Bluegrass Bands, Bird Walks and Art at County’s Historic Properties

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Provided by Prince William County

Banjos, mandolins, guitars and fiddles will provide a bluegrass soundtrack for the second annual Brentsville Day at the Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre on Saturday, Sept. 22. The free event, set to run between 10:00 a. m. and 4:00 p. m. at 12229 Bristow Road, will also include hayrides, farm animals and living historians. Hosted by the Prince William County Historic Preservation Division, this event will also include local artists who will showcase their work.

All of the buildings at the historic centre — including the schoolhouse, the Haislip House, the jail and the courthouse — will be open to visitors, said Lisa Struckmeyer, a historic interpreter with the county. Living history interpreters will be at the circa 1850 Haislip House to demonstrate how people lived and worked on a farm in the middle of the 19th century. “We’ll have people cooking and eating and hanging out as though they lived there,” Struckmeyer said. “It a classic example of a middle-class farm house in Prince William County at that time.”

The bluegrass bands playing at Brentsville Day will include the Page County Ramblers, Skystone and the Andrew Acosta Band. There will also be a food truck on the premises, Struckmeyer said.

The Historic Properties Division will also host a number of other events in September.

Folks who attend History by the Campfire for $5 at Ben Lomond will learn about the Carter family, one of Virginia’s first families. Attendees will also learn about  their relationship with Great Britain, as well as the peculiar history leading to the founding of Ben Lomond. The event will be held on Friday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 p. m.

Join local birding experts for the Fall Migration Bird Walk at the Julie J. Metz Neabsco Creek Wetlands on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 8:00 a. m. The 120-acre preserve, located in the heart of Woodbridge at 15875 Neabsco Road, is home to a diverse bird population. Bring binoculars and guide books. The wetlands will be muddy if it rains in the days before the bird walk. Wear appropriate shoes.

Also on Sept. 29, visit Rippon Lodge for Make, Create or Take Art! between 11:00 a. m. and 4:00 p. m. Local artists will be encouraged to bring their easels, canvases, palettes, paint brushes, cameras or sketch books to make, create or take art. Art played an important role in Rippon Lodge’s history, from the famous Benjamin Latrobe watercolors that hung at Rippon Lodge to Rippon’s very own Aviza Black, a fashion illustrator and painter. Admission to the lodge is $5 for the event. The house is located at 15520 Blackburn Road in Woodbridge.

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