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.

Thomas Balch Library

Thomas Balch Library

Curious about Textile preservation? For National Textile Day (5/3, we are a few days late), we asked Library Associate MC Mairena to share a interesting tip to learn more about your Textiles.

National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Trust for Historic Preservation

On Day 20 of Virtual #PreservationMonth, discover the history of pickles in NYC’s Lower East Side. Join the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, a National Trust Historic Site, for a neighborhood journey through the history of pickles. Learn how people pickled their veggies 100 years ago, why the tradition of pickling was important for many Eastern European immigrants, and how kids got a good deal on their pickle purchases. This pre-recorded event ends with a short demo of how to make your own cucumber pickles at home! Virtual Preservation Month is sponsored by American Express. #TrustSites https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdyMVwQ9FLQ

Virginia Museum of History & Culture

Virginia Museum of History & Culture

At the VMHC, we’re celebrating Today’s Agents of Change by highlighting the inspiring female activists who joined us in early February to recreate an iconic 1915 photograph of the Virginia suffrage movement.

Bessida Cauthorne White of Middlesex County is an activist, genealogist, and retired attorney whose interests include Africana history and culture, and African American, women’s, and LGBTQ+ rights. She became the first black woman to serve on the bench in Virginia when appointed a substitute judge of the General District Court of the City of Richmond in 1983. White has served as a founder, officer, and board member for numerous legal, women’s rights, historical, fine arts, and genealogical organizations across the state and nation.

To learn more about Today’s Agents of Change, please visit VirginiaHistory.org/1915to2020.

Photo by Katrina Boone of Gianna Grace Photography.

Purcellville Parks and Recreation

Historic Purcellville and young talent. Perfect combo!

Join talented Purcellville performer, Ben Demase who has been featured at the Purcellville Music & Arts Festival! Thank you to Ben and his family!! See more at BenJammin. #PurcellvilleStrong

Purcellville Parks and Recreation

Purcellville Parks and Recreation

Where in Purcellville was this old photo taken? #PurcellvilleStrong

Thomas Balch Library

Thomas Balch Library

On National Nurses Day, and every day, we thank nurses for all of the work they do to keep us safe. We give special thanks as nurses go above and beyond during this extraordinary time.

Here are nurses at Loudoun Hospital, Leesburg, in 1946.

Winslow Williams Photograph Collection (VC 0003), Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg, Virginia

Thomas Balch Library

Thomas Balch Library

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

COVID-19 Business Interruption Fund - Loudoun County Economic Development, VA
COVID-19 Business Interruption Fund - Loudoun County Economic Development, VA

COVID-19 Business Interruption Fund - Loudoun County Economic Development, VA

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved $1.15 million in grant funding for the COVID-19 Business Interruption Fund to support Loudoun businesses impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. The Loudoun Economic Development Authority added $250,000, raising the total to $1.4 million.

Thomas Balch Library

Thomas Balch Library

Up first from our 3 objects competing to fill the case - an earthenware fruit jar made be Leesburg Potter Frederick W. Shafer. Curator of Manuscripts and Archives Laura Christiansen answers some of your questions and tells us more.

Virginia State Parks

Virginia State Parks

You may have heard of "Stonewall" Jackson, but who was "Fuss and Feathers" or "Little Phil?" In part 1 of 2, Ranger Lee introduces us to some of the colorful nicknames given to Civil War commanders. How many have you heard before? Part 2 will run tomorow at noon.

Manassas National Battlefield Park

Manassas National Battlefield Park

What’s your favorite park? Have you found “the one” yet?

There’s no better time to “Find Your Park” and celebrate it than during National Park Week! Each April, during a presidentially proclaimed week, the National Park Service partners with our official charity, the National Park Foundation, to celebrate the treasures of what is referred to as “America’s best idea”- the National Park Service!

National Park week kicks off tomorrow; and since we are unable to celebrate with you in person, over the next week from April 18th through April 26th, we will be coming to you virtually; highlighting different special themes each day through posts, activities, and videos right here! Check back each day for something new!

For more information on National Park Week, visit https://www.nps.gov/subjects/npscelebrates/national-park-week.htm. To find ways to be involved in the life of Manassas National Battlefield Park, visit https://www.nps.gov/mana/getinvolved/index.htm.

#nationalparkweek #findyourpark #encuentratuparque #manassasbattlefield

Photo: The Stone House looking South to the Henry House and Henry Hill Visitor Center.

Front page Style section Washington Post

Front page Style section Washington Post

Looks like a great way to spend a few hours! Acorn TVhttps://acorn.tv/bighousereborn/
The Big House Reborn

Looks like a great way to spend a few hours! Acorn TV


On the shores of Strangford Lough in Co. Down, Northern Ireland, sits the 200-year-old Mount Stewart house. A magnificent Neoclassical mansion with stunning gar...

