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March 2022 Issue

Special Feature: 
The Doctors of Lovettsville

In this issue:
  • Lectures will resume March 13 
  • Special Feature:  The Doctors of Lovettsville
    • Dr. Willard's Journals being digitized at Lovettsville Museum
    • Lovettsville's Doctors Over the Years
    • "Doctors House" on East Broad Way will be preserved
  • Nearby Events
  • "On-Site with Insight' Local History Course again being offered
  • Volunteers needed!
  •  About us
  • Archive of back issues
First in the revived Lovettsville Historical Society's Lecture Series:

The Loudouners Who Challenged Thomas Jefferson”

 Presented by
Nancy B. Spannaus 
Sunday, March 13, at 2:00 p.m.
In-person at Lovettsville Town Council Chamber (behind the Museum)
and online via Zoom
After almost two years of suspension of our Monthly Lecture Series due to Covid-19, the Lovettsvile Historical Society is pleased to announce that we are resuming the Lecture Series, picking up where we left off in the Spring of 2020.

The state of Virginia is commonly known as “Jefferson country,” but in the early days of the republic, that wasn’t always so. Here in Loudoun County, a large percentage of the citizens yearned for the economic development which Jefferson opposed. They rallied around candidates of the Federalist party, who put forward the programs of Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton.

Yes, Loudoun County was the “Federalist stronghold” of Virginia. Prominent leaders of the Federalist Party took up the vision of Hamilton and George Washington and clashed with Jefferson and his supporters. They fought to ratify the Constitution, establish the First Bank of the United States, build canals and roads, and much more.

Nancy Spannaus, author of Hamilton Versus Wall Street, discussed these fights in the article “Loudoun County: Federalist Stronghold,” which was published in the 2020-2021 edition of the Bulletin of Loudoun County History. She focused on two of the most prominent Federalists in the state and county, Levin Powell of Middleburg and Charles F. Mercer of Aldie (pictured at right). Their lengthy careers enrich the picture of Virginian politics on the crucial issues of the time—and even today.

Nancy was scheduled to present the highlights of this work on April 19, 2020, which had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. Hers will now be the first presentation of the revived lecture series on Sunday, March 13, 2022.  It will be held in the old Town Hall, now the Council Chambers, which is directly behind the Lovettsville Museum.

The event will held be both in-person with limited seating, and will be streamed online via Zoom.  The Zoom link will be sent out a few days before the lecture. Please RSVP to

The lecture is free and open to the public, but donations and are welcome to defray expenses of the program.

Dr. Willard’s Journals being digitized
at Lovettsville Museum

Museum Director Mike Zapf preparing to scan one of Dr. Willard's journals

The Lovettsville Historical Society is in the process of scanning three journals and medical ledgers of Dr. James Willard, who owned the stately brick Federalist Home at 14 East Pennsylvania Avenue, known as “Willard Hall,” in Lovettsville. The home is now owned by Mrs. Cookie Anagnoson, who spoke about Willard Hall in a 2018 lecture to the Historical Society.

In addition to what we have reported previously about Dr. Willard’s war-time journals, the medical ledgers include the names and accounts of his Lovettsville patients, both “colored” and white. (See below for a listing of his “colored” patients.)

They also contain a listing of the rates charged to patients for various services rendered. Of interest to modern readers are both the rates – including for home visits – and the range of medical services offered, which include setting broken bones, amputations, delivering babies, vaccinations, pulling teeth with or without anesthesia, and so on.
Read more about Dr. Willard's Journals
Fred and Anne George with Dr. Housholder's ledgers at Lovettsville Museum

Lovettsville’s Doctors over the Years

Medical Ledgers Added to Museum Collection

Physician ledgers from the 1920s and 1930s were recently found during the renovation of the Rollins house at 30 East Broad Way, which is being carried out by Fred Lee George III and Anne DeCourcy George.

The ledgers and journals, found under floorboards in the attic, were apparently compiled by Dr. Addison B. Housholder (1870-1936), who had his medical practice in that house from 1920 until his death in 1936. The ledgers contain the names of patients and the fees charged to them. For most entries, there is no indication of what the patient was being treated for.

