The Mosby Heritage Area
Named for Colonel John S. Mosby and his partisan rangers who operated in the area for 28 months during the American Civil War, the Mosby Heritage Area is an 1,800-square-mile region in the northern Piedmont of Virginia that encompasses Loudoun, Clarke, Fauquier, Warren, and western Prince William counties.
Here enslaved African Americans chanced their lives on the Underground Railroad; Quakers quietly supported the wartime Union; Rebel and Yankee troops engaged in battles at First and Second Manassas, Aldie and Upperville, Bristoe Station and Ball's Bluff. Meanwhile, the "Gray Ghost," as Mosby came to be called, and his Rangers so dominated this territory with surprise raids on Union forces that it became known as "Mosby's Confederacy."
Today, the Mosby Heritage Area Association, organized in 1995, seeks to preserve this unique cultural, historical, and geographical resource by increasing awareness, appreciation, and future stewardship through its visitor and education programs. For a heritage area is not just the physical region with its history, landscape, and landmarks; it is also a human endeavor of caring, recognizing, sharing, and preserving for the future. In the face of the massive growth of Northern Virginia, here in the core of the Mosby Heritage Area, these actions have been done amazingly well and serve as a model for the nation.
Follow our See It, Save It, and Pass It On links throughout this site and discover what the Mosby Heritage Area has in store for you to enjoy, learn, and help preserve. We've created several Driving Tours for you to explore the Heritage Area, Scavenger Hunts for adventurers of all ages. And whether you're a teacher, student, or lifelong student of history, you also can take an armchair tour through our interactive presentation Hunting the Gray Ghost.
Images: Henry House, Manassas Battlefield, Prince William County (top), map of the Mosby Heritage Area.