Lincoln Preservation Foundation

Lincoln Preservation Foundation The LPF is a non-profit corporation founded in 1999 by residents concerned about the future of the Goose Creek Historic District.

Thanks to all who visited the Grace Historic Site this weekend. Your interest keeps our stories alive! (Photo credit: Sa...
11/04/2019

Thanks to all who visited the Grace Historic Site this weekend. Your interest keeps our stories alive! (Photo credit: Sarah Huntington)

Loudoun Preservation Society
10/31/2019

Loudoun Preservation Society

Only a few days left before the Lincoln Dirt Roads tour on November 3rd!

One of the homes you'll have an opportunity to visit is Creek Crossing Farm. In 1773, Quaker Edward Thompson built a federal veranda-fronted home on a hill, adding to one of his many plantations. Surrounded by 25 acres of fields and woods, the home reflects upon sentiments of the time. Floorboards under the grand piano hold a trapdoor, while a hidden stairwell in the old sitting room emphasizes the Underground Railroad passengers concealed by the former residents. Old colonial road traces remain within the land’s contouring, while the stone barn from the infamous “Burning Raid of 1864” survives alongside the flourishing wildlife.

To see Creek Crossing and four other historic homes and houses of worship, buy your ticket today! Tickets available at https://purcellvillehistory.ticketspice.com/lincoln-dirt-roads-tour

We welcome you inside!The Goose Creek Meeting House and four properties, including the Historic Grace Church, will be op...
10/23/2019

We welcome you inside!

The Goose Creek Meeting House and four properties,
including the Historic Grace Church, will be open for tours. Join us!

Lincoln Dirt Roads Tour
Hosted by the Loudoun Preservation Society
Sunday, Nov 3rd, 2019 1-4pm

Tours begin at Goose Creek Friends Meeting House
18204 Lincoln Rd, Purcellville, VA 20132

$22.50 adults
$10 students, Under 7 years-FREE

Tickets in advance on the Loudoun Preservation Society FB page.

Tickets CASH ONLY at the Meeting House, day of tour.

Today is the first time in years that we can walk into the historic Grace Church! The floor joists are almost complete o...
06/27/2019

Today is the first time in years that we can walk into the historic Grace Church! The floor joists are almost complete on the main upper level and temporary plywood provides access. We thank the donors who continue to support efforts to restore this historic African American building. And our volunteers are truly remarkable. The progress is real!

05/28/2019
www.preserveloudoun.org

HISTORIC PRESERVATION GRANTS CYCLE NOW OPEN

Please spread the news! Our friends at The Loudoun Preservation Society are looking for grant applicants.

The Loudoun Preservation Society is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for the 2019 Grants Awards. Since 1973 the Loudoun Preservation Society (LPS) has awarded over $800,000 in grants to non-profit organizations throughout Loudoun County. These grants have helped to promote dozens of historic preservation, rehabilitation, and education projects for organizations and historic properties, including Oatlands, Aldie Mill, the Lovettsville Historical Society, the Mosby Heritage Area Association, the Friends of Bluemont, and the Thomas Balch Library. Non-profit and government organizations located in Loudoun County are invited to apply, and projects eligible for consideration include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Restoration and preservation (stabilization encompassing repair, maintenance and improvement of historic properties in Loudoun County).
2. Conservation of artifacts in museum collections within Loudoun County.
3. Historical, architectural, or archaeological research of a particular structure, property, site, or district which may enhance the goals of preservation in the county.
4. Scholarly research conducted on Loudoun County’s architectural or cultural history.

All applications must be received by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, July 31st. To receive an application form please visit http://www.preserveloudoun.org/Programs/LPS_Grant_Application.pdf or email [email protected]

More Grace. Allen Cochran gets things started.
04/07/2019

More Grace. Allen Cochran gets things started.

Grace.
04/07/2019

Grace.

