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.

The next interview for our Pour Over History series will post tomorrow morning on Facebook! Our director will interview ...
04/20/2020

The next interview for our Pour Over History series will post tomorrow morning on Facebook! Our director will interview Dr. Lauren Thompson on her upcoming book about soldier fraternization in Virginia during the Civil War.

Loudoun Museum wants to provide a platform to highlight educators in our community that have creatively adapted to the c...
04/17/2020
Historic Preservation & Education at Home: Distance Education and Museums

Loudoun Museum wants to provide a platform to highlight educators in our community that have creatively adapted to the changing times. Upcoming blog posts will feature these educators and their experiences, helping us stay connected and educated throughout the quarantine.

This week's blog features an educational program from pre-quarantine days, a discussion about material culture, and an at-home educational activity about historic preservation! Check it out, then send us your stories about your education experience!

https://www.loudounmuseum.org/post/historic-preservation-education-at-home-distance-education-and-museums

Loudoun Museum wants to provide a platform to highlight educators in our community that have creatively adapted to the changing times.

04/16/2020
Historians on Tap

Join us LIVE for History on Tap! This week we are talking about history, myths, and legends with special guest Dr. Jeff Tolbert, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Folklore at Penn State, Harrisburg.

Exploring History, Myth and Legend! Leave us a comment and byob

Tough call here!
04/15/2020

Tough call here!

Who are YOU in the Zoom meeting? The Civil War edition.

Sometimes wildlife can give you a reminder to keep a 6 ft distance 🐍. At least spring has arrived in Loudoun!
04/14/2020

Sometimes wildlife can give you a reminder to keep a 6 ft distance 🐍. At least spring has arrived in Loudoun!

Wanted: Stories from our community! We have begun the process of documenting these historic times and how our community ...
04/10/2020
Collecting COVID Memories: Documenting Historic Times Today

Wanted: Stories from our community! We have begun the process of documenting these historic times and how our community is affected by COVID-19. Our latest blog post provides instructions on how to submit your stories.

https://www.loudounmuseum.org/post/collecting-covid-memories-documenting-historic-times-today

As a repository for county history, Loudoun Museum wants to document and preserve your quarantine stories and is accepting digital donations

04/09/2020

Technical difficulties! History on Tap will be LIVE in just a few minutes. 🍺

04/09/2020

We are going LIVE in an hour for the next episode of History on Tap! Grab a drink and tune in on the Museum’s page for the livestream at 7pm. Cheers!

04/06/2020

Richard Gillespie joined the Museum's director to talk about Loudoun during the World War II era for our Pour over History video Series. Grab some post-lunch coffee and listen to Rich talk about our community at war. Let us know if you have any questions in the comment section.

04/06/2020

Ever wonder what American soldiers and newspapers wrote about D-Day and the Normandy invasion?

Our Director interviewed Historian Jared Frederick about his book, "Dispatches of D-Day: A People's History of the Normandy Invasion," for the first interview in our new Pour over History Series. These will be short interviews with various authors, educators, and historians covering a range of topics.

Later today we will post another short interview about WW2's impact on Loudoun County as we interview Richard Gillespie.

Read excerpts from a 1901 first-hand quarantine story and learn some transcribing tips in this week's blog!This post is ...
04/03/2020
Transcribing Quarantine: Letters of Laura Stanton

Read excerpts from a 1901 first-hand quarantine story and learn some transcribing tips in this week's blog!
This post is guest written by Paige Armstrong who has been working on transcribing documents in the museum collection for public use.
Check back weekly for more discussion of local history and preservation!

https://www.loudounmuseum.org/post/transcribing-quarantine-letters-of-laura-stanton

In January of 1901, Laura Stanton from Ashburn, Virginia was living in New York where she was attending Vassar College. The Loudoun Museum preserves a collection of Laura’s letters home during this time, including those written during a quarantine period that Laura spent in the school’s infirmar...

04/02/2020
Historians on Tap

Watch us LIVE on History on Tap!

Join us LIVE to talk about historic scandals

04/02/2020

We are going LIVE in about 30 minutes with our next round of History on Tap! Tune in here for the livestream at 6pm. Cheers!

Ever wonder how to preserve old letters or documents around your home? Check out our new blog! Our first post focuses on...
03/30/2020
Saving Loudoun's History: Pandemics & Paper Preservation

Ever wonder how to preserve old letters or documents around your home? Check out our new blog! Our first post focuses on papers in our collection relating to pandemics and how to preserve the documents.

