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February 2021 Issue
In this issue:
  • The Ruse/Reed log farmhouse collapses during demolition
  • Honoring Those Interred at Mount Sinai Cemetery -- Part III
  • Linden Hall establishes conservation easement
  • The Story behind the stained-glass windows at Beans in the Belfry
  • Nearby (mostly virtual) events of interest
  • About us
  • Archive of back issues
Front of farmhouse after siding removed, Jan. 6, 2021,  (Photos: Ed Spannaus)

The Ruse/Reed log farmhouse 
collapses during demolition

In our last issue, we reported on the history of the Ruse-Reed homestead on the Lovettsville Community Park site, and how the County was planning on demolishing the old farmhouse. That has now happened, more quickly than expected.

At the end of January, while the demolition contractor was attempting to remove the roof, the entire farmhouse collapsed inward on itself. (See photo at end of story.)

The collapse was the product of years of neglect by the County. After the park property was acquired through a joint effort of the County and the Town, led by then-Mayor Elaine Walker, plans were made to save the farmstead buildings and create an interpretive exhibit about farming in the 19th century German Settlement. However, due to lack of funding and lack of interest on the part of many in the County Government, the farmhouse and other buildings were allowed to be damaged by vandalism and water.

Recently, as development of other parts of the Park proceeded, and demolition of the deteriorated farmhouse was scheduled, the County was subjected to renewed calls for preserving what was still left of the farmhouse and various farm buildings. This effort intensified after the demolition contractor removed the board-and-batten siding on January 6, which exposed the two-story log house underneath.

Above:  "1876" written into chinking, and (right) "Emanual Ruse" signature on nail-board over logs.

When the county archeologist and preservation officials (along with a Lovettsville Historical Society representative) went to the site that day, they discovered writing on the old log house with the name “Emanuel Ruse” and the date “1876.” (See photos) Demolition was delayed – a “stay of execution” as one County official put it – while other County officials got involved.

On January 21, Loudoun Now reported that Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure Communications Manager Shawn Taylor Zelman said that the County was documenting the log portion of the farmhouse and other buildings, including the summer kitchen, the meat house, the bank barn, and the dairy barn. “[I]t is the intent of the County to save as much as possible to add to the interpretive area of this farmstead,” she was quoted as saying.

At the end of January, with the documentation completed by an architectural historian, a “surgical” dismantling of the farmhouse resumed. But as the roof was being removed, the structure collapsed – mostly likely due to the extensive water damage to the building. Many of the logs were saved, and will be moved to a secure location.

Tentative plans, unfunded so far, are to preserve as least two outbuildings – the summer kitchen and the meat house – and the foundations of the dairy barn and the bank barn, and to develop interpretive signage which would tell the story of the farm and those who worked it.

Ruse farmhouse after collapsing during demolition. All that remains are some logs and debris in foundation hole, covered by a tarp. (Photo: Nancy Spannaus)
Read More about the Ruse-Reed Homestead

Honoring Those Interred
at Mount Sinai Cemetery

Part III

by Claudette Lewis Bard
Loudoun County aerial photo of Mount Sinai Cemetery site, April 2019. Church foundation is on left, cemetery is on right.

This month we are continuing our series about those interred at Mount Sinai Cemetery. Among those discussed are an early civil rights activist and registered voter, and several children whose short lives bring to light how perilous it was giving birth to a child in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Gilbert Timbers, a descendant of Samuel Timbers who served his country as a member of the U.S.C.T (United States Colored Troops) during the Civil War and is buried at Mount Sinai Cemetery, will share his memories of his aunt and uncle, Emma and Jesse Moten. He and his family visited them on many occasions at their home in Little Britain. His memories are a snap shot of what life was like in this once-flourishing African-American community located near Lovettsville. His aunt and uncle lived well into their 80s and witnessed heartbreak as well as a better life for their descendants.

We will talk about Eugene Mathew Hogan, Elizabeth/Lizzie Hogan, George Washington Curtis, Elizabeth and Henry Howard, Alice L.B. Morgan, Infant Moten, Rose May Moten Trammel, Sarah Jane Beaner Jackson, and Russell Hainsworth Jackson.

