Written by Prince William County Government
On Nov. 14, the Historic Preservation Division will offer an open-hearth cooking class where people will learn their way around a cooking fire. The class will be held at the Haislip-Hall house, located at the Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre at 12229 Bristow Road in Bristow.
During the class, which runs between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., people will learn about the skill it took to cook a three-course meal in earlier centuries, said Bill Backus, the historic site manager for the Brentsville Centre. “This program will actually allow them to learn how people in the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries cooked over the open fire,” he said.
People will also get a chance to sample three dishes that were popular in the 19th century, including an appetizer, main course and dessert, Backus said. “What’s actually pretty unique about this is, after they’ve slaved away in the kitchen all day cooking it, they actually will be able to taste the finished product.”