This weekend the annual World War II Living History event takes place at Sully Historic Site in Fairfax County, Va. Every year visitors can travel back in time and get an in-depth and up-close experience of life during World War II at Sully.
Throughout the year Sully Historic Site, located in Chantilly, Va., hosts several annual events including classic cars, Civil War Weekend, and 1812 Weekend, to name a few.
Come each July, thousands of visitors arrive to attend the World War II Living History event.
During WWII weekend, living history reenactments can be seen. Both Axis and Allies troops are present, and visitors can see and experience reenactments of how life was for both soldiers and civilians during World War II.
The event includes demonstrations, music and memories. Living history reenactors remain in character, and visitors can ask questions about their experiences, including their jobs, food, and about life during the 1940s.
A photo of the WII reenactment battle at Sully's 2009 WWII weekend.
The World War II event runs from July 14-15 this year. On Sat. the hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and children; veterans and active duty military are free. The fee includes a tour of the house and property.
Sully Historic Site is a Virginia Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The property was slated to be demolished in the 1950s in order to make more room for a Dulles Airport runway, however was saved by an act of Congress and President Eisenhower's signature.
Thanks to this action, visitors today can explore and relive portions of America's past. Throughout the year Sully Historic Site offers many themed weekends which are designed to be family friendly, enlightening and/or entertaining. Over the holidays, Digital Journal attended one of Sully's four specially-themed Candlelight Tours.
To find out what events are happening at Sully, the site maintains a calendar of events.