Continue reading about Mount Sinai
Linden Hall, c. 1880

Linden Hall establishes conservation easement

By  Bart Hodgson

Linden Hall Farm, LLC is pleased to announce the recording of a Conservation Easement in the land records of Loudoun County, Virginia. In doing so, Linden Hall will join over 75,000 acres of land protected by conservation easements in the county.  A conservation easement is a land preservation agreement between the land owner and a governmental or nonprofit conservation organization.  It places permanent limits on the use or development of a property to protect conservation values of the land, including:

·       Ensuring availability for agricultural, forestal, recreational, or open-space use

·       Maintaining or enhancing air or water quality

·       Preserving historical, architectural, or archaeological aspects of the property

·       Protecting natural resources

·       Retaining or protecting natural or open-space values of the property

 In this case, owners Bart and Carol Hodgson were focused on preserving the historical nature of the farm. Based on findings of a certified researcher, the first land record in the county for the farm was made in 1789 between an agent of Lord Fairfax and Nicholas Borders. From that point, as they say, the rest is history:

•       1789-1793: The property was first established as a home in 1789, when Nicholas Borders leased 123 acres from Lord Fairfax. The lease required a 22’x26’ log building. Since Borders was living there, we assume there was a house of some type on the property by 1789.

•       1793-1812: John Sager purchased the acreage. He had served in the American Revolutionary Army (Pennsylvania Brigade) from 1776-1777.  He was taken prisoner, and paroled a year later.  In 1779, he again served in the Pennsylvania militia. Sager and his family moved to Lovettsville in 1779 until 1815. Sager had 10 children, and ownership passed to George Sager, who sold the property in 1812 to Elias Thrasher.

•       1812-1825: Thrasher owned "Thrasher's Store" at the crossroads in what is now Lovettsville, and served as the Postmaster.  He owned several parcels in the Lovettsville area and was selling Linden Hall to Dr. Thomas Marlow when he died in 1823. Thrasher’s 10 children completed the sale of 300 acres in 1825.

•       1825-1853: Marlow lived on the property for almost 30 years.  He added buildings, which might have included outbuildings or additions on the south end of the house. He sold Linden Hall and 300 acres to Armistead and Lydia Filler.

•       1853-1959: Armistead Filler may have been the most notable and documented resident of Linden Hall. He and his wife Lydia bought 300 acres, and raised cattle, making multiple trips to the Western Territories (including for their honeymoon). He was also a guano distributor, buying in bulk and selling to local farmers for fertilizer. He became the Treasurer of Loudoun County, served on the Executive Committee of the Loudoun County Conservative (Democratic) Party in 1868, and was a member of the Odd Fellows and the Democratic State Central Committee. He held interests in a marble business, silver mines, and livestock insurance. Finally, he was connected with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Armistead died in 1897 and Lydia in 1905, leaving the property to their children.  In August 1959, Ruth Throckmorton (ATM Filler’s granddaughter) sold the homestead to J. Earle and Yetive Weatherly.

•       1959-1961:   Yetive authored the book, Lovettsville: The German Settlement. The Weatherly’s also owned other property in the area, and lived on a farm nearer the Potomac River. In March 1961, they sold Linden Hall to Walter (Bud) and Eve O'Brien.

•       1961-1997: The O’Brien’s assembled parcels of land totaling 65 acres. The property had deteriorated badly., and they spent nearly 20 years restoring the house, winning the Loudoun Preservation Society Merit Award in 1984. But by the mid-1990s, the upkeep became too difficult for the O’Brien’s, and they offered the farm for sale.

•       1997-present: Bart and Carol Hodgson bought the home and 35 acres. They updated the house, and maintained the outbuildings and land, adding extensive landscaping, a walk-through garden, siding and roof replacements, and the extension of the house to include a spacious modern kitchen, master bedroom suite and guest room suite.  In 2011, they established a farm stay B&B in the north attachment. Today, Linden Hall reflects their efforts to make Linden Hall a modern and comfortable home, while still preserving its historic past.

