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May 2021 Issue
In this issue:
  • "Know All Men by These Presents" 
  • Family & Friends of Mount Sinai Cemetery clean-up abandoned burial ground
  • Loudoun County Heritage Commission endorses request for Trustees
  • Mount Sinai Church:  As seen by the Loudoun Telephone, 1883-87
  • Nearby (mostly virtual) events of interest
  • About us
  • Archive of back issues
The building at center with the balcony was the old Lovettsville hotel and tavern, which was probably built shortly after the town was laid out in 1820.  Among the owners were: Daniel Everhart,  John Snoots,  and Jacob Snoots, according to Loudoun County land records.

"Know All Men      
by These Presents"    

Taverns and Houses of Entertainment
in Old Lovettsville


 By Lori Hinterleiter Kimball


We are fortunate to have access to many restaurants, B&Bs, and pubs in Loudoun County.  Of course, they are not new things!  Ordinaries, taverns, and houses of entertainment were serving and accommodating people long before our county was established in 1757.  There are differing definitions between the three types of businesses depending on geographic location and over time.  For the purpose of this article, it is assumed that at a minimum, food and drink were served.  Some businesses might have had overnight accommodations, a stable and food for the traveler’s horse, and so on.

People who operated an ordinary in Virginia were supposed to apply for a license through their county. The earliest applications for licenses in Loudoun were filed in 1768.  The earliest for the Lovettsville area was Daniel Potterfield in 1832.  He applied for a license to keep [a house of] private entertainment in the town. We don't know where it was located.

Daniel Everhart purchased the hotel property in town in 1832, and he and his business partner Jacob Waters applied for a license in 1833, as shown below.  The ordinary would be at Everhart’s property.  Note the requirements to provide “good, wholesome and cleanly lodging and diet for travellers, and stablage, fodder and provender, or pasturage and provender as the season shall require, for their horses.”  Everhart would not “permit any unlawful gaming in his house, nor on the Sabbath day suffer any person to tipple and drink more than is necessary.”

Read more about taverns in Old Lovettville
April 10 cleanup: Timbers and Lewis families and descendants, with Ken Fleming  (center). In 2014, Mr. Fleming found and restored the grave marker of Pvt. Samuel Timbers, a Civil War Union veteran (marker at far left).
Family & Friends of Mount Sinai Cemetery clean up part of abandoned burial ground

Family & Friends of Mount Sinai Cemetery gathered  at the cemetery site in Little Britain near Lovettsville, on April 10 to begin the process of clearing part of the property in anticipation of eventually cleaning up the entire site and restoring the cemetery.  Since the property is privately owned, we only had the owner's consent to clear the part of the property where gravestones are visible.  There are about 12 graves which are marked, but neighbors have reported that there could be as many as 100 burials on the site. 

More such actions are planned in the future.  Representatives of the Family & Friends group and the Lovettsville Historical Society are seeking to be appointed as Trustees for the cemetery which would provide for more complete access and control over restoration efforts.

Contributions to support this effort may be made to the Lovettsville Historical Society, with the notation “Mount Sinai Cemetery.” The Lovettsville Historical Society is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Photos below: (clockwise from upper left): Portion of cemetery on April 9, before clearing.  Volunteers at work on April 10.  View of cemetery after clearing.  Brush on trailer to be hauled away.


Loudoun County Heritage Commission endorses request for appointment of Mount Sinai Cemetery Trustees


On April 15, the Loudoun County Heritage Commission sent a letter to the Family & Friends of Mount Sinai Cemetery, a project of the Lovettsville Historical Society, supporting the group’s request to have representatives appointed as Trustees for the cemetery — which has been subject to years of neglect and abuse.

The Heritage Commission  advises the Loudoun Country Board of Supervisors on issues of historic preservation and protection of historic resources. The Mount Sinai Church and Cemetery is listed in the 2004 survey of African-American resources which was prepared for the Board of Supervisors and the Black History Committee of Balch Library.

