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Ben Lomond Historic Site

Ben Lomond Historic Site Contact information, map and directions, contact form, opening hours, services, ratings, photos, videos and announcements from Ben Lomond Historic Site, Community Museum, 10321 Sudley Manor Drive, Manassas, VA.

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We hope you'll join us in a few weeks for our annual EGGSTRAVAGANZA! Call 703-367-7872 for more information!
03/05/2018

We hope you'll join us in a few weeks for our annual EGGSTRAVAGANZA! Call 703-367-7872 for more information!

Though it may be windy and chilly this week, not to worry, spring is fast approaching! With the birds coming out to chirp and the flowers beginning to bloom, Ben Lomond Historic Site and Rippon Lodge are starting to become very colorful. ESPECIALLY since the grounds will be covered soon with bright, colorful eggs FILLED with toys and candy! Get outside with the family and enjoy spring with the Historic Preservation Division at our annual egg hunts!

On March 24th, join us at Ben Lomond for a special Ben Lomond Eggstravaganza from 10am-2pm! Come on out and make some new animal friends, tour the house, take a wagon ride, and enjoy some games, crafts, and egg hunts. Admission is $5 per child, egg hunts are separated by age groups and are every hour on the half hour. . To purchase tickets visit www.pwcparks.org or call 703-792-8320.

On March 31st, visit Rippon Lodge for the Rippon Lodge Easter Egg Hunt from 11am-4pm, where eggs have been hidden among the trees, bushes and vines and we need you help to find them! Along with the search for eggs, crafts, games and tours of the historic house make this a day the whole family will enjoy. Admission is $5 per child, $2 per adult, egg hunts are separated by age groups and are every hour on the half hour. To purchase tickets, please call 703-499-9812.

We hope you join us as we get outside in the warm weather and enjoy the arrival of spring!

THIS PLACE MATTERS.
02/07/2018

THIS PLACE MATTERS.

Everyone has places that are important to them. Places they care about. Places that matter. "This Place Matters" is a national campaign sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation that encourages people to celebrate the places that are meaningful to them and to their communities. It’s about telling the stories of the places we can’t live without.

The Slave Quarter at Ben Lomond matters because it is one of only three to survive to this day in Prince William County that can help tell the story of the many enslaved African Americans who had to live and work for a lifetime in which freedom and choice were taken away. Join us the weekend of February 23rd and 24th to learn about the building and the people who lived in it during .

Join us for an educational and humbling experience to spend the night in the slave quarter during Where They Slept: Spend the Night in Ben Lomond's Slave Quarter or visit us during the day at Every Day Full of Work: The African American Experience. For more information, please call 703-367-7872.

Cool Research!
12/29/2017

Cool Research!

EXCITING NEWS!!!

We always knew that the Pringle family who lived at Ben Lomond Historic Site was from originally from Scotland, but we never knew exactly from where. Now we do!

With the help of the Borders Family History Society in Galashiels, Scotland, we've learned that they immigrated from Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland! We hope this will help us in our research to find out even more about the family who had their home in Prince William County converted into a Civil War hospital.

Stay tuned as we find out more as we continue our research this winter!

Still a few spaces left! We hope you will join us.
10/28/2017

Still a few spaces left! We hope you will join us.

Staff is busy getting things all set for Hospital Horrors this evening! There are still a few spaces left on the tours of the active Civil War Hospital at 8:40, 9:00, 9:20; and 9:40.

Call 703-367-7872 now to reserve your space before they are gone!

Ben Lomond Historic Site
10/07/2017

Ben Lomond Historic Site

Prince William Historic Preservation Foundation has a lot of great Halloween programs going on, including Hospital Horro...
10/02/2017

Prince William Historic Preservation Foundation has a lot of great Halloween programs going on, including Hospital Horrors here at Ben Lomond! We hope you'll join us!

There are a lot of eerie things going on at our historic sites for the Halloween season. Come on out for these unique, daytime and nighttime events, get spooked, and learn some history while doing it!

Check out what we have coming up this month that will make your hair stand on end:

Throughout October, join us at Rippon Lodge as it is decorated for mourning during our regular tours, where you will learn about how death was commemorated and celebrated over the centuries.

Begin your weekend evenings by joining us at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre on October 7th for "Spectral Stories at Historic Brentsville" from 7-8pm. Here, you will spend the evening around the campfire and hear spooky stories about Brentsville and other haunts in and around Prince William County.

The following weekend on October 20-21, join us for our annual "Spirits of Rippon Lodge" between 7-9pm. Come and experience a haunting tour of the historic house and grounds by candlelight and encounter the departed spirits of notable residents.

Following your tour on the 21st, head back over to Brentsville Courthouse for "Legends by Lantern-light: Remembrances of Brentsville" from 7:30pm- 9:30pm. Hear the stories of Brentsville from the perspective of the people who lived and passed through here during the Civil War during these lantern-lit tours.