Purcellville Proud

Purcellville Proud

Okay Purcellville, VA business owners! It’s time to unite and bring more business to our wonderful town! This is Silas, Owner of Nostalgia Boutique!This is the first of many posts to come! I want to know what is happening, what’s on sale, what’s new in stock, what events you’re hosting, who needs support, and anything else business related. To our friends in Hamilton, Round Hill, Bluemont, etc., we want to hear from you too! Want your business to be featured? Send us a direct message or contact us at [email protected]. PLEASE share this post and include other businesses! Our website is: www.purcellvilleproud.com ! #purcellvilleproud #westernloudoun #purcellville #loudouncounty #shoplocal #shopsmall Dominion TeaIt's Bazaar On 21st StreetNichols Hardware StoreHardware CafeHit N Run sports CardsMagnolias at the Mill RestaurantAnother Turn Tack & ApparelTwigsSign DesignRe-Love ItTwo Rivers YarnsClegg + Co.Jennys SalonM. Franklin Studio and Boutique900 Degree PizzaWest End Wine Bar & PubSylvanside FarmPurcellville Family RestaurantSweet Rose BakeshopTown of PurcellvilleHunt Country JewelersPiper Dan's Keltic Shoppe Irish & Scottish ImportsPetite LouLou Crêperie + CaféA Daily SomethingBallenger FarmThe Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital, Leesburg, VAPetals & HedgesWildwood LandscapeAbernethy & Spencer GreenhousesDragon Hops BrewingPurcellville Matters UncensoredPurcellville Wine and Food FestivalWalsh Family WineArtisan AestheticsLoudoun NowBaileywyck AntiquesTranquility Farm Weddings & EventsShadow Creek Weddings & EventsPurcellville Art GalleryVictoria's Past TymeTop Coat Nail SpaLoudoun County StyleShamrock Music ShoppeSomething Vintage RentalsMarket Burger Fries and ShakesMonk's BBQWalsh's VIP Auto ServiceAnthony's Purcellville

Got a few extra minutes?  Check out Q&Abe from President Lincoln's Cottage! on twitter @LincolnsCottage https://www.linc...
Q & Abe Podcast

Got a few extra minutes? Check out Q&Abe from President Lincoln's Cottage!

on twitter @LincolnsCottage


Every day at President Lincoln’s Cottage we engage with visitors in conversation on difficult topics, from slavery to grief to immigration. Visitors, young and old alike, come here from next door and from around the globe. And occasionally, we get asked a question on a tour that stops us in our tr...

Loudoun Times-Mirror
Loudoun Times-Mirror

Loudoun Times-Mirror

In an effort to support local restaurants and businesses, the Town of Purcellville is suspending the collection of the 5 percent meals tax for April and May.

Purcellville Police Department

Purcellville Police Department

Help show our appreciation, applaud, cheer, or sing, to our health care workers and all first responders on the front lines of this pandemic. Join us at 8pm every day in expressing that gratitude.

#solidarityat8 #stayhome #flattenthecurve #covid19

I've been wondering how to document the changes to our lives, our community during this Corvid-19 Pandemic. This is not ...

I've been wondering how to document the changes to our lives, our community during this Corvid-19 Pandemic. This is not the starting point I'd considered, but it is noteworthy and important. To all at Dragon Hops Brewing, THANK YOU! Thank you for your good times, friendly service, creativity, effort, and inclusivity! I, like so many, am so sorry to see you go.
I sincerely hope you're able to "come back" in another form. For those of you who can, go visit Dragon Hops in the next few days and help them over their last hurdle by buying out their stock!
Much love and gratitude. Kacey- President PHS

It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce the closure of Dragon Hops Brewing. We cannot ride out this storm.
We have loved meeting so many of our great neighbors, customers, wanderers, beer lovers and tourists. Many are friends and a few are "angels disguised as customers". You all helped us through some of the roughest days. Helped buoy us up after the fire. Visited us, kept us company, jumped in to help on busy days, spread the word to others.
Our patrons changed the town by supporting all our "Firsts"! PVL first Medieval Faire, first large music venue with free performances, first Brewery with Full Bar, first Drag Show, first regular Live Comedy night, first Pride Night. Hopefully our great new community activities will resume after these next few months.
We'll be open on Friday and Saturday from 5-9pm with the limit of 10 customers at a time.
We had announced that if we Won a 'thing' we would throw a huge party! Now, we are prohibited and out of time! So, the best we can do is to offer up all our remaining product at Great discount.Stock up on Beer, Lemonades, canned sodas, wine and fruit juices. Everything has to go! Like something? Buy It !
Be well, stay healthy and safe. Thank you for the Great Run!


PO BOX 765
Purcellville, VA


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We are looking for old photos that might show the evolution of our 1930s Arts & Crafts style home at the corner of 32nd and L St. (one block south of Main). We've spent the last year or so updating the bones of the old place and can now begin to focus on the outside. This is how it looked last July when we bought it. Our thanks in advance!
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?