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The Fairfax County Park Authority offers a variety of activities such as classes, camps and tours in a wide variety of categories including aquatics, fitness, nature, dance, outdoor recreation, performing arts, history and many more. Special events, trips/tours and specialty workshops are listed in Parktakes, the Park Authority’s quarterly guide, available through free subscription to county citizens. .

A Bountiful Harvest

(5-Adult) Wheat and corn were the two main crops grown at Sully. Stop by the kitchen to see foods made using those two grains. Make a corn husk doll and a woven wheat ornament to take home.

A Visit With Santa

(2-Adult) Bring your camera to take a picture with Santa in front of a real, open-hearth fire. Make a festive ornament to deck your own halls and enjoy some refreshments. Take a brisk wagon ride weather permitting. This is an ongoing event; Santa and wagon ride time slots based on arrival time.

Christmas Tea at the Harrisons

(Adults) December in the late 1800s might have included a Ladies Housekeeping Society tea hosted by Mrs. Harrison. The halls of Huntley will be decked and we’ll share some Christmas history with you as you enjoy teas, scones, fruit and a light savory.

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.

Cooking Biscuits (4-Adult)

(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.

Design a Family Flag (8-Adult)

(8-Adult) Make your own family flag while learning the historic art of vexillography. Use themes from your family's past and future, local nature, and favorite hobbies to create a graphic craft to display in your home.

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!

Enslaved Lives and the Legacy of Slavery

(Adults) Join an historian for a tour of Huntley that examines the relationship of the Mason family to slavery and recovers insights into the lives of the Humphrey family and other enslaved people whose labor maintained Mason wealth and social status.

Four Floor Tour

(10-Adult) Please be sure to wear comfortable shoes, as we will climb steep stairs. Second and third floor areas are not ADA accessible, but alternative arrangements will be made for those who cannot climb stairs but wish to participate. This extended tour may last up to two hours.

Historic All Hallows Eve

(5-Adult) In the 18th and 19th centuries, Virginians celebrated All Hallows Eve with storytelling, fortune telling, fall foods and family gatherings. Experience these traditions as you tour the house and grounds by lantern light.

Historic Desserts (7-Adult)

(7-Adult) Join an historian and learn how the Machens of Walney made dessert over an open fire. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

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-Pilgrims, and Dec-Warmth.

Holidays at Walney Farm

(4-Adult) Celebrate the winter holidays with the Machen family at Walney Farm. Learn about the gifts and foods of an 1850 farm, create your own historic holiday ornament, take a wagon ride along the trails and enjoy hot apple cider and treats around a campfire.

Homeschool Historians

(6-12 yrs.) Explore Fairfax County history with hands on activities and games in this four week course. Week 1: Learn how light reflects life with candle making. Week 2: Explore food ways from garden to table. Week 3: Have some fun with historical games. Week 4: Try your hand at letter writing. All sessions have take home crafts.

Ice Well Ice Cream

Did you know that Huntley has an underground ice well? Watch a video on this hidden treasure, use antique ice tongs, and make and taste hand-cranked ice cream.

Mill Race Tours

(5-Adult) Cabell’s Mill has changed over its 250 years. As we tour Cabell’s Mill we will discuss its function as a mill and in the community, how its function has changed over time and examine its history through photography.

Moonshine and Mayhem Hike

(13-Adult) This 2.5-mile scenic hike is a journey back in time to Riverbend Park's secret past. The trail winds through upland forest and hollows. Stops along the hike reveal how Riverbend was a hideout from local authorities during the days of prohibition.

Naked Tour

(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.

Native American Skills-Tool Making (6-Adult)

(6-Adult) What tools do you use each day? People living in this region 500+ years ago made tools with natural materials. Listen to the compelling history of human tool making and then get some hands on experience with tools that are surprising similar to the ones we still use today. Finally try your hand using a pump drill and shooting a bow and arrow.

Pumpkin Party on the Hill (2-12 yrs)

(2-12 yrs.) Bring a pumpkin to paint and decorate, make and taste some pumpkin ice cream, and make and bring home your own pumpkin play-dough. Learn about the history of pumpkins and enjoy a pumpkin story.

Spy Craft

(7-Adult) Explore the lives of the men and women who passed along secrets and information in dangerous times. Try your hand at a little spy craft to take home!

Spy Walk (12-Adult)

(12-Adult) Join us for a spell-binding tale of espionage, secret payments and the Russians as we walk and talk about a spy who used Ellanor C. Lawrence Park as a drop-off location during the end of the Soviet Union in the 1980s. Program meets at Walney Pond.

The Art of the Book-Calligraphy (12-Adult)

(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 “calligraphy is a great antidote to modern life.” Explore the art of beautiful writing with a variety of pens and brushes.

The Frightful Science of Mary Shelley (Adults)

(Adults) Join us for a chilling celebration of Halloween for adults at Historic Huntley. Dean Howarth, the Natural Philosopher, demonstrates for you Frankenstein's animation of the dead. Beverages and refreshments will be served.

The View from Huntley

(16-Adult) Take a trip through time as we examine history from the perspective of Historic Huntley.

Ties that bound- Founding First Ladies and Slaves

(15-Adult) Maria Schwartz is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Rhode Island. Author of multiple books on the history of enslaved individuals in America, in this talk she will be discussing her most recent book on the first ladies and their relationship with slaveholding culture. Lecture will be followed by white wine (must be 21+ with ID) and refreshments. Advance registration due November 7.

Votes For Women

(12-Adult) On the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment, walk around Walney and learn about women's suffrage movement and the struggle for US women's right to vote.

What is Chai? (14-Adult)

(14-Adult) Although chai is the Indian word for tea, Americans have adopted that word to mean a tea blended with spices. Learn about the many styles of masala chai, the base teas and spices used in them, and various preparation methods. Enjoy some tea infused treats and take home your own custom blend. With certified Tea Specialist Laurie Bell of Great Falls Tea Garden.

Women of Huntley Tea

(Adults) Thomson F. Mason built Huntley, but Betsey managed it for more than 20 years after his death. Discover Betsey and the other women who made Huntley what it is today and then enjoy us for a lovely tea in the historic villa that Betsey might have served her country neighbors. Tea includes at least two types of tea, scone, fruit, and a light savory.

Women of Walney Walking Tour (6-Adult)

(6-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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