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Loudoun Museum

Loudoun Museum A museum dedicated to preserving and sharing the long history of Loudoun County With a collection of over 8,000 artifacts, we have something for everybody.

We have artifacts on display from many events and eras in Loudoun County's past, and plenty to learn about Loudoun’s role in everything from wine production to the Civil War. 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.

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10/20/2022
10/15/2022
Our most recent acquisition: A vintage pedal car c. 1957! This toddler sized ranch wagon comes from a member of the Moss...
10/14/2022

Our most recent acquisition: A vintage pedal car c. 1957! This toddler sized ranch wagon comes from a member of the Moss family who grew up in the rectory of St. James Episcopal Church in Leesburg (pictured are the Moss children playing in front of the Loudoun County Courthouse).

Pedal cars originated not long after real automobiles in the 1890s, and though consistently popular, they dwindled in production in the 1940s due to the need for various metals in the war effort. This pedal car comes from an era of resurgence in their production, at the same time as real cars became the preferred mode of transportation for most adults with the expansion of highways in the United States.

'Tis the season!There is plenty to do this fall in Loudoun County, and we made Visit Loudoun's list with our annual Haun...
10/04/2022
Halloween Events in Loudoun

'Tis the season!
There is plenty to do this fall in Loudoun County, and we made Visit Loudoun's list with our annual Hauntings Tours!
Also featured is Shocktober with their Haunt Party coming up this weekend--check out the Halloween events happening this month and support these great Loudoun County organizations!

You don’t have to wait until October 31st to enjoy Halloween events and activities in Loudoun this year. Discover spooky tours, pumpkin carving and more.

Hauntings Dark Ale is back-- starting today! Support our Hauntings Sponsor Dynasty Brewing Co. by picking up a few cans,...
09/28/2022

Hauntings Dark Ale is back-- starting today! Support our Hauntings Sponsor Dynasty Brewing Co. by picking up a few cans, available now through the month of October.

And while you're at it, don't forget to sign up for our annual Hauntings tours--tickets are going fast!

A few weeks ago, we posted about a recently acquired ledger from Moses Pascal Watson's Mill, which was saved from the 18...
09/23/2022
Transcribed: the end of the Civil War in Loudoun County

A few weeks ago, we posted about a recently acquired ledger from Moses Pascal Watson's Mill, which was saved from the 1864 Burning Raid and which contained an account of the end of the Civil War. You can now view the transcribed document and learn about some of the people that it mentions in our latest blogpost:

There are a number of diaries, letters, and other firsthand accounts written by civilians during the Civil War. In the Loudoun Museum collection, however, we've recently acquired an account of the end of the war in Loudoun County, found in a c. 1850s-1860s ledger from the Gristmill of Moses Pascal W...

We're looking for guides for our upcoming Hauntings Tours on 10/21-10/22!  We need people who will lead visitors from st...
09/13/2022

We're looking for guides for our upcoming Hauntings Tours on 10/21-10/22! We need people who will lead visitors from stop to stop through Downtown Leesburg. If you'd like to be a part of Hauntings this year, please contact [email protected] for more details.

Mark your calendars--Loudoun Museum's Hauntings returns October 21st and 22nd, and our stops are officially announced: I...
09/08/2022

Mark your calendars--Loudoun Museum's Hauntings returns October 21st and 22nd, and our stops are officially announced:

Inside the Loudoun County Courthouse
The Eliza House
The Glenfiddich House
Inside the Presbyterian Church
Inside the Johnston House

Tickets will be available one week from today! Visit https://www.loudounmuseum.org/hauntings for details.

Thank you to Locally Leesburg for featuring us in their latest video! We got a chance to talk about the history of our b...
09/01/2022
Locally Leesburg - Loudoun Museum

Thank you to Locally Leesburg for featuring us in their latest video! We got a chance to talk about the history of our building, our upcoming Hauntings tours, and a few of the exhibits we have on display!

With a collection of over 8,000 artifacts, Loudoun Museum is dedicated to preserving and sharing the long history of Loudoun County. The museum has artifacts...

