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 weather forecast for our fundraiser Saturday is looking 👌🏻. Join us for our garden party with live music, food...
05/15/2019

The weather forecast for our fundraiser Saturday is looking 👌🏻. Join us for our garden party with live music, food, and drinks! Use the link below for tickets

http://bit.ly/GardenPartyLM

#museum #fundraiser #history #garden #gardenparty #visitloudoun #loveloudoun #leesburgva #loudouncounty #spring #weekend

Happy Mother’s Day weekend to all the moms out there! Stop by the museum this weekend to celebrate. We are open Saturd...
05/10/2019

Happy Mother’s Day weekend to all the moms out there! Stop by the museum this weekend to celebrate. We are open Saturday and Sunday 10-4 with free admission. #mothersday #museum #history #leesburgva #loudouncounty #visitloudoun #loveloudoun #weekend #may

Find your path in Loudoun! The County is full of history and scenery. This picture is along W&OD trail toward Purcellvil...
05/08/2019

Find your path in Loudoun! The County is full of history and scenery. This picture is along W&OD trail toward Purcellville. What are your favorite trails in Loudoun?

We want to hear from you about your vision for the Loudoun Museum and our new exhibit! Make sure to give your input in b...
05/07/2019
Loudoun Museum

We want to hear from you about your vision for the Loudoun Museum and our new exhibit! Make sure to give your input in by May 10th!

We want your input!

Our staff is working with the museum design company Riggs Ward to help with planning the future of the Loudoun Museum. Please let us know what stories and histories you want to see in new exhibits with this online questionnaire!

Who’s ready for the Kentucky Derby? We are partnering with the Friends of Leesburg Public Arts  for First Friday tonig...
05/03/2019

Who’s ready for the Kentucky Derby?

We are partnering with the Friends of Leesburg Public Arts for First Friday tonight! They need your help finishing the design of this horse (and naming it) outside of the log cabin from 6-8 tonight. Stop by the museum, help with the design, and enjoy First Friday in Leesburg!

On May 18th at Stoney Lonesome, the home of Michael and Dawn O'Connor, we are having a garden party to benefit the Loudo...
05/02/2019

On May 18th at Stoney Lonesome, the home of Michael and Dawn O'Connor, we are having a garden party to benefit the Loudoun Museum. We hope you will join us for live music, drinks, food, and a great time for a good cause!

bit.ly/GardenPartyLM

What awaited those who traveled beyond this barn on July 3, 1863? For most in Loudoun’s 8 Virginia Infantry, beyond th...
04/29/2019

What awaited those who traveled beyond this barn on July 3, 1863? For most in Loudoun’s 8 Virginia Infantry, beyond that point meant death, injury, or capture. What was the purpose of the attack? Did it have any chance of success? Join us on May 11 for a bus tour that will examine all aspects of Pickett’s Charge.

Flower and Garden Festival is the biggest weekend of the year in Leesburg, so obviously we want in! Stop by on Saturday ...
04/26/2019

Flower and Garden Festival is the biggest weekend of the year in Leesburg, so obviously we want in! Stop by on Saturday and Sunday for demonstrations by the Waterford Craft School and look around the museum and log cabin.

04/25/2019
04/25/2019

Join us on Facebook Live for tonight’s lecture by Jake Wynn of the National Civil War Medicine Museum #civilwarmed

We want your input! Our staff is working with the museum design company Riggs Ward to help with planning the future of t...
04/23/2019
Loudoun Museum Community Questionnaire

We want your input!

Our staff is working with the museum design company Riggs Ward to help with planning the future of the Loudoun Museum. Please let us know what stories and histories you want to see in new exhibits with this online questionnaire!

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Happy Easter!These photographs from the Loudoun Museum’s collection show a festive display of holiday treats at Edward...
04/21/2019

Happy Easter!

These photographs from the Loudoun Museum’s collection show a festive display of holiday treats at Edwards Drug Store in Leesburg, circa 1960s. Edwards Drug Store opened on 3 S. King St in 1835 by Dr. Richard Henderson Edwards and was run by members of the Edwards family at this location until 1968.

Loudoun Museum is open Easter Sunday from 10am-4pm! #loudouncounty #visitloudoun #loudoun #easter #history #today #leesburg #leesburgva #candy

Our first community workshop is underway! We will be holding another session today at 5:30 in the Dulles Room. We hope y...
04/18/2019

Our first community workshop is underway! We will be holding another session today at 5:30 in the Dulles Room. We hope you join us! #museum #loudouncounty #loudoun #loveloudoun #visitloudoun #leesburg #history

Our community workshops are today! Join us at 2pm and 5:30pm in the Dulles Room in the Loudoun County Government Center ...
04/18/2019

Our community workshops are today! Join us at 2pm and 5:30pm in the Dulles Room in the Loudoun County Government Center to help us with the museum's future exhibit!

