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.

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LPF board member,  Louis Jett, has suffered the loss of his son. Louis has given so much to our western Loudoun communit...
01/12/2021
In Loving Memory of Louis Jett (AKA Louball), organized by James Jett

LPF board member, Louis Jett, has suffered the loss of his son. Louis has given so much to our western Loudoun community and to our local efforts to save the Grace Church Heritage Site. We are sharing this page for those wishing to help with the unexpected burial costs for his son and namesake, Louis, Jr.

Our loved one, Louis A. Jett Jr. aka Louie/LouBall has passed away suddenly f… James Jett needs your support for In Loving Memory of Louis Jett (AKA Louball)

We are thrilled to see this beautiful historic property under conservation easement in Lincoln, the heart of the Goose C...
11/12/2020

We are thrilled to see this beautiful historic property under conservation easement in Lincoln, the heart of the Goose Creek Historic District.

Conservation news in Loudoun County! 62 acres of active farmland and a historic dwelling in Lincoln are now protected by a conservation easement through LTV! The easement comes as a result of four siblings making the decision to protect their childhood home and keep the farm intact forever.

Conservation values of the property include scenic open space (600+ feet of frontage on Sands Rd), 60 acres of Prime Farmland soils, and half an acre of wetlands. The property is located within the Goose Creek Rural Historic District and contains the “Swithson Nichols House” (c. 1850), which is a contributing feature to the Historic District.

As always, LTV would like to thank YOU, our supporters, for making our conservation work possible!

This photo captures Katherine Shorts Gibson in 1929. She was a member of the historic Grace Church in Lincoln village, w...
10/16/2020

This photo captures Katherine Shorts Gibson in 1929. She was a member of the historic Grace Church in Lincoln village, western Loudoun County, Virginia. Thanks to the oral history passed on by Mrs Gibson and others, her story and the history of this special place live on. Learn more about Mrs Gibson and the Grace Historic Site at lincolnpreservation.org.

To our black brothers and sisters: the Lincoln Preservation Foundation stands with you. We hear you. We will do better t...
06/02/2020

To our black brothers and sisters: the Lincoln Preservation Foundation stands with you.
We hear you.
We will do better to listen, learn, and amplify your voices.
#GeorgeFloyd

Buried in Lincoln.
05/02/2020

Buried in Lincoln.

On International Dance Day, we remember Billy Pierce [1890-1933], dancer, choreographer, and dance studio owner. Born Purcellville, VA, Pierce grew up farming with his parents, Dennis and Nellie Shorter Pierce. He attended a Quaker School in Lincoln and went to Storer College and Howard University. Interested in journalism, he worked for DC based papers before moving to Chicago to write for leading independent African American newspaper, The Chicago Defender. After serving in WWI, he took to the stage, performing as a dancer, banjo, and trombone player in shows on the Theater Owners Benevolent Association vaudeville circuit. In 1923, he moved to New York City opening a dance studio with business partner Leonard Harper [1889-1943], who dropped out when business proved slow. To keep the studio going, Peirce worked as an elevator operator and wrote columns about black theatrical and musical events for The Chicago Defender. The Billy Pierce Dance Studio eventually prospered, becoming a hub for dancers, choreographers, and Broadway performers. By 1929, The Afro-American noted Pierce’s studio was the “largest of its kind.” Where choreographers developed dances, many incorporating tap, and devised routines for white performers who popularized them on Broadway. The studio was most well-known for a dance called “Black Bottom” that became an international sensation, supplanting the “Charleston” in popularity on dance floors around the world. Interested in learning more? Billy Pierce: Dance Master, Son of Purcellville, a biography by Lemoine D. Peirce offers more detail about Pierce’s life and career. Curious about how to dance the Black Bottom? Check out this tutorial with Esie Mensah and David Forteau developed by CBC for their jazz age series Frankie Drake Mysteries http://ow.ly/f4dZ50zsbS1
#InternationalDanceDay

Gospel last weekend, food for your soul this weekend! Saturday. Public invited. Your support matters.
02/20/2020

Gospel last weekend, food for your soul this weekend! Saturday. Public invited. Your support matters.

Public invited! Please enjoy this Purcellville- area Black History music event. The Agape United Methodist Church is the...
02/06/2020

Public invited! Please enjoy this Purcellville- area Black History music event.

The Agape United Methodist Church is the former Grace Annex United Methodist Church located on S12th Street, behind the Blue Ridge Middle School.

This week marks the birthday of Lincoln Preservation Foundation’s board member extraordinaire, Mr. Reggie Simms. He’s th...
01/24/2020

This week marks the birthday of Lincoln Preservation Foundation’s board member extraordinaire, Mr. Reggie Simms. He’s the man, the myth, the legend! Happy Birthday to this tireless artist, historian, Army veteran, and cultural preservationist. 🙂

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 visithttp://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 ca****la 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

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Hi Carol, I responded to your post about the Bolyn development. I sent it to your email --the [email protected]. Hope to hear back from you.
Are there ceramic mugs that say Lincoln Va. on them and if so, does anyone know where they can be purchased? Thanks