by Ann Marie Maher President and CEO Discover Prince William & Manassas
Get into the autumn spirit this October and discover some of the festive and ghostly activities just around the corner. With a chill in the air and fall foliage as your backdrop, it is the perfect time of year to get out and enjoy all that Prince William & Manassas has to offer.
Plan a scenic drive from Prince William Forest Park to Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park along Route 619, and once there, enjoy the colors of fall while exploring the battlefield’s more than 2.7 miles of walking trails.
Experience Civil War hospital horrors at Ben Lomond on Halloween. Tour the house and grounds where Civil War soldiers once roamed and are rumored to wander still. Apple cider and cookies will be provided for those brave souls who attend the tour.
Get locked inside the Weems-Botts Museum in Dumfries every Saturday evening from 9 p.m. – 6 a.m. in October. Listen to the history of the house and walk through the haunted schoolyard and cemetery. Get goosebumps as you look for the ghost of the school janitor who roams the area at night or the little girl who plays teacher in the schoolyard. Reservations are preferred, so book today by calling 703-221-2218.
Visit the countryside for one of my favorite activities, pumpkin picking. Locally owned Yankey Farms is one of the few pumpkin patches in Northern Virginia where you can pick your own, off the vine. Walk through the corn maze or hop on a tractor ride to get the full farm experience.
Take advantage of the wonderful fall weather and explore the many activities Prince William and Manassas has to offer. More information and a list of events in October can be found on our event calendar at DiscoverPWM.com.
Ann Marie Maher is the President/CEO of Discover Prince William & Manassas. Stay in touch with Prince William and Manassas by connecting with us on Facebook or Twitter @DiscoverPWM.