With the unbridled development of Loudoun County and the Lovettsville area, the Hodgsons wanted to preserve some the area’s history before it disappeared under housing development. In December 2020, they signed the Conservation Easement, entrusted to the Land Trust of Virginia for stewardship in perpetuity. They plan to continue living at Linden Hall, and maintaining the property to their own standards and those of the land trust.

The Story behind the Stained-glass Windows at Beans in the Belfry 

By Edward Spannaus

I was staffing the Museum about a year ago – when we were still open – when a somewhat familiar-looking gentleman walked in. He introduced himself as Wayne Allgaier from the Brunswick History Commission, and I immediately recognized him, since I had met with members of the History Commission a few months earlier.

Dr. Allgaier explained that he was looking for records of the old German Reformed Church in Brunswick, whose building now hosts the Beans-in-the-Belfry coffee shop. The reason he was looking for them, was because he had been asked by the History Commission to develop some information on the names inscribed on the stained-glass windows which still adorn Beans-in-the-Belfry, even though the church is long gone. (It was opened in 1910, and closed in 1968.) He was wondering if St. James United Church of Christ (the old Lovettsville German Reformed Church), might have the Brunswick records, since the two churches always had close relations. In fact, during the 1940s, the Lovettsville and Brunswick Reformed Churches has been combined into one “charge,” or circuit.

Being familiar with the St. James records, I told Dr. Allgaier that the Brunswick records weren’t here, and we discussed where he might find them. Over the next few weeks, I made some inquiries, and got some leads in Frederick County, but we never did find the records locally. Dr. Allgaier concluded that he would have to go to the Evangelical & Reformed Historical Society in Lancaster, Pennsylvania – but by that time everything was being shut down due to the pandemic, so he never was able to find the church records.

But, adapting to the circumstances, Dr. Allgaier’s work-around was to search on-line genealogical sites such as,, and Find-A-Grave – plus consulting census records and various local history resources. He was able to pull together biographical sketches of all those whose names are inscribed on the windows, which he has compiled into a paper, “The Stained Glass Windows of the German Reformed Church in Brunswick, Maryland.” That paper will soon be available at the Lovettsville Museum.

The names on the windows that he has researched include:

Rev. Charles M. Smith, the church’s first minister.
Edward C. Shafer, chairman of the church’s building committee, editor of Brunswick’s first newspaper (the Brunswick Herald), and mayor of Brunswick.
Charles C. and Lydia A. Orrison. Farmed in Rocky Springs. Their son Clayton moved to Brunswick where he was a conductor on the B&O Railroad.
C. Kieffer Orrison. Grandson of Charles and Lydia; Clayton’s oldest son. Chief clerk for the B&O Railroad. Died age 27.
George D. and Mary E. Fahrenbach. Civil War veteran. Farmer and prominent citizen in Berks County, PA. Son-in-law William B. Werner was minister of the Brunswick Church for 6 years (1917-1923)
Albert F. and Mary A Ramsburg. Prominent farmer in Frederick County [Ramsburg farm out across from McDonalds??]. She died in 1894, and he died in 1909, one year before the church was completed.
John H. and Laura V. Grove. A retired merchant (dry goods and groceries) in Burkittsville, moved to Brunswick when he retired.
Mary McDonald. Boarding house proprietor in Brunswick. Mother of Civil War veteran Rufus Brunner. In her will, she bequeathed “to the Reformed church of Brunswick, $25 for the erection of a memorial window in the church to her memory.” (There is no window today with her name on it.)

Meanwhile, a story on the names in the windows appeared recently in the January 22 issue of the Frederick News-Post, under the headline “From church to cafe, Brunswick's Beans in the Belfry preserves history,” which you can read through the link below.
Read the Frederick News-Post article
The 2020-2021 Issue of the Bulletin of Loudoun County History is Now Available

The Bulletin began in the 1950s and through its own history has published ground breaking research papers. In this issue, the Bulletin explores the People Enslaved by President Monroe, a lynching in the 1930s, the County Poor House Farm of Loudoun, the Struggle by Black teachers for Salary Equality, and Suffrage in Loudoun.                                                                                                                                                        
This issue also contains articles by two members of the Lovettsville Historical Society: "Loudoun County: Federalist Stronghold," by Nancy Spannaus; and "Loudoun Ranger Reunions," by Edward Spannaus. 

