Colonial Days Come To Life At Sully

Hear the crack of muskets as soldiers and militiamen muster at Sully Historic Site on Saturday, November 5, 2011 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Colonial Day highlights daily life between 1775 and 1785. At this family-friendly program leave the 21st century behind and return to a time when western Fairfax County was the frontier.

Sights and sounds

Through living history and hands-on activities, experience a day along Cain’s Branch before northern Virginia’s first congressman, Richard Bland Lee, made Sully his home. Learn about a Revolutionary War soldier’s life and work as they march, fire their muskets, and meet British troops in a tactical demonstration of military skills.

See, touch and smell the Oronoco tobacco grown in Fairfax County and hear how tobacco was used as money in 18th century Virginia. Help card, spin and weave wool into cloth. See how food was cooked over an open fire as well as in and around the fireplace.

Crafts and games

Try your hand at woodworking with tools used to build houses, barns and fences. Roll hoops, toss beanbags and make an 18th century take-home project. To add to the festive atmosphere, meet Matty Holsten, a young juggler who will amaze you with his skills.

The woman of the house was the most common source of medical care in the 18th century. Find out about herbs and potions used to cure ague and the grippe. At this time of year, a bleeding or purging is just the thing to get you ready for winter.

Visit our 18th century food booth for a hearty snack and discover the many functions of a roadside tavern.

Tour the house to hear stories of Sully’s early history. Did you know that Richard Bland Lee’s mother was once courted by George Washington?

The cost is $8 per adult and $6 per child.

Sully Historic Site is located at 3650 Historic Sully Way in Chantilly, Va. For more information, call 703-437-1794.