Short Hill Historical Society

Short Hill Historical Society A non-profit organization dedicated to discover, protect, and restore the history of the Short Hill region in western Loudoun County, Virginia.
The Short Hill Historical Society (formerly the Hillsboro Community Association/Friends of the Old Stone School) is an all volunteer organization dedicated to: 1) Discover and protect the history of the Short Hill region in western Loudoun County, Virginia; 2) Discover, recognize, preserve and/or restore historic landmarks in the Short Hill region in western Loudoun County, Virginia; 3) Discover, preserve, and/or enhance historical information, facts, and stories about the Short Hill region in western Loudoun County, Virginia; 4) Provide experiences that engage people of all ages in learning about and protecting the history of the Short Hill region in western Loudoun County, Virginia;

The Short Hill Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicating to restoring and preserving historic landmarks in the Short Hill region. It was founded in 1976 to save the Old Stone School, formerly known as the Locust Grove Academy, from being torn down. The charter, written in 1976, is to restore and preserve the Old Stone School and other historic landmarks in the area. Originally called the Hillsboro Community Association (Friends of the Old Stone School), the organization changed its name to the Short Hill Historical Society in 1976. After 40 years focused on the Old Stone School--saving it from demolition and keeping its doors open--the organization is turning to restore and preserve other historic landmarks in the area. You can support these efforts with a donation and by volunteering. The Old Stone School was one of the first public schools in Loudoun County, and classes were held at this historic building from 1874 through 1966 when the Hillsboro Elementary School opened. After sitting vacant for 10 years, a decision was made to demolish the building. A group of former students and local residents joined together to save the historic building, and work to preserve and restore it along with other historical landmarks in the area.

Mission: Dedicated to discover, protect, and restore the history of the Short Hill region in western Loudoun County, Virginia.

In honor of Memorial Day and all those who lost their lives while serving our country.
05/27/2019

In honor of Memorial Day and all those who lost their lives while serving our country.

Western Loudoun history is full of all all kinds of surprises. Here is an interesting button, found locally, that is gen...
05/26/2019

Western Loudoun history is full of all all kinds of surprises. Here is an interesting button, found locally, that is generally found out in the Old West. It was for Native American Police and Judges starting ~1880s.

Indian police and judges helped to preserve law and order, and assisted with other principal agency tasks. In 1878 Congress authorized police units to fill the power vacuum created by the withdrawal of military troops from the West and the weakened authority of tribal chiefs. What began as an experiment blossomed within three years into a system that operated on forty-nine reservations and included eighty-four commissioned officers and 786 non-commissioned officers and privates. "The question has been asked whether these policemen can be depended upon," reported Commissioner of Indian Affairs Thomas J. Morgan in 1890:

To the Indian Office, a disciplined and well-trained police force also served as a "perpetual educator" for fellow Natives who would walk the white man’s road. Indeed, a button on the police uniform depicted an Indian plowing and surrounded by the words: "God helps those who help themselves." Another weapon in the federal government’s acculturation arsenal was the courts of Indian offenses established by the Interior Department in the early 1880s. In less than a decade, ninety-three Native judges staffed courts at twenty-eight agencies. They enforced Indian Office rules that forbid the sun dance, scalp and war dances, polygamy, and various practices of medicine men. The courts also heard cases against Indians charged with theft, destruction of property, drunkenness, and trafficking in intoxicating liquors."

We heard a fantastic talk about how foresters read forests to unlock history on Sunday, May 19 with Kyle Dingus, Loudoun...
05/20/2019

We heard a fantastic talk about how foresters read forests to unlock history on Sunday, May 19 with Kyle Dingus, Loudoun County Urban Forester! After sharing information about how trees grow, he provided a variety of interesting facts. He said most trees in Loudoun are between 80 and 100 years old, a tree trunk that has a V has been cut before, and than more than 60% of Virginia is forested. He talked about the periods in the Piedmont area when land has been abandoned including the Civil War and the Great Depression. He said that a pine forest is first succession growth that grows fast and dies young, yielding to the growth of a hardwood tree forest. He explained that most forest trees are tall with skinny crowns, and that if you see a tree that is shorter and fuller without any trees around it, you know that not many other trees have been around so it was able to get sun from all sides. Many thanks to Kyle for his fascinating talk, and special thanks to board member Patsy McClintock for preparing such a wonderful spread of treats! Thank you to the sponsors of this series, The Purcellville Gazette and Jason P. Sengpiehl.

