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one-day, outdoor festival celebrating the diverse traditions that make up the Centreville of yesterday, today and tomorrow! costume parade, trick or treat trail, ghost tours, tons of local talent onstage, get your ticket from G&C booth for free kids' rides!!; great hands-on history fun such as making candles, churning , butter, double-dutch and stories, free admission & parking, buy something fun in the marketplace!!

Fairfax County Park Authority
05/06/2020

Fairfax County Park Authority

Explore artiFACTS: Children are playing inside at home these days. Some of the toys they use have been toys for a long, long time. Learn about historic children's tea sets at https://bit.ly/2xnBBPT

Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center
05/06/2020
Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center

Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center

Primary source documents - such as personal journals - are crucial artifacts for historians studying past events. Did you know Anne Frank's diary, which just started out as a way to express her teenage life, became so much more for a reason?

"In March 1944, Anne heard a radio broadcast from the Dutch minister for education, art and science, who was in exile in London along with other members of the Dutch government. “History cannot be written on the basis of official decisions and documents alone,” he said. “What we really need are ordinary documents—a diary, letters.” Anne wrote about the broadcast in her diary and decided to edit and rewrite it with an aim for publication. " - history.com

This is the time of year we would be welcoming in students at our sites for Spring Field trips, including students from Daniels RunElementary, and we miss interacting with these students. We love what this teacher is doing to have students journal during this time - we hope to read about your thoughts and experiences in the future.

An interesting story of some historical sleuthing ...
05/05/2020

An interesting story of some historical sleuthing ...

One of the most recognizable features of Manassas NBP is the large equestrian statue of General Thomas Jonathan Jackson that sits on the crest of Henry Hill, just outside of our Visitor Center. We often get visitors to the park who think this statue denotes the actual location of Jackson during the First Battle of Manassas in 1861. However, this is not true; and is in fact a common myth of Manassas whose origins are tied to the history of the battlefield itself!

The statue, and this myth’s origins, lie in 1936 when, during the 75th Anniversary events for the First Battle of Manassas, it was suggested that a statue should sit on Henry Hill to recognize the contributions of “Stonewall” Jackson in the fighting on the afternoon of July 21, 1861. This statue would replace a small, crude wooden sign that the Henry Family had tacked to a nearby cedar tree to indicate Jackson’s position during the battle; and to indicate that this was where he had obtained the nickname “Stonewall.” Designed by Joseph Polia, the statue was dedicated on August 31, 1940, just months after Manassas National Battlefield Park had formally come into existence on May 10th.

However, while the appearance of the statue on the crest of the hill was a major consideration in putting it where it sits; when positioning it, park officials had also put their faith in the sign on the cedar tree, believing that it marked Jackson's position. It was not until 1979 that exhaustive research by park historians documented and proved that Jackson's line was initially concealed on the reverse slope of Henry Hill, some 100 yards in rear of the monument.

#findyourpark #encuentratuparque #manassasbattlefield #manassas80th #stonewalljackson #militarymonday

Photos: The Stonewall Jackson Monument on Henry Hill. The cedar tree with the sign the Henry family attached to it and close up of the sign.

Couldn't resist ...
05/04/2020

Couldn't resist ...

Happy Star Wars Day! #maythefourth

Fairfax County Park Authority
05/04/2020

Fairfax County Park Authority

Explore artiFACTS this week. We'll post an artifact from the Fairfax County collections each afternoon this week, starting today with Japanese Imari ware. It's a type of ceramic from the mid-18th century. More info at https://bit.ly/2o9AFJU

How many different kinds of bees can you find?
05/04/2020
Bumble Bee Watch

How many different kinds of bees can you find?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officially added the rusty patched bumble bee to the list of endangered species in 2017. The Xerces Society and partners are hard at work on recovery – and your observations are helping! Click for more information

Fairfax County Park Authority
05/03/2020

Fairfax County Park Authority

Ready to solve a history mystery?
Today’s clue comes in a rhyme. Can you fill in the blank?
Cherries are sweet,
But what did I hit?
We must use this tool
To remove the small _____
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Did you guess that the missing word was pit? The object in the photo is an old-fashioned cherry pitter. When the Machen family farmed the land that is now Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, they used enslaved workers to grow fruits and vegetables. This tool from Logan and Stobridge Iron Company in New Brighton, Pennsylvania, would have been used to help process cherries for pies or jams. More artifacts at https://bit.ly/2Zs0QJw

