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Legends by Lanternlight: "As Glides in Seas the Shark": The Civil War in Eastern Loudoun

  • Vestals Gap Visitor Center 21544 Old Vestals Gap Road Sterling, VA, 20164 United States (map)

The Mosby Heritage Area Interpretive Group (MHAIG) will offer the next installment in its Legends by Lanternlight series, titled “As Glides in Seas the Shark: The Civil War in Eastern Loudoun.”   The program features historical interpreters in period dress in a series of first-person dramatic sketches by lantern-light.  These bring alive the region’s Civil War experience of civilians and soldiers alike.  The June program will particularly emphasize the vicious guerilla warfare that was a daily fact of life in Eastern Loudoun and western Fairfax during 1863-65.  

Legends by Lanternlight will be held at the Lanesville Historic District at Claude Moore Park in Sterling, Virginia which is home to the historic Vestal’s Gap Road, a Native American trail, and the Lanesville Ordinary and Post Office where Union General John Reynolds commanding the Army of the Potomac’s I Corps made his headquarters for a week in June 1863 on the way to Gettysburg.  Loudoun Parks, Recreation, and Community Services is the park manager and program co-sponsor.

Tickets can be purchased at the event, which will begin at the Vestals Gap Visitor Center. A suggested donation of $15 for adults and $8 for students is asked of guests to support the missions of the Mosby Heritage Area Association and Loudoun Parks, Recreation, and Community Services.