We hope you'll join us at the Between the Hills Community Center this Sunday, May 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. for great talk abo...
05/18/2019

We hope you'll join us at the Between the Hills Community Center this Sunday, May 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. for great talk about how to unlock history by reading a forest! Our speaker is Kyle Dingus, Loudoun County Urban Forester. $5 suggested donation at the door and there will be light refreshments. All are welcome...registration is appreciated but not required! Get more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/424305488343828/ PLEASE SHARE!!

Huge hit to the organization to lose these two wonderful ladies!
04/07/2019

Huge hit to the organization to lose these two wonderful ladies!

A tribute at the April 7 Short Hill Historical Society event to founding member Belle Ware and long-time board member Jan Goodrich who passed away in 2018. We miss both of these amazing women!

We had a great kick off of the 3rd season of History Talks, Trips, and Treasures and the start of the 43rd year of the n...
04/07/2019

We had a great kick off of the 3rd season of History Talks, Trips, and Treasures and the start of the 43rd year of the non-profit Short Hill Historical Society! Many thanks to Benedict M. Lenhart of Save Rural Loudoun and Steve Price of the Land Trust of Virginia for sharing your knowledge about conservation easements, to Tony Buffington, Blue Ridge Supervisor for Loudoun for joining us and sharing information about the county's efforts relative to conservation easements, to the Town of Hillsboro for letting us hold this event at the Old Stone School, and to our series sponsors, The Purcellville Gazette and Jason P. Sengpiehl: Allstate Insurance! At the start of the event, we were also able to pay tribute to two amazing board members who passed away last year: Belle Ware who was also a founding member of the organization, and Jan Goodrich who was a long-time board member.Thank you also to the Short Hill Historical Society Board members and officers who worked so hard to put this event together!

Congratulations to the Short Hill Historical Society Officers and Board of Directors voted in on April 7, 2019!
04/07/2019

Congratulations to the Short Hill Historical Society Officers and Board of Directors voted in on April 7, 2019!

Remember to RSVP for the first History Talks, Trips, and Treasures of 2019 featuring Ben Lenhart of Save Rural Loudoun a...
04/04/2019

Remember to RSVP for the first History Talks, Trips, and Treasures of 2019 featuring Ben Lenhart of Save Rural Loudoun and Steve Price of Land Trust of Virginia with a talk about conservation easements this Sunday, April 7 at 2 p.m. at the Old Stone School. Bring your favorite finger foods to share and remember that it is also the start of the Short Hill Historical Society's annual membership and donation drive...membership is only $20 and you can pay at the door. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044ba9ad29aa8-rsvp5

Meet our guest speaker for the kick off of the 2019 History Talks, Trips, and Treasures series and the start of our annu...
03/26/2019

Meet our guest speaker for the kick off of the 2019 History Talks, Trips, and Treasures series and the start of our annual membership and donation drive: Ben Lenhart! Remember to RSVP if you plan to join us at the Old Stone School at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 7! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044ba9ad29aa8-rsvp5

Remember to RSVP for the kick off of the 2019 History Talks, Trips, and Treasures series on Sunday, April 7 from 2 to 4 ...
03/22/2019
RSVP to the Kick off of the 2019 History Talks, Trips, and Treasures

Remember to RSVP for the kick off of the 2019 History Talks, Trips, and Treasures series on Sunday, April 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Old Stone School. The topic for the talk is conservation easements, featuring Ben Lenhart. RSVP online: www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044ba9ad29aa8-rsvp5

The Short Hill Historical Society invites you to the kick off of our 2019 History Talks, Trips, and Treasures series, and the start of our new year with a talk about conservation easements featuring Ben Lenhart, a board member of Save Rural Loudoun, attorney, and a local resident with a farm propert...

03/11/2019

Mark your calendar and watch for details about the Short Hill Historical Society's annual meeting and the kick off of the 2019 History Talks, Trips, and Treasures series! It will be a potluck on Sunday, April 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Old Stone School!

Remember to register for this wonderful series, sponsored in part by the Short Hill Historical Society!
02/21/2019
On-Site with Insight: A 13-Part Loudoun History Series in the Field

Remember to register for this wonderful series, sponsored in part by the Short Hill Historical Society!

On Thursday evenings, 6:30-9:30 from March 7-June 6, join Loudoun public historian and educator Rich Gillespie to learn about and visit our historic landscape. The 13-part series will get you out of the house and in to our vibrant and extraordinary community.

We wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
12/25/2018

We wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

We are sad to announce the loss of a founding member of the Short Hill Historical Society, Belle Ware. Over 40 years ago...
11/26/2018

We are sad to announce the loss of a founding member of the Short Hill Historical Society, Belle Ware. Over 40 years ago, she and her mother, along with several others, joined together to form the Hillsboro Community Association (now the Short Hill Historical Society) and saved the Old Stone School from being demolished. Belle was dedicated to helping preserve the history and sense of community for our area through her service on our board, as a member of the Hillsboro Town Council, as a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and through her efforts with the Hillsboro United Methodist Church. One of the things she dearly loved was our Christmas in Hillsboro Historic Homes Tour. She had a gift for making homes on this tour look absolutely breathtaking. She dearly loved her family and friends. She was the heart and soul of our community, making sure all felt welcome and included. She was an inspiration to all who knew her, and we will miss her with all our hearts.

What a wonderful concert to start the holiday season! Thank you to Robbie Thompson for hosting and to Neil Weston and Gr...
11/25/2018

What a wonderful concert to start the holiday season! Thank you to Robbie Thompson for hosting and to Neil Weston and Grace Srinivasan for sharing your talent! Photos taken by Luke Greer Heritage & Conservation Photography.

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
11/22/2018

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

We're sad to say that the Short Hill Historical Society won't be hosting the Greens Workshop or the Christmas in Hillsbo...
11/04/2018

We're sad to say that the Short Hill Historical Society won't be hosting the Greens Workshop or the Christmas in Hillsboro Historic Homes Tour this year. We have already started planning our workshop and tour for 2019 and hope you'll join us then!

Happy Halloween!!!
10/31/2018

Happy Halloween!!!

We will miss long-time Short Hill Historical Society board member, Jan Goodrich, who passed away last week. Our hearts g...
10/23/2018
View Janet Goodrich's Obituary and express your condolences

We will miss long-time Short Hill Historical Society board member, Jan Goodrich, who passed away last week. Our hearts go out to her family. https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/janet-goodrich-obituary?pid=190517700&fbclid=IwAR2eulXWMESftQYikNelwtVfdt6h76y6HdTwUjWpwHbLa9tkboIbax4SSAk

Janet Goodrich passed away on October 17, 2018 at the age of 81 in Hillsboro, Virginia. The obituary was featured in Legacy on October 19, 2018.

Though it was cold and windy, we had a great time at the Burnt Mill for History Talks, Trips, and Treasures with Richard...
10/23/2018

Though it was cold and windy, we had a great time at the Burnt Mill for History Talks, Trips, and Treasures with Richard Gillespie! Thank you to Rich for his interesting talk, “The Power of Symbolism in our Burnt Mill: Autumn, 1859–Another Moment in Time for A Local Landmark,” and to Ryan Siemers who owns the property with the historic ruins for allowing us to have this wonderful opportunity. Thank you also to the Short Hill Historical Society board members for making this series possible, along with the series sponsors The Purcellville Gazette and Jason P. Sengpiehl: Allstate Insurance, and support from Purcellville Southern States! Thank you also to all who brought pumpkins to preserve that tradition at the Burnt Mill!

We're looking forward to seeing you today for the Short Hill Historical Society's History Talks, Trips, and Treasures at...
10/21/2018

We're looking forward to seeing you today for the Short Hill Historical Society's History Talks, Trips, and Treasures at the Burnt Mill with historian Richard Gillespie. The event starts at 4 p.m., and is outside, so dress warmly and bring your own chair! We'll hear a talk by Richard, then have a chance to tour the historic ruins of the mill and the miller's house!! See you this afternoon.

If you're joining us for the talk by historian Rich Gillespie on Sunday, October 21 at the Burnt Mill, please remember t...
10/20/2018

If you're joining us for the talk by historian Rich Gillespie on Sunday, October 21 at the Burnt Mill, please remember to bring your own chair and to dress appropriately for the weather...the event is outside. Hope to see you there!

Meet historian Richard Gillespie at the Burnt Mill this Sunday, October 21 and hear his talk “The Power of Symbolism i...
10/17/2018
Yes! I am coming to the October 21, 2018 History Talks, Trips, and Treasures with Rich Gillespie!