The other major collection of medical items in the
Museum is from the estate of Dr. William B. Carpenter (1905-1975), who attended Lynchburg College and the University of Virginia. He practiced medicine here starting in 1933, with his office at 38 East Broad Way, and also had an office in Brunswick. Later he lived and worked out of the St. James parsonage.  When Bernard Spring closed his store at 40 South Loudoun Street during World War II, Dr. Carpenter and his wife Eileen bought that property and the house next door, where they built an addition and set up his offices.  He continued the practice of medicine until 1964 and died in 1975. He was the last permanent resident doctor here for the rest of the 20th century.  Dr. and Mrs. Carpenter are buried at Lovettsville Union Cemetery.
See the roster of Lovettsville's 19th & 20th century doctors

“Doctors House” on East Broad Way
will be preserved

The “Doctors House,” used by three local physicians for their offices from the 1890s to the 1930s, was in danger of being demolished after it was put on the market last year.  Most people familiar with the building thought it would be bulldozed, and a new house – or houses – built on the site.

The property, owned by the Rollins family for the past 80 years, was discussed in our December issue, in the article “The Luther Potterfield Stable and the block that was too big for itself.” The house is one of the oldest in the Old Town section of Lovettsville, and the brick part is believed to have first been built in the 1820s or early 1830s.

Fortunately, Fred Lee George III and Anne DeCourcy George stepped up and purchased the house and lot, and are now stabilizing and renovating the house, which has involved, among other things, tearing out the rotted floor joists and installing new floors throughout the house. (As with all the buildings along this portion of East Broad Way, the crawl spaces tend to flood during heavy rainfall, and the floor joists eventually rot away.)

The Georges have also removed an unstable addition to the original brick structure, used as a narrow hallway and pantry, exposing some of the original unpainted brick.

Learn about the history of the "Doctors House"

Nearby (virtual & in-person) events of interest:

 Thurs., March 3, at 10 a.m.-- Researching with Census Records (A Virtual Class). In anticipation of the April 2022 release of the 1950 United States Federal Census, Norah Schneider, Library Genealogy Associate at Thomas Balch Library, will teach a class on Census Records. The two-hour virtual program will discuss the use of census records in genealogical and historical research, examine important features on US federal censuses from 1790 to 1940, look at the role of state censuses in research, and highlight special population schedules and non-population schedules.  Pre-registration is required for this event. Please call 703-737-7195, email, or register online.

Mon., March 7, at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – “Food.”  Historic Encounters Days are a series of hands-on-history events for students, families, and homeschool groups at the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum. Each day focuses on a different theme to bring our local history to life:  March 7 topic is: - Food: See historic cooking demonstrations, learn about how food is grown, and make some butter to take home. To learn more or to register, please visit the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum website. This program is made possible by the Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area in partnership with Claude Moore Park and the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum. Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, 21668 Heritage Farm Lane Sterling, VA 20164.

Mon., March 7, at 7:00 p.m – “Indian Fish Traps in the Potomac River, Brunswick, Maryland" (in-person and live-streaming) Presented by Don Peterson. Don Peterson graduated from Iowa State University, Ames in 1967, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology. He has written 11 books and more than 500 articles on topics as diverse as the stamps and postal history of the Spanish period of the Philippine Islands, fish and wildlife issues, environmental law, Native Americans, and geology. This lecture will be based on his book, Indian Fish Traps in the Potomac River, Brunswick, Maryland: Second Edition (2020). Copies will be for sale at the lecture [and are also for sale at the Lovettsville Museum].  Washington County Free Library, Fletcher Branch, 100 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, Rm. 308/309 and will also be livestreamed on the Library's YouTube channel. Follow this link McCauley Lecture - Fish Traps. March 2022 (or on the Library's website) to access the lecture remotely.  

Tues., March 8 at 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. -- The Civil War Defenses of Washington DC (Livestream). Join historian and battlefield guide David Bober for a live-stream tour from the Civil War defenses of Washington DC, sponsored by Walking the Ground. Click here for more information.

