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June 2022 Issue

In this issue:
  • June 26 Lecture: "Lafayette: Our Nation's Adopted Son and His Farewell Tour of the America He Loved"
  • Upcoming Lectures
  • Volunteer Updating Lovettsville Museum Inventory
  • History Feature: The Schoolhouse on South Loudoun Street
  • May is Preservation Month 
  • Nearby Events of Interest
  • Archive of back issues
Next in the Lovettsville Historical Society’s lecture series:
"Lafayette: Our Nation's Adopted Son and His Farewell Tour of the America He Loved"

Sunday, June 26, at 2:00 p.m.

In-person at Lovettsville Town Council Chamber
(behind the Museum)

and online via Zoom

On Sunday, June 26, the Lovettsville Historical Society will host Dr. Patricia L. Maclay, who will discuss the Marquis de Lafayette's triumphal 1824-25 tour of the United States as the "guest of the nation." Dr. Maclay, an official of the American Friends of Lafayette group, will also tell us about the plans for the bicentennial celebration of Lafayette's tour which will take place in 2024-2025.
When President James Monroe issued the invitation to Lafayette make a return visit to America in early 1824, Lafayette accepted it eagerly.  He arrived in New York in August 1824 and proceeded to tour the entire nation, which consisted of 24 states and the District of Columbia at that time. His trip covered 6000 miles, and included countless cities and towns, where Revolutionary War veterans and the public at large thronged to greet him.  The tour concluded in Washington D.C. in September 1825, not only with a grand ball, but an address to both houses of Congress. IRight: 1825 painting of Lafayette by Adolphe Phalipon, which hangs in the State Department's diplomatic reception room.)
Near the end of his tour, in August 1825, Lafayette expressed his desire to visit with his old friend James Monroe, by then retired and living on a plantation south of Leesburg. At the invitation of the Loudoun County militia, he then made his way to Leesburg, accompanied by cavalry, infantry, and other military units and veterans. The grand procession ended up at the Loudoun County Courthouse, where many thousands welcomed him .
As we approach the 250th Anniversary of the American Revolution, it is important to be reminded how Lafayette’s visit rekindled the nation’s revolutionary spirit. Dr. MacClay (photo at right), who serves as a national official of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), will describe how the Farewell Tour Bicentennial Committee hopes it will do the same today.

This event will held be in-person at the Lovettsville Town Council Chambers and also be streamed online via Zoom. The Zoom link will be sent out a few days before the lecture. To request the Zoom link, please RSVP to

For more information, visit or email

Upcoming lectures:

Sunday, July 10:  "History of the Indian Mounds of Loudoun County and Northern Virginia Piedmont," presented by Eugene Scheel.  

Sunday, Aug. 21: "Secrets of Catoctin Mountain: Little known stories and hidden history in Frederick and Loudoun Counties," by James Rada.

Sunday, Sept. 11:  "Armies of Foreign Mercenaries:  Dispelling the Hessian Myth," by Ross Schwalm.

October -- TBD

Sunday, November 13:  "Repudiation Day: Frederick County's 1765 Protest against the Stamp Act," by Chris Haugh.

Volunteer Updating Museum Inventory

Since early March, visitors to the Lovettsville Museum may have noticed a young woman quietly working with items from the Museum collection, entering descriptions in a laptop computer, and photographing each item. This is Colette Fralen, a graduate of Woodgrove High School and Mary Washington University, who is a part-time volunteer at the Museum, working under the direction of Museum Director Michael Zapf.

We recently asked Ms. Fralen a few questions about her work for the Museum.

Q. Can you tell us what you are doing with the Museum’s collection?

A. I am updating the Museum’s inventory to account for all objects donated or acquired since the Museum opened in 1979.

Q. How are you going about this?

A. I am going room by room, looking at each object to see if it is in the existing inventory, and if not, then giving it a new accession number. I’m photographing each item. Since starting, I have looked through about 200 items, and have catalogued about 100, adding them to the inventory. Eventually, we’d like to get the inventory and the photographs available online, on the website.

