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July 2021 Issue
In this issue:
  • Museum gets a facelift, will re-open August 3
  • Natalie Castillo Luevanos wins LHS Award
  • LHS brings Mt. Sinai story to Juneteenth celebration
  • Public Reading of Declaration of Independence, June 3, Walker Pavilion
  • Revolutionary War Patriots to be honored July 24 at New Jerusalem
  • Feature: Ray and Edna Anderson
  • Nearby Events
  • About us
  • Archive of back issues

Museum getting a facelift, will re-open August 3

Pictured above is a member of the crew that the Town of Lovettsville has hired to repaint the Lovettsville Museum building in front of the old Town Hall, now the Council Chambers. As part of the new Town Hall project, the Town is having the Museum exterior repaired and painted. Earlier this year, we replaced the rear door to the Museum.

On August 3, the Town will hold a grand opening of the new Town Administration Building, and has asked that the Museum be open that day.  This will be our reopening too, and we hope to resume regular Saturday hours (1:00 to 4:00 p.m.) during the month of August.  During July, we will continue to open the Museum by appointment only.

We are hoping to resume our monthly lecture series in September at St. James United Church of Christ.
Natalie Castillo Luevanos Wins LHS Award

The winner of this year's  Lovettsville Historical Society annual Award, presented to a 5th grader being promoted to Middle School, is Natalie Castillo Luevanos.  To qualify for the award, Natalie wrote an essay about her love for Lovettsville and her appreciation of the community's many features, including its history.  The school had this to say about her:

"Natalie is fun loving and kind and has enjoyed the opportunity to attend school in person this year.  Last year and in the beginning of this year, Natalie was one of the students begging to come back to school during the pandemic when students were participating in distance learning from home.  Natalie enjoys socializing and collaborating with her peers. She is an effective communicator and leader who can easily lead a group.  Natalie tends to think outside of the box with many topics which allows her to see different perspectives of a problem.  

"Natalie has been a member of the Lovettsville Community for the last 3 ½ years and is excited to be transitioning from Lovettsville Elementary School to Harmony Middle School."

The winner receives a $50.00 check and a copy of the Lovettsvile: The German Settlement book.
LHS Team Brings Mount Sinai Cemetery Story
to Juneteenth Celebration

The Family & Friends of Mount Sinai Cemetery, a project of the Lovettsville Historical Society, was at the Leesburg Juneteenth celebration on June 19 at Ida Lee Park. Pictured are Claudette Bard, Ed Bard, and Ed Spannaus. We were spreading the word about our campaign to restore the Mount Sinai Cemetery, and looking for more family and descendants of those buried at Mount Sinai..

One of those buried at Mount Sinai, Pvt. Samuel Timbers of the 29th U.S. Colored Infantry USCI), had a direct connection to Juneteenth. His regiment was in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, and, by some accounts, saw that enslaved persons had not been emancipated yet, and urged Gen. Gordon Granger to issue his General Order No. 3, enforcing Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in Texas.

How did Timbers’ regiment get to Galveston? The 29th USCI, previously known as the 29th Illinois Regiment of U.S. Colored Troops, had participated in the Siege of Peterburg, was present at the Fall of Richmond on April 3, 1865, and then was at the Confederate surrender at Appomatox on April 9. 

The 29th was part of the XXV Corps of the Union Army, which was sent to Texas to prevent Napoleon III's puppet government in Mexico from aiding Confederate insurgents in Texas. While sailing from Virginia to Texas, the ships carrying the 3rd Brigade of the Corp’s Second Division, were prevented by  strong winds and high waves from making their scheduled landing at Corpus Christi. They proceeded to Galveston to take on coal and water, arriving on June 18, and going ashore on the 19th. General Granger reported to Gen. Phil Sheridan that when he arrived at Galveston on the morning on June 19, he found the brigade already there, consisting of the 29th and two other regiments of USCI troops.

It is not certain that Private Timbers was with the regiment itself on June 19, since he had been detached from his company to support  the Second Division supply train as a teamster. The Division’s animals and supplies may have been traveling on separate ships to Texas. But it is established that his regiment played a crucial role in what we now celebrate as “Juneteenth.”

For a report on another Loudoun County Juneteenth event at which the role of the U.S. Colored Troops in Galveston was described, go here.

And for more on Private Timbers and why his regiment was in Texas, see “Remembering Private Samuel Timbers” which appeared in our November 2020 Newsletter.

Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence 
July 3 at 10:00 a.m. at the Walker Pavilion

Do you and your family want to celebrate Independence Day in true patriotic fashion?  Then come to Lovettsville to participate in a Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence on Saturday, July 3rd.  History educators, community leaders, and members of the public will join their voices to read the Declaration aloud at 10 a.m. at the Walker Pavilion on the Town Green in Lovettsville. 
Following the reading, we will hold a symbolic signing of the Declaration.
The event is free, and open to the public. All are welcome. The reading is sponsored by the History Educators Network and the Lovettsville Historical Society.
The first modern-day Public Reading in Lovettsville was held on July 4, 2019, at St. James United Church of Christ.  Due to the pandemic, we were unable to hold the Public Reading last year. This year, we resume the tradition, but at the Walker Pavilion.
For more information, please contact Eirik Harteis at
At top: Some of the readers in the 2019 Public Reading.  From left to right: Edward Spannaus, Tracy Gillespie, Tanja Woldt, Katherine Corrado, Nancy Spannaus, Effie Hall, Rich Gillespie, and Eirik Harteis. 

Revolutionary War Patriots to be honored on July 24 at New Jerusalem Lutheran Cemetery in Lovettsville

SAR Musket Salute at a recent grave-marking at Old Ebenezer Cemetery near Bluemont in Loudoun County

The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) will hold a grave-marking ceremony at New Jerusalem Lutheran Cemetery in Lovettsville on Saturday, July 24, at 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon.

At least 15 Revolutionary War Patriots are buried at New Jerusalem.  The first five to be honored on July 24 will be:
  • John Axline (military service in Virginia)
  • Adam Housholder (military service in Maryland)
  • Conrad Roller (military service in Virginia)
  • John Stoutsenberger (military service in Pennsylvania)
  • Peter Philip Wirtz (military service in Pennsylvania)

The ceremony is being sponsored by the Fairfax Resolves Chapter of Virginia, and the Sgt. Lawrence Everhart Chapter of Frederick, Maryland. Many other chapters of the SAR and the Daughters of the American Revolution from Virginia and Maryland will also be participating. The event will include a joint color guard and a musket salute.

Ray and Sarah Edna Anderson:

A Profile of Two of Lovettsville’s

African-American Citizens

By Claudette Lewis Bard

To talk about Ray Anderson is to talk about a Lovettsville legend, a highly-skilled and hard-working gentleman who was known, in the early to mid-20th century, by nearly everyone in Lovettsville and beyond. Additionally, he was the subject of an extensive newspaper article in the Loudoun Times-Mirror dated January 19, 1956, written by Yetive Rockefeller Weatherly. She described him as a “a tall, colored man, the son of a former slave, must be pushing seventy, as they say.” Weatherly also mentioned him several times in her book entitled, Lovettsville: The German Settlement. In her book, she described him as one with “a prodigious memory and a spellbinding knack for narration.” 

But for me, Ray Anderson was my great-great uncle and he was still being remembered at every family reunion I had ever attended. The reunions date back to the 1980s. And there were plenty of his descendants who remembered him because, after all, Ray and wife, Sarah Edna, had 14 children, of which 12 lived to adulthood.

He and my great grandmother, Minnie Washington Anderson Waters, were brother and sister. Both were born and raised in Lovettsville. Ray remained there and was a life-long resident, occupying a home on Quarter Branch Road. Here is a brief history of the lives of Ray and Sarah Edna Anderson.

Read more about Ray and Sarah Anderson

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


July 1 – August 31--  Exhibit: Loudoun County Civil War Artifacts collected by John Creamer. The exhibit may be seen by appointment only on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 to 3 p.m.  Please call 703-737-7195, email, or fill out an Appointment Request Form online. Thomas Balch Library, 208 W Market St., Leesburg, Virginia 20176


Sat., July 3, at 10 a.m. – Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence, at Walker Pavilion, Town Green, Lovettsville. Free and open to the public. (see notice above)

Sat., July 10, at 10 a.m. – Commemoration of the Battle of Falling Waters 1863. Come join us in commemorating the final battle of the Gettysburg Campaign on July 10 from 10 AM to 3 PM. The Battle of Falling Waters 1863 Foundation, Inc, will be hosting a commemoration of the July 14, 1863 Battle of Falling Waters at 14906 Falling Waters Road, Williamsport, Maryland. The event will feature battlefield walking tours, displays, logo and "witness tree" merchandise, plus food and beverages will be available for purchase. No registration required, but parking is limited (carpool if possible). Their is no set rain date. Donations appreciated. For more info contact Donnelly House Property, 14906 Falling Waters Road, Williamsport, MD 21795. Website 301-379-0330.

