Loudoun Preservation Society

Loudoun Preservation Society The Loudoun Preservation Society is dedicated to the preservation of the county's historical, cultural, and natural resources. LPS does this by stimulating public consciousness; galvanizing public support for preservation-related initiatives; raising funds to support preservation and restoration projects; and supporting the enactment of relative legislation.

Members have given tirelessly of their time, talents, and imagination. LPS has been fortunate to have partners on various projects, including local officials, the Bar Association, the Loudoun Museum, the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, the Thomas Balch Library, local churches, and nonprofit organizations throughout the county. As Loudoun continues to be one of the fastest growing counties in the natio

Members have given tirelessly of their time, talents, and imagination. LPS has been fortunate to have partners on various projects, including local officials, the Bar Association, the Loudoun Museum, the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, the Thomas Balch Library, local churches, and nonprofit organizations throughout the county. As Loudoun continues to be one of the fastest growing counties in the natio

New Exhibit at the Thomas Balch Library.  For more information click the link to our website.  https://preserveloudoun.o...
05/08/2021
Thomas Balch Library Exhibit: Loudoun Preservation Society with Lee Lawrence, May 2021

New Exhibit at the Thomas Balch Library. For more information click the link to our website.

https://preserveloudoun.org/2021/05/new-library-exhibit-highlights-the-preservation-of-loudoun-county-history/

See Video at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-OaIUCjDbk

A Retrospective exhibit of the Loudoun Preservation Society will be on display at Thomas Balch Library through the month of May, 2021. Lee Lawrence provides...

Join Goose Creek Association and Land Trust of Virginia this Friday evening for an amazing film festival featuring some ...
04/06/2021

Join Goose Creek Association and Land Trust of Virginia this Friday evening for an amazing film festival featuring some of the best short documentary films within the past year. See below for more information!

Reminder: Join us for a Virtual Film Festival Experience with Wild and Scenic Film Festival on Friday, April 9th!

Goose Creek Association and the Land Trust of VA have teamed up once again to give you an environmental film experience in the comfort of your own homes. We've chosen some of the best short documentaries for 2021!
Register today at https://qudio.com/event/LandTrustVA-GooseCreek

Order popcorn at Popcorn Monkey for pick up or delivery in advance. http://www.popcornmonkeyllc.com/
USE code "GooseCreek" for 5% off.

See our exciting raffle prizes at https://goosecreek.org/2021/02/26/raffle-items/.

03/31/2021
Stone Eden Farm

Virtual Dirt Roads Tour 20-21: Stop 3 - sharing the story of a 2017 tour spot, Stone Eden Farm.

Happy Snowy Day from Loudoun Preservation Society! LPS’s annual appeal is underway. Please see comments for a link to su...
12/17/2020

Happy Snowy Day from Loudoun Preservation Society! LPS’s annual appeal is underway. Please see comments for a link to support our preservation grants program! Enjoy the snow!

For the next stop on our 2020 virtual LPS Dirt Roads Tour, visit  Sharon Cemetery in Middleburg, Virginia, with local hi...
12/07/2020
LPS 2020- Sharon Cemetery Middleburg, VA

For the next stop on our 2020 virtual LPS Dirt Roads Tour, visit Sharon Cemetery in Middleburg, Virginia, with local historian, Lee Lawrence! LPS is the only preservation organization in Loudoun that raises funds to support local preservation grants. Please see comments for a link to donate to the LPS grants program!
https://youtu.be/WdtxMpN_ihI

Visit historic Sharon Cemetery with local historian, Lee Lawrence!

On this, the 156th anniversary of the Loudoun burning raid, LPS is pleased to present the first stop on our virtual 2020...
11/30/2020
LPS Dirt Roads Tour 2020- Barn at Cool Brook

On this, the 156th anniversary of the Loudoun burning raid, LPS is pleased to present the first stop on our virtual 2020 LPS Dirt Roads Tour. The video features a barn that survived the 1864 burning raid of the Civil War. Allen Cochran, LPS president, welcomes you and shares clues about identifying pre-Civil War barns! See comments for a link to donate to LPS and support our preservation grants program!
https://youtu.be/DnkUsJ4Cz74

Loudoun Preservation Society is pleased to add our first installment of our virtual 2020 Dirt Roads Tour. The video is taken just outside of Lincoln, Virgin...

