvania State Park

We hope everyone has a happy and safe New Year's Eve! As we ring in the new decade we thought we'd share a new year gree...
12/31/2019

We hope everyone has a happy and safe New Year's Eve! As we ring in the new decade we thought we'd share a new year greeting found 100 years ago at the turn of the decade in the Manassas Journal, December 31, 1919.

Happy New Year from Prince William Historic Preservation!

As Prince William County’s seat for 70 years, Brentsville’s courthouse and jail were the focus of law and order in the c...
12/30/2019

As Prince William County’s seat for 70 years, Brentsville’s courthouse and jail were the focus of law and order in the community. Take this article published in the Alexandria Gazette May 21, 1867:

"Letter From Prince William County--Brentsville, May 17-- Our Circuit Court, Judge Thomas presiding, adjourned on Thursday. Only two criminal cases engaged the Court at this term...
...John McCall, indicted for horse stealing was found guilty, and the term of his imprisonment in the penitentiary fixed at one year. In the case of the Commonwealth against Davis, charged with maliciously wounding his father, Samuel Davis, with intent to kill, the jury found him guilty, and fixed his imprisonment at two years; but the verdict was on motion set aside by Judge Thomas, the testimony showing, in the opinion of the judge, that the assault, although an aggravated one, was unlawfully, but not maliciously committed..."

Want to find out more about the court cases of Brentsville and the laws, crime, and punishment of the 19th century? Join us for our special tours, Crime and Punishment at Brentsville Courthouse. Tours will be offered at 11:00AM and 1:00PM. Admission is $5 per person, children 6 and under free. Registration can per purchased online at www.pwcparks.org or on site. For more information, please call 703-365-7895.

12/30/2019

Bring in the New Year with TWO guided hikes by local historians and naturalists!

At Neabsco Regional Park, our hike will begin at 9am in the Neabsco Regional Park parking lot on Blackburn Road in Woodbridge. The hike will cover the new Neabsco Creek Boardwalk, Metz Wetlands and Leesylvania State Park (which will have their own History Hike at 1pm if you want to continue your experience!). Guides will explain the history of the area and wildlife/plantlife that abounds. The entire hike is 8 miles round trip (four miles to the Leesylvania Visitor Center). If you do not want to do the entire hike, you can turn around at any point and return to the Neabsco Regional Park parking lot.

At Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park the hike begins at 1pm in the parking lot for a brief overview. Then walk down the 1863 Trail, and then via the 1862 Trail before walking back to the parking lot. This 90 minute, 3-mile hike will start the new year on the right foot! Pets are welcome to join. Pets are welcome to join, but the trail is not accessible for strollers.

Both First Day Hikes are FREE. Wear comfortable shoes, dress for the weather and bring water and your phone/cameras for pictures!

Neabsco Regional Park, parking lot located off of Blackburn Road, Woodbridge VA. 703-499-9812 for more information

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. The parking lot is located off Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049 for more information.

First Day Hike at Bristoe Station Battlefield
First Day Hike Neabsco Regional Park
Leesylvania State Park
Friends of Leesylvania State Park

Prince William County Historic Preservation Division's cover photo
12/28/2019

Prince William County Historic Preservation Division's cover photo

On this Christmas Eve, from all of us at Prince William Historic Preservation, we’d like to wish you all a safe and happ...
12/24/2019

On this Christmas Eve, from all of us at Prince William Historic Preservation, we’d like to wish you all a safe and happy Christmas and New Year! Thank you for supporting your local historic sites and we look forward to seeing you at one of our many programs in the new year!

12/23/2019

Bring in the New Year with a guided hike by local historians! You will start at the parking lot for a brief overview. Then walk down the 1863 Trail, and then via the 1862 Trail before walking back to the parking lot. This 90 minute, 3-mile hike will start the new year on the right foot! Pets are welcome to join. Pets are welcome to join, but the trail is not accessible for strollers.

This program is free but donations will be accepted.

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. The parking lot is located off Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.

First Day Hike at Bristoe Station Battlefield

It’s the last weekend for Holidays Through the Ages at #RipponLodge! Join is from 11am-4pm to learn about traditions thr...
12/21/2019

It’s the last weekend for Holidays Through the Ages at #RipponLodge! Join is from 11am-4pm to learn about traditions through time and from around the world. Also get 20% off in the gift shop for last minute shopping. For more information call 703-499-9812.