Fairfax County Park Authority
05/03/2020

Fairfax County Park Authority

Welcome, little one, to Fairfax and Frying Pan Farm Park! Bristol, standing in the background, delivered this single ewe lamb early on April 23. See more babes on the farm at https://bit.ly/2vFMcB8

Piglets!
05/01/2020

Piglets!

More piglets at Frying Pan Farm Park. Mom is Hazel, a Yorkshire sow who delivered five big piglets on the afternoon of April 18.
See all of this spring's new arrivals at https://bit.ly/2vFMcB8

A daughter of the regiment ...
04/29/2020

A daughter of the regiment ...

“Who with the soldiers was stanch danger-sharer, —
Marched in the ranks through the shriek of the shell?
Who was their comrade, their brave color-bearer?
Who but the resolute Kady Brownell!”
From The Daughter of the Regiment by Clinton Scollard

Kady Brownell joined the war effort at the very start, following her husband, Robert, and the 1st Rhode Island into battle. Brownell trained alongside her husband, mastering the straight sword and carbine. She was soon made color-bearer of the 11th company. When the regiment marched south to Manassas, Brownell marched in line beside her husband. She carried the colors in to battle, giving the men a rallying point in the chaos that ensued. During the retreat, she held the colors even as she worried about her husband. Kady would soon be in action again at the Battle of New Bern.

Though Kady only saw combat in these two battles, her story became the stuff of legends. She attended events and parades and even had a ballad written about her. In 1884, she received a government pension for her brave contribution to the war.

#WomenatMANA #WomensHistoryWednesday #FindYourPark

(Image from Library of Congress)

Fairfax County Park Authority
04/28/2020

Fairfax County Park Authority

Ready to solve a history mystery?
Today’s clue comes in a rhyme. Can you fill in the blank?
On a farm, there’s so much to do!
Animals need lots of care, too,
But when cows are all milked,
And sheep are then shorn,
You can next use this tool
To shuck up some _____.
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Need a hint? Anybody who went to the U of Nebraska would know.
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Did you guess that the missing word was corn? The object in the photo is an old-fashioned cornhusker. A cornhusker can refer to a person or machine that removes the outer covering, or husk, from corn. A Cornhusker with a capital “C” is also a nickname for residents of Nebraska.

For the military history enthusiasts ...
04/27/2020

For the military history enthusiasts ...

We liked the idea of #MilitaryMonday so much during National Park Week that we thought we would keep bringing posts to you on Mondays that focus on the military history of Manassas, as well as some of the myths that emerged from the battles that were fought here.

Since we have all been cooped up at home lately, we thought we would mix things up a bit this week and ask you: If you could choose one of these six houses to spend in quarantine, which one would you choose? Why? Share below! Also, if you could spend quarantine with one additional soldier present at the battles of Manassas, who would it be?

Looking to read more about the battles of Manassas, or looking to see the Union and/or Confederate Order of Battle for each? Check out our webpages for First Manassas at https://www.nps.gov/mana/learn/historyculture/first-manassas.htm; and Second Manassas at https://www.nps.gov/mana/learn/historyculture/second-manassas.htm.

#findyourpark #encuentratuparque #militarymonday #manassasbattlefield

Friends of Colvin Run Mill
04/25/2020

Friends of Colvin Run Mill

Activity Time
These are the last few pages of the Colvin Run Mill coloring book. Download one or more of the pages then attach your child’s finished page as a comment to this post, noting their age. Of the posts, we'll select a winner who will receive a free family pass to a grinding demonstration (once county parks are re-opened to the public). We’d love to see you and your children at the mill when this is over.

