Oct
7
Oct 9

19th Annual Conference on the Art of Command in the Civil War—July 3, 1863: Gettysburg, Day Three

  • Admission Charge

Hear top national Civil War historians, then join them for a day in the field.  A triumph of Civil War history and preservation. There are daily and weekend-long conference rates.

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Nov
5
7:30 pm19:30

Legends by Lanternlight: A Gangly Village in the Civil War

  • Admission Charge

Purcellville was a nondescript village built around a store, hotel, and blacksmith shop.  When the Civil War engulfed it, Purcellville’s experience was anything but nondescript. A lanternlight walking tour of first-person stories from the costumed interpreters of the Mosby Heritage Area Association. Wear good walking shoes and dress warmly.  Learn how our preserved historic landscape still tells us stories. Co-sponsored by the new Purcellville Historical Society.

MHAA Historic Houses Dinner
Nov
12
6:00 pm18:00

MHAA Historic Houses Dinner

  • Admission Charge/Fundraiser

SAVE THE DATE!

Guests will attend elegant dinner parties at one of several historic homes: Rockburn, Oak Hill Farm, Hedgewood Farm, Belle Grove, Much Haddam, Seven Springs Farm, and others.

All proceeds will benefit the Mosby Heritage Area Association Educational Programs.

For more information, call (540) 687-6681.

 

Nov
20
2:00 pm14:00

Woodrow Wilson and the Coming of World War I: A Talk, Exhibit, and Tour

Robin von Seldeneck, Executive Director of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, will speak.  Artifacts belonging to Wilson's personal physician, Virginian Admiral Cary Grayson, will accompany the talk, with a tour of his Blue Ridge Farm east of Upperville to follow.

For information and reservations, call 540-687-6681.


Sep
10
9:00 pm21:00

Adventures in History: Tales for the Night

  • $15.00 in advance; $18.00 at the door

Storytellers from NOVAParks join hands with their counterparts from the Mosby Heritage Area Association.  Join us well after dark to let Mt. Zion Historic Park tell us sensory tales of the past. With its 165-year-old church, Civil War battlefield, cemetery, slave cemetery, and 18th century road trace, it is the perfect place to grip hands with someone you love. Libations served; not appropriate for children. An inside-outside program; dress for the night.  Co-sponsored by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.

NOTE: YOU WILL BE ABLE TO PICK UP YOUR TICKETS AT THE DOOR OF THE EVENT. MHAA WILL NOT MAIL TICKETS TO YOU.

A Caravan Driving Tour of the Aldie, Middleburg, and Upperville Battlefields
Sep
1
5:00 pm17:00

A Caravan Driving Tour of the Aldie, Middleburg, and Upperville Battlefields

  • Aldie Mill Historic Site

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 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 1 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 kpawlak@mosbyheritagearea.org, or call (540) 687-5188.  

A Scout Toward Aldie: Herman Melville's Famous Poem and its 150th Anniversary
Aug
20
7:00 pm19:00

A Scout Toward Aldie: Herman Melville's Famous Poem and its 150th Anniversary

  • Mt. Zion Historic Park

On August 17, 1866 Battle Pieces (and Aspects of the War) was published, including the epic poem "The Scout Toward Aldie," detailing a mission by the 2nd Massachusetts and the 13th and 16th New York Cavalries to find John Singleton Mosby, the Gray Ghost.

Our program will include a talk by Dr. Jonathan Cook of Middleburg Academy on Melville and his poem, including its location and significance.  Additionally, we will use the 165-year old Mt. Zion Church as our venue for a group reading of the poem.  The scout actually went by Mt. Zion Church in April 1864.

Co-sponsored by MHAA and the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.

Adults: $10
Students: $5

Aug
13
7:30 pm19:30

Legends by Lanternlight: Berryville's Civil War, 1861-65

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Partnering with the Clarke County Historical Association, the members of the Mosby Heritage Area Interpretive Group (GGIG), in a twilight-lanternlight walking tour, will bring alive the memorable experiences of Berryville during the American Civil War. Costumed first-person interpretations in the historic downtown. Learn how our preserved landscape still tells us stories.