“Social distancing” is a modern term for a historically utilized response to disease. You may be surprised to learn that isolation and quarantine strategies have been used for centuries to mitigate the spread of countless diseases ranging from plague to smallpox. In the early 1900s, outbreaks of...

Check out our new blog!  Keep an eye out for future posts with content about Loudoun history and how we help preserve it...
03/27/2020
Saving Loudoun's History: Pandemics & Paper Preservation

Check out our new blog! Keep an eye out for future posts with content about Loudoun history and how we help preserve it.

https://www.loudounmuseum.org/post/saving-loudoun-s-history-pandemics-paper-preservation

“Social distancing” is a modern term for a historically utilized response to disease. You may be surprised to learn that isolation and quarantine strategies have been used for centuries to mitigate the spread of countless diseases ranging from plague to smallpox. In the early 1900s, outbreaks of...

03/26/2020
Historians on Tap

Were LIVE (again!)
Comment with questions!

We're live (again!) A toast to your health

03/26/2020
Historians on Tap

Join us LIVE for History on Tap!
Post questions for our historians in the comment section!

Join us as we explore medical history with Loudoun Museum, Mosby Heritage Area Ass'n, and Nat'l Museum of Civil War Medicine

03/25/2020
Historians on Tap

Join us LIVE this Thursday at 7pm on Facebook for our first virtual History on Tap. The first episode's theme is "A Toast to your Health," and we will be joined by Jake Wynn from the National Museum of Civil War Medicine

Join us on Thursday at 7pm for History on Tap LIVE

03/23/2020
The Mosby Heritage Area Association

Part 2 of our bonus video of the Leesburg walking tour. This video looks at African America Union soldiers from Loudoun County who are buried at Mount Zion Community Cemetery.

Another bonus video from Mt. Zion Community Cemetery. This one focuses on local African-Americans during the Civil War. Loudoun Museum Civil War Trails, Inc.

03/21/2020
The Mosby Heritage Area Association

Leesburg virtual tour weekend edition. We've got a couple stops for you from Mount Zion cemetery.

We stopped at Mt. Zion Community Cemetery during our walk in Leesburg to record a few bonus videos! Here, Anne Marie and Loudoun Museum's Joe Rizzo talk about the local African-American community, including a remarkable woman named Mary Mallory.

03/20/2020
The Mosby Heritage Area Association

To conclude the virtual tour, Anne Marie of The Mosby Heritage Area Association takes us to St. James cemetery to tell one of her favorite stories. There's more places to see downtown, though, and we've got more videos coming from Mount Zion cemetery next week!

The final stop of our Leesburg tour is St. James Cemetery, where we learn of a tragic Civil War romance. Loudoun Museum

03/20/2020
Leesburg Tour, Part 5: The John Janney House

The tour continues! John Janney, an influential antebellum politician in Virginia, had a home in downtown Leesburg. Hear about John and his wife, Alicinda, in the latest stop on the tour.

We visit the home of John Janney, one of Leesburg's most prominent residents. A complex man, Janney was a staunch Unionist who ended up chairing Virginia's s...

03/20/2020
The Mosby Heritage Area Association

Start your Friday off with continuing on our walking tour of Leesburg with The Mosby Heritage Area Association. Thanks again to the Miles family for letting us use the Glenfiddich House location! Part 2 of our videos from this location focuses on General Lee's meeting at the house and the Maryland Campaign of 1862.

Picking up where we left off yesterday, we're back at Harrison Hall to talk about the momentous meeting that took place there in the fall of 1862. Loudoun Museum Director Joe Rizzo tells us more,

03/19/2020
Leesburg Tour, Part 3: Harrison Hall

Part 3 of our Leesburg tour was to Harrison Hall, with a focus on the house during 1861. Thanks to the Miles family for letting us and The Mosby Heritage Area Association shoot several videos on the property. Make sure to stop at the Civil War Trails, Inc. marker in front of the property when you walk to these sites around Leesburg.

We make a stop at Harrison Hall to discuss how Leesburg was impacted by the Civil War in 1861

03/19/2020
The Mosby Heritage Area Association

Part 2 of our Leesburg Tour

Part 2 of our Leesburg Tour, and we're visiting the site of the Old Stone Methodist Church. This site has some serious significance for local religious history.

