I had a quick visit to the Ben Lomond Historic Site in Manassas, VA. The site is closed due to COVID-19, but the parking lot is open during the day. A family was having a picnic while I was there taking photos. Picture a large blanket on the grass and kids playing with a ball. Wonderful!
Historic site details: Aldie Mill Historic Park (also Aldie Mill Historic District) | 39401 John Mosby Hwy, Aldie, VA 20105 (Loudoun County) | (703) 327-9777 | Free Admission | Free Parking (Warning: There is a small number of parking spaces at the site.) | The site is only open seasonally. The 2020 season starts June 27th. Hours posted online are weekends from noon to 5 PM (call to confirm due to COVID-19).| Actively looking for volunteers. | Site is a member of the Historic House Museum Consortium of Metropolitan Washington D.C. | Facebook | LinkedIn (unclaimed profile)
Ready for a challenge? How about a virtual scavenger hunt? Fifteen Richmond, Virginia area historical and cultural organizations, all celebrating Virginia history and National Scavenger Hunt Day (May 24th) together. What better way than to create the RVA History Hunt. A chance to explore each organizations’ website in search of answers. COVID-19 forced museums and cultural centers to close. Go keyboard exploring. More details about the hunt are here. The organizations involved in the hunt are:
Historic Old Town Fairfax (Fairfax City, VA) is having a scavenger hunt! Seven clues in the challenge. A brochure with details is on the Fairfax City website. The scavenger hunt starts at the corner of Main Street and East Street. There is a small public parking lot on one corner of the intersection. You can also park at Main St Marketplace on the opposite corner. There are seven buildings to find during a four-block walk. Support small businesses with a visit to the shops at Main St Marketplace, Commonwealth Dry Goods, or De Clieu Coffee while you search (grab & go only). Good luck on the hunt! Let me know if you found them all.
The Historic House Museum Consortium of Metropolitan Washington D.C. is a collection of over 40 sites in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia (NOVA), and suburban Maryland. All the sites are open to the public as museums and historic attractions. The sites in Northern Virginia include:
COVID-19 Warning: All the buildings on the Historic Blenheim (Willcoxon Farm) campus are closed until further notice. Public tours and event space rentals are not available as well. There is a message on the museum’s voicemail inviting everyone to walk the grounds.
I recommend walking around the 12-acre grounds. Paths are connecting all the buildings. The parking lot is closed (gate with a padlock). However, street parking is available.
You can see inside some of the buildings from the comfort of your home. There are short videos on Historic Blenheim’s Facebook Page & City of Fairfax YouTube Channel that tell the rich history of the campus. Explore Historic Blenheim, at home, in your favorite chair! Here is a list: