Loudoun Museum

Loudoun Museum A museum dedicated to preserving and sharing the long history of Loudoun County With a collection of over 8,000 artifacts, we have something for everybody.

We have artifacts on display from many events and eras in Loudoun County's past, and plenty to learn about Loudoun’s role in everything from wine production to the Civil War. Right in the backyard of Washington, D.C., our history is the Nation’s history, but our county is one of a kind. Come by and find out for yourself.

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We're thankful for our awesome new prints of Loudoun County Then/Now photos! Take a break from your Black Friday shoppin...
11/23/2021

We're thankful for our awesome new prints of Loudoun County Then/Now photos! Take a break from your Black Friday shopping this weekend to see the latest addition to our Timeline exhibit! We're open Friday-Sunday 10am-4pm

Whether you’re looking for something to do with family or trying to avoid them this holiday season, we’re here to help! ...
11/17/2021

Whether you’re looking for something to do with family or trying to avoid them this holiday season, we’re here to help! We have several exhibits on display as well as virtual exhibits on our website. We are open 10-4 Friday through Sunday with free admission!

Whether you’re looking for something to do with family or trying to avoid them this holiday season, we’re here to help! We have several exhibits on display as well as virtual exhibits on our website. We are open 10-4 Friday through Sunday with free admission!

In case you missed our History on Tap program at Harrison Hall:
11/13/2021
Loudoun County, Virginia, During the Civil War

In case you missed our History on Tap program at Harrison Hall:

Local historians shared stories about Loudoun County, Virginia, during the Civil War. This program was part of a series sponsored by the Loudoun Museum called, "History on Tap."

What's the best way to care for your grandmother's wedding dress, you ask? Learn about textile preservation and see a co...
11/10/2021
Preserving Loudoun's History: Caring for Historic Clothing and Textiles

What's the best way to care for your grandmother's wedding dress, you ask? Learn about textile preservation and see a cool dress from our collection in our latest blogpost:

https://www.loudounmuseum.org/post/preserving-loudoun-s-history-caring-for-historic-clothing-and-textiles

In the process of inventorying the museum’s collections, we’ve sorted through many fascinating artifacts. Right now, we’re going through the objects in our textile room. We have shelves filled with garments, quilts, samplers, and numerous other items. Though there are a lot of different types ...

Have you missed our Loudoun: Then & Now videos? Well, we have also! And we are happy to say more will be coming soon. Pi...
11/08/2021

Have you missed our Loudoun: Then & Now videos? Well, we have also! And we are happy to say more will be coming soon. Pictured here is an image of the Frederick Douglass High School in Leesburg. It is in our Leesburg Then & Now video, which can be viewed with the others on our website and the Museum YouTube channel.

Have you missed our Loudoun: Then & Now videos? Well, we have also! And we are happy to say more will be coming soon. Pictured here is an image of the Frederick Douglass High School in Leesburg. It is in our Leesburg Then & Now video, which can be viewed with the others on our website and the Museum YouTube channel.

Thanks to everyone who came out last night for our First Friday photo exhibit! The highschoolers that worked with Loudou...
11/06/2021

Thanks to everyone who came out last night for our First Friday photo exhibit! The highschoolers that worked with Loudoun Community Press this summer did a great job!

Can't get enough of our Then/Now images? Stop by this First Friday to see them, our new exhibit, AND a popup photography...
11/03/2021

Can't get enough of our Then/Now images? Stop by this First Friday to see them, our new exhibit, AND a popup photography exhibit featuring local high schoolers. Come learn more about their photojournalism series and the Loudoun Community Press Spring 2022 student media cohort!

Can't get enough of our Then/Now images? Stop by this First Friday to see them, our new exhibit, AND a popup photography exhibit featuring local high schoolers. Come learn more about their photojournalism series and the Loudoun Community Press Spring 2022 student media cohort!

Thank to everyone who helped make the 30th annual Hauntings tours a success! We had sold out tours both evenings, and vi...
11/03/2021

Thank to everyone who helped make the 30th annual Hauntings tours a success! We had sold out tours both evenings, and visitors got to hear about some of the real nightlife in Leesburg. Thank you to our terrific sponsors as well.

Last Friday our Visitor Experience Manager took some of the items in our collection related to cobbling shoes at the Her...
11/01/2021

Last Friday our Visitor Experience Manager took some of the items in our collection related to cobbling shoes at the Heritage Farm Museum's Historic Encounters Day. It's a great event for kids to hear more about the daily life from the past and see interpreters demonstrate historical practices. Stop by their next one on November 16!

Last Friday our Visitor Experience Manager took some of the items in our collection related to cobbling shoes at the Heritage Farm Museum's Historic Encounters Day. It's a great event for kids to hear more about the daily life from the past and see interpreters demonstrate historical practices. Stop by their next one on November 16!

Looking for a rainy day activity? Our Visitor Experience Manager, Lori, is on site at the Heritage Farm Museum with some...
10/29/2021

Looking for a rainy day activity? Our Visitor Experience Manager, Lori, is on site at the Heritage Farm Museum with some items in our collection for Historic Encounters Day. Stop by between 10-2, and then come on over to the Loudoun Museum! We are open 10-4 Friday-Sunday.

Looking for a delicious treat to dunk into a warm fall cider or tea? Look no further than our latest Retro Recipe for Fa...
10/26/2021
Retro Recipes: "Fairy Wafers" (Tea Biscuits)

Looking for a delicious treat to dunk into a warm fall cider or tea? Look no further than our latest Retro Recipe for Fairy Wafers! 🧚‍♀️
What exactly is a Fairy Wafer, you ask? Museum staff Paige explores this and the history of dunking biscuits in her latest blogpost:
https://www.loudounmuseum.org/post/retro-recipes-fairy-wafers-tea-biscuits

This blog is the third installment of our series, Retro Recipes. These blogs feature historic recipes that are researched, tested, and reviewed by Loudoun Museum staff Paige Armstrong. Tea Biscuits: As we get deeper into fall and the weather gets cooler, warm drinks like hot tea and warm cider will....

10/21/2021
It was a great evening for the History on Tap: Live at Harrison Hall event! Thank you to all those in attendance, and to...
10/15/2021

It was a great evening for the History on Tap: Live at Harrison Hall event! Thank you to all those in attendance, and to Dana Shoaf of Civil War Times for being the special guest!

History never tasted so good. Stop by @brewdynasty  all October for some Hauntings Ale! It’s a smooth dark lager made fr...
10/08/2021

History never tasted so good. Stop by @brewdynasty all October for some Hauntings Ale! It’s a smooth dark lager made from local grain. After picking some up, don’t forget to sign up for our Hauntings tours Oct 22-23!

History never tasted so good. Stop by @brewdynasty all October for some Hauntings Ale! It’s a smooth dark lager made from local grain. After picking some up, don’t forget to sign up for our Hauntings tours Oct 22-23!

What better way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Hauntings?! We'll see you at Dynasty Brewing Co. Friday for some Ha...
10/06/2021

What better way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Hauntings?! We'll see you at Dynasty Brewing Co. Friday for some Hauntings Ale! 🎃

Hauntings dark ale can release Friday, Oct 8. We did this in collaboration with Loudoun Museum @loudounmuseum in celebration of 30 years of Hauntings tours in Leesburg. Grab some dark ale and tickets for the Leesburg Hauntings tour. 👻 🎃. Cheers 🍻.
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Big news! 🎃🚨we've partnered with our friends at Dynasty Brewing Co. on a Hauntings Ale to help celebrate the 30th annive...
10/01/2021

Big news! 🎃🚨we've partnered with our friends at Dynasty Brewing Co. on a Hauntings Ale to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of Hauntings! Want a sneak sip? Stop by Dynasty this weekend and have a pint! Cans will be available starting next week and will be available throughout the month.

We are excited to have Sterling Foundation, Virginia as the first group to be in our “community curated” space! Througho...
09/29/2021

We are excited to have Sterling Foundation, Virginia as the first group to be in our “community curated” space! Throughout the year, we will host various local organizations in the museum to showcase their great work in this space. Sterling Foundation works to identify, preserve, and beautify Sterling and make it an inclusive and welcoming community. Stop by the Museum to read more about their work!

Ever wonder where southerners went to get their portraits taken during the Civil War? Our fall intern, Lauren, explores ...
09/24/2021
The Bendann Brothers and Civil War Photography

Ever wonder where southerners went to get their portraits taken during the Civil War? Our fall intern, Lauren, explores this topic in our latest blogpost featuring some of the "cartes de visite" in the Museum's collection. https://www.loudounmuseum.org/post/the-bendann-brothers-and-civil-war-photography

This blogpost was researched and written by our Fall 2021 intern, Lauren Klebonis. Lauren is a sophomore at Arizona State University majoring in Art History. During the tumultuous times of the United States Civil War (1861-1865), over 3,000 photographers made it their mission to visually record near...

