County residents don’t need to travel far to experience history.
Several events revolving around history are occurring in Prince William County in January and February.
Below, is more information about the upcoming events.
January 24, 7 p.m.: USS Monitor Center Director Emeritus John V. Quarstein will talk about the USS Monitor, a ship that sank after hitting a storm on December 30, 1862. The free program will be held at the Old Manassas Courthouse. To learn more information, call 703-792-5618.
February 5, 7 p.m.: Sheri Huerta, a history professor at George Mason University, is giving a presentation called “The Meaning of Freedom in an Era of Enslavement.” Participants will discuss an individual’s decision to pursue freedom or to continue serving as a slave. To register for the event, which will occur at the Old Manassas Courthouse, call 703-792-4540 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 9: The Ebenezer Baptist Church Men’s Choir is performing at the Lucasville School in Manassas. To learn more information, call 703-365-7895.
February 9, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Tours of the Barnes House will be offered at the Montclair Community Library. Visitors will learn about the history of the family and the house’s restoration during the tours, which begin at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
February 16, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: “Everyday Full of Work: the African American Experience at Ben Lomond” is occurring at Ben Lomond Historic Site in Manassas. Community members will have an opportunity to learn about slaves who lived on the property and their chores. The program costs $5 for adults. To learn more information, call 703-367-7872.
February 16, 10 a.m. to Noon: Ben Lomond Historic Site is hosting “The History and Science of Cooking: The Cupboard is Bare!” Through the program, members of the public will learn what food families living in the 19th century ate once winter ended. Families of four may participate for $15. Call 703-367-7872, for more information.
February 23, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Citizens will be able to learn about African-American history at the Brentsville Courthouse in Bristow. It costs $10 for individuals 6 years old and older to attend. To learn more information about the program, call 703-365-7895.
February 28, 7 p.m.: Historian Kevin Knapp is discussing balloons used during the Civil War. The free event is taking place at the Manassas Courthouse. Those interested in attending can call 703-792-5618 for more information.
Throughout February, the Lucasville School will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the weekends.
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