Art in the Park at Brentsville Courthouse
Saturday, 04/22/2017 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
In the tradition of Monet, O'Keeffe, and Ansel Adams, come and set up your easel, open your sketchbook or focus your camera at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre. Join us for a day of art appreciation and picturesque views of the historic site, natural surroundings and our nature trail. We will have art table fun for the budding artists, art for sale, and pop-up art lessons throughout the day. Be sure to look in the historic schoolhouse which will feature Prince William County student art!
Lost Towns of Prince William County
Saturday, 04/29/2017 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
While historic towns such as Dumfries, Occoquan, and Manassas survive to the present day, many smaller communities (and even towns), were abandoned, destroyed, or lost throughout history. Join local historians as we explore these long forgotten communities and learn about a lost chapter in Prince William County history.
Kite Day at Brentsville
Saturday, 05/06/2017 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Let’s go fly a kite! Join us in this historic pastime. Bring your kites, a picnic and enjoy the day on the lawn behind Brentsville Courthouse. Visitors are welcome to enjoy face-painting, a kite-making craft table, and a horseshoe game on the front lawn. Concessions will also be available for purchase.
Brentsville Jail Grand Opening and Dedication
Saturday, 05/13/2017 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
In its nearly 200-year existence, the Brentsville Jail has seen a lot of different uses. From a jail in the 19th century, to a dormitory, private house, and office space in the 20th century, the building has changed a lot! After six years of restoration, join us for a grand opening of the Historic Brentsville jail. Local historians will provide special tours of the building. Dedication ceremony to take place at 10 a.m.
Civil War Basic Summer Camp
Monday, 07/17/2017 9:00 AM - Friday, 07/21/2017 12:00 PM
The Civil War Basic Camp is a unique, hands on approach to the history of the American Civil War. Activities include enlistment, drill and tactics, uniforms and equipment, flags, food ways and shelters used by both Union and Confederate Infantry. The camp includes a tour of the 1861. Camp is from July 17 - 21, from 9 am - 12 pm. Registration for this camp can be done on line at www.pwcparks.org or by calling 703-792-8320 or 703-365-7895.
Civil War Home Front Camp
Monday, 07/24/2017 9:00 AM - Friday, 07/28/2017 12:00 PM
The Home front camp is designed to give participants a feel for life as a young person while fathers and older brothers are off fighting the War. Activities will include farm chores, food ways to include substitutions, Court day, 19th century fishing, letters to loved ones, sewing and needle work, and on the last day a community picnic with homemade ice cream. Registration for this camp can be completed on line at www.pwcparks.org or by calling 703-792-8320 or 703-365-7895.
Civil War Advanced Camp
Monday, 08/07/2017 9:00 AM - Friday, 08/11/2017 4:00 PM
For folks that have completed the Civil War Basic and Advanced Camps. This camp will incorporate service projects and field trips to sites of historical significance in the area, and gives participants an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of how these sites are remembered and commemorated for future generations. Bring lunch, snacks, and drinks daily. Registration for this camp can be completed on line at www.pwcparks.org or by calling 703-792-8320.
Civil War Advanced Camp
Monday, 08/14/2017 9:00 AM - Friday, 08/18/2017 12:00 PM
The Civil War Advanced Camp picks up where the Basic Camp leaves off. Participants will have the opportunity to speak with famous officer from the war, expand their knowledge of campaign foods and how they were prepared, learn of the cavalry, participate in artillery drill, build a sunshade. This camp includes a tour of 2nd Manassas battlefield sites at Manassas National Battlefield. Registration for this camp can be completed on line at www.pwcparks.org or by calling 703-792-8320.
So You Want to be a Civil War Soldier Camp
Saturday, 08/19/2017 9:00 AM - Sunday, 08/20/2017 1:00 PM
This camp is designed to put all of the lessons learned in the previous camps into practice as participants enlist in a company, establish a camp and become a soldier in camp for two days through a series of hands on activities and drills. Parents and children will be staying in shelter tents and performing camp duties from 4 pm Friday to noon on Sunday. Participants will need to bring sleeping bag or blankets. Registration for this camp can be completed on line at www.pwcparks.org or by calling 703-792-8320.
Movie Night at Brentsville
Saturday, 08/19/2017 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Join us for our 4th Annual Brentsville Movie Night! Enjoy an old movie the way they were meant to be seen! Movie starts at nightfall. We will be showing The Count of Monte Cristo. Bring chairs and or blankets. Concessions will be available for purchase.
