Purcellville Historical Society

Purcellville Historical Society Purcellville Historical Society - nonprofit 501(c) 3 membership organization promotes community pride and preserves the cultural heritage of Purcellville.
The Purcellville Historical Society, originally the Purcellville Preservation Association (PPA), was founded in 1985 with two goals: to restore the WO&D Purcellville Train Station and the Mahlon-Taylor Springhouse. Restoration of both projects occured by 2004. The Town of Purcellville now owns and manages the Station for community use as a meeting space, an art gallery, and a respite at the end of the WO&D trail. The Spring House beautifies a walking section along Main Street on the east side of town. The PPA has continued its mission beyond it’s initial goals by identifying places in town of historic significance or architectural note. Many of the Association’s markers can be found on homes along Main Street as well as public spaces such as the Emancipation Grounds on A Street. The PPA also worked closely with the town on a Historical Buildings Survey, as well as with the Carver Center Committee in their efforts to preserve Purcellville’s first African American school, Carver School. For several years the PPA also hosted an annual “Heritage Day in May”: a community-wide celebration held downtown during National Preservation Month. 2012 was a banner year when the PPA honored the Greatest Generation through displays, dress and music. Today the Society maintains it’s 501c-3 non-profit status and continues its preservation efforts through research and community programs designed to connect Purcellville-ians to their rich social and built history.

Purcellville Historical Society is a private, nonprofit 501(c) 3 membership organization dedicated to promoting community pride, awareness and the preservation of the historic, architectural, and cultural heritage of Purcellville, Virginia. Through advocacy initiatives, educational programs, architectural resources, and cultural events, the association's goal is to encourage the community to learn about and save the historic properties, streetscapes, landscapes and rich heritage of its townspeople that make it special.

Mission: Purcellville Historical Society ~ To value and preserve Purcellville’s unique historic character through education, community events and advocacy initiatives.

03/11/2020
Town of Purcellville

Town of Purcellville

Do you want to be a part of planning the annual Cabin Fever Film Festival, the art shows in Town Hall, the arts portion of the Music and Arts Festival, the Wine and Food Festival and other exciting art events? Would you like to put forth art initiatives that make Purcellville a vibrant place to live and visit? As a member of the Town of Purcellville's Arts Council, you can be a part of highlighting local performing and visual artists' talent and help to make the town an even greater place! The Purcellville Arts Council meets monthly on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 PM at Town Hall. Apply online at https://purcellvilleva.gov/forms.aspx?FID=78

Purcellville Historical Society's cover photo
03/03/2020

Purcellville Historical Society's cover photo

"Our grief so heavy look lak we cain stand it. I think maybe I die in my sleep when I dream about my mama.”https://www.h...
02/27/2020
The Last Slave Ship Survivor Gave an Interview in the 1930s. It Just Surfaced

"Our grief so heavy look lak we cain stand it. I think maybe I die in my sleep when I dream about my mama.”

https://www.history.com/news/zora-neale-hurston-barracoon-slave-clotilda-survivor?fbclid=IwAR3ftO_7sUiHh3FEqZMBlIIPQBBAGYVxyBfA2Q5y7qeeoh3vosM_aIQTD6Y

Zora Neale Hurston’s searing book about the final survivor of the transatlantic slave trade, Cudjo Lewis, is being published nearly a century after it was written.

In print TODAY- Washington Post’s front page with a near full page ‘continued’ spread! “Faded Records Tell Virginia’s St...
02/23/2020

In print TODAY- Washington Post’s front page with a near full page ‘continued’ spread! “Faded Records Tell Virginia’s Story Of School Segregation” highlighting The Edwin Washington Project with interviews with Larry Roeder the project’s founder and leader, and with former teacher Ethal Ray Stewart and her daughter, Payne!

GREAT job team!!!!!

Preservation Virginia
02/23/2020
Preservation Virginia

Preservation Virginia

Preservation Virginia is partnering with the University of Oklahoma Center for the Study of American Indian Law and Policy and the Virginia Museum of History & Culture to host "John Marshall, the Supreme Court and the Trail of Tears." This symposium will feature six speakers discussing the impacts and legacy of the Marshall Trilogy cases.

