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A Very Mason Christmas

(12-Adult) Many of the Christmas traditions we celebrate today began in the 1850s. Join us for a Christmas celebration the Mason family might have enjoyed. Taste a non-alcoholic syllabub, make your own luminary, and create a holiday decoration or small gift to bring home.

African -Americans at Walney Walking Tour

(12-Adult) Hear the names and stories of many African American families who lived and worked here at Walney. Learn about slave tenancy, stories of resistance and survival.

Afternoon Innovators

(4-Adult) Build, design, engineer and create. Learn STEM as your child tackles history-inspired engineering challenges to solve today’s problems.

Ancient to Modern-Oolong Teas

(14-Adult) New styles of these of semi-oxidized teas are being developed all over the globe. Sample a variety of oolongs from old style to new, from traditional tea producing countries to countries with recently established high quality tea gardens. Tea infused treats and a take home tea sampler included. With certified Tea Specialist Chef Laurie Bell of Great Falls Tea Garden

Artistically Inspired

(8-Adult) Create beautiful crafts inspired by our history and natural world to decorate your home. Crafts are seasonally inspired. Light refreshments will be served.

Beautiful Handmade Arts

(6-Adult) Gather friends and family together to create art inspired by history. Art reflects the season or month.

Build Your Own Time Capsule

(7-12 yrs.) In 1875 the Machen family placed a time capsule into the walls of Walney. It gives us a glimpse into life in the 1880s. Learn about time capsules and create objects for your own time capsule.

Burns Night Scotch Tasting

(21+) Celebrate Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, with a special Scotch whisky tasting. Learn about Scotland’s “water of life” and enjoy samples from each Scotch-producing region. Discover Burns Night supper traditions and raise a glass to Scotland’s favorite dish: the haggis! Delicious Scottish accompaniments served.

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.

Elegant Evening-Sully Candlelight Tour

(5-Adult) Enjoy festive food and drink and seasonal music of the 18th century. Craft an ornament to take home and experience other engaging pursuits that bring the past to life in the gracefully decorated 1794 Lee home.

Games at Walney

(5-Adult) How did people in the 19th century entertain themselves when the weather was cold? Join us for an afternoon of historic games for children and adults. Children end a fun afternoon of play by making their own historical toy to take home.

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.

History Tots- Winter

(1-3 yrs.)Bring your toddler to explore history, through sight, sound, smell and touch. Seasonal program includes indoor and outdoor activities. Adults must be able to participate with children. Topics vary with seasons: January- Toys, February-Love.

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.

Holiday Concert -IONA

(5-Adult) One of the top-rated pan-Celtic groups in the world treats its audience to high-energy entertainment featuring Scottish fiddling, percussion and vocals. Optional house tour included after your concert. Refreshments served in the 18th century kitchen. Limited seating.

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.

Lunch and Learn-Black History Month

(12-Adult) 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.

Making Ice & Ice Cream at Walney

(4-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 registered adult.

Mapping the Past for Homeschoolers

(7-13 yrs.) Supplement your historical studies with a fun day of exploring, interpreting and making maps. Try your hand at orienteering, learn about different types of maps from around the world, and take home a personalized map of your life.

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.

Pairing Premium Teas and Chocolate

(14-Adult) Learn about the similarities between theobroma cacao and camillia sinensis, from their growing regions to their processing methods as you taste, compare, and pair special teas and chocolates. Taste some treats made with these two delectable ingredients. A take home sampler included. With certified Tea Specialist Chef Laurie Bell of Great Falls Tea Garden

Puppet Show at Sully

(3-8 yrs.) Come to Sully for family fun and a one of a kind puppet show! Laugh along with Liza the white squirrel as she tells Sully stories for the holiday season. Help Liza and her furry friends prepare holiday decorations to celebrate and find out why a funny white squirrel is at Sully in the first place.

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.

Spy Craft

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

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 and Chocolates

(Adults) Indulge in all things chocolate, including the tea! Then enjoy a tour, including the romantic view from Historic Huntley. May be canceled in case of inclement weather.

The View from Huntley

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

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.

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