08/28/2022
Recently discovered in our Collections Inventory: A book of early 20th century dental records from Leesburg, VA--complet...
08/24/2022

Recently discovered in our Collections Inventory: A book of early 20th century dental records from Leesburg, VA--complete with fun stuff like extractions, cavities, crowns, fillings and more! These records come from office of Dr. Luther A Brown, whose practice was on Loudoun St, just down the street from the Museum. We now know more than we ever wanted to about the dental hygiene of Loudoun's population at the turn of the century.

We've got a new community curated exhibit on display! Lincoln Preservation Foundation got creative telling the story of ...
08/18/2022

We've got a new community curated exhibit on display! Lincoln Preservation Foundation got creative telling the story of their organization and their work to restore the historic Grace Church! Stop by the Museum this weekend to see their exhibit, Fri-Sun 10am-4pm.

Be a part of the most historical and phantasmagorical walking tours of Downtown Leesburg-- we are looking for sponsors f...
08/16/2022

Be a part of the most historical and phantasmagorical walking tours of Downtown Leesburg-- we are looking for sponsors for Hauntings 2022! Your business can reach thousands with our digital promotional materials, and personally reach up to 400 tour-goers with our beautiful new Sagetopia maps of the tour route! For the first 10 downtown businesses to sign up, we'll even put your location on the map! See our website or click here for details: https://loudounmuseum.networkforgood.com/events/46586-hauntings-2022

Thank you to the Friends of Arcola Slave Quarters for such a great community curated exhibit! We loved hosting you throu...
08/12/2022

Thank you to the Friends of Arcola Slave Quarters for such a great community curated exhibit! We loved hosting you throughout the spring and summer, and look forward to our next community curated exhibit by the Lincoln Preservation Foundation!

Yardley Taylor was a cartographer, botanist, postman, Underground Railroad Conductor--a true Renaissance man of 19th cen...
08/09/2022

Yardley Taylor was a cartographer, botanist, postman, Underground Railroad Conductor--a true Renaissance man of 19th century Loudoun County. Along with having Taylor's 1853 map of Loudoun County in our collection, we also have the book he wrote to accompany it! He touches on everything from agriculture to geology to local history in this pamphlet. To read more of what he wrote, and how it applied to his famous map, check out our Yardley Taylor storymap:
https://uploads.knightlab.com/storymapjs/d31de399bab87de38104898f6aff8141/yardley-taylors-map-of-loudoun-county-1853/index.html

This is the final weekend to view "17 Men" at the Loudoun Museum. Stop by tomorrow or Sunday before this amazing and imp...
08/05/2022

This is the final weekend to view "17 Men" at the Loudoun Museum. Stop by tomorrow or Sunday before this amazing and impactful exhibit heads to its next location. Thanks to Civil War Trails, Inc. and artist Shayne Davidson for bringing "17 Men" to the Loudoun Museum this summer--it has been a pleasure to host it!

There are still a few tickets left for our last 1758 Proof Walking Tour of the summer on 8/13!  Learn about the rise of ...
08/01/2022

There are still a few tickets left for our last 1758 Proof Walking Tour of the summer on 8/13! Learn about the rise of temperance meetings like the one in this photograph from our collection. Then, if you're not a teetotaler yourself, get 40% off a beer at Dynasty Brewing Co. afterward! Tickets are on sale at loudounmuseum.org.

07/29/2022
17 Men & the USCT in Loudoun: An interview with Kevin Grigsby

Thanks to historian Kevin Grigsby for joining us to discuss his book, "From Loudoun to Glory," and the local Black men and women who supported the Union Army in the Military and as civilians. This virtual event is the third in a series relating to the travelling exhibit, "17 Men," which is on display at the Loudoun Museum until August 7, 2022.

Our final, virtual event in our "17 Men" exhibit series will be published on Facebook this Friday!  Look out for our int...
07/27/2022

Our final, virtual event in our "17 Men" exhibit series will be published on Facebook this Friday! Look out for our interview with local historian Kevin Grigsby on the role of Black Loudoun residents who supported the Union Army in the USCT and as civilians. If you haven't seen "17 Men" in person yet, the exhibit is open until August 7!

This book from our collection was an 1820s attempt to make history cool and accessible , "designed for the improvement &...
07/21/2022

This book from our collection was an 1820s attempt to make history cool and accessible , "designed for the improvement & entertainment of youth."