Q. How many items do you expect to find in the Museum’s inventory?

A. I'd say it will likely come out to be several thousand individual items, if we are counting every single photograph, article of clothing, and miscellaneous object donated to the museum. The majority of what I have accessioned so far are 3-dimensional objects such as women's fashion accessories and ubiquitous items you would have found around someone's house during the late 19th to early 20th century, like the remnants of ceramic bowls or someone's receipt book. These items definitely tell us a lot about the day-to-day life of a working class individual, such as how they wanted to present themselves to others or how they managed their finances.

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One-room schoolhouse on South Loudoun Street (on right) at intersection of Locust Street. Photo c. 1890-1900.

History Feature:

The Schoolhouse on South Loudoun Street

The house at the point where South Loudoun and Locust Streets intersect, has recently undergone a renovation, as many have noticed. 

This building has a storied history.  It was cited in the LHS newsletter, as the location of the old stone jail for which “Stone Jail” Street is named.  (Stone Jail Street was the subject of a “History Mystery” published in our May 2019 newsletter.)

From around 1870 up until around 1900, this was the location of the Lovettsville Black school -- a one-room schoolhouse with a bell tower, and then called the “colored” school.

How do we know this?

First, Eliza G. Meyers (1908-1994), an expert on the local schools who was herself a teacher and a school principal, wrote about this school in her contribution to Lovettsville: The German Settlement, published in 1976. Mrs. Meyers wrote:

“The dwelling where Loudoun and Locust Streets converge was the Lovettsville School for the black race. It was a one-story building. Later, the African Chapel on Route 287 was used as a school and church.”

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From the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Historic Records Division:


Court Historic Records Division issues new publications

Although May was officially "Preservation Month," every month is Preservation Month in the Historic Records Division because we preserve our county's records from the present back to its founding in 1757. We don't just preserve old documents though. We aim to make "the people's records" accessible by digitizing documents, holding virtual and in-person programs, and using the records to tell the stories of people and places in Loudoun.
Brochure .jpg To celebrate Preservation Month, Gary M. Clemens, Clerk of the Circuit Court, announced the release of two new publications. A new Courtyard Walking Tour brochure is now available at the courthouse and various places around Loudoun County. It is the companion brochure to the African-American History at the Loudoun County Courthouse brochure released in February.

Historic Records is also pleased to announce that all Will Packets from 1757-1866 will be digitized. For the last decade, John Fishback has been flat filing, conserving, and indexing Loudoun’s 1757 through 20th century Will Packets. John was the Historic Records Manager from 2004 to 2014 and now volunteers four days each week. The 1757-1866 Will Packets include over 4,700 individual will-related documents probated by the county court clerk. Digitization should be completed by the end of the summer 2022.

Clerk of the Circuit Court, Historic Records Division
18 E. Market St, Leesburg, VA 20176
Phone: 703-737-8775
Hours: Monday- Friday, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. 

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


June 1–30Granny’s Cooking” Exhibit Features Antique Kitchen Utensils. “Granny’s Cooking: Meals at 21 West Loudoun Street, 1950s-1970s” is currently on display at Thomas Balch Library in the Margaret Mercer Room. A number of antique kitchen utensils used by Mrs. S. J. Johnston, who lived on the corner of Loudoun and Wirt Streets for almost 75 years, are on on display. The exhibit focuses on the cooking she did for her grandsons from the 1950s to the 1970s. Using family recollections, kitchen utensils, and recipes from the Charles A. Johnston Collection, the exhibit recreates Mrs. Johnston’s (Granny’s) cooking and offers a look back at Leesburg’s tasty past. The exhibit is available to view during the month of June. Please call 703-737-7195 or email for more information.


Sat., June 4, at 11:00 a.m. - “241st Anniversary of General Anthony Wayne’s Crossing of the Potomac.” On May 31, 1781 Gen. Anthony Wayne and his Pennsylvania troops crossed the Potomac River at Noland’s Ferry, then passed through Leesburg on June 3. Wayne and his troops were marching to meet Lafayette near the Rapidan River, in what became the Yorktown Campaign and the American victory in the Revolutionary War. Sponsored by Sons of the American Revolution. This event is free and open to the public. Location: Spirit of Loudoun Revolutionary War Memorial, Loudoun County Courthouse, King and Market Streets, Leesburg.