Loudoun Preservation Society is excited to announce the 2020 expansion of our historic structure plaque program! While w...
08/01/2020
Commemorative Plaques & Markers | Loudoun Preservation Society

Loudoun Preservation Society is excited to announce the 2020 expansion of our historic structure plaque program! While we continue our Town of Leesburg plaque program, we have broadened our recognition to include historic structures within the County of Loudoun. For more information, please see our LPS website (available at the below link):
https://preserveloudoun.org/programs/commemorative-plaques-markers/

Loudoun Preservation Society recognizes the value of preserved historic properties. As a continuation of the work began by the Loudoun Restoration and Preservation Society, LPS manages the historic plaque program for the Town of Leesburg.

Loudoun Preservation Society's cover photo
02/08/2020

Loudoun Preservation Society's cover photo

Even on a cloudy, rainy day, Virts Family Farms offers great views!  Check out our new event on March 1st, From Our Hear...
02/08/2020

Even on a cloudy, rainy day, Virts Family Farms offers great views! Check out our new event on March 1st, From Our Heart to Yours at Virts. All are welcome!

Loudoun Preservation Society's cover photo
02/08/2020

Loudoun Preservation Society's cover photo

Today is the day! Enjoy a lovely fall afternoon exploring the village of Lincoln on our Lincoln Dirt Roads Tour. From 12...
11/03/2019

Today is the day! Enjoy a lovely fall afternoon exploring the village of Lincoln on our Lincoln Dirt Roads Tour. From 12:30 to 5:00 today see five different homes and houses of worship. Tickets are $22.50 for adults and $10 for students. They can be purchased online here https://purcellvillehistory.ticketspice.com/lincoln-dirt-roads-tour or at the Goose Creek Meeting House (Cash only).

The Goose Creek Meeting House will be our "home base" for the tour. Purchase tickets, meet LPS board members, and get directions to the homes there.

Quakers settled in western Loudoun in the 1730s. They were successful in serving the community, farming, establishing businesses, and building operational mills. Family and community revolved around a singular epicenter, The Meeting House. Worship meetings were held on Sunday and Thursday each week. A small log structure built in 1745 became the first Meeting House, eventually replaced by a stone Meeting House in 1765. Increased membership resulted in the current Meeting House to be built from 1817 to 1818. This two story structure was destroyed by a storm during World War II, rebuilt and reopened in 1949 to its present form. In 1982, the Meeting House was enlarged with the addition of a Gathering/First Day of School room.

Only a few days left before the Lincoln Dirt Roads tour on November 3rd! One of the homes you'll have an opportunity to ...
10/31/2019

Only a few days left before the Lincoln Dirt Roads tour on November 3rd!

One of the homes you'll have an opportunity to visit is Creek Crossing Farm. In 1773, Quaker Edward Thompson built a federal veranda-fronted home on a hill, adding to one of his many plantations. Surrounded by 25 acres of fields and woods, the home reflects upon sentiments of the time. Floorboards under the grand piano hold a trapdoor, while a hidden stairwell in the old sitting room emphasizes the Underground Railroad passengers concealed by the former residents. Old colonial road traces remain within the land’s contouring, while the stone barn from the infamous “Burning Raid of 1864” survives alongside the flourishing wildlife.

To see Creek Crossing and four other historic homes and houses of worship, buy your ticket today! Tickets available at https://purcellvillehistory.ticketspice.com/lincoln-dirt-roads-tour

This Sunday's Dirt Roads tour is the perfect opportunity to visit Springdale Village Inn. Built by Will Bolen and Thornt...
10/28/2019

This Sunday's Dirt Roads tour is the perfect opportunity to visit Springdale Village Inn.

Built by Will Bolen and Thornton Whitacre in 1832, Samuel Janney opened Springdale as an all girls’ Quaker boarding school, in 1839. Janney was a direct descendant of the first Goose Creek (Lincoln) settlers who moved south from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in the mid 1700s. As a member of the Society of Friends (Quakers), Janney believed in equal education for females. During the Civil War, the building was used as a hospital for soldiers on both sides of the conflict. Thereafter, Springdale remained a private residence until it became a country inn in the mid-1980s.

For tickets and more information, visit https://purcellvillehistory.ticketspice.com/lincoln-dirt-roads-tour

Another site on our Dirt Roads Tour of Lincoln is the historic Grace Church. The Grace Methodist Episcopal Church first ...
10/25/2019

Another site on our Dirt Roads Tour of Lincoln is the historic Grace Church.

