A Taste of Tea & History:Women's History
(8-Adult) Have a light afternoon tea with scones and preserves as you feel the impact of women from different times in Sully's history. Elizabeth Collins Lee lived at Sully in 1794. Hear the dilemma of Patty, Madam Juba and the laundry. Maria Barlow faced war in 1864. Eleanor Lee Templeman, a Lee descendent, is credited with helping save Sully from demolition.
African-Americans at Walney Walking Tour
(6-Adult) In this interactive walking tour through Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, learn the names and stories of the many African-American families who lived here in slavery and in freedom. Learn about slave tenancy and hear local stories of resistance and survival.
(7-12 yrs) Did you know that James Machen, the owner and farmer of the modern-day Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, held patents for farming technology? In this afterschool program, learn how the Machens used technology to make their lives easier. Hear from an historian, look at documents relating to technology from the 19th century, and then have a chance to make prototypes to solve today's challenges using technology.
(8-Adult) Gather friends and family to create beautiful crafts inspired by our history and natural world. Learn about the history of the crafts and natural resources will be using. Light refreshments will be served.
Beautiful Handmade Arts
(8-Adult) Join us on Saturdays as we create art projects inspired by history. Topics vary by month. Jan.: Silhouettes, Feb.: Calling Cards, Mar.: Ceramic Art.
Build Your Own Time Capsule
(6-Adult) In 1875 when renovating Walney after a fire, the Machen family placed a time capsule into the walls. In 1990 when expanding the visitor center at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, workers discovered the capsule and got a glimpse into life in the 1880s. Participate in a lively discussion about time capsules and add to the park's historical record by creating objects for our time capsule. Inscribe your name in tin, create your own stamps and design your own money.
Christmas on the Homefront
(5-Adult) Get in the spirit of a 1940s Christmas with big band music and festive carols. Learn about cooking with substitutions, made necessary by the war. Soldiers on leave and others in the know share the latest on the war and efforts on the homefront. Enjoy hot cider and homemade cookies. House tour is 45 minutes. Outside festivities available until 8pm.
(4-Adult) Try cooking the old fashioned way over a fire, the way many Virginians before us did. Cook biscuits with jelly and make fresh butter to sample. Learn about the tools and safety required when cooking with open flames.
History for Small Fries
(1-5 yrs.) Bring your child for a story and craft to discover how things were in the olden days. Through their senses, children can experience how different things smelled, looked or worked.Children must be accompanied by an adult.
(1-3 yrs.) Bring your toddler to explore history through sight, sound, smell and touch. Program includes indoor and outdoor activities. Adults must be able to participate with children. Topics vary with seasons: Jan.-Toys, Feb.-Tools, Mar.-Animals on a Farm.
(5-12 yrs.) Bring your home school student or group for hands-on fun learning designed to enrich understanding of Fairfax County circa 1800.
Lunch and Learn: Black History Month
(Adults) When Carter G. Woodson established Negro History Week in 1926, he wanted schools and other organizations to study black history. The week of recognition has since grown to Black History Month. In honor of this month, learn about the enslaved people who made Sully their home during the 18th century. This program includes a visual presentation and hands-on elements. Bring your lunch and your questions, as discussion is welcome.
Make Old Fashioned Toys at Huntley
(4-Adult) Make simple toys to take home and play games like those enjoyed by the children who once lived at Historic Huntley. Special children's house tour and scavenger hunt included.
Making Ice & Ice Cream at Walney
(2-Adult) Crank ice cream as you discover how ice was harvested and stored in this 19th century farm. Try using ice tongs. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.
Naked Tour: Clothing Required
(5-Adult) See Sully behind the scenes as never before: completely open for all to see. With your guide, walk freely through the home of Richard Bland Lee, the first congressman from northern Virginia, without museum barriers. Clothing required!
Sewing the Past for Kids
(7-11 yrs.) Learn how to sew on a hand-cranked 1940s sewing machine with historian Mea Clift. Students learn machine operating basics, then make a potholder.
Sewing the Past Workshop
(13-Adult) Learn how to sew using a hand-cranked, 1940s sewing machine with historian Mea Clift. Learn the machine operating basics, then make your own decorative quilt square in a relaxing morning of sewing and crafting.
Taux Trail for Homeschool
(6-12 yrs.) Students spend two hours immersed in the life of Virginia Indians 400 years ago. Grind corn, make a clay pot, master corn darts and other activities.
Tea Tasting: A Tea for Each Continent
(Adults) Sample teas from each of the seven continents of the world. This special selection spans the full range of tea types. Hear about their distinct characteristics and pair them with traditional accompaniments as you savor this intercontinental tour of tea.
The Art of the Book: Bindings
(12-Adult)In honor of Huntley residents who loved both books and art, we offer a set of classes that introduce different aspects of the art of book making. Calligrapher Mary Teichman says that 'calligraphy is a great antidote to modern life.' Explore the art of beautiful writing with a variety of pens and brushes. These classes may be taken alone or in combination.