The new issue will soon be on sale at the Lovettsville Museum, and is available from

Nearby (mostly virtual) events of interest:


Now through Feb. 28 – Exhibit: “The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity,” at Thomas Balch Library. In honor of Black History Month, a new exhibit is being presented by the Black History Committee of the Friends of Thomas Balch Library, which will be on display in the Margaret Mercer room at Thomas Balch Library through the month of February, 2021. “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity” reflects the diversity of African American families through images of Loudoun African American families past and present. Artwork by local artist, Gertrude Evans, and related Loudoun publications about life and families across the county are also a part of the exhibit. Appointments can be made for Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10AM to 12PM, and 1PM to 3PM. Please call 703-737-7195, email, or fill out a request here.


 Ongoing at 9:00 a.m. each Saturday – Gettysburg (Virtual) Winter Lecture Series begins. These free digital programs will be broadcast every Saturday at 9 am from January 16 through March 27 via the Gettysburg National Military Park Facebook page. All presentations will also be archived on the park’s website at Featuring National Park Service rangers and historians from both Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site, the 10-week Winter Lecture Series will examine some of the treasured artifacts on display at Gettysburg NMP and Eisenhower NHS. Together, the two parks have one of the largest museum collections in the National Park Service, featuring compelling artifacts that serve as a window into the past. “This is a challenging time for visitors to be able to explore the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum of the American Civil War and the Eisenhower Home,” notes Christopher Gwinn, Chief of Interpretation and Education at Gettysburg National Military Park. “Through this lecture series we hope to offer virtual visitors a chance to see some of the amazing artifacts that are on display and highlight the powerful stories they help illuminate.” For more information, see links above.

Wed., Feb.10 at 1:00 p.m. – Facebook Live: “Troubled Refuge” with Dr. Chandra Manning. Museum of Civil War Medicine Education Coordinator John Lustrea will talk with Dr. Chandra Manning about her book Troubled Refuge: Struggling for Freedom in the Civil War. By the end of the Civil War, nearly half a million slaves had taken refuge behind Union lines, in what became known as “contraband camps.” These refugee camps were crowded, dangerous places, yet some 12-15 percent of the Confederacy’s slave population took almost unimaginable risks to reach them, and they became the first places many Northerners came to know former slaves en masse. Ranging from stories of individuals to those of armies on the move to the debates in Congress, Dr. Chandra Manning in her book, explores what the camps were really like and how former slaves and Union soldiers warily united there to help end slavery, win the war, and forge a new version of citizenship that would matter not just for former slaves, but for all Americans. You can tune in live by visiting at the scheduled time.

Wed., Feb. 10, at 6–7 p.m. – History in the Kitchen: Frakturs & Chocolate.” Sponsored by the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. During this virtual event MSV Curator of Collections Nick Powers will connect Valley Fraktur to modern Valentine’s Day traditions, then Laura Kerr Wiley, MSV director of community engagement and baking enthusiast will discuss the history of chocolate. She will demonstrate how to make drinking chocolate. Pay what you can. Register by February 9; register online or call 540-662-1473, ext. 240. You will receive an email confirmation with the Zoom link prior to the program date.

Thurs., Feb. 11, at 7:00 p.m. – Historians on Tap: Valentine's Day Special, sponsored by Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area. The Historians on Tap return for their first program of 2021! Romance is in the air, so grab a drink and visit the VPHA Facebook Page for a live, online presentation. For Valentine's Day the Historians will be sharing their favorite love stories from our area's past.

Fri., Feb. 12, at 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. – Facebook Live: How Civil War Medicine Killed President James Garfield. When an assassin’s bullet struck James Garfield in July 1881, the battle to save the president’s life began. In the weeks that followed, doctors argued over how to treat the stricken executive. In the end, Dr. D. Willard Bliss took control of Garfield’s recovery and controversy has surrounded his role ever since. Jake Wynn of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine will discuss the history of Garfield’s recovery and how antiquated techniques learned by Dr. Bliss during his Civil War experience played a role in James Garfield’s death in September 1881. Tune in live by visiting at the scheduled time.