The Grace Methodist Episcopal Church first organized in 1872 by Quakers and freed slaves joining to build one of the first legal black churches in Loudoun County. The existing church was collaboratively built in 1884, offering services on the second and fourth Sundays, using the basement as a vocational school taught by Quakers. The church served as a stabilizing force in Lincoln until the 1940s, when African American populations shifted away from Lincoln. An active cemetery remains in Lincoln, and much hope has been found with the Grace Heritage Site Project. This effort has stabilized the structure and roof, and work is underway to rebuild from the inside out.

To get an in-depth look at the Grace Church and other sites around Lincoln, come out on November 3rd! Tickets are available at https://purcellvillehistory.ticketspice.com/lincoln-dirt-roads-tour

We're counting down the days until our Lincoln Dirt Roads Tour on November 3rd by shining the spotlight on some of the h...
10/22/2019

We're counting down the days until our Lincoln Dirt Roads Tour on November 3rd by shining the spotlight on some of the historic properties featured on the tour. Today let's look at the Stone Meeting House.

After establishing farms in the surrounding area, local Quakers first worshiped in various family homes on a weekly basis. Goose Creek Meeting was established in 1747, and in 1765, they built a stone Meeting House to serve as a central place of worship. Due to increased membership, a new Meeting House was built from 1817 to 1818. The stone Meeting House has been a private resident of the caretaker since 1819, and is still owned by the Goose Creek Meeting.

Tickets for the tour can be purchased at https://purcellvillehistory.ticketspice.com/lincoln-dirt-roads-tour or at the Goose Creek Friends Meeting House on the day of the tour (CASH ONLY).

Thank you, Reg, for your 20 (plus) years of service to the Loudoun Preservation Society!
03/05/2019

Thank you, Reg, for your 20 (plus) years of service to the Loudoun Preservation Society!

Loudoun Preservation Society's cover photo
02/02/2019

Loudoun Preservation Society's cover photo

Loudoun Preservation Society's cover photo
02/02/2019

Loudoun Preservation Society's cover photo

Loudoun Preservation Society's cover photo
02/02/2019

Loudoun Preservation Society's cover photo

Loudoun Preservation Society
02/02/2019

Loudoun Preservation Society

Happy New Year!  LPS is pleased to announce the revival of the Leesburg historic plaque program!  See link below for det...
01/01/2019
Loudoun Preservation Society

Happy New Year! LPS is pleased to announce the revival of the Leesburg historic plaque program! See link below for details!
http://preserveloudoun.org/Programs/plaques.html

Loudoun Preservation Society manages the historic plaque program for the town of Leesburg. Owners of historic properties may apply for an historic plaque under one of two categories: architectural significance or historic significance. In addition to meeting the criteria of one of the above categori...

07/30/2018

Loudoun Preservation Society Members,

The Loudoun Preservation Society Board is working hard this summer. We are planning upcoming member events, revamping our website, and scheduling more opportunities to meet you in the community this fall.

Thank you for reading our monthly updates. We hope you enjoy the tail end of summer.

Sincerely,
The Loudoun Preservation Society

Loudoun Preservation Society August 2018 News Blast



In the News



Loudoun Board Approves Route 15 Gas Station

http://loudounnow.com/2018/07/05/controversial-rt-15-gas-station-approved-by-loudoun-board/



Willisville Seeking National Register of Historic Places Nomination

https://www.loudountimes.com/news/mosby-heritage-area-association-partnering-with-historic-loudoun-county-village/article_7b62f5ee-89f1-11e8-9617-eb93a610affd.html



Undeveloped Land Near Metro Sold to Data Centers

http://loudounnow.com/2018/07/10/vast-undeveloped-property-near-metro-stop-sold-for-data-centers/



Loudoun Museum Closed Indefinitely

http://loudounnow.com/2018/07/18/shuttered-museum-staff-resigns-amid-trustee-turmoil/



Lovetsville and Middleburg Town Staffing Changes

http://loudounnow.com/2018/07/11/finz-steps-down-in-lovettsville-semmes-set-to-retire-in-middleburg-in-december/