#tistheseason #christmastime #christmas #pwchistory #familyvisits #history #decorations

Have last minute holiday shopping? Check out the unique gifts at Rippon Lodge Historic Site. Today through Sunday, Dec. ...
12/20/2019

Have last minute holiday shopping? Check out the unique gifts at Rippon Lodge Historic Site. Today through Sunday, Dec. 22, 20% off all items in the gift shop.

Store and site open from 11 am to 4 pm only for the last weekend of Holidays through the Ages tours.

Looking for some last minute gifts for the holidays? Check out some of these ads in the Manassas Journal from #OTD Decem...
12/20/2019

Looking for some last minute gifts for the holidays? Check out some of these ads in the Manassas Journal from #OTD December 20, 1918, 101 years ago TODAY for some ideas! Here in Prince William County, there was everything from food, clocks, clothes, jewelry and more. At the end of World War I, donations to the red cross were even popular gifts. The Red Cross ad in today's paper was even sponsored by Ben Lomond Farm, today known as Ben Lomond Historic Site!

Looking for some more modern ideas? Bring your family to the last weekend of Holidays Through the Ages at Rippon Lodge Saturday and Sunday from 11am-4pm to experience holiday traditions through time.

We hope everyone is prepared and excited for the holidays!

12/18/2019

Walk off the holidays and start 2020 off on the right foot by joining us for our First Day Hike at Bristoe Station Battlefield on January 1, 2020 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. The event is FREE and will cover the park's three miles of nature and history trails.

Throughout the hike, park staff will share stories of the people who once lived and fought on the very ground you will be walking.

Click the link below for more information or give us a call at (703) 366-3049.

Today our HPD staff visited Historic Alexandria as part of our annual holiday field trip and lunch. We visited the new F...
12/17/2019

Today our HPD staff visited Historic Alexandria as part of our annual holiday field trip and lunch. We visited the new Freedom House Museum and Gadsby's Tavern Museum, sharing new ideas to bring back to PWC. Thank you to the Historic Alexandria, VA for hosting us.

Registration is NOW open for our 6th Annual Prince William - Manassas History Symposium! The event will take place on Ma...
12/17/2019

Registration is NOW open for our 6th Annual Prince William - Manassas History Symposium! The event will take place on March 21, 2020 from 8:30am - 5:00pm at the Old Manassas Courthouse in downtown Manassas. Tickets are only $10!

Topics include: Robert Carter III, "Stonewall" Jackson, Freedman's Bureau, Women in the OSS and Simon Kenton. We will highlight the topics and speakers over the next few months.

Thank you to our partners, the Prince William County Historic Commission, Historic Prince William and the Manassas Museum. Call 703-365-7895 for more details and to register. You can also register online at::

https://parksandrec.pwcgov.org/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/search?module=AR&primarycode=180001

Prince William County Historic Preservation Division's cover photo
12/17/2019

Prince William County Historic Preservation Division's cover photo

Thank you to everyone who came out yesterday to celebrate a historic holiday with us at Brentsville Courthouse Historic ...
12/16/2019

Thank you to everyone who came out yesterday to celebrate a historic holiday with us at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre! A festive time was had by all with caroling, history, and a visit from Santa Claus. As it was said in the 1800s, we hope everyone has a HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

Be sure to check out some of our staff on Monday morning on Fox 5 news at 7:30am. We will be highlighting historic Santa...
12/15/2019

Be sure to check out some of our staff on Monday morning on Fox 5 news at 7:30am. We will be highlighting historic Santa and historic craft making as part of Fox 5's visit to Stonebridge Towncenter, highlighting holiday happenings in PWC!

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The evening really cleared up at Brentsville Courthouse for our Civil War Christmas and Concerts!! Santa will arrive at ...
12/14/2019

The evening really cleared up at Brentsville Courthouse for our Civil War Christmas and Concerts!! Santa will arrive at 5pm with treats and crafts, the historic buildings will be open and the concert will begin at 7PM. Hope to see you there!

Rain, snow, or shine we hope you'll join us TOMORROW for our Civil War Christmas & Concerts at Brentsville from 5-8 PM f...
12/13/2019

Rain, snow, or shine we hope you'll join us TOMORROW for our Civil War Christmas & Concerts at Brentsville from 5-8 PM for a fun evening filled with history, music, crafts, photos with Santa, and more inside Brentsville's historic buildings! Concert begins at 7:00 PM and admission is FREE. For more information, please call 703-365-7895.