Read the Heritage Commission Letter

The Creation
of Mount Sinai Church:

As reported by
the Loudoun Telephone

by Edward Spannaus
The abandoned Mount Sinai Church building, as it appeared before it was burned around 1980

(The Loudoun Telephone was a Republican Party-oriented newspaper published in Hamilton, Virginia, in the late 19th century. The following are news reports about the establishment of the Mount Sinai Free Will Baptist Church, as published between the initial organization of the congregation in 1883 as a mission of the Free Will Baptists in Harpers Ferry, up through the dedication of the church building in 1887. Because of Covid restrictions at Thomas Balch Library, this compilation is not complete, as we have not been yet able to scan the Telephone for the period from Fall 1886 to Summer 1887.  Nonetheless, it is interesting as a contemporaneous view of the development of this church --  about which so little is known.)

1883 Nov. 16 – “The colored people have organized a Baptist congregation at Lovettsville, and have purchased land from J.W. Goodhart, on which to build a church. They seem to have manifested great interest in their church matters. There have been several weddings among the colored people.”

1885 May 22 – “LOVETTSVILLE, May 18.-- …The colored people of this locality have begun to erect their church. This is an important enterprise, and as it takes money to build, it is to be hoped that the good people of this community will open their hearts and their purses, and subscribe liberally, that the work of reformation may be promoted. If our people will look back ten years and compare the condition of society then with what it [is] now, they will surely be prompted to cheerfully assist in the great work which God is doing in our midst.”

1885 May 29 -- “Corner Stone Laid.  Under the supervision and efforts of Rev. F.P. Lewis, the corner stone of Mount Sinai, F.W. Baptist Church was laid on Saturday, the 23rd inst., with the usual appropriate ceremonies.  Rev. J.C. Newman of Baltimore, Md., opened the exercises with prayer, and Rev. J.E. Burrell of Harpers Ferry, W. Va., made the address. Basket collection $15."

Continue reading the Telephone's coverage of Mount Sinai

Nearby (mostly virtual) events of interest:


May 3–31 – Exhibit: Loudoun Preservation Society Retrospective. A new Retrospective exhibit of the Loudoun Preservation Society will be on display at Thomas Balch Library through the month of May, 2021. It 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.


Saturdays, May 1, 8, 15 and 22, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. --  GUIDED BATTLEFIELD TOURS OF MT. DEFIANCE. Join us for a guided tour of the Mt. Defiance battlefield, part of the June 19, 1863 Battle of Middleburg. The tour will look at site features and the battle events in context, and will include strategic military aspects of the battle, landscape features, and engaging human-interest stories. Free admission; no reservations necessary. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing. Meet in the parking lot at 35945 John Mosby Highway, Middleburg. For more information click here.

Sat., May 1 at 11:00 a.m. – “Faces of the Wounded” – Downtown Frederick Walking Tour. The vastness of the Civil War’s death toll can make modern day audiences forget how personal and human the conflict was. “The Faces of the Wounded” walking tour puts a human face on Civil War casualties. The tour tells the incredible story of several wounded soldiers treated in Frederick. Hearing their tales of suffering and triumph in their own words at the place where it happened provides a truly unique experience. National Museum of Civil War Medicine Education Coordinator John Lustrea will lead a special historic walking tour through Downtown Frederick on May 1, 2021 at 11:00 AM. John will be highlighting individual stories from several of Frederick’s Civil War hospitals. The walking tour is limited to 15 participants. Masks are required throughout the tour and we request that you practice strict social distancing. 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. National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21701. 301-695-1864. Register here.

Mon., May 3 at 7:00 p.m. – “The Old Mills of Conococheague Creek,” by Dan Guzy. The video will premiere on the YouTube WCFL channel at 7:00 p.m. and be available on the WCFL channel after that time. Conococheague Creek's drainage area in Washington County, MD and Franklin County, PA had over one hundred water-powered mill sites. Such mills operated from colonial times through the second half of the twentieth century. Dan Guzy's PowerPoint presentation will present general information about the over eighty grist mills in this region, show what mills and ruins can still be seen, and discuss in detail a few sample mills. Dan Guzy is a retired engineer interested in local history. He has published articles ranging from fish weirs, to river surveys, to runaway slaves. Sponsored by Washington County Free Library, Hagerstown.