Meadowbrook Developers File Lawsuit Against Leesburg

https://www.loudountimes.com/business/meadowbrook-developers-file-lawsuit-against-leesburg/article_a974b0d8-8b65-11e8-b644-ef4489842da7.html



River Creek Village Vote Delayed by Leesburg Town Council

https://www.loudountimes.com/news/leesburg-town-council-delays-vote-on-river-creek-village-townhome/article_2548290e-851e-11e8-b763-47d55ae72678.html



Aldie Church Plans Draw Protest

http://loudounnow.com/2018/07/12/aldie-church-plans-draw-protests/



Newstead Estate to be Sold

http://loudounnow.com/2018/07/19/firestones-to-sell-newstead-farm/



Warner Brook Proposing Annexation

https://blueridgeleader.com/warner-brook-putting-on-%E2%80%A8the-pressure-for-annexation/



Hillsboro Reclaiming Main Street

http://loudounnow.com/2018/07/02/reclaiming-our-main-street-hillsboro-celebrates-landmark-project-with-groundbreaking/



Loudoun Times-Mirror Changing Hands

http://loudounnow.com/2018/07/10/loudoun-times-mirror-sold-to-natl-newspaper-publisher/



Dragon Hops Brewing Takes Over Purcelville Farmers Market

http://loudounnow.com/2018/07/13/dragon-hops-takes-over-newest-purcellville-farm-market/



One Loudoun Muruals Bring Purcellville Native Home

https://www.loudountribune.com/giant-murals-at-one-loudoun-bring-purcellville-native-home/



Leesburg Seeking More Public Art

http://loudounnow.com/2018/07/16/the-push-for-more-public-art-in-leesburg/





Upcoming Events



Rural Economic Development Council (Policy & Implementation Committee) – August 1st, 4 to 6 pm

https://www.loudoun.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=8749&month=8&year=2018&day=26&calType=0



Heritage Committee (Strategic Planning) – August 7th, 5 to 6:15 pm, Tuscarora Mill Restaurant

https://www.loudoun.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=9038&month=8&year=2018&day=26&calType=0



Zoning Ordinance Action Group (Rural Uses Subcommittee) – August 8th, 9 to 11 am, Government Center Round Hill Room

https://www.loudoun.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=8922&month=8&year=2018&day=26&calType=0



Historic District Review Committee – August 13th, 6 pm, Government Center Purcellville Room

https://www.loudoun.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=8484&day=26&month=8&year=2018&calType=0



Art Advisory Committee – August 28th, 3 to 4 pm, Government Center Middleburg Room

https://www.loudoun.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=8484&day=26&month=8&year=2018&calType=0



The Path Through Willisville with Carol Lee, Upperville - August 11th, 4 to 6:30 pm

http://mosbyheritagearea.org/events/2018/8/11/the-path-through-willisville-with-carol-lee





Ongoing Loudoun Calendars



https://www.eventbrite.com/things-to-do/va--loudoun-county/



http://getoutloudoun.com/calendar/





Community Columns



Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth Column – Blue Ridge Leader & Loudoun Today

http://blueridgeleader.com/category/columns/nothing-else/



In Our Backyard – Loudoun Now

http://loudounnow.com/category/opinion/columnists/in-our-backyard/





Noteworthy Organizations



Virginia Department of Historic Resources

http://www.dhr.virginia.gov/



Preservation Virginia

https://preservationvirginia.org/



Loudoun County Environmental Stewardship Alliance

http://www.loudounnature.org/



350 Loudoun

http://350loudoun.org/

LPS would like to thank outgoing President Bob Shuey (left) for his tireless work in promoting our county's heritage! Co...
06/07/2018

LPS would like to thank outgoing President Bob Shuey (left) for his tireless work in promoting our county's heritage! Congratulations to incoming President Allen Cochran (right)! Allen is a stone mason specializing in historic construction techniques and was honored as the LPS Preservationist of the Year in 2018.

Loudoun Preservation Society Seeks Applications for 2018 Grant ProgramThe Loudoun Preservation Society (LPS) seeks propo...
02/14/2018
Grants for Nonprofit Organizations

Loudoun Preservation Society Seeks Applications for
2018 Grant Program

The Loudoun Preservation Society (LPS) seeks proposals for its 2018 grant program. This program provides funds to Loudoun non-profits and government entities for preservation, restoration, and conservation projects and for research and publications about Loudoun County Heritage. The awards will be presented at the annual meeting on April 20, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the John Wesley Church in historic Waterford. This year’s submission deadline is March 15, 2018.