Interested in being a part of our Hauntings tours as a volunteer? Let us know! We are looking for volunteers to assist w...
09/22/2021
Participate | Loudoun Museum

Interested in being a part of our Hauntings tours as a volunteer? Let us know! We are looking for volunteers to assist with the tours on Oct 22 and 23!

At the Loudoun Museum, we welcome volunteers and offer interesting opportunities that fit each  volunteer’s talents, abilities, and schedule. Whether assisting with cataloguing artifacts, greeting museum visitors or helping with a special event, our volunteers are active and valued members of the...

Looking to support the Loudoun Museum AND get a great shirt? Check out the Historians on Tap shirt on sale this month!
09/21/2021
Historians On Tap! Group Order Form - Sign Up Today!

Looking to support the Loudoun Museum AND get a great shirt? Check out the Historians on Tap shirt on sale this month!

Support History On Tap! All proceeds go to the following non-profits: Loudoun Museum, Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, and VPHA. All shirts will be delivered directly to you. We appreciate your support!

Tickets for this year's 30th anniversary of Hauntings are now available! Tours will be on October 22 and 23, and we will...
09/17/2021
Hauntings | Loudoun Museum

Tickets for this year's 30th anniversary of Hauntings are now available! Tours will be on October 22 and 23, and we will be returning inside some of the locations, including the historic county courthouse.

Since 1991, Loudoun Museum staff and volunteers have helped thousands discover the real night life of Leesburg, Virginia. Hauntings takes attendees on a downtown walking tour, telling stories about the historic homes and their inhabitants from the past- some highly ghostly in nature.

09/16/2021

Unfortunately, the weather isn't working out for us this evening, and the History on Tap program at Harrison Hall will need to be rescheduled. We will update all those with tickets on the rescheduled date.

We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Liz Whiting, a longtime advocate and leader of the Loudoun Museum. F...
09/14/2021
Elizabeth Whiting: Loudoun’s Unflappable Town Attorney - Loudoun Now

We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Liz Whiting, a longtime advocate and leader of the Loudoun Museum. For many years, Liz worked tirelessly on behalf of the Museum, helping expand its collection and build support within the community. Our condolences go out to the Whiting family during this time.

Elizabeth D. Whiting, a dean of Loudoun’s legal community, died Sept. 8 surrounded by family at her Leesburg home. She

Our preview of this week's Then/Now video features George Bodmer's Wagon Shop in Aldie, VA. Wheelwrights were critical i...
09/08/2021

Our preview of this week's Then/Now video features George Bodmer's Wagon Shop in Aldie, VA. Wheelwrights were critical in a time when most people used wagons for farming and transportation. Look out for our video on Middleburg and Aldie later this week!

Our preview of this week's Then/Now video features George Bodmer's Wagon Shop in Aldie, VA. Wheelwrights were critical in a time when most people used wagons for farming and transportation. Look out for our video on Middleburg and Aldie later this week!

Our new timeline highlighting key moments in Loudoun history is ready for your visit. Stop by this weekend to view the t...
09/03/2021

Our new timeline highlighting key moments in Loudoun history is ready for your visit. Stop by this weekend to view the timeline and see our three other exhibits on display!

This week we are installing a timeline covering moments in Loudoun history, so the Museum will be closed to the public o...
09/02/2021

This week we are installing a timeline covering moments in Loudoun history, so the Museum will be closed to the public on Friday, September 3. But we will be open our normal hours the rest of the weekend, so stop in to see our latest exhibit!

This week we are installing a timeline covering moments in Loudoun history, so the Museum will be closed to the public on Friday, September 3. But we will be open our normal hours the rest of the weekend, so stop in to see our latest exhibit!

The next stop for our Then/Now series is Purcellville! In 1874, Purcellville became a western stop along the W&OD. While...
08/30/2021

The next stop for our Then/Now series is Purcellville! In 1874, Purcellville became a western stop along the W&OD. While devastating fires claimed some of the historic buildings of the downtown area in the early 1900s, there’s still plenty of history to see. Keep an eye out for our video later this week!