The last weekend in October, spend your day at Brentsville on October 28th for a special "Historic Cemeteries of Brenstville Tour" offered at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm, to explore the burial grounds at Brentsville that have long since been lost to time.

Finally, top of your Halloween festivities at Ben Lomond Historic Site for Hospital Horrors between 7-10pm, where you can visit the recreated hospital and experience the sights, sounds, and smells of an active hospital as you experience the stories of soldiers and loved ones who were forever changed by war. But beware, some sights, sounds, and smells may not be suitable for younger children.

We hope you will join us for these unique hair-raising events! For many of these events, advanced registration is suggested due to limited capacity. For more information about these events, check out our Facebook Events page, or give us a call at 703-792-4754. We hope to see you soon......

Join us this weekend as we bring the hospital back to life to commemorate the 156th Anniversary of the Battle of First M...
07/18/2017

Join us this weekend as we bring the hospital back to life to commemorate the 156th Anniversary of the Battle of First Manassas!

You might have been to Civil War battlefields or learned about these momentous events in American history, but have you ever thought about the aftermath, or the impact of these battles on thousands of soldiers or civilians?

Join us at Ben Lomond Historic Site July 22 & 23 from 10am-4pm as we commemorate the 156th Anniversary of the Battle of First Manassas by focusing on the aftermath of the battle and the treatment of hundreds of wounded soldiers at the house turned hospital. The weekend will consist of medical and military demonstrations, original displays, children's activities, and more!

For ONE NIGHT only, on July 22 from 6:30-8:30pm join us for special "In-Time" tours of the Pringle House Hospital where you will enter an active Civil War hospital filled with surgeons and patients and see, smell, and hear the hospital as it might have looked on the evening after the battle. Tours start every 20 minutes and may not be suitable for young children. Reservations are suggested for space is limited on the tours.

For more information, please call 703-367-7872 or check out our Facebook "Events" Page.

Excited to be featured by the Washington Post! Have you come to check us out yet?
05/31/2017
Prince William Historic Preservation Foundation

Excited to be featured by the Washington Post! Have you come to check us out yet?

Thank you to the Washington Post for the great coverage of Ben Lomond Historic Site. Be sure to visit this one of a kind museum, right here in Prince William County!

Thanks for the shoutout What's Up Prince William! Looking for something to do this Memorial Day Weekend? Come on out!
05/25/2017
What's Up Prince William

Thanks for the shoutout What's Up Prince William! Looking for something to do this Memorial Day Weekend? Come on out!

“Everything we have inside the house recreates the sights of the Civil War hospital where visitors… can interact with all the objects inside the house."

Prince William Historic Preservation Foundation Historic Prince William Ben Lomond Historic Site

Prince William County Historic Preservation Division
05/14/2017

Prince William County Historic Preservation Division

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit Ben Lomond after dark? Well, now you can find out!

Starting this year, Ben Lomond Historic Site will be offering Candlelight Tours by advanced reservation. Explore the Civil War Hospital by candlelight, where you can experience the hospital as it may have looked, smelled, and sounded after sundown. For reservations, please call 703-367-7872.

Prince William County Historic Preservation Division
05/05/2017

Prince William County Historic Preservation Division

The Tyler family cemetery at “The Shelter” in Western Prince William County is being restored by Historic Prince William!

Did you know that Benjamin Tasker Chinn and Edmonia Randolf Carter Chinn of Ben Lomond are buried there as well? They are connected to the property through their daughter Sarah Sophia Chinn Tyler and her husband Robert Horner Tyler who lived at the home.

For more information about the restoration and the Chinn family, visit Ben Lomond Historic Site or Historic Prince William’s website at http://www.historicprincewilliam.org/.

Ben Lomond Historic Site
10/19/2016

Ben Lomond Historic Site

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10321 Sudley Manor Drive
Manassas, VA
20109

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Visit a farm house that was once a Civil War field hospital.

Ben Lomond and it’s outbuildings were constructed for Benjamin Tasker Chinn in 1832. Confederate forces used Ben Lomond as a hospital following the 1861 Battle of First Manassas. Signatures of Federal soldiers who occupied the property in 1862 are still visible inside the house. Tour the house, where you can smell, touch, and taste history. Then see the restored slave quarter, smokehouse and dairy, and enjoy the fragrant rose garden.

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MUSEUM KID MONDAYS is coming back to your local sites this summer!

Select Mondays May-August from 10AM-11AM, bring your child to Ben Lomond Historic Site, Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, and Rippon Lodge to explore history through sight, sound, smell, and touch with hands-on activities and crafts! Topics will vary each month and include subjects such as farming, archaeology,19th century toys, kites, and more!