Whether it succeeded or not is anyone's guess, but we do know a little bit about the book's publisher, SBT Caldwell. He came to Leesburg from Massachusetts in the early 19th c., and published one of the most prominent local papers of the Early Republic era, the "Genius of Liberty." After his stint in the publishing business, he went on to represent Loudoun in the VA House of Delegates and cofound the VA Historical & Philosophical Society.

To learn more about the earliest decades of our Nation's history when Caldwell was publishing books like these, come see our Fragile Republic Exhibit! We're open Fri-Sun 10am-4pm.

We're very excited to bring two very important items into our collections from Purcellville Library!  The first is a c18...
07/15/2022

We're very excited to bring two very important items into our collections from Purcellville Library! The first is a c1850s-1860s ledger of Moses Pascal Watson, who ran a Gristmill in Lincoln until it was destroyed in General Sheridan's burning raid in 1864. This ledger was rescued from destruction and features mill transactions from the 1850s to the time of the Mill's burning.

Many of the neighbors who milled their grain with Watson also appear in the second object---a sheet found in the back of the ledger---dated April 13th 1865!
This account details the final days of the Civil War, how Watson's Unionist neighbors react to the fall of the Confederacy, and how Watson, a slave holder, is coping with the end of the War. Stay tuned for a transcription of this document--we'll be posting it on our blog in the coming weeks!

In 1882, Loudoun County citizen John Gray made his thoughts on the evils of liquor known by giving a speech in Philadelp...
07/08/2022

In 1882, Loudoun County citizen John Gray made his thoughts on the evils of liquor known by giving a speech in Philadelphia. Today, a handwritten copy of this speech is in our collection!

Organizations like the Women's Christian Temperance Union were very active in Loudoun County in the late 19th century, and prohibitionist organizations frequently hosted lecturers like John Gray to philosophize about the legal and moral implications of alcohol.

Learn more about the prohibition movement in Loudoun County on our 1758 Proof Walking Tours on 7/30 and 8/13! There are still a few tickets left: https://www.loudounmuseum.org/

Loudoun County has a history of comparing old and new photographs--we found this compilation of downtown Leesburg images...
07/01/2022

Loudoun County has a history of comparing old and new photographs--we found this compilation of downtown Leesburg images in our collections during inventory. Just think, somebody made this 60 years before we started publishing our own Then/Now videos!

For more Then/Now images of Loudoun County: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3t3BlvjlQrUcnAHnUyHToA

We have many historic artifacts on display, but the biggest one is definitely our Museum building! This week, we're work...
06/29/2022

We have many historic artifacts on display, but the biggest one is definitely our Museum building! This week, we're working on keeping this c. 1850s structure in good repair.
📢Preservation PSA📢 Maintaining wooden window trim not only preserves the original character of a building, but is cheaper, more energy efficient, and generally better for the environment than replacing them with vinyl windows!

The perfect weekend itinerary: -Lunch in downtown Leesburg-Visit the Loudoun Museum to see "17 Men"-Go on our "1758 Proo...
06/24/2022

The perfect weekend itinerary:
-Lunch in downtown Leesburg
-Visit the Loudoun Museum to see "17 Men"
-Go on our "1758 Proof" Walking Tour
-Get 40% off a beer at Dynasty Brewing Co. after your tour!

Get tickets for the walking tour here: https://www.loudounmuseum.org/

Our latest Retro Recipe is the perfect summer treat 😎  Harlequin Cake is a colorful dessert based on Neapolitan cake and...
06/23/2022
Retro Recipes: Harlequin Cake

Our latest Retro Recipe is the perfect summer treat 😎
Harlequin Cake is a colorful dessert based on Neapolitan cake and ice cream. Learn the history of these summer sweets and see how the recipe from a 1910 issue of "Home Helps: A Pure Food Cook Book" turned out!
**Spoiler: It's delicious**

https://www.loudounmuseum.org/post/retro-recipes-harlequin-cake

Living in the 21st century we tend to forget just how privileged we are when it comes to accessing certain foods—especially when it comes to pastries and frozen treats. Before the 20th century, ingredients such as sugar, salt and even ice were somewhat of a rare commodity, and were, in large part,...