12/12/2019

Coming to you LIVE from Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre where we’ve been decorating all week in preparation for our Civil War Christmas & Concerts THIS SATURDAY from 5-8PM. Tune in for a sneak peek into all of the great things we having going on this weekend RAIN OR SHINE.

January 1940 saw record snowfalls bury the City of Richmond under 21 inches of snow in twenty-four hours.  In our area, ...
12/11/2019

January 1940 saw record snowfalls bury the City of Richmond under 21 inches of snow in twenty-four hours. In our area, 17 inches were recorded at Fredericksburg-Spotsylvania National Military Park! Keep an eye on the weather for this weekend though; whether it rains or there's maybe a little snow, Santa Comes to Rippon Lodge this Saturday, December 14th! Bring your cameras for pictures and dress for the weather, as some activities are outdoors. Parents will be given a "Things Santa Should Know" card upon arrival, to help the jolly old elf himself. Four-legged children welcome too, but should be comfortable around small children and other animals. Cost is $3 per child, parents free.

For more information, call (703) 499-9812 or message us here on Facebook! Rippon Lodge Historic Site is located at 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192.

Looking for something to do this winter so you don't get cabin fever? Take a look at Prince William County Parks & Recre...
12/11/2019

Looking for something to do this winter so you don't get cabin fever? Take a look at Prince William County Parks & Recreation's just released winter Leisure Magazine to see all of the events that Historic Preservation is doing over the next few months!

From special tours, cooking classes, lecture series, living history weekends and more, we hope to see you over the winter to learn some history and have fun! Information about our upcoming programs can be found at www.pwcgov.org/history and you can register online STARTING TODAY for programs at www.pwcparks.org/historicprograms.

We have been busy this week decorating Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre for THIS SATURDAY'S Civil War Christmas & ...
12/10/2019

We have been busy this week decorating Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre for THIS SATURDAY'S Civil War Christmas & Concerts at Brentsville which will be RAIN OR SHINE!

Brentsville's historic buildings will be open for you to explore by candlelight as you encounter soldiers and civilians to learn about what Christmas was like during the Civil War. Join us for a festive concert of Christmas Carols in the historic courthouse and get your picture taken with a historic Santa Claus in the Union Church. There will be crafts, cookies, and hot cider available as well.

Admission is FREE! The event is open from 5-8PM and the concert will begin at 7PM. For more information, please call 703-365-7895. We hope to see you there!

Prince William County's history reaches well beyond the county's borders. One place where this is especially true is in ...
12/10/2019

Prince William County's history reaches well beyond the county's borders. One place where this is especially true is in Elmwood Cemetery in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. It is the final resting place of at least four people connected with Prince William County's Civil War story.

-William Fitzhugh Lee served with the 33rd Virginia Infantry at the Battle of First Manassas and was mortally wounded in the action atop Henry Hill. Surgeons transported Lee to the Pringle House Hospital at Ben Lomond. Unfortunately, Lee perished several days later from his wounds. His wife Lily visited her husband to nurse him back to health and carried his remains back to Shepherdstown. Lily lived until 1916 and died in Connecticut. Her remains were brought to Shepehrdstown to be buried alongside her husband.

-Isaac Scott Tanner served as an assistant surgeon at the Pringle House Hospital from July 21 to August 25, 1861. Tanner served in the medical corps during the duration of the Civil War and died in 1903.

-William Kirkland was the only United States Marine to serve as a Confederate general. He led one of two North Carolina brigades that charged Union positions along the Orange & Alexandria Railroad at Bristoe Station on October 14, 1863. Kirkland died in a Washington, DC, soldier's home in 1915 and was buried in Shepherdstown.

It looks like there might a chance of snow coming this week! Did you know that Prince William County receives and averag...
12/09/2019

It looks like there might a chance of snow coming this week! Did you know that Prince William County receives and average of about 18 inches of snow a year? Not bad considering some of the storms that have come through our area in the past like the "Snowmageddon" of 2009/2010 or "The Great Eastern Blizzard" that dumped about 54-inches of snow in our area and Quantico froze at 20 degrees below zero in February 1899!

Just imagine all the snow that fell on Prince William County's historic buildings and how beautiful they looked. Who is ready for snow?