Sat., Feb. 13 at 2:00 p.m. – Tour of Martinsburg Roundhouse. In-Person Event (Tickets Required). Please join the Harpers Ferry Civil War Round Table for a tour of the Martinsburg Roundhouse, 98 E. Liberty Street, Martinsburg. Roundhouse guide Mike Giovannelli will lead us through three buildings of the Roundhouse, share its rich history, and tell us about the preservation efforts and programs of the Berkeley County Roundhouse Authority. The 1866 B&O Roundhouse was built after its predecessor was burned by Stonewall Jackson’s troops during the Civil War. It is the only remaining roundhouse of its type in the world. Please reserve your space by contacting Chris Craig ( or by calling (304) 433-1260. There will be a $5/person charge for this tour, all of which goes to support the property upkeep and programs of the Roundhouse Authority. You may park inside the Roundhouse gates, which will open at 1:30 pm. Though we will be mainly inside the buildings, they are unheated, so wear warm clothing. Due to COVID restrictions and concerns, we will require masks, ask that you practice social distancing, and may restrict numbers. Be advised there are no restrooms on the property. In case of significant ice or snow, we will postpone until Feb. 20.

Mon., Feb. 15, at 1:00 p.m. – Medical Care at the Battles of Fort Henry and Fort Donelson. Education Coordinator John Lustrea of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine will detail his research about medical care at the Battles of Fort Henry and Fort Donelson on the 159th anniversary of the battles. During the program, he will outline the challenges facing the surgeons in the Tennessee countryside from snowstorms, lack of supplies, and more. Send us your questions in advance on Facebook or by email ( and tune in to the Museum’s Facebook page for what is sure to be a fascinating conversation. During this FREE program, you’ll hear about different aspects of healthcare on the front lines and in hospitals during the most destructive conflict in our nation’s history that continues impact us today. We are here to answer your questions about Civil War medical care! Tune in live by visiting at the scheduled time.

Tues., Feb. 16 at 12 p.m. -- Virtual Box Lunch Talk: “Amidst the Mischief and Misery: The Story of Three Famous Civil War Caregivers.” Recently, Civil War scholars have finally begun revealing in detail how our colossal American tragedy turned the nation into a “Republic of Suffering.” Burt Kummerow, director of Maryland’s Four Centuries Project, discusses three famous Americans—Clara Barton, Walt Whitman, and Louisa May Alcott—who were eyewitnesses to what Barton called the war’s “mischief and misery.” Their brilliant accounts of the suffering they witnessed “brings the war to our doorsteps.” Sponsored by Historical Society of Carroll County. This program will be live via Zoom. Registration is required.

Thurs., Feb. 18, at Noon to 1 p.m – “Lunch & Learn: Storer College.”Join George C. Rutherford, founding member of the Jefferson County Black History Preservation Society, for a talk about the history of Storer College in Harpers Ferry, WV. Register HERE. (Note: Storer College may be of interest to our readers because of its connection to the founding of the Mount Sinai Free Will Baptist Church near Lovettsville; also, many black teachers in Loudoun County in the late 19th and early 20th centuries were trained at Storer.)

Fri., Feb. 19, at 1:00 p.m. – Condolence Letters from the United States Colored Troops. Historian Dr. Kelly D. Mezurek talks about her research on death notifications for the soldiers who served in the United States Colored Troops (USCT). In addition to the official paperwork required by the Adjutant General’s office, officers, hospital surgeons, agents from the United States Sanitary Commission, clergy representing the United States Christian Commission, as well as fellow soldiers often wrote condolence letters to families of the deceased men. Collectively, these letters demonstrate that the health care provided to the USCT, although often inferior and discriminatory, was not always without sincere concern and attention. Letter writers shared how they attempted to procure physical and spiritual care for the injured and sick, and honored the soldiers for their military contributions and sacrifice. The epistolary exchanges also show how Black family members sought evidence of their loved ones’ last experiences on earth and demonstrate that many white northerners applied the same social importance to a “good death” for African American soldiers as deemed necessary for other Union citizens. Tune in live by visiting at the scheduled time.