Activity idea: make a musical instrument out of something recyclable or something around the house. ideas: a banjo, a shaker with dried beans inside, a comb and tissue paper kazoo, a funnel trumpet, oatmeal box drums

Fairfax County Park Authority
04/25/2020

Fairfax County Park Authority

Another park effort to protect and preserve your county's cultural resources. On Monday, Ellanor C. Lawrence Park Manager John Shafer conducted a maintenance burn at the Walney Smokehouse in the park. The building, which dates from the 1800s, was used for smoking meat to preserve it for later use. Park personnel burn a smoky fire in it a few times a year to protect the building's wood against damage from insects. The burn also helps preserve the log walls. https://bit.ly/2xMJmyP

Fairfax County Park Authority
04/25/2020

Fairfax County Park Authority

How about a spring plant hunt! Pinxter-flower, or pink azalea (Rhododendron nudiflorum), is a native wild azalea. The leaves are hairy on their mid-rib. Bushes are showy with flowers up to two inches long from spring into May. https://bit.ly/34KbOh0

04/23/2020
Fairfax County Park Authority

Fairfax County Park Authority

Jackson Stear of Burke, a 5th-grade student at Fairview ES, is the first of our poetry contest winners for grades 3-5. You just can’t help but smile while listening to this talented young man share his thoughts on taking care of local parks. www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/poetry
Fairfax County Park Foundation

Friends of Colvin Run Mill
04/23/2020

Friends of Colvin Run Mill

Activity Time
Twice a week, we’ll be posting new coloring pages and/or activity. Attach your child’s finished page as a comment to this post, noting their age. Every two weeks, we’ll select a winner.
Prizes are a free family pass to a grinding demonstration (once county parks are re-opened to the public). We’d love to see you and your children at the mill when this is over.

Activity idea: Make a musical instrument out of something recyclable

Happy Earth Day ...
04/22/2020

Happy Earth Day ...

On this Earth Day consider John Ruskin's quote - "Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty".

Be in nature today and marvel at what our earth shares with us.

Fairfax County Park Authority
04/22/2020

Fairfax County Park Authority

Care of the animals continues out at Frying Pan Farm Park. That's Jeff, Charlie and Farmer Paul. https://bit.ly/2HVXves

04/22/2020
Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park

Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park

The milk from our cows doesn't get wasted here at Frying Pan Farm Park. It's a great source of extra calcium for mama pigs who have hungry mouths to feed.

Speaking of cows, we're expecting our Guernsy, Marybell, to give birth sometime in late May/early June. You can see a schedule of which farm animals are expected to give birth next, plus photos of our spring babies, at https://bit.ly/2VCga5x

Our very own Spindle Sears House in Centreville Historic Park ... how much do you think it cost?
04/22/2020

Our very own Spindle Sears House in Centreville Historic Park ... how much do you think it cost?

Here's a little Fairfax County history and a place in Centreville for short walks. This is a historic Sears House. Those are buttercups blooming across the lawn. During the Great Depression, the Spindle family used the 1933 Emergency Farm Relief Act to secure a mortgage and four acres of farmland. The family shopped the Sears, Roebuck & Company catalog to purchase a charming Brentwood style home in 1934. It was delivered to the Clifton train station. They paid $1,244 for the house, which included pre-cut and numbered lumber and, perhaps, the appliances, wallpaper and furniture. https://bit.ly/2Vj1QQy
#fairfaxparks #fairfaxcounty #fairfaxhistory #history #searshouse #centreville #centrevilleva #ffxstrong

An interesting and informative article (Part 1 of 2) by our friend Karen Washburn:   https://www.northernvirginiahistory...
04/22/2020
It's Happened Before! The 1918 Influenza Pandemic

An interesting and informative article (Part 1 of 2) by our friend Karen Washburn: https://www.northernvirginiahistory.com/post/it-s-happened-before-the-1918-influenza-pandemic

This story first appeared in Elan in February 2006. Because it was the winter time flu season I thought it would be appropriate to chronicle what happened in Northern Virginia during the worst pandemic of modern times. At the time, it never occurred to me that such a horrible event would ever happen...

Manassas National Battlefield Park
04/21/2020

Manassas National Battlefield Park

What roles do roads play in your life?

Today, Rte. 29, or Lee Highway, which runs through the park is an artery for Washington D.C. commuters; but did you know, it’s been an important road for the last 200 years?