Mon., May 3 at 7:00 p.m. – “After Saratoga: The War that Britain Nearly Won,” by author John Ferling. Book Release & Free Virtual Event. Award-winning Author John Ferling presents “After Saratoga: The War that Britain Nearly Won.” This talk is based on Ferling's new book, Winning Independence. It was 1778, and the recent American victory at Saratoga had netted the U.S a powerful ally in France. Many, including General George Washington, presumed France's entrance into the war meant independence was just around the corner. Meanwhile, having lost an entire army at Saratoga, Great Britain pivoted to a “southern strategy.” The army would henceforth seek to regain its southern colonies, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, a highly profitable segment of its pre-war American empire. Deep into 1780 Britain's new approach seemed headed for success as the U.S. economy collapsed and morale on the home front waned. By early 1781, Washington, and others, feared that France would drop out of the war if the Allies failed to score a decisive victory that year. Sir Henry Clinton, commander of Britain's army, thought “the rebellion is near its end.” Washington, who had been so optimistic in 1778, despaired: “I have almost ceased to hope.” Ferling provides the dramatic story of how and why Great Britain-so close to regaining several southern colonies and rendering the postwar United States a fatally weak nation ultimately failed to win the war. Ferling explores the choices and decisions made by Clinton and Washington, and others, that ultimately led the French and American allies to clinch the pivotal victory at Yorktown that at long last secured American independence. Fort Plain Museum and Historical Park. Please Click Here to Register.

Thurs, May 6, 10:00 a.m. – “How to Research Your House,” with Maral S. Kalbian, Architectural Historian. A Virtual Workshop. Architectural Historian Maral Kalbian, walks you through methods and sources for researching the history and architecture of your house, with special focus on Loudoun County and Virginia. Maral S. Kalbian is an historic preservation specialist who has practiced in the Shenandoah Valley and Piedmont areas of Virginia for 34 years. She researches, evaluates, and documents historic architecture. She serves as a contractual architectural historian to several Virginia local governments including Clarke, and Frederick counties, and the City of Charlottesville. This is a virtual class that will be offered online by Thomas Balch Library. Registration is required.

Thurs., May 6 at 7:00 p.m. – The Columnist: Leaks, Lies, and Libel in Drew Pearson's Washington with Don Ritchie. Virtual Event (Free, RSVP Required). Long before Wikileaks and social media, the journalist Drew Pearson exposed to public view information that public officials tried to keep hidden. A self-professed "keyhole peeper", Pearson devoted himself to revealing what politicians were doing behind closed doors. From 1932 to 1969, his daily "Washington Merry-Go-Round" column and weekly radio and TV commentary broke secrets, revealed classified information, and passed along rumors based on sources high and low in the federal government, while intelligence agents searched fruitlessly for his sources. For forty years, this syndicated columnist and radio and television commentator called public officials to account and forced them to confront the facts. Pearson's daily column, published in more than 600 newspapers, and his weekly radio and television commentaries led to the censure of two US senators, sent four members of the House to prison, and undermined numerous political careers. Every president from Franklin Roosevelt to Richard Nixon--and a quorum of Congress--called him a liar. Pearson was sued for libel more than any other journalist, in the end winning all but one of the cases. ​Breaking secrets was the heartbeat of Pearson's column. His ability to reveal classified information, even during wartime, motivated foreign and domestic intelligence agents to pursue him. He played cat and mouse with the investigators who shadowed him, tapped his phone, read his mail, and planted agents among his friends. Yet they rarely learned his sources. The FBI found it so fruitless to track down leaks to the columnist that it advised agencies to simply do a better job of keeping their files secret. Drawing on Pearson's extensive correspondence, diaries, and oral histories, The Columnist reveals the mystery behind Pearson's leaks and the accuracy of his most controversial revelations.
​Join the Byrd Center at Shepherd University on Zoom for a virtual book talk with author Don Ritchie. This program is free and open to the public, but you need to click on the button below to RSVP and receive the Zoom link. Click here to register.