The Village of Lincoln's  Grace Church congregation c1910, and some descendants c2004. 💕
02/15/2019

The Village of Lincoln's Grace Church congregation c1910, and some descendants c2004. 💕

Happy New Year from the Lincoln Preservation Foundation!
12/31/2018

Happy New Year from the Lincoln Preservation Foundation!

Happy Juneteenth! Also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, it is a holiday that commemorates the June 1...
06/19/2018
Juneteenth - Wikipedia

Happy Juneteenth! Also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, it is a holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and more generally the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South. Read more: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juneteenth

Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, is an American holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas, and more generally the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans throughout the former Confederacy o...

Donations wanted! Watch the video on this link for the cool story about this treasure.
05/30/2018
Saving Grace: The Grace Heritage Project

Donations wanted! Watch the video on this link for the cool story about this treasure.

What has happened to the African American story in our area? Every group with an historic restoration project believes that our old house ... our old bridge ... our old church is "the thing that must be funded." In the case of the former 1885 Grace Methodist Episcopal ...

Yessssss!
05/18/2018

Yessssss!

Western Loudoun's African American Grace Church named as a top endangered historic site!https://preservationvirginia.org...
05/08/2018
Virginia’s Most Endangered Historic Places » Preservation Virginia

Western Loudoun's African American Grace Church named as a top endangered historic site!https://preservationvirginia.org/programs/most-endangered

For over a decade, Preservation Virginia has presented its annual list of Most Endangered Historic Places to the Commonwealth. This list raises awareness of Virginia's historic sites at risk from neglect, deterioration, insufficient funds, inappropriate development and/or insensitive public policy.....

Thank you to the Loudoun Preservation Society for supporting the historic Grace Church with a generous grant.
04/21/2018

Thank you to the Loudoun Preservation Society for supporting the historic Grace Church with a generous grant.

Loudoun County Farm Bureau, Inc.
04/18/2018

Loudoun County Farm Bureau, Inc.

Do you own more than 20 acres of land? Would you like to realize some financial benefits right now, keep your property, and also make an investment in the future viability of farming in Loudoun?

These two events have your name written all over them! Farm Bureau is partnering with Catoctin Conservation Coalition, Piedmont Environmental Council, Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District, and others to bring these events to Loudoun.

"There are a wide variety of land management and land conservation programs offered by private non-proft organizations as well as local, state and federal conservation agencies. Please join PEC and our partners as we provide a comprehensive overview of the available programs and sources of funding that could be available for your property!"

Sources of Conservation Funding Workshop
May 16, 2018 • 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Waterford Old School
40222 Fairfax St, #142-B,
Waterford, Va.
Light refreshments will be provided.

May 22, 2018 • 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Hill School
130 S. Madison St,
Middleburg, Va.
Dinner will be provided.

To register for either event, check out: https://www.pecva.org/events

Our legendary Reggie Simms is hard at work on his local African-American war veteran's commemoration. We welcome submiss...
04/16/2018

Our legendary Reggie Simms is hard at work on his local African-American war veteran's commemoration. We welcome submissions for this effort. Please tell us about your Loudoun County African-American war vet by emailing us at [email protected]. We would like names, service info, photos, and burial locations for those who have passed. Thanks for your contributions!

Historic Pleasant Grove'sAnnual Black History ConcertSaturday, March 10th, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.8641 Lewinsville Road, McLean...
02/28/2018

Historic Pleasant Grove's
Annual Black History Concert
Saturday, March 10th, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
8641 Lewinsville Road, McLean, VA

Join us for the Friends of Pleasant Grove's free annual Black History Celebration. This year, we are delighted to bring you the highly-acclaimed...
Washington Revels Jubilee Voices
The ensemble is committed to the preservation of African-Americanhistory and traditions, presenting songs and stories of struggle and perseverance, trials and triumphs, as expressed through a cappella music, drama and dance.

