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September 2019 Issue
In this issue:
  • Lecture Sept. 8:  “The Shenandoah Valley’s German Heritage” 
  • Upcoming LHS lectures and events
  • LHS  Fundraiser & Membership Appreciation Event, Sun. Sept. 22
  • What we are losing as Community Center set for demolition 
  • Lovettsville proclaims Constitution Week
  • Nearby events of interest
  • Archive of back issues

Next in the Lovettsville Historical Society's
2019 Lecture Series:


"The Shenandoah Valley’s German Heritage”

Presented by Karen Good Cooper,

President of the Shenandoah Germanic Heritage Museum

Shenandoah County, Va.

Sunday, September 8, at 2:00 p.m.

When census takers asked Americans at the end of the 20th Century which ethnic group they identified with the most, a large number of Americans said they were of German descent -- reflecting the fact that German-Americans in 2005 were still the largest national ethnic group in the United States. Yet many of these people today would not know what this means in terms of their ancestors' beliefs, customs, or folk ways.

On Sunday, September 8, as Lovettsville prepares for its annual Oktoberfest, the Lovettsville Historical Society will discuss just what this heritage encompasses, and why it has been so important to the success of the United States. Karen Good Cooper, President of the Shenandoah Germanic Heritage Museum in Shenandoah County, Virginia, will describe how the German settlers in the Shenandoah Valley (including those in the Lovettsville “German Settlement”), brought their ideas, methods, and customs to this area, and how this affected so much of how we behave and work today.

The Shenandoah Valley was a major, early settlement point for the first groups of people arriving in Pennsylvania from the Rhine River Valley and the Swiss cantons nearby. Like in the Shenandoah, the Germans at Lovettsville also came through Pennsylvania. They too continued to keep their "Germanic Heritage" for many years.

Karen traces many of her ancestors back ten generations in Shenandoah County, and has been studying Shenandoah and Virginia history for about fifty years. Her husband's ancestor, Elias Cooper, insisted to the census taker, in 1850 and 1860, that he was born in Loudoun County. Since his wife was born on a ship to America and spoke German, Karen believes that Elias probably belonged to the Lutheran Coopers from Lovettsville.

The Shenandoah Germanic Heritage Museum, which Karen heads, consists of a 394-acre farm at Mt. Olive, Virginia, near Toms Brook. The museum houses artifacts that teach about our early settlers and their beliefs and folk ways. In fact, Karen says, the farm itself serves as part of teaching materials about the farming methods of men and women from earlier times.

Karen’s presentation will be held at St. James United Church of Christ, at 10 East Broad Way in Lovettsville (formerly the German Reformed Church, thought to have been founded in the early 1730s by the earliest German settlers in Loudoun County).

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

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Upcoming LHS Lectures
and Events

Sept. 22 --  Lovettsville Historical Society's 3rd Annual Fundraiser & Membership Appreciation Event, 2:00 p.m. at Fred George Farm.  (See below)

Oct. 13 – “Germanna 101: the Story of Virginia’s First German Settlement.” Ashley Abruzzo, Germanna Foundation Membership Development Manager and Germanna descendant, presents an overview of of the Germanna Colony's history starting in 1714, how the Germanna Foundation was created, and its present-day mission to preserve, protect, and educate on Virginia's early German heritage.

Oct. 17 -- Second Annual Tasting, Tales, and Tunes: Lovettsville Historical Society Night at Hiddencroft Vineyards.  Participants will be treated to a history tour that includes four stops of German Settlement history, plus tastings of multiple Hiddencroft wines paired with curated foods and storytelling shared by Lovettsville Historical Society members. There will also be music from George’s Mill-based bluegrass band the Short Hill Mountain Boys. 7:00-9:30 p.m.
Ticket price: $40

Nov. 10 - TBD
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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Lovettsville Historical Society's

3rd Annual Fundraiser & Membership Appreciation Event

2:00 p.m. at Fred & Anne George Farm
13620 Berlin Turnpike,. Lovettsville
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What we are losing, by demolishing
the Community Center building

Many long-time Lovettsville residents spent uncounted hours playing baseball in the ball field behind the Community Center, formerly the Lovettsville School. For years, a plaque stood above the ball field, dedicating the field to Jasper Rickard, the beloved baseball coach who died of a heart attack while coaching in 1981.

At a meeting in 2014, his son John Rickard described Lovettsville as “a baseball town,” and he told how his father died on the ball field. Mr. Rickard warned that demolishing the ball field would amount to “desecrating sacred land.”