The next stop for our Then/Now series is Purcellville! In 1874, Purcellville became a western stop along the W&OD. While devastating fires claimed some of the historic buildings of the downtown area in the early 1900s, there’s still plenty of history to see. Keep an eye out for our video later this week!

Hear more about Lafayette's visit to Leesburg, as well as other must-see locations in town, with this podcast we were ha...
08/22/2021
The Educator Podcast: Walking History

Hear more about Lafayette's visit to Leesburg, as well as other must-see locations in town, with this podcast we were happy to take part in!

Hi there, I’m Matt Douglas, lover of history and Loudoun County local. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Joe Rizzo, Executive Director of the Loudoun Museum, for an in-depth interview on the history of Leesburg, Loudoun’s county seat, and what it’s like to visit this nearly 300-year-old ...

Loudoun’s village of Waterford is a National Historic Landmark that still has many of its 19th century historic homes. T...
08/16/2021

Loudoun’s village of Waterford is a National Historic Landmark that still has many of its 19th century historic homes. The Waterford Foundation Inc. does great work in preserving both the historic homes in Waterford and the local history. Thank you to them for helping us with our Then/Now project. This preview image is of the Corner Store, which served as Waterford’s corner store in the 1900s.

Loudoun’s village of Waterford is a National Historic Landmark that still has many of its 19th century historic homes. The Waterford Foundation Inc. does great work in preserving both the historic homes in Waterford and the local history. Thank you to them for helping us with our Then/Now project. This preview image is of the Corner Store, which served as Waterford’s corner store in the 1900s.

Summer is the perfect time for funnel cake, but do you know where this deep-fried treat comes from?Museum staff Paige Ar...
08/12/2021
Retro Recipes: "Sweet Raglets" (Funnel Cake)

Summer is the perfect time for funnel cake, but do you know where this deep-fried treat comes from?
Museum staff Paige Armstrong explores funnel cake's history and makes an 1898 recipe from the Ladies Home Journal in our latest Retro Recipe!

https://www.loudounmuseum.org/post/retro-recipes-sweet-raglets-funnel-cake

This blog is the second installment of our series, Retro Recipes. These blogs feature historic recipes that are researched, tested, and reviewed by Loudoun Museum staff Paige Armstrong. Funnel Cake: It’s carnival season right now in America, and that means the smell of sweets is in the air. Foods ...

08/10/2021
Party like it's 1825!

We hosted the The Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area Association yesterday to talk about the anniversary of Lafayette's visit to Leesburg. Hear more about his visit in 1825 in this video, and then come to the Museum to read about it in our latest exhibit, "A Fragile Republic."

Thank you to St. James’ Episcopal Church for hosting our Leesburg First Friday program! We told some local stories of “f...
08/09/2021

Thank you to St. James’ Episcopal Church for hosting our Leesburg First Friday program! We told some local stories of “firsts” in Leesburg, particularly about some lesser-known individuals including Dr. David Griffith, Mollie Lack, William Taylor, and the Davis sisters. And a big thank you to Senior Warden Fred Williams for being our guest speaker!

Our museum is made up of 2 historic buildings, and the back one used to be an Odd Fellows Hall. So, it's probably no coi...
07/16/2021

Our museum is made up of 2 historic buildings, and the back one used to be an Odd Fellows Hall. So, it's probably no coincidence that we found this fellow in our collections yesterday while we were doing inventory.

This ritual cloth is hand-painted with a life-size skeleton! Historically, in some Odd Fellows rituals, an initiate comes face to face with a real skeleton to help him contemplate his mortality. We're glad we didn't find one of those...but we can't help but wonder what other odd things happened in our museum building!

Our museum is made up of 2 historic buildings, and the back one used to be an Odd Fellows Hall. So, it's probably no coincidence that we found this fellow in our collections yesterday while we were doing inventory.

This ritual cloth is hand-painted with a life-size skeleton! Historically, in some Odd Fellows rituals, an initiate comes face to face with a real skeleton to help him contemplate his mortality. We're glad we didn't find one of those...but we can't help but wonder what other odd things happened in our museum building!

When's the last time you got this excited about a phone call?☎By July of 1885, Leesburg was one of the earliest towns in...
07/10/2021

When's the last time you got this excited about a phone call?☎

By July of 1885, Leesburg was one of the earliest towns in Loudoun County to install telephone lines. But before this new technology became popular and widely available, Leesburg citizens felt the need to test it out. This clipping from our collections describes the "wonder" of the "first practical test of this invention in Loudoun" using a silk cord to connect the phones!