Wed., March 9, at 7:00 p.m. – Harpers Ferry Civil War Round Table presents author Ron Rissler on the Legacy and Family of Stonewall Jackson.  Ron Rissler and his wife, Tracey, live in Jefferson County, on a farm owned by his family since 1855.  Ron, from an early age, has read countless books on Lt. Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, due to the fact that four of his direct ancestors served in the Stonewall Brigade during the Civil War.  Because none of the writings addressed what happened to Jackson’s wife and six-month-old daughter after his death in 1863, Ron researched and wrote a detailed account of the lives of Jackson’s widow, Mary Anna and his daughter Julia. The book, The Blood of Stonewall, also covers Jackson’s descendants and provides documentary evidence of the admiration America had for Stonewall Jackson for over a century. The program is free and open to the public, but we encourage you to reserve and attend the dinner to help out the CWRT and our host facility. The family-style dinner this month will consist of baked ham with raisin sauce and all the sides and dessert for only $20, payable at the door. You must reserve your dinner by Sunday, March 6 by contacting Chris Craig at Camp Hill-Wesley United Methodist Church, Harpers Ferry. Dinner at 6:30 (cost $20), presentation at 7:00 p.m.

Thurs., March 10 at 7:00 p.m. -- The Battlefield Belongs to the Nation: Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Gettysburg.  How did Americans commemorate and remember the battle of Gettysburg in 1963? Please join Shepherd University's George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War as we investigate this fascinating topic with Dr. Jill Titus. Dr. Titus has recently published "Gettysburg 1963: Civil Rights, Cold War Politics, and Historical Memory in America's Most Famous Small Town." A book signing will follow the presentation. Robert C. Byrd Center/Shepherd University, 213 N. King St., Shepherdstown, WV 25443

Sat., March 12, at 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. -- Civil War Walking Tour of Leesburg (in person tour) with Richard Treat Gillespie.  With its key geographic location just two miles from the Potomac Frontier that divided the Confederate and United States, Leesburg was bound to see a good deal of the Civil War. A Walking Tour of Civil War Leesburg with Rich Gillespie will examine the surviving Civil War townscape and watch the War develop and engulf the county seat of Loudoun. In a circuit of the historic district, the emphasis will be on what the 1,500 residents of the town would have seen at various places and what they would have experienced during 1861-65. The two-hour chronological tour will provide ample spots to sit for the weary and will paint vibrant historic portraits to keep people enthralled. Included in the tour will be three skirmish sites, outside stops at two churches, the courthouse lawn, “the best street in town,” Harrison Hall where General Lee stayed, and the Episcopal cemetery. Richard Treat Gillespie, former Executive Director for Northern Virginia’s Mosby Heritage Area (now known as Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area Association), is a founding member of Loudoun’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Steering Committee. Before joining the Mosby Heritage Area Association in 2004, he taught US History and Economics for 30 years at Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville, VA. The tour leaves from Thomas Balch Library parking lot at 10AM. Note: This tour requires good walking shoes. Pre-registration is required for this event. Please call 703-737-7195, email, or register online.

Sat., March 12, at 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – “Want to discover your Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors?” Many people believe that researching Irish ancestors is impossible because of the destruction of the Public Record Office in 1922. While many records were destroyed, others survived and large collections have come online in recent years.  Join Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt from the Ulster Historical Foundation during their annual United States lecture tour (the first since March 2020) to learn how to get the most out of Irish resources and records, gain strategies for breaking down brick walls, and grasp important historical context that may help fill in gaps in your research. Host: Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania (GSP) Web: Tel./e-mail:, 267-686-2296.  Location: Richard J. Ernest Community Cultural Center, North Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike, CE 202, Annandale, VA 22003.  Cost:   GSP members $35; non-members $40. Eventbrite Registration:

Tuesday, March 15 at 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. -- “A Sacrifice to British Barbarity,” the Paoli Massacre, 1777 (Livestream). On the night of September 20-21, 1777, one of the most infamous battles of the Revolutionary War took place at Paoli Tavern, Pennsylvania. In a surprise night attack, British forces routed American forces under MG Anthony Wayne… with allegations of “no quarter” and a massacre of prisoners. Join historian and battlefield guide David Bober for a free online live-stream tour. Sponsored by Walking the Ground.