In 1824, following complaints about road conditions, major improvements were made to what was then the Warrenton and Alexandria Turnpike, including the construction of a stone bridge over Bull Run. It became a toll road with 6 collection stations along the way, each spaced 5 miles apart. One of them was at an intersection formed with modern day Sudley Road, an intersection that sits in the park today; and the presence of three key businesses for travelers located near this intersection in the 1840s indicate this was an important stop on the turnpike.

The first business was run by John Dogan, who operated a tavern that welcomed travelers using stage lines to move from place-to-place. Next door, the second business was run by the Clarke family, who operated a wagon stand at the Stone House. Their business provided wagoners, people traveling by wagon, fodder for their teams of animals. Just to the east of these two businesses, stood the third key business, a drover’s tavern run by James Robinson, which provided people driving herds of animals on the road a place to stop and let their herds rest.

While railroads made traveling long distances by road less appealing by the time of the Civil War, during the battles of Manassas, the Stone House intersection on the Warrenton Turnpike would continue to be an important location. Because the turnpike was a route that could be used by both the Union and Confederate Armies to get to Washington, control of this intersection would be an important objective during both battles.
#transportationtuesday #nationalvirtualparkweek #findyourpark #encuentratuparque #manassasbattlefield

Photo: The Stone House, near the northeastern corner of Sudley Road and the Warrenton Turnpike (which can be seen to the right and in the foreground.)

How Infectious Disease Defined the American Bathroom
04/21/2020
How Infectious Disease Defined the American Bathroom

How Infectious Disease Defined the American Bathroom

Cholera and tuberculosis outbreaks transformed the design and technology of the home bathroom. Will Covid-19 inspire a new wave of hygiene innovation?

Friends of Colvin Run Mill
04/21/2020

Friends of Colvin Run Mill

NO WINNERS YET.
Twice a week, we’ll be posting new coloring pages and/or activity. Attach your child’s finished page as a comment to this post, noting their age. Every two weeks, we’ll select a winner.
Prizes are a free family pass to a grinding demonstration (once county parks are re-opened to the public). We’d love to see you and your children at the mill when this is over.

Activity idea: Trace around your child with chalk while he/she is laying on the driveway or sidewalk. He/she can add the details or just color it in.

Some news from Walney Pond (did you know that Ellanor C. Lawrence and her husband David had the pond dug in the 1950s?) ...
04/19/2020

Some news from Walney Pond (did you know that Ellanor C. Lawrence and her husband David had the pond dug in the 1950s?) ...

John Odenkirk and Robert Willis of the Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries recently conducted a fish survey of Walden Pond at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. They found bluegill, green sunfish, green sunfish hybrid, largemouth bass, koi, and a snakehead of an estimated eight pounds. Some non-native koi were removed. Unfortunately, they were not able to retrieve the invasive snakehead. Odenkirk said there was a good balance in the pond between the bluegill, which had the highest population, and the bass, which are the predators. https://bit.ly/2z4xNn1

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If you don't have to work tomorrow, or can take a long lunch - come by G&C Tire and Auto Service. We still have some glasses to give away in the morning. We are also holding on to some for the 2017 Solar Eclipse viewing event we are hosting. Great time to meet some people from the commnuity and enjoy this "sharing" event. We will have glasses that can be passed around so everyone gets a chance to experience this solar eclipse.
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Much appreciation to Northern Virginia Electric Coop (NOVEC) for being one of our Sponsors for Centreville Day 2017! We invite other businesses, corporations, individuals, etc., to be a sponsor for the 25th anniversary of Centreville Day. Learn more at the Centreville Day website.
Save the date: Saturday, October 21, 2017 - the 25th anniversary of Centreville Day! 10 - 5:00, Historic Centreville Park (Mt. Gilead and Braddock Roads). Entertainment, food, games, vendors, activities for kids, parade, Pet Pageant - a full day for the whole family. And no entrance fee! What is your earliest memory of Centreville Day? The first one in 1992 beside Centreville HS? Fireworks? The Parade down Union Mill Road? Share pictures from those early Centreville Days!