1st Mondays - Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre
3rd Mondays - Ben Lomond Historic Site
4th Mondays - Rippon Lodge Historic Site

Admission is $5 per child. Adult must be able to participate with children. Reservations are not required. For more information or to see the topic of the month, please visit www.pwcva.gov/history or call 703-792-4754.
Ron Turner's Historic Prince William site mentions (under Stores&More) mentions a a Ben Lomond saw mill operating in 1926. Any details on this business? On older early 20th century maps of the area a road follows modern Sudley Manor down through Ben Lomond park and crosses Bull Run and the maps show a structure on the creek in Fairfax Co -- I wonder if this was the saw mill?
Join us at Ben Lomond Historic Siteon Saturday, September 11 from 11 am to 4 pm for Every Day Full of Work: The African American Experience at Ben Lomond. Ben Lomond is home to one of a handful of original slave quarters still standing in Prince William County. Using the themes of work, fear and uncertainty, resistance, freedom, and family, this program will examine the daily lives of enslaved workers at Ben Lomond and in Prince William County.

Themed tours of the house and grounds will be offered at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm. Admission is $5 per person; children 6 and under are free. For more information, call (703) 367-7872.

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Ben Lomond Historic Site
Farm Brew Live
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Quattro Goombas
The Winery at Sunshine Ridge Farm
Harris Pavilion
The Winery at La Grange
Vanish Brewery
Eavesdrop Brewery
MurLarkey Distilled Spirits
The Winery at Bull Run
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Old Bust Head Brewing Company
Alive Church
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Great Meadow Foundation
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Does your dad enjoy history or the outdoors? The weather is going to be great this weekend so treat him to a visit to one of your local Prince William County historic sites! For Father's Day Weekend, tours of Ben Lomond Historic Site , Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre , and Rippon Lodge are FREE for all dads! For more information, please give us a call at 703-792-4754, and we hope to see you this weekend!

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Old Bust Head Brewing Company
Quattro Goombas
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Harris Pavilion
Today starts the beginning of Women's History Month! Did you know that Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.”?

For the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week", but in 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” In honor of Women's History Month we are offering several programs at our sites that highlight the roles of women in Prince William County's history.

On March 6th, visit Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre for Women's History Tours where you can explore the role women played in the 19th Century from the perspective of Brentsville Courthouse.

Also on March 6th, visit Rippon Lodge Historic Site for Feisty, Friendly, and Fearless: Women of the Lodge a special tour that focuses on four of the ladies of Rippon Lodge, their lives, and their accomplishments, along with a look at the women they raised or who worked for them.

On March 13th, join us at Ben Lomond Historic Site for specially themed Women's History Tours of Ben Lomond to learn about the roles of women in the 19th century and during the Civil War.

For more information about these programs, visit the event links on Social media, visit us online at www.pwcgov.org/history or call 703-792-4754.
Snow can make a beautiful picture, but it also makes for dangerous conditions! Please exercise caution on the road or in the parks today if you are out and about! Sidewalks, roads, and paths are all icy to some degree. If it looks like slush it is probably ice.

Due to the weather, Ben Lomond Historic Site, Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, and Rippon Lodge will be closed today for tours.
Looking for a way to change up Virtual Learning on Mondays?

Prince William Historic Preservation now has Virtual Lessons online! From Math to Language Arts and History, get students engaged in local by watching videos on our YouTube Channel and completing the activities found on our website for some . Visit us online at www.pwcgov.org/history.

Also don't forget about PWC Historic Sites FREE MONDAYS! until winter break! Bring your students to Ben Lomond Historic Site, Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, or Rippon Lodge Historic Site for your own personal field trip. Tours are offered at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm and are free for Prince William County students and two accompanying adults.

For more information, call 703-792-4754 or email [email protected].
While the sites might close for the winter season on November 1st, we are excited to announce that we will be remaining open for PWC Historic Sites FREE MONDAYS! until winter break!

Need a break from virtual learning? Bring your students to Ben Lomond Historic Site, Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre or Rippon Lodge Historic Site to get a local spin on American History! After an engaging, SOL based tour, students will be able to take home some additional activities with them. Tours will are available at 11AM, 1PM, and 3PM and are free to students and up to two accompanying adults.

For more information, please call 703-792-4754 or email [email protected]
Looking for something new to read about local history?

We are excited to say that the SECOND volume of the Journal of Prince William County History is available for purchase! This year's Journal features articles about the Community of Kopp, Southern Claims Commission in Prince William, and Colvin Farm and more.

Journals are available for purchase in the historic site gift shops at Ben Lomond Historic Site, Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, and Rippon Lodge Historic Site Thursdays-Mondays when the sites are open for tours, or you can purchase a copy and have it mailed to you by calling 703-792-4754.
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