Loudoun Museum

Loudoun Museum A museum dedicated to preserving and sharing the long history of Loudoun County
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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.

THANK YOU to all who donated to the Museum yesterday for #GivingTuesday. We are very excited about our upcoming exhibit ...
12/04/2019
Christmas at Selma

THANK YOU to all who donated to the Museum yesterday for #GivingTuesday. We are very excited about our upcoming exhibit on the history of wine in Virginia, and your support will help us get that exhibit on display in early 2020!

If you are still looking for ways to give and want to celebrate the holidays in one of Loudoun's most historic homes, tickets are available for our Christmas at Selma fundraiser for the Loudoun Museum. Information and tickets in the link below!

A special holiday treat! Christmas at Selma Mansion to benefit the Loudoun Museum Kick off the holidays at Selma Mansion!

2019 was an exciting year with new exhibits, lectures, and programs at the Museum. This is just the beginning, and we lo...
12/03/2019
Donate | Loudoun Museum

2019 was an exciting year with new exhibits, lectures, and programs at the Museum. This is just the beginning, and we look forward to offering more programming in 2020. This year for #GivingTuesday we ask for your support through donations or a Museum Membership for the upcoming year. Donations will go toward our next exhibit that will explore the history of wine in Virginia - and will be on display soon at the Museum!

Loudoun Museum is a private, non-profit organization that relies on donations and support from our community members to help us fulfill our mission of connecting the past to the present and making the vibrant history of Loudoun County tangible, relevant, and meaningful for today’s and future gener...

We are excited to have a fundraiser to benefit the Museum at the beautiful and historic Selma Mansion! Tickets are now o...
11/25/2019
Christmas at Selma

We are excited to have a fundraiser to benefit the Museum at the beautiful and historic Selma Mansion! Tickets are now on sale for the event on December 15th!

A special holiday treat! Christmas at Selma Mansion to benefit the Loudoun Museum Kick off the holidays at Selma Mansion!

Stephen Budiansky gave a terrific talk last night on his new book, Oliver Wendell Holmes: A Life in War, Law, and Ideas....
11/22/2019

Stephen Budiansky gave a terrific talk last night on his new book, Oliver Wendell Holmes: A Life in War, Law, and Ideas. Thanks to everyone who attended!

Happening now! Learning about Oliver Wendell Holmes and his role in the Civil War with Balls Bluff guide and educator Bill Wilkin and biographer Stephen Budiansky.

#mosbyheritagearea #civilwar #loudouncounty #LoveLoudounHistory

Santa Alert 🚨🚨Stop by the Museum and historic Log Cabin while you’re downtown for First Friday and the tree lighting cer...
11/20/2019

Santa Alert 🚨🚨

Stop by the Museum and historic Log Cabin while you’re downtown for First Friday and the tree lighting ceremony on December 6! We will have historic Christmas cards and toys on display from our collection as well.

We were happy to open up tonight to show local scouts around the Museum and talk to them about Loudoun County. Not surpr...
11/19/2019

We were happy to open up tonight to show local scouts around the Museum and talk to them about Loudoun County. Not surprisingly, the Civil War amputation saw generated the most questions among the scouts.

We are looking forward to this talk at the Museum on Thursday! Check out the link below for tickets.
11/16/2019

We are looking forward to this talk at the Museum on Thursday! Check out the link below for tickets.

"In our youths, our hearts were touched by fire"

As a young officer in the 20th Massachusetts Volunteers, future Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes was in the thick of several battles and was wounded three times. This experience profoundly shaped the way he saw his nation, his countrymen, and the law. To learn more, join us on November 21st as we examine Holmes and his military service. Balls Bluff guide and historian William Wilkin will discuss the Battle of Balls Bluff, where Holmes received his first wound. He will be followed by author Stephen Budiansky, who will discuss his recent biography of Holmes. Following the talks there will be a short reception and books will be available for sale.

For tickets or more information, visit https://mosbyheritagearea.org/events

#MosbyHeritageArea #CivilWar #SCOTUS #LoveLoudounHistory

Our volunteers helped sift through this circa 1950 lunchbox full of buttons, beads, keys, and nails. There’s a lot to un...
11/07/2019

Our volunteers helped sift through this circa 1950 lunchbox full of buttons, beads, keys, and nails. There’s a lot to unpack here (literally and figuratively!) The buttons are from the WWI era as they promote the purchase of Liberty Bonds that were used to raise money for the war and to generate support for it. And thankfully for the U.S., the pin that is opposed to women’s suffrage ultimately failed! The lunchbox itself illuminates how they used to be a great marketing source as “Sensation Smoking Tobacco” advertised on the lunchbox. Don’t think you’ll see that at schools today.