The Marshall Trilogy is a set of three Supreme Court decisions that affirmed the legal and political standing of Indian nations in the United States. The cases resulted in what is known as the Trail of Tears, a series of forced relocations of Native American tribes from their homelands in the Southeastern United States to Oklahoma.

Speakers include:

Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr. – Cherokee Nation

Lindsay Robertson – attorney and professor, University of Oklahoma Faculty Director, Center for the Study of American Indian Law and Policy, Chickasaw Nation Endowed Chair in Native American Law, Sam K. Viersen Family Foundation Presidential Professor

Jack Baker – Cherokee Tribal Council, President of the National Trail of Tears Association, and President of the Oklahoma Historical Society

Chief Emeritus Kenneth Adams – Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe

Kevin C. Butterfield, Ph.D. – Executive Director of the Washington Library, Mount Vernon

Dr. Edward L. Ayers – historian, author, Tucker-Boatwright Professor of Humanities, University of Richmond, National Humanities Medal Recipient

Registration for the event includes lunch.
For more information about the program, contact Preservation Virginia at 804.648.1889 ext. 300.

Great news!
02/22/2020

Great news!

Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge
02/22/2020
Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge

Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge

Make some free fun part of your next vacation in Virginia's Blue Ridge!

A second discussion is scheduled for this Friday, February 21st, 2020 at the Rust Library, from 2-3pm.  The event is fre...
02/18/2020
Farming in Sterling Event Brings Out Living History - Loudoun Now

A second discussion is scheduled for this Friday, February 21st, 2020 at the Rust Library, from 2-3pm. The event is free, and no reservation is required!

A presentation on the history of black farm families in Sterling showed that history is not so distant, as many

Remembering the Georgetown Waterfront’s Role in the Slave Trade
02/15/2020
Remembering the Georgetown Waterfront’s Role in the Slave Trade

Remembering the Georgetown Waterfront’s Role in the Slave Trade

Georgetown Waterfront Park has become a picturesque destination for taking a walk or relaxing on a park bench. But it also serves as a history lesson. Some of the first African slaves in America were brought to the former port 400 years ago. News4’s Derrick Ward reports.

Loudoun Times-Mirror
02/15/2020
Loudoun Times-Mirror

Loudoun Times-Mirror

Local Virginia governments may soon have the power to remove Confederate monuments in their public spaces under legislation approved Tuesday.

Loudoun Times-Mirror
02/14/2020
Loudoun Times-Mirror

Loudoun Times-Mirror

Loudoun Museum's newest exhibit takes a look at one of the county's tastiest industries.

Past is Prologue
02/09/2020
Past is Prologue

Past is Prologue

“No mail, no morale,” was the motto of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, the U.S. Army’s only all-African American and all-female unit during the Second World War.

Often referred to as the “Six-Triple-Eight,” the unit was made of up enlisted and officer women, who were originally from the Women’s Army Corps, Army Service Forces and Army Air Forces.

Who says you can’t celebrate Christmas in February? Thanks to all those who decorated Santa’s tree in the Train Station ...
02/09/2020

Who says you can’t celebrate Christmas in February? Thanks to all those who decorated Santa’s tree in the Train Station in December: it looked fantastic!

Don't forget!
01/31/2020

Don't forget!

African American History Taking Center Stage in Alexandria in 2020
01/28/2020
African American History Taking Center Stage in Alexandria in 2020

African American History Taking Center Stage in Alexandria in 2020

African American history is an integral part of Alexandria, and the port city will take an expanded look at the topic this year, according to the city's tourism bureau. Audrey Davis, executive director of the Alexandria Black History Museum, said that all African American interpretations will be

If you know of some fantastic local women, please post in comments below--and of course, share the link!Heritage Farm Mu...
01/21/2020
National Trust for Historic Preservation

If you know of some fantastic local women, please post in comments below--and of course, share the link!

