Children's Activity Guides

What better way to learn about local history than going out and seeing it for yourself!  Go touch the bricks that make up the buildings.  Stand on the same land and see the same fields stretch for miles.  Color in the pages to make your own masterpiece while learning about the stories hidden in the Mosby Heritage Area.  These activities can help you connect with the past in a fun and enjoyable way.  Take one of our scavenger hunt guides with you if you think you are up for the challenge.

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Mt. Zion Baptist Church

40309 John Mosby Highway, Aldie, VA20105


Almost hidden along the roundabouts of Route 50, this park was the site of Civil War conflict.  See, read, and interact with local history through the eyes of this community church.

Printable directions

Learn more about Mt. Zion Baptist Church

CLICK HERE for printable activity (.pdf)






First Massachusetts Cavalry Monument

Snickersville Turnpike, Aldie, VA 20105


On what was once a major road--the Snickersville Turnpike--this site tells the story of the June 17, 1863 Battle of Aldie.  Set in what is still a rural landscape, you'll find a monument to fallen Union soldiers and an opportunity to explore more of the stone wall lined roads of the Mosby Heritage Area.

Printable directions

Learn more about the First Massachusetts Cavalry Monument

CLICK HERE for printable activity (.pdf)



Caleb Rector House

1461 Atoka Road, Marshall, VA 20115


Sitting on the former path of one of the area's major historical turnpikes, the stone Caleb Rector House now silently sits overlooking the crossroads village of Atoka.  It is the headquarters of the Mosby Heritage Area Association.

Printable directions

Learn more about the Caleb Rector House and Atoka

CLICK HERE for printable activity (.pdf)






About the Creator

Melanie Fuechsel is not new to the Mosby Heritage Area. A Fauquier County resident, she has grown up with the beauty of the heritage area in her backyard.  In these activity guides she brings her experience with historical landmarks to visitors through storytelling and illustration.  A student of historic preservation at Mary Washington University with a certificate in historic preservation from Northern Virginia Community College, Melanie believes that history and its natural landscape should be viewed together.  Visiting and interacting with our heritage is what keeps history alive and connects us as a community.