Wed., March 16, at 1:00 p.m. – “Through the Dark Continent: Henry Morton Stanley and the Exploration of Africa.”  Thomas Balch Library Luncheon Lectures with Andrew Jampoler (Virtual). Henry Morton Stanley’s successful search in 1871 for the Scottish medical missionary, David Livingstone, was a newspaper circulation-building caper funded by the NY Herald’s publisher. Its brilliant success, Stanley’s subsequent bold trek east to west across Central Africa in 1874-77, and his later services to Leopold II made him famous, and thrust Africa indelibly into the consciousness of the western world. Pre-registration is required for this event. Please call 703-737-7195, email, or register online
Thurs., March 17, at 6:30 p.m. – “History on Tap: Feeling Lucky?” Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the Historians on Tap! Enjoy local brews and stories of the lucky (and not so lucky) figures in local history. Corned beef and cabbage will be available! Sponsored by the Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area. This program is free and open to guests 21 and older. Old Ox Brewing, 44652 Guilford Dr. #114, Ashburn, VA 20147

Thurs., March 24 at 6:30–7:30 p.m. -- Virtual Book Talk: Drusilla Dunjee.  Join author and scholar Dr. Peggy Brooks-Bertram for this talk about two extraordinary people—father and daughter John William and Drusilla Dunjee. From Harpers Ferry, he was a missionary [Free Will Baptist], educator, and publisher and she was a journalist, educator, and novelist. Pay what you can. Register by March 23. Get details and sign up HERE.

Sun., March 27, at 2:00 p.m. – The New Land (in-person event) From bestselling historian and storyteller David O. Stewart, The New Land brings the reader back in time to tell uniquely American stories—full of adventure, excitement, heartbreak, and a tapestry of richly developed characters. Lose yourself in the challenges and emotions of eighteenth-century Maine. In 1753, Johann Oberstrasse’s wife, Christianne, announces that their infant sons will never soldier for the Landgraf of Hesse like their father, hired out to serve King George of England. In search of a new life, Johann and the family join an expedition to the New World, lured by the promise of land on the Maine coast. A grinding voyage deposits them on the edge of a continent filled with dangers and disease. Expecting to till the soil, Johann finds that opportunity on the rocky coast comes from the forest, not land, so he learns carpentry and trapping. To advance in an English world, Johann adapts their name to Overstreet. But war follows them. Thomas Balch Library, 208 W Market St., Leesburg. Pre-registration is required for this event. Please call 703-737-7195, email, or register online.

On - Site with Insight

Are you curious about Loudoun County's history? Do you see things on Loudoun's historic landscape and wonder what and why they are?

If so, join public historian and educator Rich Gillespie to learn about and visit many of Loudoun’s historic places. This 13 - part series, taught this spring (April 7 - May 19) and fall (October 6 - November 17) with a summer hiatus, will get you out of the house and in to our vibrant and extraordinary community. Whether you’re new to our area, are curious about Loudoun’s past, or just wonder about Loudoun’s place in our nation’s history, this is an experience you won’t want to miss. All classes are three hours in length and include a field trip, and are taught chronologically. Among places used to teach the different eras of Loudoun’s past are Aldie, Lovettsville, Taylorstown, Leesburg, Neersville, Hillsboro, Middleburg, Atoka, Upperville, and Purcellville.

SPRING SESSION—April 7-May 19, 2022, Thursday evenings, examining 1699-1861
1. Introduction to Loudoun History—Overview of course and of Loudoun County. Our first field trip will be to old Mt. Zion Church east of Aldie showing the range of Loudoun’s stories--and the feel of history after dark!
2. Loudoun as the Southern Back Country: Our early pluralistic society, 1731-1774, using Lovettsville & Taylorstown, the German settlement. Class will meet at Lucketts Elementary School parking lot.
3. Understanding the American Revolution through the Eyes of Loudoun—a colonial Leesburg Tour.
Meet at the Loudoun Museum, 16 West Loudoun St SW. Leesburg. Park in Leesburg Parking Garage.
4. An Era of Revolutions, 1790-1860: Loudoun’s Agricultural, Industrial, & Transportation Revolutions
using the village of Aldie, it’s turnpikes, and Aldie Mill Historic Park.
5. Slavery as an Underlying Theme in Loudoun—Slavery, Loudoun’s slavery-based culture, divisions in Loudoun, wrestling with the beast, and an Underground Railroad Simulation around Waterford.
6. John Brown’s Raid, a Turning Point in Loudoun’s History—The Raid, Loudoun and ensuing panic.
Harpers Ferry and Hillsboro sites. The class will gather at Hillsboro Charter School.

