The park is centered around the 1843 Mount Bleak House, and shows off the lifestyle of a middle-class farm family in the mid-1800s. The park planners haven’t forgotten, though, that we 21st century people like our modern conveniences. There are flush toilets, a gift shop and visitors’ center, plenty of picnic tables, and even a few barbecue grills scattered around the grounds near the fancy house. We especially liked the little snack barn selling local homemade ice cream.
Each weekend in October the park is celebrating the fall harvest with live music, living history demos, old-fashioned children’s games, and a pumpkin patch. The two-year-old in our party gave a thumbs-up to the hay-bale obstacle course after trying it out, oh, two or three dozen times. If you’re feeling energetic but are too tall or sophisticated to tackle the hay bales, there are several miles of hiking trails and bridle trails (sadly, the park is strictly BYOH: bring your own horse).
The surrounding countryside is all rolling hills, farms, and wineries – the picturesque part of Northern Virginia. C’mon, it’s called “Sky Meadows” – on a crisp blue-sky day, what could be better?
Many thanks to Arlington Kids Resident Blogger, Katherine Bahnsen Stikkers for writing this post. Find Katherine’s occasional blog at www.runrunleap.com.