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.

American Indians in Virginia History (4th grade)

(Grade 4) Parks provide an experience not easily duplicated in the classroom. Our new “Field Trips for All” programs offer parents a unique opportunity to supplement their child’s science learning with real experiences and application of the concepts required in the Virginia standards of learning. Experiences vary by park resources. This program is geared by grade level to provide enrichment to all learners including homeschool. Registration is limited to allow for social distancing. Groups of more than 8 should consider booking a field trip directly with a park by visiting the park’s web site. All attendees, parents and students, must register to control group size.

Cider Making

(All Ages) Learn how to use an old fashioned cider press by making your own cider! Participants will need to bring 50-100 apples of their own choosing and sealable containers for carrying the cider. Participants will carry and press their own apples and cider. Dress accordingly. Please wash all fruit before arrival; there is no way to clean fruit at Colvin Run. Tightly sealable containers for transporting cider required: 40 apples yields about 1 gallon of cider. All participants will be contacted prior to their program registration date for full details. Current COVID guidelines will be in place. Registration price is for a family of up to 9 people.

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

(All Ages) Learn about the history of how pumpkins became associated with Halloween. Pick your pumpkin and paint a face or design on it. Small pumpkins will be available for you to pick from. Each family (up to 6 people) will have their own circle and supplies to create their masterpieces. This program takes place outside (rain date: 10/17/21).

Colors of Fall: Preserved Hanging Leaves

(5-Adult) Every year, the leaves turn all the beautiful shades of fall, but they’re gone too soon! This year, keep the beauty of autumn alive in your home by preserving your favorite colorful leaves. Search the great outdoors for first-rate leaves and learn how to preserve them using [non-toxic] wax. Then learn how to arrange them in bouquets to hang around the house and greet visitors all season long. [Bring your own leaves or use ours. All other supplies provided. This program is designed for a pod or family group of up to 6 people]. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

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.

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. Registration is for a family or pod of up to 6 people. Tour cost separate.

Design a Family Flag

(4-Adult) Learn the importance and historic art of flags. Use your family history, local nature and family hobbies to create a flag to display at home.

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 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.

Epidemics of the Past

(14-Adult) Disease has always shaped our history. Enjoy a health 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.

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