Dragonglass or John Brown pike? Weaponry evolves in every conflict and tells a bigger story than just how they were used...
04/14/2019

Dragonglass or John Brown pike?

Weaponry evolves in every conflict and tells a bigger story than just how they were used. While not dragonglass (sorry Game of Thrones fans) the story behind this knife is greater than just a tool of violence. #history #gameofthrones #loudouncounty #harpersferry #visitloudoun #museum #leesburg

April 12th marks the anniversary of the firing on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. This event drastically influenced th...
04/12/2019

April 12th marks the anniversary of the firing on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. This event drastically influenced the way some Virginians viewed the secession crisis. Disunion was hotly debated in Loudoun County. As residents struggled over what to do for months, the call by President Lincoln for militia after the firing on Fort Sumter swayed the Virginia secession convention toward leaving the Union. Some in Loudoun met this news with applause, while others mourned leaving the Union and the inevitable bloodshed to follow. Come read more about the crisis in Loudoun at the Museum this weekend! We are open 10-4 Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with free admission

04/11/2019

We are looking forward to the 3rd annual VA History Symposium tonight!

It’s a beautiful Saturday in Leesburg! The museum is open 10-4 today and Sunday with free admission. Stop in while you...
04/06/2019

It’s a beautiful Saturday in Leesburg! The museum is open 10-4 today and Sunday with free admission. Stop in while you’re walking around downtown! #museum #history #loveloudoun #visitloudoun #loudouncounty #leesburgva #weekend #today #visitvirginia #civilwar #northernvirginia #virginia #spring

We hope to see you out for First Friday tonight! The log cabin and museum will both be open until 8pm.
04/05/2019

We hope to see you out for First Friday tonight! The log cabin and museum will both be open until 8pm.

Planning to be in downtown Leesburg for First Friday? Stop by the log cabin! The Waterford Craft School will be having demonstrations from 6-8pm.

Pickett's Charge is perhaps the most discussed and debated attack during the Civil War. Join us in examining why by walk...
04/02/2019

Pickett's Charge is perhaps the most discussed and debated attack during the Civil War. Join us in examining why by walking the footsteps of Loudoun's 8th Virginia infantry during the attack. Follow the link for more information and registration below.

https://bit.ly/2HtvtsP

Planning to be in downtown Leesburg for First Friday? Stop by the log cabin! The Waterford Craft School will be having d...
03/31/2019

Planning to be in downtown Leesburg for First Friday? Stop by the log cabin! The Waterford Craft School will be having demonstrations from 6-8pm.

We are looking for volunteers! From interacting with visitors in the museum to working behind the scenes, there are vari...
03/23/2019
Loudoun Museum Volunteer Application

We are looking for volunteers! From interacting with visitors in the museum to working behind the scenes, there are various opportunities to be part of our team.

March is Women’s History Month!Women have been central to the important work of the American Red Cross since its found...
03/21/2019

March is Women’s History Month!

Women have been central to the important work of the American Red Cross since its founding by Clara Barton in 1881. This uniform, part of the Loudoun Museum’s collection, dates to the early 1940s, around the time the United States entered the Second World War. The yellow “epaulets” (colored ornamentation on the shoulders) indicate that the woman who wore this uniform was part of the Staff Assistance Corps and the patch on the upper left sleeve indicates that she participated in the National Blood Program. This program was started by the American Red Cross during WWII and collected 13.3 million pints of blood for the armed services throughout the war, continuing as a civilian program after the war.

It’s a beautiful day in Leesburg! We are open Friday through Sunday 10-4, stop by the museum, read the Civil War Trail...
03/15/2019

It’s a beautiful day in Leesburg! We are open Friday through Sunday 10-4, stop by the museum, read the Civil War Trails, Inc. markers outside, and enjoy downtown! #loudouncounty #leesburg #visitloudoun #today #loveloudoun #loudoun #openairmuseum #civilwar #museum #history #virginia

🚨Save the dates!  We are excited to announce our spring lectures and tours. Stay tuned for details on how to register...
03/12/2019

🚨Save the dates!

