At this time of ghosts and goblins, Sully Historic Site celebrates Historic All Hallows Eve this Saturday, October 22, from 5 to 7 p.m.
In the 18th and 19th centuries, Virginians observed All Hallows Eve with storytelling, fortune telling, fall foods and family gatherings. Bring your family for a lantern-lit tour of the 1794 house and grounds, and discover some of the origins of todayâ€™s Halloween traditions.
Listen as a storyteller reads portions of Edgar Allen Poeâ€™s spooky poem, The Raven, and hear about the long-lost â€œLenore.â€ Visit with the fortuneteller to get a glimpse of the future. Crystal balls, playing cards, and palm reading were used in fun-filled games at fall gatherings to try to tell what was in store for family and friends.
In the open-hearth kitchen, Sullyâ€™s interpreters will tell how donuts evolved into the sweet treat we enjoy today. Have a cup of warm cider and get a tasty sweet of your own. At the slave cabin, see what foods were available in Virginia in autumn. Pay special attention to the stew pot — meat and vegetables are simmering inside a pumpkin.
Take a wagon ride and learn about the remains of old buildings in Sullyâ€™s woods. Find out who was hiding in the icehouse during the Civil War and what happened to the unfinished railroad.
Admission to this program is $8. For more information call 703-437-1794.
Sully Historic Site is located in Chantilly off Route 28, one-quarter mile north of Route 50, five miles north of Route 66 or five miles south of the Dulles Toll Road.