African Americans at Walney Walking Tour

(8-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.

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.

Dairy Days-Ice Cream Making & Butter (5+)

(5-Adult) Churn butter, crank ice cream, milk a fake cow, play 18th century games, and experience the products of an historic dairy. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Drill like a Solider

(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.

Enslaved Lives and the Legacy of Slavery

(Adults) Join a 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.

Fabulous Fudge

(8-Adult) What happens when you fudge a batch of caramels? You create a new candy, called fudge, of course! Celebrate the ratification of the 19th Amendment by helping to make a batch of fudge and learn how this candy particularly sweetened the lives of women.

Garden Tour and Ice Cream

(Adults) Tour the vibrant summer gardens with a Green Spring Master Gardener docent. Finish at the Historic House lawn to enjoy delicious ices, served with toppings and garnishes.

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. For more information, please call 703-437-1794.

Historic Desserts

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

History at the End of a Kite

(6-Adult) On June 10, 1752, Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity through experiments. Follow the scientific method and learn the history of this experiment. Then use the scientific method, and run and experience yourself.

Ice Cream and Games at the Mill

(3-Adult) Enjoy a summer afternoon like the miller's family did in the 1800s. Churn and Eat ice cream. Play with historic games and toys, then make a toy to take home.

Ice Cream at Historic Huntley

(All Ages) 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.

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.

Mid Summer Solstice Concert by IONA

(5-Adult) Enjoy an afternoon of mid-summer’s solstice of Celtic music. This world renowned group combines vocals and with fiddle, flute, guitar, mandolin, bass and many other instruments. IONA blends songs, dance tunes and airs into a rich stunning tapestry. Performances are FUN! Audiences learn words to songs, and have a chance to participate and dance! The concert will be outdoors on the south lawn of Sully, unless there is inclement weather. Seating is limited. Refreshments such as cookies and lemonade included.

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