Mon., Feb. 22, beginning at 11:00 a.m. – “George Washington and the Heritage Area:” Online Video Series. Visit the VPHA Facebook Page as we explore the Heritage Area through the eyes of America's first president. From his early days as a frontier surveyor to the American Revolution and the Presidency, we'll be sharing videos throughout the day in honor of Washington's Birthday. Videos begin at 11:00 AM and continue throughout the day. All videos will be available to view at any time after their release on the VPHA Facebook Page and our YouTube channel. Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area Association.

Wed., Feb. 24 at 1:00 p.m. – How Civil War Soldiers Sang About Wounds. Dr. Catherine Bateson talks about American Civil War songs that dealt with death, disease, and injury. The Civil War led to the creation of tens of thousands of original songs, and a surprising number talked about the experience of being wounded. Music was such an important aspect of the Civil War soldiering experience, but not enough attention has been paid to what meaning the soldiers placed on it. This conversation will highlight specific songs and what they can tell us about Civil War soldiers. Tune in live by visiting at the scheduled time.

Wed., Feb. 24, at 7:00 p.m. -- “The Tuskegee Airmen” with BG Leon Johnson, USAF Ret. In spite of adversity and limited opportunities, African Americans have played a significant role in U.S. military history. They were denied military leadership roles and skilled training, because many believed they lacked the intelligence, skill, courage and patriotism for such an endeavor. Before 1940, African Americans were barred from flying for the U.S. military. Civil rights organizations and the black press exerted pressure that resulted in the U.S. Army Air Corps forming a segregated African-American aviation training program based in Tuskegee, Alabama, in 1941. They became known as the Tuskegee Airmen because of where much of their training occurred. This presentation will give background on who they were and what the accomplished both during and after WW II. It will conclude by connecting the topic of diversity from WW II to current world events. Presented by the Army Heritage Center Foundation. Register here.

Thurs., Feb. 25 at 1:00 p.m. – USCTs at the Battle of New Market Heights. Tim Talbott, Director of Education and Interpretation at Pamplin Historical Park and National Museum of the Civil War Soldier in Petersburg, Virginia, talks about the Battle of New Market Heights. He will cover the Union army’s efforts to treat wounded United States Colored Troops (USCT) soldiers and white officers of the 3rd Division, XVIII Corps, Army of the James, who fought at the Battle of New Market Heights on September 29, 1864. During the battle, 14 African American soldiers performed courageous acts that resulted in their receiving the Medal of Honor. The USCTs took high casualties in their assaults against Confederate infantry in earthworks and supported by artillery. Learn about the various wounds these men suffered and how they were cared for in the aftermath of this often overlooked battle. Talbott’s role as president of the Battle of New Market Heights Memorial and Education Association has led to a number research findings on this particular topic. Tune in live by visiting at the scheduled time.

Programs Available online at anytime:

Video journey through the village of Aldie: A seven-part series. The Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area presents this series of videos that takes you through the village of Aldie, and highlights some of the most important people and places there. View Part I of the series here.

Byrd Center at Shepherd University Produces Series of Lectures on Struggle for Equality for Black Americans. (Virtual Programs, No Registration Required) The Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education has produced a series of six video lectures that explore the immense struggle to overcome systemic racism and achieve racial equality for Black Americans from the efforts to end of the institution of slavery in the nineteenth century to the enduring fight for equality that exists today. This highly acclaimed educational series of lectures is entitled “Of, By, and For All People: Congress and the Fight for Racial Equality in America,” and it is available now at no charge to the public on the Robert C. Byrd Center website. In keeping with the goals of the Robert C. Byrd Center, the lecture series focuses on Congress’ position at the center of historic debates on racism and equality in America, highlighting the instruments and institutions of representative democracy that have been crucial in our long national fight to become a more perfect Union.

The six video lectures are 40 – 90 minutes in length. They are “Slavery, Civil Rights and the Gag Rule Debates in Congress,” “To March Ahead of His Followers: Charles Sumner and the Civil Rights Act of 1875,” “No Innocent Bystanders: The Power and Responsibility of Local Action,” The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act,” “From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime,” and “The Shame of America: the New Deal Senate and the Federal Anti-Lynching Bill.”

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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.  

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    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.
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