03/19/2020
Leesburg Tour, Part 1: Thomas Balch Library

Our first stop yesterday was to check in on Laura and the staff at Thomas Balch Library. They are still there to help out with your research questions online. Check out stop 1 of our Leesburg tour and hear a bit about the history of the building and location.

We begin our tour of some of our favorite places in Leesburg with a stop at the Thomas Balch Library. A history and genealogy library, the Balch is a must-se...

We spent the morning with The Mosby Heritage Area Association taking advantage of the nice weather to get outside and sh...
03/18/2020

We spent the morning with The Mosby Heritage Area Association taking advantage of the nice weather to get outside and show you parts Leesburg! Starting tomorrow, we will be posting videos covering interesting historical spots in downtown Leesburg to give you some ideas for places to walk if you’re looking to get outside, or to listen to some stories while you’re at home. Also, if there are any locations or topics in particular you’d like us to cover, post in the comment section! We will be doing this as long as we can to help share Loudoun history during this challenging time.

Social distancing isn't just useful for avoiding people you don't like, it also saves lives! This article shows how two ...
03/16/2020
This chart of the 1918 Spanish flu shows why social distancing works

Social distancing isn't just useful for avoiding people you don't like, it also saves lives! This article shows how two cities handled devastating 1918 influenza outbreak differently, and how not canceling public events was disastrous for the people of Philadelphia.

The Museum is currently closed for everyone's safety during this pandemic, but starting Wednesday we will be posting videos on various historical topics in and around Loudoun with other historical organizations.

St. Louis' response to the Spanish flu is informing the battle against the novel coronavirus.

03/12/2020

The Museum will be closed until at least April 23rd, per the instructions by the Governor of Virginia. We will give an update on if we can reopen after that date as it gets closer. We will be working hard to provide videos and blogs during this time, so stay tuned to our page!

If you're interested in Leesburg's Civil War history, check this out on Saturday! And of course then stop into the Museu...
03/11/2020

If you're interested in Leesburg's Civil War history, check this out on Saturday! And of course then stop into the Museum to look through our exhibit on Loudoun during the Civil War Era.

Civil War Walking Tour of Leesburg
Richard Gillespie
Saturday, 3/14/20, 10AM
A Walking Tour of Civil War Leesburg with Rich Gillespie will examine the surviving Civil War townscape and watch the War develop and engulf the county seat of Loudoun. For info
http://ow.ly/jOBF50yaxRG

Thank you to Andrew Painter for his fantastic talk last night on the history of the Virginia Wine industry, and to Visit...
03/06/2020

Thank you to Andrew Painter for his fantastic talk last night on the history of the Virginia Wine industry, and to Visit Loudoun for sponsoring the event, and to the Loudoun Wineries Association for providing wine. If you’d like a copy of Andrew’s book, stop by the Museum to pick up a copy!

Thank you to Doukenie Winery for hosting our traveling component of the “Vintage Pursuits” exhibit! Visitors had a chanc...
02/26/2020

Thank you to Doukenie Winery for hosting our traveling component of the “Vintage Pursuits” exhibit! Visitors had a chance to read through the banners as Doukénie had events in their barrel room, with a portion of their proceeds going to the Museum.

Just south of Route 7 in Ashburn is the preserved African American burial ground for the enslaved at Belmont Plantation....
02/24/2020

Just south of Route 7 in Ashburn is the preserved African American burial ground for the enslaved at Belmont Plantation. This is the largest known enslaved African and African American burial grounds in Loudoun County. Once abandoned, the Loudoun Freedom Center has preserved this significant final resting place and important location for understanding Loudoun history. There is the freedom trail to walk the grounds and pay respect to individuals buried in the cemetery.

Who is Cuffy? Who is Andrew Estave? What does this newspaper clipping tell us?This is just one of several runaway slave ...
02/21/2020

Who is Cuffy? Who is Andrew Estave? What does this newspaper clipping tell us?

This is just one of several runaway slave advertisements from a colonial Williamsburg newspaper posted by Andrew Estave, who ran a publicly funded vineyard for the colony. Virginia’s history with the wine industry too often is viewed as only modern times, but its history is centuries old, complicated, and at times difficult. Enslaved labor was a part of attempts to make the industry profitable, in both the private and public sector. Cuffy, along with other brave enslaved laborers, resisted the brutal treatment by Estave at “The Vineyard.”