Sat., June 4, at 2:00 p.m. “Not Respectable’ – The Enterprising Women of Civil War Frederick” Walking Tour. Meet the remarkable women who shaped Frederick during the Civil War-era. While soldiers marched off to war, the ladies battled on the home front. Many supported organizations which provided relief for their husbands, brothers, and sons who served in the army. Others entered the realm of politics and business to reshape Frederick forever. Join Director of Education John Lustrea and explore the stories of these powerful local women on June 4. The walking tour will meet in the museum’s lobby area. Tickets are $15 and include admission to the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in addition to the walking tour. Tickets are free for Museum members, but you must still reserve your spot. Reservations will be accepted on a first come first served basis. Register here.

Sun., June 5, at 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – “Celebrating 75 Years of the Marshall Plan.” On June 5, 1947, at Harvard University, Secretary of State George C. Marshall made the case for massive American investment in the devastated economies of post-World War II Europe.  Join us on June 5, 2022, as we reflect on those pivotal days in 1947 and 1948 (when President Truman signed the plan into law), to share with a new generation of Americans the enduring lessons of Marshall’s leadership during crucial moments in our history. We will gather on the grounds of Dodona Manor to celebrate 75 years of freedom and democracy and recognize the visionary leader who played a key role at a crucial moment. Historians and others will be on hand to reflect on the seminal moment when George Marshall’s singular skills as an ethical leader contributed to a successful plan and generated the broad public and political support it needed to pass Congressional muster. The Marshall Center is dedicated to the proposition that our nation and our world can still benefit from his example. Refreshments will be provided. Free parking is available at the Loudoun County Government Garage on Loudoun Street. George C Marshall International Center, 312 E Market St, Leesburg, VA 20176. RSVP here.

Sun., June 5, at 2:00 p.m. – “Conversations in History: Writing on the Wall” at Mt. Zion Historic Park. Our 2022 "Conversations in History" series begins with an exploration of Civil War graffiti in northern Virginia. Join historian Kim O'Connell for a fascinating look at how Civil War soldiers left their mark on structures throughout the region, and what their graffiti tells us about the men who fought. The “Conversations in History” series is a partnership with NOVA Parks. A $10 donation is recommended. 40309 John Mosby Highway, Aldie, Virginia 20105

Mon., June 6, at 7:00 p.m. – “The Great Hagerstown Fair: A Walk Down the Midway.” Fair lovers of all ages will enjoy an upcoming presentation by Raymond Holton on The Great Hagerstown Fair. The presentation will highlight the carnival midway attractions and special exhibits of the fair during the 1950s, highlighted by the use of actual photographs and personal recollections. The talk is guaranteed to stir the memories of those who visited the fair during that time period. Raymond Holton is a lifelong resident of Hagerstown. Among his many interests is his fascination with fairs, carnivals, and circuses. Residing several blocks from the Hagerstown Fairgrounds in the 1950s afforded him the opportunity to visit the fair frequently. The lecture will also be livestreamed (and posted afterwards) on the Library's YouTube channel at this link: The Great Hagerstown Fair: A walk down the midway. Community Room, Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740.

Wed., June 8, at 6:00 p.m. – “Mosby’s Loudoun Heights Raid,” with Eric Buckland. Please join the Harpers Ferry Civil War Round Table on an outdoor tour and talk at Loudoun Heights, VA, off Harpers Ferry Road (Va 671). Our speaker will be historian-author Eric Buckland, who will speak on “Mosby’s Loudoun Heights Raid.” Confederate raider John S. Mosby’s early-morning attack on the camp of Cole’s Cavalry of the 1st Potomac Home Brigade on Jan. 10, 1864, resulted in one of Mosby’s biggest defeats. Mr. Buckland will relate the story and provide context for us at the area and home where much of it happened. His books will be available for purchase. To reach our tour, from US 340 near the Potomac River Bridge, turn up the hill on Harpers Ferry Road (Va 671) by the Exxon Station. At the top of the hill, take the first right turn to the frontage road by the historical marker. (From Route 9, take the last left turn prior to descending to the Potomac River.) Our tour will be at the nearby house. Park near that site. Note that there will be no restrooms at the tour site. Walking will be minimal. Please reserve your space by contacting Ed Wheeless at