Access inside the historic Lynch House for our sold out tours this weekend? Yes please!
10/25/2019

Access inside the historic Lynch House for our sold out tours this weekend? Yes please!

The first weekend of Hauntings was a huge success! Only a few tickets remaining for this upcoming weekend.
10/22/2019

The first weekend of Hauntings was a huge success! Only a few tickets remaining for this upcoming weekend.

Nothing's scarier than real ghost stories... and walking where the spirits roam 👻 #LoveLoudoun

🙀 http://bit.ly/LsbgHauntings19 🙈

For some TRUE spooks this weekend, grab one of the last remaining tickets for the Loudoun Museum's Annual Hauntings Tours in historic downtown Leesburg! 🖤

📸: Sagetopia

The Heritage Farm Museum will have a new exhibit up for the next few weeks that will have a quilt from our Museum collec...
10/16/2019

The Heritage Farm Museum will have a new exhibit up for the next few weeks that will have a quilt from our Museum collection on display. This particular quilt was made by Janice Potter from Lovettsville circa 1880. Stop by to see their exhibit!

In a few weeks is the anniversary of the Battle of Balls Bluff, the largest Civil War battle in Loudoun County. It’s a p...
10/02/2019

In a few weeks is the anniversary of the Battle of Balls Bluff, the largest Civil War battle in Loudoun County. It’s a perfect time of year to go to Balls Bluff Regional Park to see it firsthand. The Confederate victory on October 21, 1861- the second Union military defeat in Virginia early in the war - led to significant changes in the ways the U.S government oversaw the war effort. They created the Joint Committee in the Conduct of the War to investigate how the war was militarily being conducted. Stop by the Museum Friday-Sunday to read more!

It was a beautiful night at Old Ox Brewery Middleburg for the first History on Tap! Our Museum, along with The Middlebur...
09/27/2019

It was a beautiful night at Old Ox Brewery Middleburg for the first History on Tap! Our Museum, along with The Middleburg Museum and The Mosby Heritage Area Association had a great time telling some of the fascinating stories of Middleburg’s history. Thanks to everyone who came and Loudoun County Public Libraryfor sponsoring the event!

09/26/2019

We are ready for History on Tap! Beautiful night in Middleburg.

We are happy to say that Jim Wilcox, a senior and History major at George Mason University, is our Melanie and David Mil...
09/20/2019

We are happy to say that Jim Wilcox, a senior and History major at George Mason University, is our Melanie and David Miles Intern at the Loudoun Museum. The Miles family, who own the historic Glenfiddich House in downtown Leesburg, have been longtime supporters of the Museum. Their sponsorship is helping fund Jim's research this fall for an upcoming exhibit that will be featured in the Museum on the history of wine in Virginia.

Football season is underway! This is the program from the big homecoming game between Leesburg and Clarke High Schools I...
09/19/2019

Football season is underway! This is the program from the big homecoming game between Leesburg and Clarke High Schools In 1952. The Leesburg Tigers stopped operating as a high school after Loudoun County High School opened in 1954, and it shifted to being used as an elementary school.

Thank you to everyone who came out to Old Ox Brewery Saturday for the talk on Loudoun soldiers at Gettysburg! We had a g...
09/16/2019

Thank you to everyone who came out to Old Ox Brewery Saturday for the talk on Loudoun soldiers at Gettysburg! We had a great crowd and appreciate Loudoun County Public Library for organizing the event.

09/13/2019
The Mosby Heritage Area Association

The Legends by Lanternlight tour with The Mosby Heritage Area Association underway in Leesburg!

#LegendsByLanternlight Reading from the diary of Leesburg teenager Mary Lack, writing of her soldier sweetheart.

Always looking toward Loudoun! It’s a perfect weekend to explore the area. The Harpers Ferry and Loudoun heights area is...
09/08/2019

Always looking toward Loudoun! It’s a perfect weekend to explore the area. The Harpers Ferry and Loudoun heights area is known for its beauty, but also its historic significance. Swing by the Museum to read more about it!

Stop on by for Leesburg First Friday! We are here until 8!
09/06/2019

Stop on by for Leesburg First Friday! We are here until 8!

Need Fair tickets? We’re set up outside Loudoun Museum. Stop by — it’s a beautiful evening!

Our Director had the privilege of assisting the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences during their Antiet...
09/05/2019

Our Director had the privilege of assisting the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences during their Antietam Battlefield hike examining the trials medical personnel faced during the battle. The annual program, organized by our friends National Museum of Civil War Medicine is conducted to help provide historical education to the nation’s future military medical leaders.

Join The Mosby Heritage Area Association and us next Friday in Leesburg!
09/05/2019

Join The Mosby Heritage Area Association and us next Friday in Leesburg!