Our next exhibit is ready to view 🚨Stop by to see "Vintage Pursuits." As always, open Friday through Sunday, free admiss...
02/13/2020
Loudoun Times-Mirror

Our next exhibit is ready to view 🚨

Stop by to see "Vintage Pursuits." As always, open Friday through Sunday, free admission!

Loudoun Museum's newest exhibit takes a look at one of the county's tastiest industries.

Over the last year, the hallway on the first floor of the Museum has changed several times. The first picture is the hal...
01/31/2020

Over the last year, the hallway on the first floor of the Museum has changed several times. The first picture is the hallway from January, the next is staff and volunteers properly caring for the objects before they were moved out to make room for the 1619 traveling exhibit this past summer. Since September, we had the Smithsonian WW1 exhibit on display as seen in the fourth image. To get ready for our next exhibit, “Vintage Pursuits,” we’ve remodeled the hallway once again. We are excited for its new look and are ready for the next exhibit to be on display starting February 14!

We are making progress! The hallway is being transformed for our next exhibit, “Vintage Pursuits: Cultivating Virginia’s...
01/30/2020

We are making progress! The hallway is being transformed for our next exhibit, “Vintage Pursuits: Cultivating Virginia’s Wine Industry,” which will be on display in a couple weeks.

There’s always some surprising discoveries when doing interior work on buildings. As we prepare the hallway for our next...
01/27/2020

There’s always some surprising discoveries when doing interior work on buildings. As we prepare the hallway for our next exhibit, we came across this graffiti. We think our longtime volunteer, Bruce, has some explaining to do! 🧐😂

Thank you to everyone who came out to the latest History on Tap on Thursday! It was great to partner with historians fro...
01/26/2020

Thank you to everyone who came out to the latest History on Tap on Thursday! It was great to partner with historians from The Mosby Heritage Area Association and Thomas Balch Library for the event, and to be able to show off some of the Museum's collection at the event as well. And thank you to Loudoun County public Library and Dog Money Restaurant and Brewery for hosting.

We are excited to announce our next exhibit that will soon be on display at the Museum! Over the next few weeks we will ...
01/21/2020

We are excited to announce our next exhibit that will soon be on display at the Museum!

Over the next few weeks we will be getting the space ready and exhibit installed. Stay tuned for updates on the installation, opening date, and about an upcoming lecture on March 5th to kick off the exhibit.

These documentaries on Dr. King's life and work explore the purpose-driven life that he hoped to lead and the many polit...
01/20/2020
Here are 3 documentaries to watch on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

These documentaries on Dr. King's life and work explore the purpose-driven life that he hoped to lead and the many political and social causes that he championed. Take some time to read his words and listen to the echoes of the ages.

He's best known for his role in the Civil Rights Movement, but between 1965 and 1968, Dr. King shifted his focus toward economic justice.

This is the last weekend that the Smithsonian exhibit “World War I: Lessons and Legacies,” along with items relating to ...
01/16/2020

This is the last weekend that the Smithsonian exhibit “World War I: Lessons and Legacies,” along with items relating to the Great War from our collection, will be on display at the Museum. As always, we are open Friday through Sunday from 10-4 with free admission!

A follow up from yesterday’s post on White’s Ford—this is a photograph at the White’s Ferry nearby in September 1909. Fr...
01/14/2020

A follow up from yesterday’s post on White’s Ford—this is a photograph at the White’s Ferry nearby in September 1909. Francis Connolly, Hazel White, and Elizabeth White are the three ladies in the picture.

White’s Ford is often associated with the Maryland campaign of 1862 and the confederacy’s raid into Maryland. But this l...
01/13/2020

White’s Ford is often associated with the Maryland campaign of 1862 and the confederacy’s raid into Maryland. But this location also was where Jubal Early’s confederate forces crossed from Maryland to encamp near Leesburg on their way to the Shenandoah Valley in July 1864. Early, in an attempt to relieve pressure at siege of Petersburg, hoped to threaten Washington. Like other raids into Maryland and Pennsylvania, this one also was unsuccessful. There are significant sites for this raid throughout and near Loudoun County. #loudouncounty #loudoun #civilwar #history #loveloudoun #loveloudounhistory #potomacriver @ White's Ford Regional Park

Join us January 23rd for our next round of History on Tap!
01/03/2020

Join us January 23rd for our next round of History on Tap!

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