We are excited to announce our spring lectures and tours. Stay tuned for details on how to register. We hope you can join us for these events and stop by to see our most recent exhibit, “Caught in the Maelstrom of Civil War: Loudoun County Divided”. #loudouncounty #nova #history #museum #civilwar #leesburg #lecture #loudoun #today #visitloudoun #virginia

The new Loudoun Museum membership program is live! We hope you join us as a member. Follow the link for more information...
03/09/2019
Become a museum member today!

The new Loudoun Museum membership program is live!

We hope you join us as a member. Follow the link for more information about membership levels and benefits, including discounted prices on programs, members-only updates, and early registration for museum events.

Help tell the stories of Loudoun County and bring history to life Friend of the Loudoun Museum : ($50) Member-only email updates from the Executive Director Discounted prices for Loudoun Museum events Early registration on Loudoun Museum programs Invitation to members-only annual meeting One vote at...

How can a hatpin help explain actions in the past? The Loudoun Museum has many hatpins in our collection. These were a f...
03/08/2019
"The Hatpin Peril" Terrorized Men Who Couldn't Handle the 20th-Century Woman

How can a hatpin help explain actions in the past?

The Loudoun Museum has many hatpins in our collection. These were a fashionable way to secure a lady’s hat in place, averaged about 6-8 inches in length. During the mid 20th Century, they became weapons of self defense against “mashers,” period slang for predatory men. The phrase "hang out to your hat" seems more significant now!

To protect themselves from unwanted advances, city women protected themselves with some sharp accessories

We were happy to host @mayorkellyburk  and @piedmontenviron last week in Odd Fellows Hall! Stay tuned for some more upco...
03/04/2019

We were happy to host @mayorkellyburk and @piedmontenviron last week in Odd Fellows Hall! Stay tuned for some more upcoming events soon. #leesburg #loudouncounty #loveloudoun #museum #environment

What can we learn from this...tool? Actually, this is a Civil War surgical saw for amputating limbs (this makes going to...
03/01/2019

What can we learn from this...tool?

Actually, this is a Civil War surgical saw for amputating limbs (this makes going to the doctors now seem not QUITE so bad). One of the biggest reasons for over 600,000 deaths during the war was due to disease and a lack of medical knowledge of infections and germs. Why were there so many amputations? How did doctors try to avoid infections? What was the process of surgery at field hospitals?

Stop by the museum and log cabin for First Friday tonight to get those questions answered! We will be open from 5:30-8:30 tonight and 12-3 tomorrow in the museum and also in the log cabin for a medical demonstration. #leesburg #civilwar #medicine #museum #firstfriday #loudouncounty #history #today

What can a small piece of paper tell us about the institution of slavery? Quite a bit. This is an 1848 slave lease on di...
02/27/2019

What can a small piece of paper tell us about the institution of slavery? Quite a bit.

This is an 1848 slave lease on display at the Loudoun Museum courtesy of Thomas Balch Library that helps illuminate the calculating and diverse nature of slavery. It is a contract leasing out Wilson, an enslaved person in Loudoun County, and lays out the various terms of the agreement between the slaveowner and leaser. Documents like this show the capitalistic side of slavery and the ways in which slaveowners tried to maximize profit from people lawfully viewed as their property. The clothing stipulations in the lease reveals the diverse types of labor enslaved people did as well. In this case, the clothing likely shows that the leaser intended to use Wilson for domestic work. #history #museum #blackhistorymonth #loudouncounty #nova #leesburg

Who’s heading downtown for First Friday this week? Make sure to stop by the museum to see our new exhibit and to the l...
02/25/2019

Who’s heading downtown for First Friday this week? Make sure to stop by the museum to see our new exhibit and to the log cabin for a Civil War Medicine demonstration! #leesburg #loudouncounty #firstfriday #museum #history #nova

The Loudoun Museum is happy to host Leesburg’s Mayor Burk for a community meeting about Loudoun’s future on Wednesda...
02/24/2019

The Loudoun Museum is happy to host Leesburg’s Mayor Burk for a community meeting about Loudoun’s future on Wednesday evening. Make sure to rsvp to the email listed since seating is limited!

The Loudoun Museum is happy to be a co-sponsor for the NOVA Parks "On-site with Insight" program. This is a great way to...
02/23/2019
On-Site with Insight: A 13-Part Loudoun History Series in the Field

The Loudoun Museum is happy to be a co-sponsor for the NOVA Parks "On-site with Insight" program. This is a great way to get outside and learn more about Loudoun's history!

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.