On this day in 1862, an ambulance arrived to this home in Leesburg. A "soldierly figure" exited the ambulance, with both wrists bound in bandages. Thus, Robert E Lee came to Harrison Hall to confer with his generals and soon bring the Army of Northern Virginia (and the war) north into Maryland. Why were his wrists bandaged? Who did he visit in town? How did Leesburg fair during the coming battle? Learn more at next Friday's Legends by Lanternlight: on the Eve of Antietam (walking tour meets at the Loudoun Museum 7pm, 9.13.19)

#mosbyheritage #civilwartrails #loveloudounhistory #museumlife #visitloudoun

Enjoy talking history, particularly haunted history? The Hauntings team is still looking for a few more volunteer tour g...
09/03/2019

Enjoy talking history, particularly haunted history? The Hauntings team is still looking for a few more volunteer tour guides for this year's event! Email us at [email protected] for more information.

Tickets are officially on sale! Go to https://www.loudounmuseum.org/hauntings/ for ticket information

We were lucky to have some extra help this summer at the Museum. Layne, now a senior at Emory & Henry College, was a tre...
08/30/2019
Hubble Uncovers History at Loudon Museum

We were lucky to have some extra help this summer at the Museum. Layne, now a senior at Emory & Henry College, was a tremendous addition to the team and helped with the research for two thematic walking tours we have in the works. Check out more about the tours in this article, and keep an eye out for when Layne comes back to help deliver one of the tours later this year!

Layne Hubble recently completed her summer internship at the Loudon Museum in Leesburg, Va. She worked on two different projects related to the history of Le...

The anniversary for the Battle of Second Manassas (Aug 28-30, 1862) is underway. The carnage during those three days con...
08/29/2019
Second Manassas showed how bloody Civil War would be

The anniversary for the Battle of Second Manassas (Aug 28-30, 1862) is underway. The carnage during those three days continued to show Americans the level of destruction that warfare could produce. Just 13 months prior, that level of death seemed unimaginable to many.

The battle reflected more than just high casualties, though, and it impacted Loudoun County a great deal. That summer, Union Gen. John Pope began to move wartime conduct toward a harder war on Virginians, as he viewed civilians as complicit in the rebellion. While Pope's tenure in the east was brief, the trends were shifting toward this harder way of war. For military purposes, Lee would follow up his victory with a raid into Maryland, and that brought the Confederate army through Leesburg on their way to cross the Potomac. Stop by this weekend to see the Civil War Trails, Inc. marker outside of the museum on this topic and our exhibit examining the Civil War's impact on Loudoun residents!

If the stunning Confederate victory at First Manassas in July 1861 had shown that a long, hard road lay ahead in this war, Second Manassas would show how bloody it would be.

Hard to think of a better research trip than to Loudoun’s first winery! We have a new museum project coming soon, so sta...
08/27/2019

Hard to think of a better research trip than to Loudoun’s first winery! We have a new museum project coming soon, so stay tuned!

It’s a beautiful weekend in Leesburg! Stop by to see our next exhibit. As always, free admission! *no employees we injur...
08/24/2019

It’s a beautiful weekend in Leesburg! Stop by to see our next exhibit. As always, free admission! *no employees we injured taking photo in the middle of the road.

We are gearing up for our Hauntings tours this October! Are you interested in joining our team of tour guides for the fu...
08/22/2019

We are gearing up for our Hauntings tours this October! Are you interested in joining our team of tour guides for the fundraising program? (Oct 18-19, 25-26) If so contact [email protected] for more information.

This image in our collection, and on display in our new exhibit, is of African American veterans of WWI at a ceremony in...
08/20/2019

This image in our collection, and on display in our new exhibit, is of African American veterans of WWI at a ceremony in front of the court house in 1922.

Over 350,000 African Americans served during the Great War, yet the U.S. Armed Forces were segregated still at this point. Some politicians holding on to their racist views even objected to minorities being included in the military draft. These units often were given menial tasks. Yet men in the segregated units served with distinction in some amalgamated units with the French army, earning France’s highest military honor.

The U.S military continued to be segregated until after the Second World War, when the Executive Order 9981 ended segregation in the Armed Forces In 1948.

🚨 New Exhibit Alert 🚨 We are excited to have the Smithsonian “World War I: Lessons and Legacies” exhibit up, along with ...
08/16/2019

🚨 New Exhibit Alert 🚨

We are excited to have the Smithsonian “World War I: Lessons and Legacies” exhibit up, along with items relating to The Great War on display from our collection. As always, we are open 10-4 Fri-Sun with free admission.

No one said museum work was easy!    Changing some things up while installing the new exhibit, but still on schedule for...
08/15/2019

No one said museum work was easy! Changing some things up while installing the new exhibit, but still on schedule for everything to be ready for when we are open tomorrow. Big thank you to or volunteers helping with the panels and items that will be on display.

