Click here for a full list of this year's speakers and topics, as well as registration information. You can find out all about our 21st annual Civil War Conference here.
Explore the Fall 1862 Loudoun Valley Campaign by bus led by a historical guide. Click here for more information.
Join MHAA as we welcome historians Alison Herring and Madeleine Ramsey to take a detailed look at Fauquier County during the Civil War. Learn how the war affected civilians at all levels through the writings of those who lived through this tumultuous time. Click here for more
A talk with Robert Orrison and Kevin Pawlak, authors of the forthcoming To Hazard All: A Guide to the Maryland Campaign, 1862. The program includes a tour of historic Harrison Hall. Click here for more information.
The Mosby Heritage Area Interpretive Group will lead a lantern lit tour of historic downtown Berryville. Click here for more information.
The Mosby Heritage Area Interpretive Group will lead a lantern lit tour of historic downtown Warrenton. Click here for more information.
The Mosby Heritage Area Association, NOVA Parks, and the Stuart-Mosby Historical Society are proud and excited to join together to bring a compelling combination of presentations, living historians, and displays that tell the stories of the people, places, and events that unfolded across Northern Virginia during the Civil War. Click here for more information.
This evening program will explore the nature of the Civil War in eastern Loudoun County and the preserved historic landscape at Claude Moore Park. For more information, click here.
The First World War left an indelible mark on the modern world, and one hundred years later the reverberations of the conflict are still felt. MHAA has invited a panel of renowned historians to examine the impact of the Great War on the nation and in Virginia. Our program begins with a symposium at the historic Grace Episcopal Church in Berryville, Va and also includes a reception at the historic Clermont Farm. For more information or to register click here
So many roads crisscross Northern Virginia today and humans travel on them so frequently that we often take our roads and highways for granted. But roads remain a huge piece of our modern infrastructure. When the settlers of Northern Virginia began laying out their communities, their roadways were crucial to the prosperity of this region, often in ways we do not think about today.
Join NOVA Parks and the Mosby Heritage Area Association for a look at Northern Virginia's historic turnpikes. Members of the panel include the following historians:
- Dr. Warren Hofstra, editor of The Great Valley Road of Virginia and author and editor of numerous other works
- Jane Covington, a local historian and historic preservationist
- Mike McDonnell, Fairfax County Park Authority
- Rich Gillespie, MHAA Historian Emeritus and member of the Loudoun Rural Roads Initiative
If the weather permits, the discussion will be followed by a walking tour of the historic road trace of the Old Carolina Road just west of Mt. Zion Church.
This event is free, though donations will be accepted. All proceeds from the Conversations in History series support the educational outreach programs of the Mosby Heritage Area Association and NOVA Parks.
For more information, please call (540) 687-5188.
We all love Virginia! We love our open spaces and we value our history and culture. But the pressures of development are all around us. Learn more about protecting the Virginia we love with this free workshop. Click here for more details and to RSVP.
Cycling on the C&O: A Bicycle Tour of the Canal's Connection to Northern Virginia during the Civil War
Experience the Civil War history of the C&O Canal from the saddle of your bike with a guided tour. Click here for more information and to register today!
Historian Stephanie Walters will discuss the Randolph family feud as well as Edmund Randolph's role in the Continental Congress, his positions in George Washington's Cabinet, and his eventual descent into obscurity. The program will be followed by a tour of Carter Hall. Click here to purchase your tickets.
This award recognizes individuals or organizations in the Heritage Area who have made significant lifetime contributions to the preservation of our historic landscape. The 2017 recipients are the Fauquier-Loudoun Garden Club and the Friends of the Balls Bluff Battlefield.
This event is free, but please reserve your seat by calling (540) 687-6681 or emailing email@example.com.
Join the Mosby Heritage Area Association for an elegant dinner party at a privately owned historic house. Dinners will be held at the following historic homes, all of which are near Middleburg, Aldie, Leesburg, and Lincoln: Ardarra Farm, Oakland Green, Farhill Farm, Murray Hill, Narrow Gate, and Stoke.
All proceeds made from this dinner benefit the Mosby Heritage Area Association's education programs held throughout the Heritage Area.
Attire for the dinners is cocktail attire. Tickets are $200 per person. Please call (540) 687-6681 to reserve your spot today while tickets are still available.