Thurs., June 9, at 10 a.m. – Maryland Property Records. Property research can be a powerful tool for exploring your family tree. Balch Library Associate Travis Shaw will give a step-by-step introduction to a series of online tools that allow the user to access property records in the state of Maryland. Using these resources you can research deeds, plats, and other records from the 17th century to today from the comfort of the Thomas Balch Library or your own home. Shaw is a public history professional with nearly two decades of experience in historic preservation, archaeology, and museum education. He joined the staff at the Thomas Balch Library in 2015, and also serves as the Director of Education at the Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area Association. Pre-registration is required for this event. Please call 703-737-7195, email, or register online:

Thurs., June 9, at 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – “What We Commemorate On Juneteenth.” (LCPL Online program) Over the course of four years, enslaved people worked to turn the Civil War into a freedom war. Historian and professor Richard Bell describes how these efforts culminated on June 19, 1865 when still-enslaved persons in far-off Texas finally learned of their emancipation, an event marking a new birth of freedom. Use this link to participate. The link will become active beginning at the start time listed for this program. Event number (access code): 2341 094 9991, Event password: LCPL...

Sat., June 11, at 12:00 p.m. – “17 Men” Living History Day at the Loudoun Museum. View portraits of "What We Commemorate On Juneteenth" 17 soldiers from the US Colored Troops, learn from a USCT Reenactor Hugh Goffinet, & hear live violin music from the Civil War era at the Loudoun Museum. This program is a partnership with the Loudoun Museum, Civil War Trails, Inc., and the Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area. Loudoun Museum, 16 Loudoun St. SW, Leesburg, Virginia 20175

Sun., June 19, at 11 a.m. – “Juneteenth: From Enslaved to Emancipation.” Slavery was legal in Maryland until November 1, 1864, when voters passed a new Maryland Constitution. Walk through history and learn about the enslaved people who lived and worked on the six historic properties that make up Monocacy National Battlefield, as well as the U.S. Colored Troops who enlisted at Monocacy Junction. Monocacy National Battlefield - Best Farm, 5106 Urbana Pike, Frederick, MD 21704.

Thurs., June 23, at 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Historic Walking Tour: “Opening Doors to Leesburg's Past.” Get a glimpse into daily life of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries on this one-mile walking tour through downtown Leesburg. Inspired by artifacts from the Charles A. Johnston Collection, a representative from the Thomas Balch Library leads the tour with stops at notable buildings and locations. The tour starts and ends at the Thomas Balch Library. Comfortable shoes recommended. Location: Thomas Balch Library, 208 W. Market Street, Leesburg.

Thurs., June 23, at 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Ancient Rome: Pompeii, a City Frozen in Time” (Online program) Travel back in time to when Pompeii bustled as a commercial port and trading town. Marissa Horowitz-Jaffe explores Roman daily life before the devastating eruption and looks at its catastrophic effects on the coastal cities. This is the second program in the Ancient Rome series. Horowitz-Jaffe has been teaching, studying and living ancient history for over 25 years with degrees in Egyptology, Roman Archaeology and Art and Museum Education. The link for this program will be added prior to the program time listed. Please visit and subscribe to our YouTube Channel – Loudoun County Public Library Online Programs – for more programs.

Sun., June 26 – FOURTH SUNDAYS AT MT. ZION. During fourth Sundays of the months April through October, join us for guided tours of 1851 Mt. Zion Old School Baptist Church, site of an 1864 Civil War cavalry fight, and the adjacent cemetery. Tours include a living history presentation with a Union army doctor describing how the church was used as a hospital in 1863. Signatures of Civil War soldiers can be seen at this site, part of the Northern Virginia Civil War Graffiti Trail. This is a free program and no registration required. Open 1:00-5:00 PM. Mt. Zion Historic Park is located at 40309 John Mosby Highway, Aldie.

Volunteers needed!

This Summer, put your love of 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.

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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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