Frank Stringfellow, Confederate Scout and Mosby Ranger
Jul
31
3:00 pm15:00

Frank Stringfellow, Confederate Scout and Mosby Ranger

  • Mt. Zion Historic Park

Eric Buckland, author of Mosby's Men, will bring the dark hero of the PBS series Mercy Street alive in a series of vignettes.

Tickets can be purchased at the door, $10 for adults and free for students.

This program is co-sponsored by NOVA Parks.

Jul
23
7:30 pm19:30

Legends by Lanternlight: Tales of War and Peace, 1859-1867

  • John Wesley Church

A twilight walking tour ending by lanternlight through the streets of historic Waterford with costumed interpretations by the Mosby Heritage Area Interpretive Group (GGIG). They will examine the Underground Railroad, divisive Civil War, and the time of change that followed. Wear good walking shoes. A fundraiser for the Waterford Foundation—partnering with the Mosby Heritage Area Association. Learn how our preserved historic landscape still tells us stories. Refreshments follow.

No reservations are required.  Tickets are $15 per adult and $8 per student.  For more information, call (540) 687-5188.

                                                 

Historic Pelham Talk and Tour
Jul
10
2:00 pm14:00

Historic Pelham Talk and Tour

  • Middleburg Academy Ball Room

Pelham is one of the Mosby Heritage Area's most stylish Victorian homes.  It was built by Colonel Richard H. Dulany as a wedding gift for his eldest child, Mary Carter Dulany, whose wedding was November 1, 1876.  Mary was on honeymoon with her groom, an Irishman named Robert Neville, and they returned to find their new home, along with 500 acres, carved from the neighboring farm, Crednal, another Dulany-Carter property.  Robert and Mary Neville named their new home Pelham, after Confederate Major John Pelham, who Mary became fond of during his visit to her home, Welbourne, when she was 13.

The program will begin at 2:00 pm in the Middleburg Academy Ball Room, 35321 Notre Dame Lane, Middleburg, VA, with a talk by Morven Park Director of Preservation and Education Jana Shafagoj.  She will talk about Victorian Architecture and Style.  The program will then proceed to Pelham, 34300 Welbourne Road, Middleburg, VA. 

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Civil War Trails Marker Dedication, Sharon Cemetery
Jun
26
5:00 pm17:00

Civil War Trails Marker Dedication, Sharon Cemetery

  • Middleburg Baptist Church

The Loudoun County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee will dedicate a new Civil War Trails sign commemorating the Middleburg Baptist Church and Sharon Cemetery and their roles in the Civil War.

The sign is sponsored by the Mosby Heritage Area Association, Visit Loudoun, Middleburg Baptist Church, and Clinton Hatcher Camp #21, Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Catherine Broun: Middleburg's Lady Civil War Diarist
Jun
12
2:00 pm14:00

Catherine Broun: Middleburg's Lady Civil War Diarist

  • $30 for MHAA members; $40 for general public

Lee Lawrence, editor of Dark Days in our Beloved Country: The Diary of Catherine Hopkins Broun, will give a talk at 2:00 PM in Middleburg at the United Methodist Church, 15 W. Washington St. Rare tour of Catherine Broun's farm, Sunnybank, to follow. Admission charged. This is a fundraiser for the Mosby Heritage Area Association. For reservations and more information, call (540) 687-6681.

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The Dream of a Good Death: A Civil War Folk-Rock Opera
May
22
7:00 pm19:00

The Dream of a Good Death: A Civil War Folk-Rock Opera

  • $10 for students; $15 in advance; $18 at the door

Featuring Clark Hansbarger, Allen Kitzelman, Gary McGraw, and Mike Jewell (a.k.a The Bitter Liberals when not performing Civil War music!) An interpreted folk opera by this beloved band from the Mosby Heritage Area. All original music by Clark Hansbarger taking us on a Civil War odyssey from a soldier’s perspective. Admission charged. Bring a blanket and picnic; if weather requires it the concert will be held inside the historic church. Part of our Adventures in History series sponsored with NOVAParks.  Call (540) 687-6681 for reservations.

Picnic grounds will open at 5:00 pm; seating for the program starts at 6:30 pm; and the program will begin at 7:00 pm.