We are half way there! Today and tomorrow we are installing the Smithsonian exhibit “World War I: Lessons and Legacies” ...
08/14/2019

We are half way there! Today and tomorrow we are installing the Smithsonian exhibit “World War I: Lessons and Legacies” along with WW1 items on display from our collection. It will be ready by Friday when we open!

We are excited again to partner with Loudoun County Public Library  and a great Loudoun brewery! Join us at Old Ox Brewe...
08/08/2019

We are excited again to partner with Loudoun County Public Library and a great Loudoun brewery! Join us at Old Ox Breweryon September 14 to hear about Loudoun soldiers and one of the Civil War’s most memorable attacks.

We caught a double rainbow over the museum yesterday evening. Unfortunately, no luck with a pot of gold rumors, but we a...
08/07/2019

We caught a double rainbow over the museum yesterday evening. Unfortunately, no luck with a pot of gold rumors, but we are going to stay free admission at the museum anyways!

The “guns of August” in 1914 set the world on a course of devastating war that would last years. The Loudoun Museum is h...
08/06/2019

The “guns of August” in 1914 set the world on a course of devastating war that would last years. The Loudoun Museum is happy to help tell the story of not only the war, but the myriad ways it affected people within the U.S. Beginning on August 16, the Smithsonian poster exhibit “World War 1: Lessons and Legacies” will be at the Loudoun Museum, along with items relating to Loudoun during the war on display from our collection.

Remember to stop by for First Friday (6-8) to see some prohibition artifacts and help us name our upcoming Leesburg walk...
08/02/2019

Remember to stop by for First Friday (6-8) to see some prohibition artifacts and help us name our upcoming Leesburg walking tour related to that topic!

Ever heard the phrase “a taste of one’s own medicine”? For this bottle, it may not be necessarily a bad thing. This is f...
08/01/2019

Ever heard the phrase “a taste of one’s own medicine”?

For this bottle, it may not be necessarily a bad thing. This is from Edwards Drug Store in Leesburg in 1929. Prohibition was in full swing in America. On the label it calls for 3 teaspoons every 3 hours...and the medicine is 100 proof alcohol... “for medicinal purposes only.” 🧐 we’ve been using our collection to help research for a new tour we are working on that covers this very topic. This bottle, and other prohibition items, will be on display in the museum log cabin this Friday for Leesburg’s First Friday from 6-8. We will also be looking for YOUR input on what to call our upcoming tour. Stop in, give us your thoughts, and check out the artifacts tomorrow evening!

We have appreciated the opportunity to tell this important part of history with the traveling exhibit from Hampton Histo...
07/24/2019

We have appreciated the opportunity to tell this important part of history with the traveling exhibit from Hampton History Museum and are excited to be extending its stay at the museum for two extra weeks! It will remain on display through August 11.

New in our collection - A ledger book from Loudoun County, including a purchase by James Monroe. We are researching the ...
07/22/2019

New in our collection - A ledger book from Loudoun County, including a purchase by James Monroe. We are researching the new item and plan to put it on display in the museum!

We had a great time last night talking about Loudoun soldiers for History and Hops by Loudoun County Public Library at D...
07/19/2019

We had a great time last night talking about Loudoun soldiers for History and Hops by Loudoun County Public Library at Dragon Hops Brewing! Thanks to everyone in attendance. Stay tuned for the museum hitting the road again to a brewery near you!

Thank you to Ric Murphy for his terrific lecture last night and to everyone who attended! If you missed it, our Facebook...
07/18/2019

Thank you to Ric Murphy for his terrific lecture last night and to everyone who attended! If you missed it, our page has the video.

07/17/2019

Live with Ric Murphy’s lecture, cohosted with Loudoun County Public Library.

We have added a few extra seats for tonight's lecture by Ric Murphy! Reserve your spot with the link below if you would ...
07/17/2019

We have added a few extra seats for tonight's lecture by Ric Murphy! Reserve your spot with the link below if you would like to join us at 6:30 this evening.

http://bit.ly/RicMurphyTalk

Tickets are SOLD OUT for our upcoming talk by Ric Murphy, co-hosted with the Loudoun County Public Library. If you would like to have your name added to a wait-list, please email [email protected] and we will update you if tickets become available.

While we are sold out for Ric Murphy's talk tomorrow evening, you can still tune in! We will be streaming his lecture on...
07/16/2019

While we are sold out for Ric Murphy's talk tomorrow evening, you can still tune in! We will be streaming his lecture on our page with Facebook Live.

Tickets are SOLD OUT for our upcoming talk by Ric Murphy, co-hosted with the Loudoun County Public Library. If you would like to have your name added to a wait-list, please email [email protected] and we will update you if tickets become available.

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