Meet historian Richard Gillespie at the Burnt Mill this Sunday, October 21 and hear his talk “The Power of Symbolism in our Burnt Mill: Autumn, 1859–Another Moment in Time for A Local Landmark.” Register online by COB Thursday! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044ba9ad29aa8-yes1

For the second year in a row, we will have a trip to the Burnt Mill! We are pleased to welcome back historian Rich Gillespie for a talk he calls, "The Power of Symbolism in our Burnt Mill: Autumn, 1859 - Another Moment in Time for A Local Landmark." After the talk, you may take time to explore th...

If you'd like to bring a pumpkin with you to place at the Burnt Mill next Sunday, October 21 during History Talks, Trips...
10/14/2018

If you'd like to bring a pumpkin with you to place at the Burnt Mill next Sunday, October 21 during History Talks, Trips, and Treasures, we would welcome it! Remember to register to let us know if you're coming! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044ba9ad29aa8-yes1

Mark your calendar to join us for the next History Talks, Trips, and Treasures which will be at the Burnt Mill on Sunday...
09/22/2018

Mark your calendar to join us for the next History Talks, Trips, and Treasures which will be at the Burnt Mill on Sunday, October 21 at 4 p.m.! Historian Richard Gillespie will give a talk called “The Power of Symbolism in our Burnt Mill: Autumn, 1859–Another Moment in Time for A Local Landmark.” Get more information and register online: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044ba9ad29aa8-yes1

What a great night with Meredith Bean McMath at North Gate Vineyard for the Short Hill Historical Society's History Talk...
09/21/2018

What a great night with Meredith Bean McMath at North Gate Vineyard for the Short Hill Historical Society's History Talks, Trips, and Treasures! Thank you to all who joined us, Bear Feet Retreat B&B for the food, series sponsors The Purcellville Gazette (title sponsor) and Jason P. Sengpiehl of Sengpiehl Insurance Group, the Short Hill Historical Society board members, and especially Meredith!

09/20/2018

We're looking forward to History Talks, Trips, and Treasures with Meredith Bean McMath at North Gate Vineyard this evening! Doors open at 7 p.m. and there is a suggested donation of $5. Space is limited, and while most seats are taken, you can still join us. We hope to see you there!

Here are a few of the Seldom Told Stories from Loudoun Civil War History you'll hear on September 20 when the Short Hill...
09/15/2018
History Talks, Trips, and Treasures featuring Meredith Bean McMath

Here are a few of the Seldom Told Stories from Loudoun Civil War History you'll hear on September 20 when the Short Hill Historical Society features Meredith Bean McMath at North Gate Vineyard for History Talks, Trips, and Treasures:
- a letter from a Confederate nurse
- the Union soldier’s conversation with a Loudoun slave
- the pro-Union female journalists who helped with the Underground Railroad
the Confederate resident of Hillsboro who took in a Union soldier

Over the years, Meredith Bean McMath has brought these stories to life through plays, museum presentations, documentaries, books, and an opera, and in her talk she’ll provide an overview of these works – from source documentation to production – as well as answer questions. Register for the September 20 talk today! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044ba9ad29aa8-history2

Join the Short Hill Historical Society on Thursday, September 20 at North Gate Vineyard to hear historian, playwright, and author Meredith Bean McMath and her talk called Seldom Told Stories from Loudoun Civil War History.  Doors open at 7 p.m. Wine will be sold by the glass or bottle and light ...

Thank you to The Purcellville Gazette - the Title Sponsor of the Short Hill Historical Society's History Talks, Trips, a...
09/14/2018

Thank you to The Purcellville Gazette - the Title Sponsor of the Short Hill Historical Society's History Talks, Trips, and Treasures series!

Thank you to Jason P. Sengpiehl of Sengpiehl Insurance Group for sponsoring the Short Hill Historical Society's second y...
09/13/2018

Thank you to Jason P. Sengpiehl of Sengpiehl Insurance Group for sponsoring the Short Hill Historical Society's second year of the History Talks, Trips, and Treasures series! Join us for the next talk on September 20 with Meredith Bean McMath at North Gate Vineyard!

RSVP to hear Meredith Bean McMath's talk, "Seldom Told Stories from Loudoun Civil War History" at North Gate Vineyard on...
09/12/2018

RSVP to hear Meredith Bean McMath's talk, "Seldom Told Stories from Loudoun Civil War History" at North Gate Vineyard on Thursday, September 20. Doors open at 7 p.m. with wine sold by the glass or bottle, and light refreshments provided. The event is free, and a $5 suggested donation is welcome! Part of the Short Hill Historical Society's History Talks, Trips and Treasures series. Get more information and register today! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044ba9ad29aa8-history2

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