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May
14
7:30 pm19:30

Legends by Lanternlight: Warrenton, the War, and After

  • Adults: $15, students $7

Mosby Heritage Area’s costumed interpreters bring stories of Warrenton’s Civil War experiences alive in the first person in a walk around the Old Town. We’ll also look at the years just after the War when controversy, and John Mosby, moved to town. Learn how our historic landscape can tell us stories. Cosponsored by the Fauquier Historical Society.  

                                                   

Apr
24
1:00 pm13:00

Virginia House & Garden Tour at Belle Grove, Mosby Safe House and Home of Diarist Amanda Virginia Edmonds

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Mosby Heritage Interpretive Group (GGIG) will be presenting 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. For admission information to the four Middleburg area gardens, including Belle Grove, on Sunday, April 24, visit Virginia Garden Week

Tickets can be purchased in the days of the tour at Buchanan Hall or the National Sporting Library and Museum.

Admission to all five properties: $40
Single site admission: $20

Children 13 and older: Full price
Ages 6-12: Half price
Children 5 and under: Free

Apr
10
2:00 pm14:00

Beyond Mercy Street: The Medical Civil War in Loudoun

  • Admission Charge

Speaker: Mosby Heritage Area Association Education Specialist Kevin Pawlak.

Kevin Pawlak has written on Confederate hospitals and staff during the CivilWar and will examine what hospitals were like in southern Loudoun during the war. Exhibits will be a part of the program, including living history interpreters who willtalk about how Civil War hospitals worked. Cosponsored by NOVA Parks and the Museum of Civil War Medicine.

                                           

Apr
3
2:00 pm14:00

Tales and a Tour: Greengarden Mosby Safe House

  • Buchanan Hall

Program begins at 2 p.m. at Buchanan Hall, 2:00 p.m. talk at Buchanan Hall,  8549 John S. Mosby Highway, Upperville, Virginia. Greengarden House Tour follows. Admission charged, call (540) 687-6681 for reservations.

Greengarden was the home of the Jesse Richards family on the eve of the Civil War.  It became a noted Mosby safe house, as sons Dolly and Tom were both officers of the 43rd Virginia. The hidey hole in a downstairs closet can still be seen.  Now the home of Jay and Estelle Zeiler, this strikingly beautiful Northern Piedmont Virginia home has a stellar view of the Blue Ridge.

 

Apr
2
1:00 pm13:00

Park Day: A Program and Clean-Up at Rector's Crossroads Battlefield and Mosby Rendezvous Site

  • Caleb Rector House

Learn about the famed Mosby Rendezvous Site, J.E.B. Stuart encampment, and June 21, 1863, cavalry battle at Rector's Crossroads while helping us clean up the terrain.  Refreshments will be served. Dress for outside work with good boots and gloves. Bring a rake if you can. Reservations: (540) 687-6681.

Meeting at Caleb Rector House, 1461 Atoka Road, opposite the Atoka Store. (NOTE: 1461 Atoka Road has a navigation address of "Marshall VA" even though Marshall is 10 miles away!)

Mar
19
10:00 am10:00

A Leesburg Civil War Walking Tour

  • Free

Our fifth annual tour, always a big hit, on the historic streets of Leesburg. About two hours long; bring water, dress warmly, wear good walking shoes.  Restrooms will be available. Cosponsored by the Thomas Balch Library of History and Genealogy.

Mosby Heritage Area Association Executive Director Richard Gillespie, tour leader.

Feb
20
7:30 pm19:30

Legends by Lanternlight: Oatlands Civil War Odyssey

  • Admission: Adults $15/Students $10

The latest in a series of lantern-lit evening family programs on life in the Mosby Heritage Area before, during, and after the Civil War. This is an inside-outside program; dress warmly. Oatlands Plantation & Gardens, cosponsor.

Mosby Heritage Area Interpretive Group ("GGIG")

Feb
7
2:00 pm14:00

Our Civil Rights Landscape: What Should We Show Our Children?

  • Admission Free

A look at Purcellville's Civil Rights historic landscape and the places in the area that tell the story of the Civil Rights struggle. The program shows how sites we pass every day are symbols.

Mosby Heritage Area Association Executive Director Richard Gillespie, speaker.