A World of Tea

(16-Adullt) Learn about and taste teas from around the globe – white, green, oolong, black, and dark styles - their history, how they are similar to, and different from, each other, and how to best brew each style for optimum flavor. Tea infused treats and a take home tea sampler included. With certified Tea Specialist Laurie Bell of Great Falls Tea Garden. Registration required.


African American Pioneer in Blood Plasma

(10-Adult) Dr. Charles R. Drew was born and raised in Washington D.C. and Arlington; he became a pioneer in developing long term storage for plasma. Learn about his incredible life that would help thousands. This online program is sponsored by the Sully Foundation, Ltd. and will be presented by his grandniece, special guest speaker Cathleen Drew, a Senior Prevention Program Manager in the DEA’s Community Outreach and Prevention Support Section. Registered participants will receive an emailed link for the program by 10am on the day of the program.


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.


All-American Girl - Living Dolls

(5-9 yrs.) Pack up your favorite doll for the morning and explore the life of an American girl from an era in history. Bring these times to life with your doll through fun activities, costumes, crafts and themed games in a beautiful historic setting. Each day offers a different time period. Bring snack and drink.


Beginning Woodcarvers Class

(14-Adult) The Northern Virginia Carvers would like to expand your artistic horizons with this creative woodworking class. In this beginner's class on hand carving, we will start with "carving in the round", then progress to chip carving and relief carving. This fun and relaxing class is a way to learn new skills, meet new people and enjoy a meditative art adventure. Beginning carvers are invited to express their creativity in a new way. $60 supply fee to be paid on first day of class.


Campfire at the Mill - Historic Games

(5-Adult) Twilight play at Colvin Run Mill. We'll light a campfire, play with 19th century toys and games, then finish the evening with s'mores. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.


Civil War at Huntley - Division and Endurance

(16-Adult) Fairfax was as divided as the nation in 1861. Yet these divisions help to explain how Huntley endured the war. This program will examine Huntley through the Civil War through the experiences of the Mason family, their neighbors, and an occupying army. Includes a tour of Historic Huntley.


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.


Colvin Run Book Club

(Adults) Join us for good books, great discussions, and treats. The third Tuesday of each month, we’ll meet to discuss a different book connected to Colvin Run Mill's history. We’ll read fiction and non-fiction, classic and new books. January’s book is The Grand Idea: George Washington's Potomac and the Race to the West by Joel Achenbach. In February, All That She Carried: the Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake by Tiya Miles. More book club meetings in the spring.


Colvin Run Book Club - Spring

(Adults) Join us for good books, great discussions, and delicious treats. The third Tuesday of each month, we’ll meet to discuss a different book connected to Colvin Run Mill's history. We’ll read fiction and non-fiction, classic and new books. Books being covered in spring will be as follows: March: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. April: April 1865: The Month that Saved America. May: The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore.


Cooking Biscuits

(4-Adult) Try cooking the old fashioned way over a fire, the way many Virginians before us did. Cook biscuits to eat with jelly and make fresh butter to sample. Learn about the tools and safety required when cooking with open flames.


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.


Discover Cain’s Branch Trail

(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. Program is held weather permitting. For more information, please call 703-437-1794.


Drill like a Soldier

(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.


Enslaved Resistance & Resilience in Fairfax County

(10-Adult) Across northern Virginia enslaved men, women and children challenged their enslavers and the bonds of enslavement through many forms of resistance. This presentation explores some of their stories and the impact of their resistance and resilience on anti-slavery activism. This online program is sponsored by the Sully Foundation Ltd. and will be presented by special guest speaker Dr. Sheri Huerta, an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University in the Department of History and Art History. Registered participants will receive an emailed link for the program by 10am on the day of the program.


Epidemics of the Past

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


Exploring Teas - Advanced Workshop

(16-Adult) Test your taste buds and tea knowledge as we taste a selection of teas "blind" in this fun and informative seminar. An exploration into unique teas-by process, terroir, and/or scarcity. For those who have attended past basic tea seminars. Tea infused treats and a take home tea sampler included. With Certified Tea Specialist Laurie Bell of Great Falls Tea Garden.


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.


Finding Your History - Genealogy

(Adults) Curious about your family history, but not sure where to start? Hit a roadblock and unsure where to go next? Join us to hear from a panel of historians about different resources available to aid your search. Speakers will share some of the challenges they’ve encountered as well as tips for how to navigate those challenges, followed by a 45-minute workshop – so bring your research!


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. Program is open house style and registered participants are welcome to arrive anytime between noon and 3pm.


Hands on History - Laundry Fun

(5-10 yrs.) Caring for clothes in the 1800s was a lot of work. But we'll have fun as we use tubs and washboards to clean the miller's family laundry. You'll also complete a small sewing project you can take home and enjoy a well-earned snack.


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 - 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-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.


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