Interested in discovering more about Loudoun’s history and its landscape? check out this 13-part history series being ...
02/17/2019

Interested in discovering more about Loudoun’s history and its landscape?

check out this 13-part history series being offered this spring!

Not having the best Valentine's Day?Residents of Waterford could relate during the Civil War. With many male residents e...
02/14/2019

Not having the best Valentine's Day?

Residents of Waterford could relate during the Civil War. With many male residents either fighting in the war or seeking refuge in Maryland to avoid conscription, the marriage rate declined. The three ladies who edited The Waterford News, the pro-union underground newspaper, kept their sense of humor despite the difficult wartime conditions. "Words are inadequate to express our feelings on this subject" the three editors quipped in the marriage section of one of their editions.

The three editors are highlighted in our exhibit at the Loudoun Museum, and we have an original copy of The Waterford News on display this weekend! We also have copies of all the editions available for purchase thanks to the Waterford Foundation Inc.

Loudoun residents recently shared the Museum’s feature book, “The Lure of Loudoun,” with His Excellency Domingos F...
02/11/2019

Loudoun residents recently shared the Museum’s feature book, “The Lure of Loudoun,” with His Excellency Domingos Fezas Vital and his wife, Isabel, at the Embassy of Portugal. During a dinner and cultural exchange organized by the Phaneuf family, Loudoun residents recounted stories from the book with the Ambassador, including how the Constitution was stored in Loudoun after the British burned DC in 1814. The Ambassador served Portuguese Madeira wine, a popular drink in Revolutionary America. Be sure to pick up a copy of The Lure of Loudoun at the Museum!

02/09/2019

Walking around Leesburg on this sunny day? Stop by to check out our new exhibit! We are open 10-4 this weekend with free admission!

As the Civil War progressed, it became a war not only to preserve the Union, but also to end slavery. Enslaved people th...
02/05/2019

As the Civil War progressed, it became a war not only to preserve the Union, but also to end slavery. Enslaved people throughout the south not only helped erode the institution of slavery by escaping to freedom during the war, but also by enlisting to fight against the Confederacy. Hundreds of freed blacks and formerly enslaved men from Loudoun fought for the Union army and navy. Several of these USCT Union veterans are buried in cemeteries throughout Loudoun. At Mount Zion Cemetery in Leesburg, James Gaskins, William Taylor, John Langford, and Joseph Waters are buried. Men like these four helped to create a new birth of freedom #blackhistorymonth #loudouncounty #leesburg #openairmuseum #civilwar @ Leesburg, Virginia

Thanks Civil War Times Magazine for coming out to see the new exhibit! Stay tuned for their next issue, which will have ...
01/30/2019

Thanks Civil War Times Magazine for coming out to see the new exhibit! Stay tuned for their next issue, which will have pictures from their visit.

Checking out the new #CivilWar exhibit, unveiled this evening, at the Loudoun Museum. If you’re in the area, be sure to check it out!

Thank you to everyone who helped make our re-opening kickoff a success!  Photo courtesy of @rick_martin_photo
01/28/2019

Thank you to everyone who helped make our re-opening kickoff a success! Photo courtesy of @rick_martin_photo

WE ARE OPEN! Come check out our new exhibit “Caught in the Maelstrom of Civil War.” We will be open 10-4 Friday-Sund...
01/25/2019

WE ARE OPEN! Come check out our new exhibit “Caught in the Maelstrom of Civil War.” We will be open 10-4 Friday-Sunday every week! #museum #loudoun #today #leesburg

01/24/2019

Join us virtually for tonight’s lecture and exhibit opening!

Forget #throwbackthursday we are looking forward to our re-opening! Our lecture tonight by Dr. Carmichael is sold out, b...
01/24/2019
New Year, New Life for Loudoun Museum

Forget #throwbackthursday we are looking forward to our re-opening! Our lecture tonight by Dr. Carmichael is sold out, but tune in to our page at 6:30 as we live stream his talk.

The Museum will be open from 10-4 Friday-Sunday starting this weekend. Come check out our new exhibit!

Loudoun Museum is bidding adieu to the calamity of 2018, and welcoming 2019 with its reopening, as well as its first new exhibit in some time. There is also a new face at the center of the museum’s rebirth—Executive Director Joseph Rizzo, who joined the museum in November. Just two months on the

Forget the #10yearchallenge, this is our 10 day challenge! We can’t wait for you to see the finished product! #staytun...
01/18/2019

Forget the #10yearchallenge, this is our 10 day challenge! We can’t wait for you to see the finished product! #staytuned #museum #loudouncounty

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