Hear the stories of Brentsville from the perspective of the people who lived and passed through here during the Civil War. The program will be led by the costumed interpreters of the Mosby Heritage Area Interpretive Group. The county seat for Prince William County during the Civil War, Brentsville saw soldiers passing through it throughout much of the Civil War. Confederates used the village as a point of mustering point at the beginning of the war before Union soldiers occupied the area from 1862-1865. The community even witnessed a few minor, but deadly battles. Come learn these stories and more as part of a lantern-lit tour of this historic village.
Walking is required. Please dress appropriately. This program is FREE.
For questions, please call (540) 687-5188 or 703-365-7895.
Conversations in History: "...Frank having subsequently run away..." A Fresh Look at the Frank Wanzer Escape
On Christmas Eve 1855 Frank Wanzer and five other individuals escaped from a farm near Aldie, risking their lives for a chance at freedom. The story became incredibly popular after William Still recounted it in his 1872 book covering stories from the Underground Railroad.
So what happened in one of America's most famous slave escapes, which began in the Mosby Heritage Area? Join NOVA Parks and MHAA for the final installment of the 2017 Conversations in History series as they welcome historian Deborah Brower. Brower will explore this sensational episode in Northern Virginia's history with new research and a fresh eye.
Cost for the program is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Please dress for the weather.
20th Annual Conference on the Art of Command in the Civil War: The 1862 Maryland Campaign, South Mountain and Harpers
Join noted historians Thomas Clemens, Eric Wittenberg, Dennis Frye, Robert Krick, Ted Alexander, and more for this year's annual Civil War Conference in Middleburg. Friday and Saturday feature lectures by some of the top historians on the 1862 Maryland Campaign, followed by a Sunday bus tour of the South Mountain and Harpers Ferry battlefields.
Partial registration of $225 gets you the Friday and Saturday lectures. Full registration of $450 gives you access to the Friday and Saturday lectures, dinner on Saturday, and the Sunday bus tour. Order your tickets now; there are only a couple of spots left on the bus!
Welcoming Remarks by
The Honorable Phyllis Randall
Chair of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors
The Honorable Geary Higgins
Loudoun County Supervisor, Catoctin District
Lee Stone--The Loudoun Rangers: A Union Battalion in Loudoun County
Kevin Grigsby--From Loudoun to Glory: African American Soldiers in the Civil War
Pastor Michelle Thomas--Unknown No Longer: African American Burial Grounds After the Civil War
Bronwen Souders & Lee Lawrence--Faith, Freedom and the Conflict of Slavery
Donna Bohanon--Free Black Communities and People Prior to the Civil War
Donald Cooper--The History of Loudoun's Confederate Statue
Kevin Pawlak--Confederate Soldiers and Civilians: Loudoun During the War
Free and Open to the Public
(Panel discussion will take place at the Oatlands Pavilion. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.)
One of the most famous figures to emerge from the Civil War was John S. Mosby. Operating behind Federal lines in Northern Virginia, Mosby created a legacy that still resounds today. However Mosby was not the only band of guerillas in the area; other bands of soldiers from Virginia and South Carolina also worked in the area. Join historians from Prince William County Historic Preservation Division and the Mosby Heritage Area Association for a special bus tour that will not only visit Mosby sites, but also other guerilla sites in Northern Virginia. Bus departs from Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre. For reservations please call 703-365-7895.
$80 per person (lunch included); reservations are required.
MHAA and NOVA Parks are bringing in noted historian Marie Tyler-McGraw for the next installment of the partnership series of programs, "Conversations in History."
Tyler-McGraw, the author of An African Republic: Black and White Virginians in the Making of Liberia, will speak about local abolitionist and women's right activist Margaret Mercer. Mercer operated a woman's school at Belmont Plantation east of Leesburg. Mercer also staunchly opposed slavery and helped raise funds to colonize and educate African American men and women to Liberia. She even taught her black workers to read and write.
Marie Tyler-McGraw is a public historian and writer in Washington, D.C. who has worked as a historian at the Valentine Museum (Richmond History Center), Richmond, Virginia; the National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, D.C.; and the Office of Chief Historian, National Park Service, Washington, D.C. She has served as consultant for dozens of public history projects in museums, at historic sites, and in educational institutions across the United States and has lectured widely in the United States, as well as in England, France, Italy, and Spain. A Ph.D. in American Studies from George Washington University, she is the author of three books of Virginia history. Her most recent publication, An African Republic, is joined with the website project sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and produced by the Virginia Center for Digital History.