Concert Details:
• Saturday, March 10th, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
• 8641 Lewinsville Road, McLean, VA
• Light refreshments will be served
• Ample, free parking

Learn more about Historic Pleasant Grove at www.HistoricPleasantGrove.org

On Thursday, January 25th, 2018, Lincoln Preservation Foundation member Louis Jett honored minority community leaders at...
02/08/2018

On Thursday, January 25th, 2018, Lincoln Preservation Foundation member Louis Jett honored minority community leaders at the Cascades Library in Sterling, VA. Honorees were recognized for their contributions to Loudoun County's African American historical legacy. Read more:
http://www.lincolnpreservation.org

10/08/2017

The Freedom Walk to the Belmont Cemetery today has been postponed until Nov 12 due to weather.

Happy Juneteenth! Also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, it is a holiday that commemorates the June 1...
06/19/2017

Happy Juneteenth! Also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, it is a holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and more generally the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South. Read more: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juneteenth

LPF is interested in information pertaining to the  Cooksville cemetery, an abandoned African American cemetery in the P...
05/13/2017

LPF is interested in information pertaining to the Cooksville cemetery, an abandoned African American cemetery in the Purcellville/ Lincoln area of Loudoun County. Please contact us with your comments, photos, family gossip, or anything that may help put together the forgotten history of the people buried here.

Did you know about Purcellville and Lincoln's famous son, Billy Pierce? ON  April 11th, 1933, the “Master of Dance, Make...
04/11/2017

Did you know about Purcellville and Lincoln's famous son, Billy Pierce? ON April 11th, 1933, the “Master of Dance, Maker of Broadway Stars, and Choreographer Extraordinaire” died at the age of 43 and came home to rest at the Grace Church cemetery in Lincoln. Billy Pierce was born and raised in Purcellville on East G Street, and attended the Grace Church before making it big on Broadway in New York City. He was credited with the invention of the Black Bottom dance that was a national craze in the 1920’s.

The Billy Pierce Dance Studio on Broadway was a huge success and helped launch the Harlem Renaissance. His studio was the professional home of African American choreographer Buddy Bradley and taught many famous stars including Oscar-winning character actor, Clifton Webb.

A lifelong civil rights supporter, Billy was elected to the Board of Directors of the Loudoun County Emancipation Association in Purcellville one year before his death. After funeral services in New York City and Washington DC, Billy Pierce was given a star-studded funeral in the tiny village of Lincoln.

If you’ve ever visited the curious stone memorial on Lincoln Road, across from the Goose Creek Burial Grounds, you may w...
03/31/2017

If you’ve ever visited the curious stone memorial on Lincoln Road, across from the Goose Creek Burial Grounds, you may wonder about Hannah Janney, the legendary Quaker who used to come sit in the woods here, over 250 years ago. Her home is down Foundry Road a short distance.

The stone house was built about 1749 to replace the original log "patent house” with which Jacob Janney had secured his land grants from Lord Fairfax in 1743 and 1744.

Jacob and Hannah Janney married in Bucks County, PA, and moved with their young family to Virginia in 1745. They raised 12 children here. Before their stone house was finished, she would repair to the woods twice a week to sit on a log in silent devotions.

Years later, Aquila Meade operated a tannery to the south of the house; the place is designated as “A. Mead’s tan yard” on Yardley Taylor’s 1853 map of Loudoun County. Today, it's called "Time's End."

Read more details on our website: http://www.lincolnpreservation.org/jacob-and-hannah-janney-house

“Save Me Please;" a plea from Michael Sipes, soon before he died.Let's see who remembers.This beautiful white oak has be...
03/28/2017

“Save Me Please;" a plea from Michael Sipes, soon before he died.

Let's see who remembers.

This beautiful white oak has been around since before the Declaration of Independence and has survived tumultuous times—not the least of which was the development threat taking place on the former Frazer Farm in 2001. On March 10, 2001, about 150 walkers participated in the Lincoln Loop Walk which was organized by the Lincoln Preservation Foundation to protest the residential development on Frazer Farm-- now known as Fawn Meadow. The housing development destroyed much of the site of the skirmish at Katy’s Hollow (Battle of Hamilton/ Harmony) and nearly destroyed a large section of the Loudoun Branch of the Manassas Gap Railroad bed--all of which borders the Goose Creek Historical District. The development also threatened the Lincoln Oak by virtue of proposed road improvements.

