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.

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!

New year, new look!  It’s going to be a big year with another new exhibit this spring and programs throughout the year. ...
01/02/2020

New year, new look! It’s going to be a big year with another new exhibit this spring and programs throughout the year. Time to look forward as we interpret Loudoun’s past. Happy 2020!

It’s a beautiful 60 degree day in Leesburg! Stop by the Museum while you’re walking around downtown. As always, free adm...
12/28/2019

It’s a beautiful 60 degree day in Leesburg! Stop by the Museum while you’re walking around downtown. As always, free admission!

Looking for a last minute holiday gift? Stop by the Museum for a copy of The Lure of Loudoun! On sale for $12. We are op...
12/19/2019

Looking for a last minute holiday gift? Stop by the Museum for a copy of The Lure of Loudoun! On sale for $12. We are open Friday-Sunday from 10 to 4 every weekend!

Tis the season to give THANKS!  Loudoun Museum is very thankful for its volunteers, and we enjoyed celebrating their won...
12/18/2019

Tis the season to give THANKS! Loudoun Museum is very thankful for its volunteers, and we enjoyed celebrating their wonderful contributions last night. Our volunteers make us shine. If you are interested in joining the team, we are happy to let you know about current volunteer opportunities. #volunteer #holidayseason #thanks #museum #loudouncounty #loveloudoun

Our team had a great time speaking to Belmont Station Elementary 4th graders about historic preservation in preparation ...
12/10/2019

Our team had a great time speaking to Belmont Station Elementary 4th graders about historic preservation in preparation for their Virginia Preservation Projects. They got an up-close look at local history with a 19th century ledger from Aldie Mill. #museum #history #historicpreservation #historicpreservationmatters #localhistory #loudouncounty #loudoun #loveloudoun #education #virginia @ Belmont Station Elementary School

We had a great First Friday with Santa and his helpers while we had our pop up exhibit on historic toys and Christmas ca...
12/08/2019

We had a great First Friday with Santa and his helpers while we had our pop up exhibit on historic toys and Christmas cards. Thanks to everyone who stopped by! #firstfridayleesburg #history #museum #visitloudoun #loudouncounty #loveloudoun #holidays #santa

“A day which will live in infamy,” Dec 7, 1941 shattered remaining notions that the US could remain out of the Second Wo...
12/07/2019

“A day which will live in infamy,” Dec 7, 1941 shattered remaining notions that the US could remain out of the Second World War. After the attack, the US ramped up preparation for a two-front war against Japan in the Pacific and Germany in Africa and Europe. #history #ww2
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Tomorrow for First Friday, we will have historic toys, Christmas cards, and letters to Santa dating back to the 1940s on...
12/05/2019

Tomorrow for First Friday, we will have historic toys, Christmas cards, and letters to Santa dating back to the 1940s on display (in addition to having Santa and elves here!). Stop by from 6-8 tomorrow to see toys like this rocking horse from the 1870s.

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
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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.

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