Heritage Farm MuseumBHC & Friends Short Hill Historical Society Save Old Sterling Lovettsville Historical Society and Museum Purcellville, VA . . . you know you're from here if . . .Loudoun Freedom Center The Mosby Heritage Area Association

This year, as the United States celebrates the 100th anniversary of some women earning the right to vote, we want to tell the full history—to uncover and uplift women across the centuries whose vision, passion, and determination have shaped the country we are today. Our goal: discover 1,000 places connected to women’s history and elevate their stories for everyone to learn and celebrate. Learn more at http://ow.ly/zOwH50xWgde

12/14/2019

It’s almost time! Parade starts at 1pm!
And...
At the historic Purcellville Train Station you can sign your John Hancock and deck the hall with an ornament on Santa’s tree. You can also decorate an ornament to take home.

And

To sweeten the festivities THAT MUCH MORE! Magnolias at the Mill Restaurant is offering free cookies and hot chocolate in their restaurant!!! Head on over! They are a generous sponsor of #christmasinpurcellville #townofpurcellville #visitloudoun

Christmas in Purcellville
12/13/2019

Christmas in Purcellville

The start time for the Christmas in Purcellville Parade, scheduled for tomorrow, December 14, will be delayed one hour, starting at 1 p.m. This delay is in consideration of the anticipated volume of rain expected to move through the area tomorrow mid-day.

As a result of the delay in the parade, minor modifications have been made to Santa’s schedule:
• Pictures with Santa at the Train Station will be from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM and 2:00 to 3:00 PM
• Santa will be available at the Tabernacle 4:00 to 6:00 PM for pictures.

As a reminder, there are several other holiday festivities in Purcellville on Saturday, December 14. At the Purcellville Train Station, there is an ornament workshop and tree decorating from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. At the Bush Tabernacle, there is the Christmas Market from 1 to 8 p.m., along with the Lego train display, face painting, food, local drinks, and live performances. Additionally, on both Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15, the Holiday Lights Tours start at 6 p.m. from the Bush Tabernacle.

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12/11/2019

Purcellville Historical Society's cover photo

Kristen Umstattd, Leesburg
12/06/2019

Kristen Umstattd, Leesburg

The historic Douglass School in Leesburg (not to be confused with nearby Frederick Douglass Elementary) will undergo renovations. Last night was the first community meeting organized by Loudoun County Public Schools. Several Douglass Alumni still live in Loudoun County and we're in attendance. A brief history of the school, built during Loudoun's years of segregation was put together by LCPS:
The land was purchased by the "School League" (a group of African American parents) for $4,000 and was deeded to the School Board. In 1941, ground was broken for the construction of Douglass High School. On completion, the doors of the first Secondary School for African American children in the history of Loudoun County were opened.

The original building consisted of four rooms. Since that time there have been two additions. In 1950, a science laboratory, home economics suite, and five classrooms were added. In 1960, a gymnasium, shop, cafeteria, and several classrooms were built.

Georges Mill Farm Artisan Cheese
11/26/2019

Georges Mill Farm Artisan Cheese

Please consider ditching Black Friday and Cyber Monday and shopping local for your holiday gifts this year! This fun weekend at @cornerstorewaterford is a great way to find locally made goodies for everyone on your list. Come by and taste our cheese and caramel on Saturday- we’ll have gift boxes and baskets featuring cheese, @longstonefarm salamis, goats milk caramel and goats milk soaps. And if cheese doesn’t do it for all your family and friends there will be other amazing stuff from @wheatlandspring @virginiadaredressco @cowbellkitchen @greenstonefields @conflictedpixie @waterfordfdn and @wildroots_apothecary

#shoplocal #localdollarsstaylocal #loveloudoun #loudounmade #loudoungrown #georgesmillcheese #waterfordva #handcraftedgifts

Waterford Foundation Inc.
11/13/2019
Waterford Foundation Inc.

Waterford Foundation Inc.

Calling all Waterford Foundation members and Waterford residents!

Many of you may have noticed Nate Larson following campers around the village this past summer, taking photos and recording stories or heard that he worked with village residents and Fair artisans taking tintype images of them with their tools. These works are now on view at the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE).