During the walk, Civil War reinactors, including our postmaster Harry Uram, were encamped within the area of Katy’s Hollow—once a yearly event enjoyed by area residents. Of great surprise to organizers and participants of the Lincoln Loop Walk was the large banner reading “Save Me Please” seen stretched across the giant oak as walkers rounded the curve approaching the tree. It was not until later that organizers learned that Lincoln resident Michael Sipes, in the last weeks of his life, had made the banner and snuck out the previous night to hang it.

Eventually, the residential development was built, but the Lincoln Oak was spared. The Fawn Meadow development harmed a significant scenic site as well as a local walking tour; and laid claim to the simple gravel roads along its borders when they were eventually paved. Civil War reinactors stopped their yearly encampment.

Michael Sipes died two months after the 2001 Lincoln Loop Walk from a terminal illness at age 45. His passion for saving the farm, and the tree, embodies the resolve the Lincoln Preservation Foundation has to protect our treasures.

THE  FORGOTTEN IRISH OF LOUDOUN'S  IRISHMAN’s FIELDIrishman’s Field, once a busy labor camp and home to 600 Irish immigr...
03/17/2017

THE FORGOTTEN IRISH OF LOUDOUN'S IRISHMAN’s FIELD

Irishman’s Field, once a busy labor camp and home to 600 Irish immigrants working on the Manassas Gap Railroad bed near Lincoln, VA, is all but forgotten today, save a few marvelous stone tunnels they left as reminders. The Independent line of the Manassas Gap RR, from Manassas to Purcellville, was never completed and bankrupted in 1855 due to a suffering economy in face of the Civil War. Before running out of steam, the Loudoun Branch was completed by hundreds of Irishmen and others-- the Irish imported to craft large stone culverts that tunneled beneath the raised sections of bed. A vast camp lived along the rail line at a point halfway between Lincoln and Hamilton, just west of what is now Sands Road. The existing railroad bed remains intact off and on again through private property from Sands Road and points East toward Mt. Gilead, but the most historically significant and impressive stretches are also in the most threatened areas, in and around Irishman’s Field. Here, a 200 acre development at the former Frazer Farm (in the area of Sands Rd and Taylor Rd) hides one of the few remaining stone culverts. A historical marker on Sands Road is a lonely reminder of this area’s former history. This is the same area that saw the Civil War skirmish known as the Battle of Hamilton (also called the Battle of Katy’s Hollow).

Jessie Brooks lived on Brooks Lane in Lincoln, just a mile south of Purcellville, VA. She was colorful and vibrant, a fr...
03/15/2017

Jessie Brooks lived on Brooks Lane in Lincoln, just a mile south of Purcellville, VA. She was colorful and vibrant, a frequent visitor to Janney's Store where she bought her groceries and struck up a friendship with Sarah Huntington and John Janney. She was often heard playing her piano inside her two-story log cabin which was believed to date back to the 1700's. After Jessie died, her home slowly fell into the cellar, and was reclaimed by Mother Nature. All that remains is the chimney, a sad reminder of a vibrant and beautiful life whose story deserves telling. Jessie and her husband, Austin Brooks, are buried at the Grace Church cemetery, several yards from her home. Sarah Huntington photographed her at her cabin in 1985, and visited the cabin site again, this month.

The Lincoln Preservation Foundation welcomed the recent donation of a 1905 pump/reed organ for the Grace Historic Center...
03/08/2017

The Lincoln Preservation Foundation welcomed the recent donation of a 1905 pump/reed organ for the Grace Historic Center project. We are so grateful to the donors, Stanley and Anna Dees, for their thoughtful contribution. The beautiful organ is in temporary storage until the Grace building restoration is complete. We can’t wait until music fills the air at Grace, once again.

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