The program is $10 for adults and $5 for students. It begins at 7:00 pm at St. David's Episcopal Church and School, formerly the Belmont Chapel and School founded by Mercer.
"'The Rebels is running over our Parents': Recruiting Virginia Unionists into the Potomac Home Brigade"
In the spring of 1861 Francis Thomas, former governor of Maryland, put out a call for the creation of a “Home Brigade” to defend western Maryland from rebel incursions. Three regiments of infantry and one of cavalry were raised, and these men spent much of the war guarding the vital transportation networks that ran through Maryland and West Virginia. Their war was primarily a guerilla war, though occasionally the Home Brigade would be called into more active service when Confederates crossed the Potomac. From the beginning the Home Brigade was also a refuge for numerous Virginia Unionists driven from their homes.
MHAA Public Programs Coordinator Travis Shaw will examine these Virginians in Union service by exploring the recruiting of these refugees, their motivations, and their combat experiences.
This program is part of the joint MHAA-NOVA Parks "Conversations in History" series. Admission fees are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
The Mosby Heritage Area Association is bringing its Mosby Heritage Area Interpretive Group to Clarke County on Saturday August 19 for another of its popular Legends by Lanternlight programs. Historic Clermont Farm, an 18th century structure, will serve as the program's backdrop.
A young George Washington surveyed Clermont Farm in 1750. Structures on the property date to as early as 1755, and have undergone many alterations in the previous centuries. Members of the McCormick family owned Clermont Farm from 1819 to 2004, when the site became deeded to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.
Saturday evening's program will focus on the Civil War in Clarke County, particularly stories relevant to Clermont's experience in the years immediately before, during, and after the war. Costumed interpreters of the Mosby Heritage Area Interpretive Group will share the horrors and triumphs of Clarke County's Civil War, from Mosby's Rangers to interactions between Union soldiers and Berryville's citizens, and more.
The August 19 program will begin at 7:30 pm. Admission is $15 for adults and $8 for students. Please bring walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. The Clermont Foundation will host the event and will provide refreshments served from the 1777 kitchen.
Clermont Farm is located at 801 East Main St, Berryville, VA 22611.
Our program begins at the 200 year old Goose Creek Meetinghouse with Dr. Glenn Crothers, author of Quakers Living in the Lion’s Mouth, The Society of Friends in Northern Virginia, 1730-1865. Dr. Crothers will speak on the topic of Northern Virginia Quakers, abolitionism, and the Underground Railroad. Eric Larson from the Loudoun County Courthouse will also be on hand with copies of County court documents, including papers found on fugitive bondsman ‘Harry’ which led to the 1828 arrest of Quaker Yardley Taylor. Also on display will be copies of the 1849 court documents from the arrest of prominent Quaker Samuel Janney.
Following Dr. Crothers’ talk we will tour ‘Springdale,’ the home of Samuel and Elizabeth Janney. Known as a “loyalfighter for the mistreated,” Janney operated a girls boarding school at Springdale in the decades leading up to the Civil War. The home was also long rumored to be a stop on the Underground Railroad and during the war it saw use as ahospital for men on both sides. In more recent times Springdale has become a popular Bed and Breakfast.
Directly across from the meeting house is theGoose Creek burial ground, where Yardley Taylor, Samuel Janney, and other Quakersactive in the abolitionist movement are buried. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit the 1815 Oakdale schoolhouse, a one-room school that served the Quaker and African-American communities in Lincoln.
Refreshments will be available following the house tour.
Tickets are $30 for MHAA members and $40 for non-members and can be purchased below or by calling (540) 687-6681.
This program will explore the history of the Aldie area. It begins at Institute Farm, once home to the Loudoun Agricultural and Chemical Institute. This school was the first of its kind in Virginia and was at the cutting edge of the agricultural revolution of the 19th century. After the closure of the school the farm became home to the National Beagle Club and remains at the epicenter of American beagling to this day.
The program continues a short distance away at the Furr Farm, along the historic Snickersville Turnpike. Home to one of Mosby's Rangers, the farm saw extensive action during the Battle of Aldie in June, 1863. A monument to the 1st Massachusetts Cavalry stands as a testament to the blood shed on this ground. Today the farm complex has been lovingly restored to its nineteenth century appearance.
