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Explore the Area’s History

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This month Prince William is full of fun events, from celebrating Mom to enjoying outdoor adventures and many springtime programs at our historic sites. Don’t waste a single weekend. Get out of the house and explore these activities located in your own backyard.

May is Historic Preservation Month. Did you know that Prince William and Manassas have five historic properties which are open to the public? One of Virginia’s most haunted homes, the Weems- Botts Museum in Dumfries, has ghost tours each weekend.

You can also take the family to a classic movie under the stars on May 9 in Woodbridge at Rippon Lodge, one of the oldest homes in Prince William. Or travel back in time on May 24 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Manassas at Ben Lomond’s annual “Antique Rose Garden and Tea.” The historic site, which overlooks one of the largest antique rose gardens in the Washington, D.C., metro area, will give a special presentation regarding the garden’s roses and spring flowers, and serve historic tea. The Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, in Bristow, and the Old Manassas Courthouse, in Old Town Manassas, also offer events year-round.

And you can always unplug and get a healthier connection to the great outdoors by hiking, biking or canoeing in our state, national and local parks. Bull Run Mountains Conservancy has free public hikes with a naturalist for two hours the first Wednesday of every month at 9 a.m. Or pack a picnic and drive to Signal Hill Park, located in Manassas Park. It has miles of walking trails and a fishing pond. On May 31, get your whole family outside for a “Wildlife Walk” from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park in Bristow. Outdoor experts will lead a guided walk of the battlefield to demonstrate the importance of our local wildlife.

For more ideas on how to fill your schedule this May, be sure to follow Discover Prince William & Manassas on Facebook and Twitter.

Ann Marie Maher is the president and CEO of Discover Prince William & Manassas. For more information about what’s going on in Prince William and Manassas, visit DiscoverPWM.com. 

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