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Celebrating Walney Through the Years

(3-Adult) Join us for a free celebration of Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Mingle with reenactors, get up close and personal with animals, and explore the lives of the residents of Walney farm. Play games, take a wagon ride and try your hand at crafts and past-times of the past.

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.

Crystallized Flower Workshop

(Adults) Discover the beautiful Victorian art of crystallizing flowers. Follow simple steps to sugar coat a variety of edible blooms and petals to use as gorgeous garnishes for desserts and other dishes. Take home your candied creations along with decorating ideas and tips. Refreshments served.

Four Floor Tour

(10-Adult) Explore the rarely seen second and third floors of historic Colvin Run Mill on this special tour. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes as we will climb steep stairs to reach behind-the-scenes second- and third-floor areas. Some places are not ADA accessible. Alternative arrangements can be made. This extended exploration begins at 10:30 and may last two memorable hours. The cost is $10 per person. Reservations are suggested; walk-ins are welcome.

Heroes of History

(8-Adult) Delve into the lives of heroes and see how their deeds and actions influenced and improved our lives. Through hands-on experiences learn how these heroes contributed to society by advancing technology, science, education and public service.

Historic Desserts

(Adults) Learn the challenges of cooking in the 1800s. Make historic desserts over an open hearth. Desserts will reflect the season.

History Tots-Spring

(11 mos.-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: March-Textiles; April-Animals on the Farm; May-Trains.

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.

Mason Tea

(Adults) Enjoy an afternoon tea circa 1830 much as Betsey Mason would have with the gleam of polished silver and proper tea etiquette. Sample a menu of tasty treats appropriate to the period in an historic setting as you brush up on your tea history. Includes a tour of Historic Huntley.

Memorial Day Ice Cream Social

(4-Adult) Come celebrate Memorial Day with an old fashioned ice cream social. Play games and explore the Sears Spindle House. Program meets at 5614 Mt Gilead Rd, Centreville, VA 20120.

Obliged to Cook-The Legacy of Enslaved Cooks

(5-Adult) The voices and stories of the enslaved men and women who labored in Virginia’s 18th century kitchens are often hidden in their recipes and oral history. Their legacy is found in the lasting presence of African-American foodways in American cuisine. Learn the names and stories of the enslaved people at Sully, what is known about the people who labored here and how their contribution helped shape Sully and American culture.

Puppet Show at the Mill

(3-6yrs.) Join Marvin the Miller and friends to take a kid-friendly journey through the Mill, followed by Story Time.

Secrets, Spies, Sputnik and Huntley

(Adults) Take a stroll with us on the less-visited side of the park to uncover the history of spies, espionage and how the Cold War struggle between the US and the USSR shaped Huntley and the Fairfax County we know today. Meets at South King Highway entrance includes a 2.4 mile walk over flat terrain.

Twilight Hilltop Tour (Adults)

(Adults) Historic Huntley sits high upon a hill overlooking Hybla Valley and Huntley Meadows Park. It's a dramatic setting made all the more stunning by the setting sun. Join us after hours for a special tour and see the house in a different light. Light refreshments served afterward. Dress appropriately for the weather.

Women of Walney Walking Tour

(12-Adult) From the Brown family in the 1740s until Ellanor C. Lawrence in the 1970s, women have defined the Park's cultural history. Hike around Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, learning about the women whose lives and work helped shape our land. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

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