Sara Bon-Harper, Executive Director of James Monroe's Highland, examines the life of First Lady Elizabeth Kortwright Monroe The program will be held at Oak Hill, James and Elizabeth Monroe’s country estate in Loudoun County. For more information click here
This bus tour follows Civil War sketch artist James Taylor into the lower Shenandoah Valley, where we compare the landscape of 1864 to today. Click here for more information.
22nd Annual Conference on the Art of Command in the Civil War: To the Gates of Washington, Jubal Early's 1864 Maryland Campaign
This year’s topic is Confederate General Jubal Early’s 1864 campaign into Maryland. Click here for more information and to register.
Join historian Chris Mackowski and MHAA as we travel in the footsteps of Grant and Lee at the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse. Click here for more details.
As part of our Year of John Marshall celebration, MHAA has invited scholars to present on every aspect of the Great Justice’s life and career, from his legal legacy to his personal life and business connections. The symposium will be held at historic Llangollen Farm, located on property once owned by the Marshall Family. Click here for more information.
Conversations in History: Thomas W. Colley's Recollections of Civil War Service in the First Virginia Cavalry
Join us for the first Conversations in History program of 2019. Click here for more information.
A bus tour focusing on the actions of Mosby’s Rangers and Cole’s Cavalry from January 1-10, 1864. Click here for more information and to register. THIS TOUR IS CURRENTLY SOLD OUT.
Commemorate the centennial anniversary of the conclusion of World War I. Click here for more information.
Explore the Fall 1862 Loudoun Valley Campaign by bus led by a historical guide. Click here for more information. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.
Join the Mosby Heritage Area Interpretive Group for a lanternlight tour of historic Lincoln. Click here for more information.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.)