How did Loudoun County residents get their liquor during prohibition?What was the Courthouse's punishment for drunkennes...
06/17/2022

How did Loudoun County residents get their liquor during prohibition?
What was the Courthouse's punishment for drunkenness in the 18th century?
Learn all this in more on our new historic walking tour of downtown Leesburg! Join our summer intern, Megan, to uncover the history of brews and booze in Loudoun, then get 40% off a beer at Dynasty Brewing following the tour!

The first two tours are next weekend, with more to be announced! Get your tickets today:
https://www.loudounmuseum.org/

Living History day is off to a great start! If you're in downtown Leesburg this afternoon, come talk with USCT reenactor...
06/11/2022

Living History day is off to a great start! If you're in downtown Leesburg this afternoon, come talk with USCT reenactor Hugh Goffinet and Travis Shaw from The Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area Association about the experiences of Black Civil War Soldiers. Then head over to the Loudoun Museum to see the "17 Men" exhibit!

Meet our summer intern, Megan!Megan is a student of History and Government, going into her junior year at the College of...
06/10/2022

Meet our summer intern, Megan!
Megan is a student of History and Government, going into her junior year at the College of William & Mary.

Megan is helping with Visitor Services and working on developing walking tours of Downtown Leesburg for the Museum. She'll be presenting the tours later on this summer, so stay tuned for details so you can sign up for one of them!

Our spring intern, Danielle, has just finished up an amazing new project for the Loudoun Musuem! This cemetery storymap ...
05/31/2022
Loudoun Cemeteries

Our spring intern, Danielle, has just finished up an amazing new project for the Loudoun Musuem! This cemetery storymap features several burial grounds across the county--learn more about the tombstones, the stories of people buried there, and get inspired to visit some of these historic cemeteries in person!

The new storymap is available on our website and is here to stay:
https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/937691b92ece47a1a8fa773fe864debb

Stories from local burial grounds researched by the Loudoun Museum

05/27/2022
Some of the documents in our collection add details to important histories in Loudoun County. Loudoun Museum has several...
05/25/2022

Some of the documents in our collection add details to important histories in Loudoun County. Loudoun Museum has several 1857 invoices between Joshua Pusey and James Shugars. Shugars was renting labor from Pusey to do tasks like hauling fodder and repairing fences on his land. When we take into consideration that David Lewis, enslaved by Pusey, fled his farm in 1856 for Philadelphia, these documents help us know the kinds of treatment he was running from.

Following his successful escape, Lewis told William Still, a Philadelphia "conductor" on the Underground Railroad, that he had "been dealt with very wrongfully by Pusey, who had deprived him of many years of the best part of his life...and would continue thus to wrong him, if he did not make a resolute effort to get away.”
Renting enslaved labor was a common practice, which slaves of course received no compensation for. Based on these documents drawn up by Pusey, it was just one of the injustices David Lewis likely had to put up with before he escaped.

William Still collected, documented, and even illustrated David Lewis's story, along with stories of many other individuals from Loudoun County who travelled to Philadelphia on the UGRR. This illustration from Still's 1872 book shows David Lewis's daring escape in a carriage, aided by Emily Anne Mahoney, his white travelling companion. To learn more about David Lewis's story, click here:https://loudounnow.com/2019/02/08/how-a-waterford-slave-stole-his-freedom/

We're hard at work this weekend installing a new exhibit! "17 Men" will open one week from today--just in time for Memor...
05/20/2022

We're hard at work this weekend installing a new exhibit! "17 Men" will open one week from today--just in time for Memorial Day! Stop by the Museum next weekend to see portraits and stories of 17 Civil War soldiers from the US Colored Troops, the exhibit opens May 27th!

Look familiar? This historic photograph from our collection shows a shipment of lumber turning the corner from King Stre...
05/18/2022

Look familiar? This historic photograph from our collection shows a shipment of lumber turning the corner from King Street onto Loudoun Street in Leesburg. It's likely headed toward Birkby & Slack, a business which made both cabinets and coffins and occupied what is today the Loudoun Museum building. Wonder what it was like to drive through town on dirt roads with no traffic lights...

There's a lot going on behind the scenes at Loudoun Museum--we've been busy getting our upstairs Oddfellows Hall ready f...
05/11/2022

There's a lot going on behind the scenes at Loudoun Museum--we've been busy getting our upstairs Oddfellows Hall ready for a new exhibit!