Sat., May 8 at 1:00 p.m. – The Civil War on the C&O. Join the VPHA (Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area) historians for a guided bike tour along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. The canal served as a vital transportation artery for moving supplies to Washington during the Civil War, but its importance also made it a vulnerable target for Confederate attack. The bike ride will begin at 1:00 pm at the Brunswick Boat Ramp and Parking Lot, located under the Potomac River bridge. Riders will travel from Brunswick upriver to the vicinity of Harpers Ferry and back, a ride of approximately 14 miles. The ride will be on the flat towpath but there is often uneven terrain. Mountain bikes are highly suggested. VPHA will not be supplying bikes; bringing your own will be required. Please bring helmets, water, and other safety equipment. $30 Single Ticket / $50 Couple's Ticket. Click Here for Tickets

Thurs., May 13 at 6:30 p.m. – History on Tap: What's Up-perville? Historians take a trip to the historic village of Upperville to retell stories from the area's fascinating past. This program will also include a short walk around town. Special guest appearance by historian Alison Herring. Trinity Episcopal Church, 9108 John S Mosby Hwy, Upperville, VA. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area. 

Fri., May 14 at 6:00 p..m. – Culture and Cocktails: “Hagerstown, A History.” Enjoy a drink and have a think! At Culture & Cocktails, a lecture program at the Miller House Museum, we tackle a historical topic with the help of a little liquid fortitude. On Friday, May 14th, over Zoom, join us as we welcome author and historian Mary Rubin for an exploration into Hagerstown’s storied history. The county seat of Washington County, Hagerstown has been at the crossroads of history and commerce since its founding in 1762. The featured cocktail will be: The colonial Strawberry Shrub! For more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch! $10/person. For tickets, click here.

Sat., May 15, at 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Fort Loudoun Day Living History Event. Sponsored by the French & Indian War Foundation, and the James Wood II Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. Meet Living History Interpreters such as: Col. James Wood, Founder of Winchester; Capt. George Mercer and his company of Col. George Washington's Virginia Regiment; and others, at the site of George Washington's historic Fort Loudoun. Learn about life on the Virginia frontier in the late 18th century and the French & Indian War era and how events during this period led to the founding of our country. Outdoor event, at the site of Historic Fort Loudoun, 419 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester, Virginia.

Wed., May 19 at 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. – “Disease in History” by Andrew C A Jampoler. An Illustrated Virtual Lecture, sponsored by Thomas Balch Library. The current pandemic has forced us to relive and rethink the impact of disease on history. Before the age of modern medicine, lethal epidemics and fatal disease shaped human history as much—arguably more—than did geography, the acts of great men and women, and the events of politics and wars. Learn how plague, influenza, yellow fever, and small pox (as well as the “great pox,” syphilis), and especially cholera, powerfully changed the direction of the march of time... as the Covid-19 virus is doing again. After many years in Lucketts, Andy Jampoler now lives on Capitol Hill with his wife, Suzy, a geographer and cartographer. Andy has been a popular speaker at Thomas Balch Library and it is our pleasure to welcome him back to speak on the timely topic of Disease in History. Register here.

Thurs., May 20 at 12:00 noon – Lunch & Learn Webinar: “The New Deal, Labor & Race.” Inspired by Norman Rockwell's America and drawing from her book Labor Pains, Shenandoah University’s Christin Marie Taylor will discuss the political and cultural contexts of the Popular Front and their influence on representations of black labor during the New Deal era. She will also explore the ways fiction writers used the theme of black labor to imagine a fuller portrait of human experience. Pay what you can. Register by May 19; register online or call 540-662-1473, ext. 240. After registering, you will receive an email confirmation with the Zoom link for the program. Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, Virginia 22601.

Sun., May 23 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EYEWITNESS TO WAR:” FOURTH SUNDAYS AT MT. ZION. During fourth Sundays of the month, April through October, join us for guided tours of the 1851 church, site of an 1864 Civil War battle, 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. No registration required.  Please wear a face mask and practice social distancing during the tour.  Mt. Zion Historic Park is located at 40309 John Mosby Highway, Aldie. For more information click here.

Fri., May 28 at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm – “How Civil War Medicine Impacts Us Today,” with Mark Breazzano, M.D. Join us on Friday, May 28 at 1:00 PM on YouTube for a virtual program hosted by the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. You can tune in live by visiting at the scheduled time. Education Coordinator John Lustrea will talk with Mark Breazzano, M.D., Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins University, about the parallels between Civil War medicine and modern medicine. As someone currently working in the medical field and an avid student of history, Dr. Breazzano offers a unique perspective on Civil War medicine. From the importance of sufficient medical supplies, to vaccines, to new understandings of disease spread, the Civil War offers many important lessons for doctors today.

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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.
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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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