Make Room for Turkeys!

(7-Adult) Turkeys are native to the Americas and have been everything from decorative to Thanksgiving centerpiece. They’ve been here for 10 million years but how can you make sure they have a place here for a million more? Find out more about the role of turkeys in different cultures and how important habitat restoration will make room for turkeys!

A Visit With Santa

(2-Adult) Come kick off the Christmas season! Bring your camera to take a picture with Santa in front of a real, open-hearth fire. When you mingle with Kringle, you will have a chance to tell Santa Claus your Christmas wishes, then make a festive ornament to deck your own halls and enjoy some refreshments. All attendees must register, including accompanying adults. For more information, call 703-437-1794

Beginning Wood Carving

(16-Adult) Learn the basics of woodcarving from the Northern Virginia Carvers in this three session series hosted by Colvin Run Mill. Session dates are on 10/16, 10/23 and 10/30. A list of recommended supplies and sources will be sent in advance. There is an additional $60 supply fee for this program.

Celebrate Diwali with a Primer on Teas from India

(16-Adult) As this Festival of Lights concludes, learn about and taste the many nuances of traditional and modern styles of teas produced across the subcontinent. Tea infused treats and a take home tea sampler included. With certified Tea Specialist Laurie Bell of Great Falls Tea Garden. Registration required.

Cider Making

(All Ages) Bring up to 10 people and learn how to use an old-fashioned cider press by making your own cider. Your group needs to bring approximately 100 apples of their choosing and tightly sealable containers for transporting approximately 2 gallons of cider. Participants will carry and press their own apples and cider. Dress accordingly. All participants will be contacted prior to their program with full details. For program times and to register, visit Parktakes online.

Colonial Life for Homeschool

(6-12 yrs.) Did you know that Huntley Meadows Park was once part of George Mason's holdings? Discover this forgotten Founding Father as you make your own candle, design your own stencil to mark crops, write with a quill pen and decide the future of the Virginia colony.

Colorful Pumpkins

(2-Adults) Learn about the history of how pumpkins became associated with Halloween. Pick your pumpkin and paint a face or design on it. Play some games, make a pumpkin craft to take home. Small pumpkins will be available for you to pick from. This program takes place outside. (Rain Date: October 22). All participates, including adults must be registered for this program.

Delicious Dairy at Historic Huntley (2+)

(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.

Drill like a Soldier

(6-Adult) Our Continental Army, formed in 1775, was created from colonial volunteers. Farmers and tradespeople learned to follow directions, march and fight as one unit. Join us as we practice drilling and talk about the Army's struggles and successes around the campfire.

Dutch Oven Brunch

(6-Adult) Join us around the campfire for some corn pancakes and freshly made butter as we learn about the history of Thanksgiving foodways and how Thanksgiving might not have been celebrated by the Masons!

Epidemics of the Past

(14-Adult) Disease has always shaped our history. Enjoy a healthy stroll up to a lovely view while we uncover why the Masons built a summer home upon a hill and how epidemics of the past shaped the society we live in today.

Family Hilltop Outing

(5-Adult) Join us for a family friendly tour of Historic Huntley high upon a hill. What significance does this villa have to one of our founding fathers? Can you hold a block of ice with just one finger? Challenge yourself using historical tools like ice tongs and see if you can master old timey children's games. Hop back in time with us to discover life of days past. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Grind Day

(All Ages) We’re running the mill like it’s 1811 when the mill was first operating. Fresh products, stone-ground on-site. Come learn how an Oliver Evan's mill operates and don't forget to buy your grain at the historic General Store before you leave.

Hands-on History - Candle Dipping

(5-Adult) Learn about early lighting techniques before the advent of electricity through a touch display including a candle mold, betty lamp, beeswax and wicking. End the program by making your own hand-dipped candle to take home.

Harvest Day at the Mill

Harvest season was a busy time at the mill and corn was important to the community. Help shell corn and watch the 20-foot waterwheel power the mill. Make a cornhusk doll, play games, and sample a corn muffin. Watch our whiskey still in action and learn how corn was used to make alcohol.

Hidden History in Quilts

(Adults) Explore the hidden history revealed in quilts inspired by Native American and Indigenous culture and lifeways. “History Outside the Box” historian and storyteller T. Carter displays a selection of beautiful star quilts that tell stories passed down by oral tradition. Joe Gaines from the Choctaw Nation provides traditional singing, drumming and a fun dance lesson! After the program, an optional hour-long afternoon tea (limited seating) may be reserved directly with the Historic House at 703-941-7987. Program: $25; optional afternoon tea: $25.

Hidden in Your Backyard - History of Cains Branch

(5-Adult) Hike the trails and learn about the history of abandoned sites hidden from most visitor’s view. Follow trails of forested areas and Cain’s Branch waterway to learn about the life of early inhabitants who made Sully their home. This outdoor guided program does involve some walking over uneven terrain and along trails. Program is held weather permitting. For more information, please call 703-437-1794.

History Tots-Fall

(2-3 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: Sept-Apples, Oct-Pumpkins, Nov-Native Americans, and Dec-Warmth.

House Detective

(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.

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