We're excited to announce that the travelling portraiture exhibit, featuring images and stories of "17 Men" from the US Colored Troops, will be coming to the Loudoun Museum toward the end of this month.

Stay tuned for more info about the opening of "17 Men" and associated programs we'll be hosting throughout the summer!

Historic objects from Loudoun Museum's collection are now on display in the latest exhibit at the Plaster Museum of Blue...
05/06/2022
2022 – Bluemont: Our Agricultural Roots – Bluemont Heritage

Historic objects from Loudoun Museum's collection are now on display in the latest exhibit at the Plaster Museum of Bluemont Heritage!

If you haven't visited this Museum in Bluemont Village, you should check out their exhibit on Loudoun's Agricultural roots--our very own milking stool, egg crate, flour bag, dairy bottles, and more will be on display there every Sunday through October.

https://bluemontheritage.org/2022-bluemont-our-agricultural-roots/

This summer’s exhibition at the Plaster Museum of Bluemont Heritage located at the E.E. Lake Store will present a vivid picture of farm life in Loudoun County in the 19th & 20th Centuries, including a showcase on contemporary farms. Appropriately, the exhibition is inside the very storefront opera...

This stencil from our collection helped mark products of Steer & Schooley, manufacturers and repairers of agricultural  ...
05/03/2022

This stencil from our collection helped mark products of Steer & Schooley, manufacturers and repairers of agricultural implements who produced one of the first grain drills to be sold commercially. They ran several other businesses in Waterford as well, and took care to maintain their business in tumultuous times. Steer & Schooley published this notice in the Washingtonian just a few weeks into the Civil War:

"To the People of Virginia"
The unfortunate state of affairs that now exists in the country demanded the serious consideration of the people of Virginia how they can best restore peace to the country, and stay the effusion of
blood - the crisis has come, how shall we meet it, by division and contention in our midst? Certainly not. Let us – not only maintain the honor, but the industrial pursuits of Virginia.
We have determined to do so, to prosecute our business with the same vigor as formerly - agricultural pursuits must go on.
We much desire that agriculturists may not let the excitement that now prevails deter them from having their implements of husbandry put in order for service. We are prepared and will do it, so long as the people of Virginia will sustain us. (providence permitting. )
That peace and prosperity may speedily be restored, to our
now distracted country, is our most ardent desire.
Signed, STEER & SCHOOLEY

Today we say farewell to our Executive Director, Dr. Joe Rizzo. Joe has transformed the Loudoun Museum for the better ov...
04/29/2022

Today we say farewell to our Executive Director, Dr. Joe Rizzo. Joe has transformed the Loudoun Museum for the better over the last 3 1/2 years, creating new exhibits and popular programs and being an excellent steward of Loudoun County History. These images show how much the Museum has changed under his leadership.

We thank Joe for his dedicated work at the Museum and wish him well in his future endeavors. We will miss him when he moves to Richmond, but rest assured he will be back for future History on Tap events!

Check out these historic photos of White's Ferry from our collection! It began operation in 1786, and is the last of man...
04/22/2022

Check out these historic photos of White's Ferry from our collection! It began operation in 1786, and is the last of many ferries that used to operate across the Potomac. For years it was known as "Conrad's Ferry" until Confederate officer Elijah V. White took it over after the Civil War.
Historically, it was used by farmers to transport their crops to market, and until its closure in 2020 was part of a vital commuter route between Maryland and Virginia. We have to wonder what the cars in these photos were crossing for!

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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.

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Some of the documents in our collection add details to important histories in Loudoun County. Loudoun Museum has several 1857 invoices between Joshua Pusey and James Shugars. Shugars was renting labor from Pusey to do tasks like hauling fodder and repairing fences on his land. When we take into consideration that David Lewis, enslaved by Pusey, fled his farm in 1856 for Philadelphia, these documents help us know the kinds of treatment he was running from.

Following his successful escape, Lewis told William Still, a Philadelphia "conductor" on the Underground Railroad, that he had "been dealt with very wrongfully by Pusey, who had deprived him of many years of the best part of his life...and would continue thus to wrong him, if he did not make a resolute effort to get away.”
Renting enslaved labor was a common practice, which slaves of course received no compensation for. Based on these documents drawn up by Pusey, it was just one of the injustices David Lewis likely had to put up with before he escaped.