Overnight Stay in Brentsville Jail
Saturday, 09/02/2017 8:00 PM - Sunday, 09/03/2017 8:00 AM
From 1822 to 1893 the Brentsville jail housed numerous people awaiting trial, and fate. The prisoners were accused of various crimes from theft, to poisoning, and even murder. In 1872 a prominent Prince William resident was gunned down in his cell while awaiting his trail. Spend the night in the nearly 200 year old building and learn about some of the people who were imprisoned here.
Historic Brentsville Schoolhouse Happy Hour
Saturday, 09/09/2017 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Looking for a unique way to start the new school year? Take part in our Historic Brentsville Schoolhouse Happy Hour! Receive two drink tickets to use over the course of the evening, and come and explore the 1920s schoolhouse to learn about teaching in a one room schoolhouse during the Great Depression. Reservations are suggested, but not required.
Prince William County Farm Tour--Brentsville Stop
Saturday, 09/23/2017 11:00 AM - Sunday, 09/24/2017 4:00 PM
Join site staff as we learn about farm life here in Brentsville and Prince William County during the mid-1800s. Tour the 1850s farm house and learn how Prince William County farmers, free and enslaved. Discover how they lived and worked before electricity and running water.
Saturday, 09/23/2017 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Join us for our first Brentsville Day! The community of Brentsville has been around for nearly 200 years and served as the social and political center of Prince William County for nearly 100 years. Enjoy historic farm demonstrations, living history, bluegrass music, games, food, tours of the historic buildings and more.
Civil War Raiders of Northern Virginia Bus Tour
Saturday, 09/30/2017 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
One of the most famous figures to emerge from the Civil War was John S. Mosby. Operating behind Federal lines in Northern Virginia, Mosby created a legacy that still resounds today. However Mosby was not the only band of guerillas in the area; other bands of soldiers from Virginia and South Carolina also worked in the area. Join historians from Prince William County Historic Preservation Division and the Mosby Heritage Area Association for a special bus tour that will not only visit Mosby sites, but also other guerilla sites in Northern Virginia.
Spectral Stories at Historic Brentsville
Saturday, 10/07/2017 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Do you love scary movies and hearing ghost stories? Join site staff for a fun filled evening spent around a campfire as you hear spooky stories about Historic Brentsville and other haunts in and around Prince William County.
Legends by Lanternlight: Remembrances of Brentsville
Saturday, 10/21/2017 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Hear the stories of Brentsville from the perspective of the people who lived and passed through here during the Civil War. The program will be led by the costumed interpreters of the Mosby Heritage Area Interpretive Group. The county seat for Prince William County during the Civil War, Brentsville saw soldiers passing through it throughout much of the Civil War. Confederates used the village as a point of mustering point at the beginning of the war before Union soldiers occupied the area from 1862-1865. The community even witnessed a few minor, but deadly battles. Come learn these stories and more as part of a lantern-lit tour of this historic village. Walking is required. Please dress appropriately. For questions, please call (540) 687-5188 or 703-365-7895.
Historic Cemeteries of Brentsville Walking Tour
Saturday, 10/28/2017 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
In the nearly 200-year history of the community of Brentsville, many cemeteries have sprung up in the area. Unfortunately, some of these burial grounds are now lost to history. However, others are still marked today. Join local historians for a special walking tour of historic Brentsville as we explore some of these little known spots.
Saturday, 11/04/2017 7:00 PM
Brentsville has a diverse history from being a County seat for Prince William County to being a quiet town. Today, many local residents claim that the jail, courthouse and grounds are haunted by spirits from the past. Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre is partnering with East Coast Research and Investigation of the Paranormal (ECRIP) to host a paranormal seminar and investigation at Brentsville. ECRIP is a local volunteer group of researchers who investigate claims of potential paranormal phenomena and educate interested parties by sharing collective research, experience, knowledge and theories. Participants will first attend a seminar with discussions about various theories and current techniques. Afterwards, participants will work alongside members of ECRIP in a paranormal investigation. The seminar will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The investigation will be held from 9 p.m. to midnight. Space is limited for the investigation. Reservations are required.
Brentsville Holiday Concert
Saturday, 12/09/2017 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Join the Brentsville community Saturday evening for two Holiday concerts filled with seasonal music performed by the Brentsville District High School Choir at the beautiful and historic Brentsville Union Church. Enjoy hot cider and cookies by a warm bonfire.