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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.


American Cultures Merit Badge

This program satisfies most of the requirements to earn the badge. Visit the site's website for pre-work and information.


BGS-Potter

Satisfies most of the requirements to earn the badge. See site’s website for details. This title allows online group registration.


BGS-Snacks

Satisfies most of the requirements to earn the badge. See site’s website for details. This title allows online group registration.


Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge

This program satisfies most of the requirements to earn the Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge. Visit the site's website for pre-work and information.


Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge

This program satisfies most of the requirements to earn the Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge. Visit the site's website for pre-work and information.


Citizenship in the World Merit Badge

This program satisfies most of the requirements to earn the Citizenship in the World Merit Badge. Visit the site's website for pre-work and information.


Communication Merit Badge

This program satisfies most of the requirements to earn the Communication Merit Badge. Visit the site's website for pre-work and information.


Hands-on History-Candle Dipping

(5-Adult) Learn about early lighting techniques before the advent of electricity through a touch display including a candle mold, betty lamp, beeswax and wicking. End the program by making your own hand-dipped candle to take home. Add a guided tour for only $5 per person.


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.


JGS-Detective

Satisfies most of the requirements to earn the badge. See site’s website for details. This title allows online group registration.


JGS-Playing the Past

Satisfies most of the requirements to earn the badge. See site’s website for details. This title allows online group registration.


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.


Open-Hearth Cooking for Scouts

(9-18 yrs.) Scouts please join us in our 1794 kitchen as we celebrate the delights of the season. Spend the afternoon besides one of our culinary interpreters learning and experiencing 18th century open hearth cooking techniques. You will cook a seasonal item and make a historically inspired ornament to take home.


Richard Bland Lee-His Political Life

(15-Adult) ) Kenneth Bowling discusses the political life of Richard Bland Lee, original owner of the house at Sully. His political accomplishments in the First Federal Congress, the historic body that launched our government, helped turn the words of the U.S. Constitution into the reality of a working government. Lecture will be followed by white wine (must be 21+ with ID) and refreshments . Advance registration due October 7.


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.


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