William Still collected, documented, and even illustrated David Lewis's story, along with stories of many other individuals from Loudoun County who travelled to Philadelphia on the UGRR. This illustration from Still's 1872 book shows David Lewis's daring escape in a carriage, aided by Emily Anne Mahoney, his white travelling companion. To learn more about David Lewis's story, click here:https://loudounnow.com/2019/02/08/how-a-waterford-slave-stole-his-freedom/
We're hard at work this weekend installing a new exhibit! "17 Men" will open one week from today--just in time for Memorial Day! Stop by the Museum next weekend to see portraits and stories of 17 Civil War soldiers from the US Colored Troops, the exhibit opens May 27th!
Look familiar? This historic photograph from our collection shows a shipment of lumber turning the corner from King Street onto Loudoun Street in Leesburg. It's likely headed toward Birkby & Slack, a business which made both cabinets and coffins and occupied what is today the Loudoun Museum building. Wonder what it was like to drive through town on dirt roads with no traffic lights...
There's a lot going on behind the scenes at Loudoun Museum--we've been busy getting our upstairs Oddfellows Hall ready for a new exhibit!

We're excited to announce that the travelling portraiture exhibit, featuring images and stories of "17 Men" from the US Colored Troops, will be coming to the Loudoun Museum toward the end of this month.

Stay tuned for more info about the opening of "17 Men" and associated programs we'll be hosting throughout the summer!
Historic objects from Loudoun Museum's collection are now on display in the latest exhibit at the Plaster Museum of Bluemont Heritage!

If you haven't visited this Museum in Bluemont Village, you should check out their exhibit on Loudoun's Agricultural roots--our very own milking stool, egg crate, flour bag, dairy bottles, and more will be on display there every Sunday through October.

https://bluemontheritage.org/2022-bluemont-our-agricultural-roots/
This stencil from our collection helped mark products of Steer & Schooley, manufacturers and repairers of agricultural implements who produced one of the first grain drills to be sold commercially. They ran several other businesses in Waterford as well, and took care to maintain their business in tumultuous times. Steer & Schooley published this notice in the Washingtonian just a few weeks into the Civil War:

"To the People of Virginia"
The unfortunate state of affairs that now exists in the country demanded the serious consideration of the people of Virginia how they can best restore peace to the country, and stay the effusion of
blood - the crisis has come, how shall we meet it, by division and contention in our midst? Certainly not. Let us – not only maintain the honor, but the industrial pursuits of Virginia.
We have determined to do so, to prosecute our business with the same vigor as formerly - agricultural pursuits must go on.
We much desire that agriculturists may not let the excitement that now prevails deter them from having their implements of husbandry put in order for service. We are prepared and will do it, so long as the people of Virginia will sustain us. (providence permitting. )
That peace and prosperity may speedily be restored, to our
now distracted country, is our most ardent desire.
Signed, STEER & SCHOOLEY
Today we say farewell to our Executive Director, Dr. Joe Rizzo. Joe has transformed the Loudoun Museum for the better over the last 3 1/2 years, creating new exhibits and popular programs and being an excellent steward of Loudoun County History. These images show how much the Museum has changed under his leadership.

We thank Joe for his dedicated work at the Museum and wish him well in his future endeavors. We will miss him when he moves to Richmond, but rest assured he will be back for future History on Tap events!
Check out these historic photos of White's Ferry from our collection! It began operation in 1786, and is the last of many ferries that used to operate across the Potomac. For years it was known as "Conrad's Ferry" until Confederate officer Elijah V. White took it over after the Civil War.
Historically, it was used by farmers to transport their crops to market, and until its closure in 2020 was part of a vital commuter route between Maryland and Virginia. We have to wonder what the cars in these photos were crossing for!
We are working on an exciting project involving some Loudoun cemeteries, and today we took a walk through Leesburg's Union Cemetery. While doing so, we came across the grave of Lloyd Slack, whose past is connected to the building in which the Museum currently resides. Slack, along with his business partner Charles Birkby, started the Colonial Funeral Home in 1877 located in the front space of our Museum at the corner of Loudoun and Wirt Streets. In the 1920s, Slack relocated the business to South King St.
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