FALL SESSION—October 6-November 17, 2022—Thursday Evenings, examining 1861-1980
7. That Year the Civil War Began: Tour of Ball’s Bluff Battlefield. Class meets at Balls Bluff Regional Park.
8. Preserving Loudoun’s Civil War Landscape: The Cavalry Battles of Aldie, Middleburg, & Upperville.
9. A Legendary Loudoun Figure and his Lair: John Singleton Mosby, Guerilla of the Potomac Frontier.
10. What We Seldom Talk About: Loudoun and Reconstruction. Using historic Waterford, we’ll examine freedmen and whites in a changing time. Class will meet at the Waterford Elementary School parking lot.
11. Urbanizing Loudoun in the Victorian Era: A Walking Tour of Purcellville. Using the historic district
and W & OD Railroad Regional Park to view a town’s evolution from coach stop to railroad town to modern commuter community. Class will meet at parking lot at East Main Street and Hatcher Avenue (stoplight!).
12. Loudoun on the Eve of the Modern Era. Leesburg Revisited—World War I, Segregation, Civil Rights. Class will meet in front of the old Courthouse in Leesburg; use parking garage at end of Church St. NE.
13. Our Extra Session is TBA—based on interest of class and site availability! Varies from year to year.
Our field study group numbers will be intimate—with a typical class number of 25 every Thursday evening.
$250 per participant for thirteen sessions—OR; take either the spring or fall session for $150--adults,
seniors, students all the same price. Sessions are not sold individually. To register, go online—you will need your credit card-- . Should you wish to sign up for just the spring or fall portion of the class, call Tracy Gillespie at NOVA Parks at (703) 327-9777 to enroll. Transportation will be provided by the participants themselves or by shared group car-pooling.
Sponsored by: NOVA Parks. Taught by: Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area Historian Emeritus Rich Gillespie.
Co-sponsors: Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area, Loudoun Preservation Society, Lovettsville Historical Society, Friends of Thomas Balch Library of History & Genealogy, and the Loudoun Museum.

For more information, and to register, go to:

Volunteers needed!

This year, put your enthusiasm for history and your talents to work for the Lovettsville Historical Society & Museum. Part-time volunteers are sought to help with:

  • Social media
  • Event planning and organizing, including use of video, streaming, and meeting platforms.
  • Museum guides and docents (we will train you)
  • Scanning documents into our digital data-base;
  • and lots of other things we haven’t even thought of, but you may have.

Contact us at

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Our Mission:
The mission of the Lovettsville Historical Society is to foster a sense of place and community by preserving, protecting, and educating about the history and heritage of Lovettsville and the  German Settlement.  

   We achieve this by:
    1.  Operating, maintaining, and expanding the Lovettsville Museum in order to acquire, display, and preserve artifacts, documents, and records which relate to our local history;
    2.  Maintaining and operating a physical and online research library for use by historians, genealogists, and the public;
    3.  Educating the public about Lovettsville area history through programs, printed and online resource materials, and events.
Members and volunteers needed

The success of our mission relies heavily upon our membership, which provides the needed resources and also committed volunteers who share our passion for local history. Please encourage your friends, family, and others to join the Lovettsville Historical Society (LHS), or renew their annual membership, to ensure our continued success in preserving and promoting our local heritage.

There are many opportunities for members and others to participate in supporting the Lovettsville Historical Society and also meet others who share in our passion for preserving and promoting our local history. This includes volunteering to help with the museum, fundraising, organizing events, website and social media, and publicizing our activities.  We enjoy hosting special presentations for groups such as Scouts, school classes and tourists. Lastly, the donations of local historical artifacts such as family documents and pictures (or digital scans thereof), ensure that we can continue our efforts to expand our presentation of local genealogical information.

The Lovettsville Historical Society, Inc. is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization under the Internal Revenue Code.  Contributions and membership dues are tax deductible under Internal Revenue Code Section 170.  The Society has been deemed to be exempt from registration under the Commonwealth of Virginia's charitable solicitation law.
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