A Taste of Tea and History: Garden Herbs
(8-Adult) Enjoy a light afternoon tea with scones, preserves and butter with fresh herbs from Sully's garden. Learn about the crops that were grown in 1794 in the Sully farm and kitchen garden.
Accotink Creek: Winding through History
(12 Adult) Come for a lively history talk in the large shelter by t he marina. Relive some of the historical events that helped to s hape the area that encompasses what is now Lake Accotink Park. Hear h ow a 22,000 acre land grant to William Fitzhugh changed the l andscape and history of the area. Learn how the Orange and A lexandria Railroad, which crossed Accotink Creek near present-day L ake Accotink, became a crucial link for farmers of Orange County a nd the markets of Alexandria. Learn how and why the dam and the l ake came to be. Unravel the thread of how Fort Belvoir figures into t he story. Afterwards, drive or walk to the Park Visitor Center to v iew relevant historical artifacts.
Beautiful Handmade Arts-Spring
(8-Adult) Join us on Saturdays as we create art projects inspired by history. Topics vary by month. April: Tea Etiquette; May: Floral Sachets; June: Fabulous Fans.
Bread and Butter Tea
(4-Adult) The Huntley villa must have hosted many afternoon teas, but probably not one like this where the guests are asked to make their own fresh butter while we share stories about families who lived here. Teddy bears and favorite dolls or trucks are welcome to partake of the simple fare of bread and butter, fruit, homemade pot cheese, and a selection of teas. Includes tour of Huntley House and grounds.
Centreville Treasures Transcribe-a-Thon
(12-Adult) Help tell the story of our community's history as Ellanor C. Lawrence Park hosts its second transcribe-a-thon in partnership with Centreville Regional Library. Participants of all ages can try their hand at reading 19th-century documents related to the Machen family who lived at Walney, and help Park staff transcribe these documents. Transcribers may drop in and out at any time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. A limited number of laptops will be available, but participants are invited to bring their own. Centreville Regional Library.
(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.
Delicious Dairy at Historic Huntley
(2-Adult) Churn your own delicious butter and taste fresh cheese you can make at home. Discover how Huntley, once summer home for the wealthy, became a dairy farm. House tour included.
Easter Egg Hunt at Sully
(1-8 yrs.) Bring your baskets for an Easter egg hunt like the Noltings had at Sully in the early 1950s. Play Easter games like an egg roll and egg carry. The Easter Bunny will roam the grounds, ready for pictures. Make an Easter craft to take home along with your eggs. Limit 10 eggs per child. Wagon rides available for $2 per person.
Frog, Toads and Salamanders
(2-5 yrs.) Explore the pond by Nature Playce for hundreds of tadpoles of a variety of amphibians. Meet live frogs, toads and salamanders inside as well as on the trail. Make a craft. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
(7-Adult) Everyone loves dessert, a classic course that transcends generations. Join an historian and learn about the Machens who lived at Walney in the 19th century and how they might have made dessert. Try making raspberry dumplings with homemade ice cream. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.
History Discussions at Huntley
(Adults) Enjoy a refreshingly different view of history at Huntley Meadows Park as guest speakers join us each quarter for a lively discussion of varied topics. Then enjoy a tour of Historic Huntley.
History for Homeschool-Trips & Studies
(8-12 yrs.) Students learn by exploring Fairfax and Alexandria history each week. Class includes field trips to historic sites of local and national interest. Students must have basic reading and writing skills and be comfortable working in a group. Transportation provided for up to 10 children. Fees for entry and tours additional.
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. Programs include indoor and outdoor activities. Adult must be able to participate with children. Topics vary with the seasons: Textiles in April, Trains in May and Farming in June.
(5-12 yrs.) Bring your home school student or group for hands-on fun learning designed to enrich understanding of Fairfax County circa 1800.
Hot Potatoes in the Kitchen
(5-9 yrs.) Bring your aspiring chef to learn about cooking in the open hearth. Using sights, sounds, smells and touch they learn very basic cooking skills to help launch their culinary career. Children also learn fire safety. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
(Adults) What clues reveal the story of a house? What can architectural details and styles tell us? Examine photographs, artifacts and the buildings of Historic Huntley and see if you can resolve some of the enduring mysteries of this place.
Huntley in the 20th Century
(Adults) Schemes and Dreams, Subs and Bombers. Meet at Historic Huntley and then car pool to the other side of the park to see first-hand traces of the park's 20th century history, arguably the park's most important time period. Discover the role Huntley played in the nation's defense. Learn about the schemer who accidentally made Huntley Meadows Park possible and the dreamer who defended it. Tour includes a mile stroll on easy ground.
Ice Cream at Historic Huntley
(2-Adult) Make and enjoy hand-cranked ice cream as Huntley's Harris family may have done. Discover how the histories of ice cream and Huntley follow a similar path from elite luxury to family fare. Ice well and Historic Huntley House tour included.
Immigrant Dairy Workers
(4-Adult) Did you know that in the 1800s, immigrants supported the dairy industry in Fairfax County? This hands-on walking tour, explores life on a dairy farm as you learn the immigration story of the Thompsons. Then, experience other farm tasks and churn your own ice cream.