Wed., July 14, at 7 p.m. – “The Union Cavalry During the Maryland Campaign.” Antietam Battlefield Guide Sharon Murray will discuss – “The Union Cavalry During the Maryland Campaign”. For more information about Sharon and her talk visit: These outdoors programs will be held at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Even though those programs are outdoors, guests are encouraged to wear face coverings and to social distance as much as possible. To ensure adequate seating, please bring a chair. In case of inclement weather, lectures will be held at the Sharpsburg Christ Reformed UCC Church at 117 Main Street. Parking is available on Main and Hall Streets. For updates and a full schedule of presenters & topics check our Facebook page.

Sat.-Sun., July 17 & 18 at 9 a.m. – Civil War Encampment & Living History at Union Mills. Step back in time on the grounds of the Union Mills Homestead. Two days of special events commemorate Civil War history at the actual encampment sites of J.E.B. Stuart’s Cavalry and Sykes’ Union V Corps. Visitors get a front row view of Civil War military forces and the effect on civilians at the Union Mills Homestead, where both Union and Confederate forces rested before the decisive battle at Gettysburg. The grounds will open both days at 9:00 a.m. Admission to the park is $10 a car, which includes all the living history, reenactments, presentations, and walk-through tours of the house and mill. Union Mills Homestead, 3311 Littlestown Pike, Westminster, MD 21158. Website 410-848-2288.

Sat.-Sun., July 17 and 18 – Funkstown Park Days, sponsored by the Town of Funkstown, Md. Funkstown Park Days is a festival devoted to showcasing the rich Civil War History in Washington County. Browse through historic and picturesque Funkstown Park and shop for traditional and Early American handmade crafts, paintings and unique gifts. Experience various historical demonstrations. Several exhibitors will be on display! Also included are Civil War display and artifacts, real-life Civil War re-enactors, great food and more! Parking: Parking for the festival is around town on side streets around the park and in various parking lots, some of which are manned by Boy Scouts for a small donation. Directions: From I-70 Eastbound take exit 32A. Take the first right onto Beaver Creek Road. Funkstown Community Park will be on your left on Robert Kline Way. From I-70 Westbound take exit 32B. After the exit in 1.2 miles turn left onto Hebb Road. In 0.9 miles turn left at the fork on to Beaver Creek Road. Funkstown Community Park is on your right on Robert Kline Way. Website.

Wed., July 21 at 7 p.m. – “Col. Mobley, 7th Maryland Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War.” Antietam Battlefield Guide Justin Mayhue will present his Summer Lecture Series talk, “Col. Mobley, 7th Maryland Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War”, which was the subject of his latest book. For more information about Justin and his talk visit: Jacob Rohrbach Inn (see July 14 event above for details).

Sat, July 24, at 2 p.m. – Revolutionary War Patriot Grave Marking. Sons of the American Revolutionary will hold a grave marking ceremony for five Revolutionary War Patriots at the New Jerusalem Lutheran Cemetery, 12942 Lutheran Church Road, Lovettsville. (see article above)

Sat.-Sun., July 24 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., & 3 p.m. – Union Artillery Weekend. Experience the sounds, smells and sights of the Civil War at the Antietam National Battlefield. Join volunteers from Battery B, 4th U.S. Artillery, Battery F, 1st PA Light Artillery, and Battery D, 1st PA Light Artillery as they present artillery demonstrations. This hour-long event starts at 11:00 AM and repeats at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. The program will be hosted near the New York State Monument next to the Visitor Center. No registration required, park admission is $20 per vehicle, the program is free of charge. Antietam National Battlefield, 5831 Dunker Church Rd., Sharpsburg, MD 21782 Website

Wed., July 28 at 7 p.m. – “Casualties and Chaos: Command Attrition at Antietam.” Antietam Battlefield Guides Kevin Pawlak and Joe Stahl will present, “Casualties and Chaos: Command Attrition at Antietam”. For more information about the speakers and this talk visit: Jacob Rohrbach Inn (see July 14 event above for details).

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About Us
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.
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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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 Archive of Back Issues
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