Prince William Historic Preservation Foundation's cover photo
12/08/2019

Prince William Historic Preservation Foundation's cover photo

Want to see historic Rippon Lodge by candlelight and learn local and international Christmas customs?  Come by tonight f...
12/07/2019

Want to see historic Rippon Lodge by candlelight and learn local and international Christmas customs? Come by tonight for our annual Candlight Tours at Rippon Lodge from 6pm-9pm. Tours are only $7 a person and include refreshments and crafts. Call 703-499-9812 for more information. It's a great night to get into the holiday spirit!

The Civil War was a challenging time of year for those at home and away at war, but they always tried to bring in some f...
12/07/2019

The Civil War was a challenging time of year for those at home and away at war, but they always tried to bring in some festive cheer. From a Harper's Weekly article titled "Santa Claus Among our Soldiers published, January 3rd, 1863, you can see some of the fun soldiers might have had away from home, (and you can see it in the background of the sketch).

"One of [the soldiers] is trying to climb a greased pole, and, as he slips down sometimes faster than he goes up, all the others who are looking at him have a great deal of fun at his expense. Others are chasing a greased boar. One fellow thought he just had him; but he is so slippery that he can't hold him, and so he tumbles over on his face, and the next one that comes tumbles over him...

...In another place they are playing a game of football, and getting a fine appetite for their Christmas dinner, which is cooking on the fire. See how nicely the soldiers have decorated the encampment with greens in honor of the day! And they are firing a salute to Santa Claus from the fort, and they have erected at triumphal arch to show him how welcome he is to them. But Santa Claus must hurry up and not stay here too long; for he has to go as far south as New Orleans, and ever so far out West; so he says, "G'lang!" and away he goes through the arch like lightning, for he must give all our soldiers a Merry Christmas".

Everyone tried to have some cheer during the holidays and we hope you'll join us for some holiday festivities NEXT SATURDAY, December 14th for a Civil War Christmas & Concerts at Brentsville from 5-8 PM. Join us for a night of Christmas carols, crafts, hot cider, pictures with Historic Santa, living historians and more!

We hope you'll join us for a historical holiday! Admission is FREE. For more information, call 703-365-7895.

12/06/2019

Besides the site of two Civil War battles, Bristoe Station was also the site of multiple encampments.

Celebrate the season at Rippon Lodge Historic Site this year during our annual Holidays Through the Ages tours.  Only on...
12/05/2019

Celebrate the season at Rippon Lodge Historic Site this year during our annual Holidays Through the Ages tours. Only on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from December 6th to the 22nd, our tours look back at holiday origins, traditions, evolution, and history, from the 1750s to the 1940s. This year, tours will venture upstairs to view Children's Christmas Traditions from around the world. Only $5 per person. Hours are from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., with tours on the hour.

Furthermore, for one night only, on Saturday, December 7, we host our Candlelight Tours from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. A special night of lights, historic reenactors, crafts, shopping, and more. $7 per person.

Finally, on Saturday, December 14, Santa Claus takes time out of his busy schedule to visit Rippon Lodge. Santa is only here from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Our elves will be here to assist families with games (dependng on weather), crafts, and picture taking. It is $3 per child.

Address

17674 Main St
Dumfries, VA
22026

General information

We are pleased to present benefits of membership in the Prince William Historic Preservation Foundation. With each paid membership comes * The Historic Perspective Quarterly * Free regular admission to our historic sites * 10% off historic site shop merchandise Student $10. Individual $35. Family $75. Donor $100. Contributing $250. Sustaining $500. Patron $1,000. ➤ Membership at the DONOR level brings a heritage themed ornament ➤ Membership at the CONTRIBUTING level brings a print of one of Prince William's historic sites ➤ Membership at the SUSTAINING level brings a private tour for six at a historic site location (details to be determined by the Prince William County Department of Public Works Historic Preservation Division) ➤ Membership at the PATRON level brings a private costumed candlelight tour for ten (details to be determined by the Prince William County Department of Public Works Historic Preservation Division) TO JOIN: Online: Visit www.pwhpf.org and join securely via PayPal By Check: To the Prince William Historic Preservation Foundation 17674 Main Street Dumfries, VA 22026 NOTE: "Like", following, or any such social media term is not an endorsement, nor does it infer an affiliation. Comments posted herein are the opinion of the individual visiting the Prince William Histori Preservation Foundation's page, and not necessarily that of the Foundation, Board, or affiliated individuals.

Opening Hours

Monday 11:00 - 16:00
Thursday 11:00 - 16:00
Friday 11:00 - 16:00
Saturday 11:00 - 16:00
Sunday 11:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(703) 792-4754

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