When's the last time you got this excited about a phone call?☎

By July of 1885, Leesburg was one of the earliest towns in Loudoun County to install telephone lines. But before this new technology became popular and widely available, Leesburg citizens felt the need to test it out. This clipping from our collections describes the "wonder" of the "first practical test of this invention in Loudoun" using a silk cord to connect the phones!

Happy 4th of July Weekend! 🇺🇸 🎆🎉With First Friday and the holiday this weekend, there are a few changes to the museum's ...
07/01/2021
Celebrate 4th of July in Loudoun

Happy 4th of July Weekend! 🇺🇸 🎆🎉
With First Friday and the holiday this weekend, there are a few changes to the museum's regular hours:

Friday 7/2: Open 10-4 and 5-8
Saturday 7/3: Open 10-4
Sunday 7/4: Closed for Independence Day

Stop by on Friday or Saturday! Even though we're closed the 4th, there's plenty to do in Loudoun this weekend:
https://www.visitloudoun.org/blog/post/4th-of-july-celebrations-in-loudoun/

July 4th is back with a bang! After a hiatus in 2020, Loudoun’s Independence Day celebrations return in style this year with a mixture of patriotic flag waving parades and fireworks displays bringing much needed fun.

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16 Loudoun St SW
Leesburg, VA
20175

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Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm

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(703) 777-7427

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With a collection of over 8,000 artifacts, we have something for everybody. In our Discovery Room, kids can dress up in period costume, play in our 19th century period kitchen, and learn by doing. For the military buff, we have artifacts on display from arrow heads to WWII memorabilia, and plenty to learn about Loudoun’s role in the Civil War. We have antique clothing, furniture, and more. Right in the backyard of Washington, D.C., our history is the Nation’s history, but our county is one of a kind. Come by and find out for yourself.

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We're thankful for our awesome new prints of Loudoun County Then/Now photos! Take a break from your Black Friday shopping this weekend to see the latest addition to our Timeline exhibit! We're open Friday-Sunday 10am-4pm
Whether you’re looking for something to do with family or trying to avoid them this holiday season, we’re here to help! We have several exhibits on display as well as virtual exhibits on our website. We are open 10-4 Friday through Sunday with free admission!
In case you missed our History on Tap program at Harrison Hall:
What's the best way to care for your grandmother's wedding dress, you ask? Learn about textile preservation and see a cool dress from our collection in our latest blogpost: https://www.loudounmuseum.org/post/preserving-loudoun-s-history-caring-for-historic-clothing-and-textiles
Have you missed our Loudoun: Then & Now videos? Well, we have also! And we are happy to say more will be coming soon. Pictured here is an image of the Frederick Douglass High School in Leesburg. It is in our Leesburg Then & Now video, which can be viewed with the others on our website and the Museum YouTube channel.
Thanks to everyone who came out last night for our First Friday photo exhibit! The highschoolers that worked with Loudoun Community Press this summer did a great job!
Can't get enough of our Then/Now images? Stop by this First Friday to see them, our new exhibit, AND a popup photography exhibit featuring local high schoolers. Come learn more about their photojournalism series and the Loudoun Community Press Spring 2022 student media cohort!
Thank to everyone who helped make the 30th annual Hauntings tours a success! We had sold out tours both evenings, and visitors got to hear about some of the real nightlife in Leesburg. Thank you to our terrific sponsors as well.
Last Friday our Visitor Experience Manager took some of the items in our collection related to cobbling shoes at the Heritage Farm Museum's Historic Encounters Day. It's a great event for kids to hear more about the daily life from the past and see interpreters demonstrate historical practices. Stop by their next one on November 16!
Looking for a rainy day activity? Our Visitor Experience Manager, Lori, is on site at the Heritage Farm Museum with some items in our collection for Historic Encounters Day. Stop by between 10-2, and then come on over to the Loudoun Museum! We are open 10-4 Friday-Sunday.
Looking for a delicious treat to dunk into a warm fall cider or tea? Look no further than our latest Retro Recipe for Fairy Wafers! 🧚‍♀️ What exactly is a Fairy Wafer, you ask? Museum staff Paige explores this and the history of dunking biscuits in her latest blogpost: https://www.loudounmuseum.org/post/retro-recipes-fairy-wafers-tea-biscuits