The Center is hosting a talk and reception for Waterford residents and Foundation members! Please join us Saturday, November 16 at 3 pm. Shannon Thomas Perich , Curator at the National Museum of American History, will lead a conversation with Nate about his work and this show, which highlights Waterford as a Centroid Town.

PHOTO BY: NATE LARSON

Photo credit- Sports Illustrated
10/31/2019

Photo credit- Sports Illustrated

Photo Credit- Sports Illustrated
10/31/2019

Photo Credit- Sports Illustrated

Purcellville Artisan Tour
10/16/2019

Purcellville Artisan Tour

STOP # 1 - Angela Giraldi, painter. Purcellville Train Station, North 21st Street. Angela loves color and uses it in unexpected ways and places. Her watercolor paintings are of places she has traveled. Www. Angela_giraldiwatercolorspace.net. @ Purcellville Train Station Angela Sidney Giraldi

Thank you to Chip Paciulli, Tina Beena , Larry Simms and the amazing staff at Town of Purcellville  for supporting the e...
10/14/2019

Thank you to Chip Paciulli, Tina Beena , Larry Simms and the amazing staff at Town of Purcellville for supporting the event last Friday! Your dedication and hard work showed in your presentations. We have a great small town made better because of you!

Historical if not yet "old".  While out of the norm, a necessary reminder.
10/09/2019
Emergency Drill Scheduled Thursday in Purcellville

Historical if not yet "old". While out of the norm, a necessary reminder.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System will hold a full-scale, emergency drill from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 in and around Patrick Henry College in Purcellville. The drill will practice emergency response to an active threat on the cam

Purcellville Historical Society's cover photo
09/10/2019

Purcellville Historical Society's cover photo

September 13, 2019, from 1:00-6:00 pm, for an exhibition and symposium on social/affordable housing presented in partner...
09/10/2019
Social Housing Exhibition, Symposium & Gallery Talk | UMD School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

September 13, 2019, from 1:00-6:00 pm, for an exhibition and symposium on social/affordable housing presented in partnership with the Austrian Cultural Forum and Montgomery County. (Interactive posters are attached to this email.)

Vienna, Austria, is one of the most livable cities in the world and social—or affordable—housing contributes greatly to this reputation. Nearly 60% of its residents live in municipal housing or subsidized dwellings, an achievement that began in the early 1920s.
The Kibel Gallery Exhibit, The Municipality is Building. Vienna Residential Construction 1920 to 2020 will open at 1:00 pm. It highlights Vienna’s rich social housing history and policies and shows that supplying affordable, high-quality housing was and is a top priority.

The Symposium, The Vienna Model: Social Housing for the 21st Century will follow, from 2:00 – 6:00 pm in the auditorium. It will focus on the social housing system of Vienna and highlight the importance of its access to affordable housing for all, a model that has led Vienna to be ranked as one of the world’s most livable cities, year after year.

Additional events:
Community Conversation: On Saturday, September 14th, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Montgomery County Council member Hans Riemer will be hosting a Community Conversation that will include presentations by the Viennese delegation and an opportunity for public dialogue. Location: Council Office Building in Rockville (100 Maryland Ave., 3rd Floor | Rockville, MD 20850).

Kibel Gallery Talk: On Monday, September 23rd, from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m., Professor Emerita Isabelle Gournay will give a talk, titled Red Vienna's Housing Program: Practical Lessons and Living Legacy.

Events are open to the public; additional information can be found at www.go.umd.edu/social-housing.
Please share broadly with your students and colleagues!

September 13, 2019: EXHIBITION & SYMPOSIUMHover over titles, to view and click on links. “The Municipality is Building.

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Good afternoon. Just reminding all that the Traffic Calming Forum with Ian Lockwood, originally scheduled for this Wednesday night, June 20, has been postponed. We are working with him on another date, probably in July. (He's a busy guy--projects in Michigan, Colorado, Texas, Florida, Saudi Arabia!) I'll keep you updated. Meanwhile, if you've not read it yet, you can take a look at the paper he wrote about Route 15 last month at
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When will the next meeting be? Are any meetings held in the evenings?