Since the program’s inception, LPS has presented over 100 grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to 75 local organizations.

The 2016 grant recipients were:
Waterford Foundation, Inc. for re-installation of an interior staircase and the original floor in the fellowship hall of the John Wesley Community Church.
Mosby Heritage Area Association for the printing of “Raised from Obscurity,” A Driving Tour of the Cavalry Battles of Aldie, Middleburg and Upperville, June 17-21, 1863.
Oatlands, Inc., for the Oatlands Garden Shed plaster repair and preservation project.

More information about the grants program and the application form can be found on the LPS website: http://www.preserveloudoun.org/Programs/grants.html, or by request to the LPS Grants Chairperson, Paul Lawrence, at [email protected] or PO Box 351, Leesburg, Virginia 20178.

Since 1973, the Loudoun Preservation Society (LPS) has awarded over $834,000 in grants to county organizations for preservation and restoration projects. Our grants have helped preserve a number of significant buildings in Loudoun County, including the Aldie Mill; Ford's Store in Round Hill; Dodona....

The historic village of Aldie is under threat! Sign the petition and let the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors know th...
12/12/2017
Sign the Petition

The historic village of Aldie is under threat! Sign the petition and let the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors know that you support historic preservation!

Loudoun County Board of Supervisors: Save Historic Aldie

Today is Giving Tuesday! In the spirit of the holidays why not consider a gift to the Loudoun Preservation Society? A me...
11/28/2017
LPS Membership

Today is Giving Tuesday! In the spirit of the holidays why not consider a gift to the Loudoun Preservation Society? A membership to the LPS helps to support preservation and education initiatives across Loudoun County. Visit http://www.preserveloudoun.org/Membership/index.html to learn more!

We hope you will become a member of the Loudoun Preservation Society (LPS) and help us to preserve Loudoun County's cultural heritage for future generations. Members receive special invitations to seasonal events and the annual award ceremony.

Address

P.O. Box 351
Leesburg, VA
20178

General information

Loudoun Preservation Society (LPS) was formed in December 2008 from the merger of two organizations: the Loudoun Restoration and Preservation Society (LRPS) and the Preservation Society of Loudoun County (PSLC). Both organizations were founded in the 1970s and have been active in many preservation causes.

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"St. Louis is a small, historic village in Loudoun County that was built on land purchased by freed slaves after Emancipation. In October we applauded the Board of Supervisors’ plan to buy a 16-acre property there that was slated for development. Unfortunately, the new deal that the county is now considering also involves giving the same controversial developer a property in nearby Aldie. The developer’s plan to turn that property into an expanded 35,000 square feet of commercial development would dwarf the surrounding village and destroy its historic charm. Basically, the county would be trading too much residential development in one village for too much commercial development in another. The Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the proposal on Wednesday, January 13 @6pm. Please sign up to speak (by calling 703-777-0200 on January 12) or send an email to [email protected] and ask them to save St. Louis without creating a whole new set of problems for Aldie." You can also sign this community-led petition: https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/oppose-aldie-development-land-swap
Posted this morning by Historic White's Ferry. Please consider joining in the rebuff against Historic Rockland for taking this action. PRESS RELEASE WHITE’S FERRY CEASING OPERATIONS IMMEDIATELY White’s Ferry regrets to inform the public that it will cease its Potomac River ferry operation between White’s Ferry Road in Montgomery County, Maryland and White’s Ferry Road in Loudoun County, Virginia effective immediately. The Circuit Court of Loudoun County, Virginia has ruled, in the case of Rockland Farm, LLC, et al. v. White’s Ferry, Inc., that no public landing exists on the Virginia shoreline at White’s Ferry Road and the ferry is prohibited from landing at that location in Virginia. As of the date of this press release Loudoun County, Virginia has declined to establish a public landing at that location.
Hello all! I am looking for information regarding what happened to Glengyle Farms in Lenah, right outside Aldie. My family, the Odens, built Glengyle in the 1790s and called it Roseville. They were unable to keep it following the Civil War, and sold it around 1870. Roseville has remained very special to my family and I am heartbroken to see that it has been demolished. If anyone knows why it was demolished/if there are any artifacts/keepsakes from the house please let me know. Thank you!