Historians at each site will cover a variety of topics relating to the Civil War, agricultural history, historic preservation, and more!
Refreshments are included. Tickets can be purchased below--$30 for MHAA members and $40 for non-members. Please purchase your tickets below or by calling (540) 687-6681.
Join MHAA and NOVA Parks on a driving tour of the Aldie, Middleburg, and Upperville Cavalry Battlefields, the second largest cavalry fight on the North American continent fought as Union and Confederate armies moved north ultimately to Gettysburg from June 17-21, 1863. While many people often speed in their cars past many of the sites where the battles took place, take some time to slow down and explore these unique and preserved historic sites with the education staff of MHAA and NOVA Parks. Sites that will be visited include the 1st Massachusetts Cavalry Monument, Mount Defiance, and the Goose Creek Bridge, among others.
The tour will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 17 at the historic Aldie Mill, 39401 John Mosby Highway, Aldie, VA, 20105. Due to limited parking at several sites, attendees will need to carpool with each other along the tour.
Reservations are required for this event. There will be no payments accepted at the start of the program.
There are limited seats available, so purchase your tickets now. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased below.
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (540) 687-5188.
MHAA and NOVA Parks are partnering to bring in historian Dan Welch for the next installment of the Conversations in History series.
Dan Welch, a park ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park, is the co-author of The Last Road North: A Guide to the Gettysburg Campaign, 1863. Utilizing his familiarity with the Gettysburg Campaign, Dan will talk about sites and stories in the Mosby Heritage Area relative to the Union and Confederate armies' northward marches ultimately to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
The program will be held at historic Mt. Zion Church, itself a piece of the Gettysburg Campaign, at 3:00 p.m. Mt. Zion Church is at 40309 John Mosby Highway, Aldie, VA 20105.
Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, call (540) 687-5188.
Whether you are a descendant of one of Mosby's Rangers or not, come to this year's Descendant Reunion, being held at the Middleburg Academy on June 10-11, 2017. Saturday will feature several speakers and programs, mixed in with lunch and a showing of several episodes of the 1957 television show Gray Ghost, accompanied by the commentary of several Mosby historians.
There will also be a reception at the Caleb Rector House, MHAA headquarters and birthplace of the 43rd Battalion of Virginia Cavalry on June 10, 1863. Participants are also invited to an evening program at Mount Zion Church, 40309 John Mosby Highway, Aldie, VA, a site very familiar to Mosby and his men.
Sunday's program kicks off at 10:00 a.m. at the Caleb Rector House, 1461 Atoka Road, Marshall, VA 20115. It will feature a car caravan tour of several Mosby sites not usually open to the public, including Mosby safehouses Highfield and Belle Grove, followed by a tour of Mount Bleak at Sky Meadows State Park. The tour will conclude by lunchtime.
Tickets can be purchased below for the program. Attending the Reunion itself on Saturday and the reception at the Caleb Rector House costs $50 per person; $15 will be charged for the Mt. Zion Church evening program (if you wish to come); and the caravan tour's cost on Sunday is $10 per person. If attending the event, the Mt. Zion Church and caravan tour parts of the program are optional.
Call (540) 687-6681 for more information or to register.
Hoping to deal a crushing blow to the Patriot cause, British forces began a large invasion of Virginia in 1781. British and American forces converged on the state from many different directions, including a force of Continental soldiers who, on their way south, trekked through Loudoun and Fauquier counties under the command of Anthony Wayne.
Incredibly, the route of Wayne's march can still be followed today, and some of the landscape and buildings that his column passed by retain their 18th century character. Join historian Dr. John Maass as he recites stories from Wayne's march to the interior of Virginia, and leads us along Wayne's route. Some of the tour stops include Haymarket, Greenwich, Crockett Park, Elk Run Church, and more.
This program will be conducted in a car caravan; carpooling is highly encouraged. Bottled water will be provided along the route, but please bring your own lunch. There will be a stop for a picnic lunch. The program will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Church of Our Saviour Oatlands, 20340 James Monroe Highway, Leesburg, VA. The tour will conclude at Elk Run Church by 3:00 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased below and are $30 for MHAA members and $40 for the general public. For more information or to order tickets, please email email@example.com or call (540) 687-5188.