Lovettsville baseball team in front of the old school

Lovettsville baseball team in front of the old school

But today, the plaque and the ball field are gone. The place where the plaque stood is now being turned into a parking lot, and the ball field has been torn up and is being transformed into a stormwater retention pond.

This is but one part of the erasing of local history by Loudoun County’s planned demolition of the Lovettsville Community Center building. The core of that building is the old Lovettsville High School and Elementary School, including relatively-intact classrooms which date from the 1927-1940 period.

Many members of the community attended school in those classrooms and sought their preservation, but their concerns were disregarded. During the 2014 controversy over the demolition of the School/Community Center, many citizens recalled their fond memories of the old school, and fervently asked the County to consider alternatives to demolition – which included renovation of the existing building, or constructing a new Community Center across the street on the Lovettsville Community Park site.

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Standing in front of the Town Council and Mayor are (left to right) DAR members Laurie Nesbitt, Nancy Spannaus, Pat Brouwer, JoAann Hartman, and Carol Lester

Lovettsville Proclaims Constitution Week

Sept. 6, 2019—The Lovettsville Town Council has proclaimed Sept. 17 to Sept. 23 as Constitution Week, and thus to be devoted to studying the nation’s founding document, which was signed on Sept. 17, 1787. The action came in response to a request by the Ketoctin chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, which appealed to all the Loudoun County towns to join in the national commemoration, as called for by the U.S. Congress by law in 1955.

The Town Council voted unanimously on Sept. 5 in favor of proclaiming Constitution Week following a short presentation by DAR member Nancy Spannaus (also a member of the Lovettsville Historical Society). Five DAR members, members of the Ketoctin Chapter from Lovettsville, attended the Council meeting.

The resolution, which is being presented in six out of the seven towns in Loudoun, calls on citizens to rededicated themselves to the principles of the Preamble: “to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”
Nearby Events of Interest
Sat., Sept. 7, at 3 p.m. -- Frederick Occupied: A Downtown Frederick Walking Tour. Join NMCWM historian John Lustrea on a guided walking tour of Downtown Frederick, focused on a crucial week in Frederick’s Civil War history. In early September 1862, the Army of Northern Virginia crossed the Potomac River and invaded Maryland. Their first objective: Frederick. For one week, the Confederate army held this crucial crossroads town before marching west. In that week, Frederick’s residents experienced a range of emotions, from elation to terror to indifference. This walking tour will explore locations in Downtown Frederick which exemplify that range of emotional reactions. The program will begin outside the National Museum of Civil War Medicine at 3:00 PM. This will be a “pay-what-you-please” program. Space is limited so register early to ensure your spot.  National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21701 Website  301-695-1864
Sat.- Sun., Sept. 7- 8 -- Battle of South Mountain Anniversary Weekend. South Mountain State Battlefield will commemorate the 157th anniversary of the battle that occurred on September 14th, 1862 with a series of battlefield hikes and tours. All events will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 7th and 8th, 2019 and are free. For schedule and locations, and more information, call Ranger Michael Burditt at (301) 791-4767. Washington Monument State Park is located at 6620 Zittlestown Road in Middletown, Maryland.
 Tues., Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m. — Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable: “Experiences of Corporal T. W. Colley, 1st Virginia Cavalry.” Presented by Michael Schaffer. Meets at Balch Library, 208 W. Market Street, Leesburg, VA. 703-737-7195. For further information visit:
Sept. 10–Dec. 14 -- New Exhibit of Colonial and Antebellum Relics Opens at Jefferson County Museum. The Jefferson County Museum is opening a new exhibit featuring colonial and early antebellum relics found in Jefferson County. Artifacts include rare coins, buttons, and buckles dating from ca. 1730s to the early 1800s. Relic hunter Jim Glymph found the items in various locations around the county and has loaned them to the museum for the remainder of the year. Tuesdays through Saturdays 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, 200 East Washington Street, Charles Town, West Virginia.
Wed., Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m. --  Harpers Ferry Civil War Roundtable: The Louisiana Tigers, a brigade in the Army of Northern Virginia that was instrumental in a Confederate takeover of Winchester and in the Gettysburg campaign. The speaker will be Scott Mingus, a nationally recognized and award-winning author and Civil War guide. 6:30 (Dinner) 7:30 (Program). Dinner cost is $15, payable at the door. Please reserve your space by September 8 by contacting Chris Craig, or 304-433-1260. Camp Hill-Wesley United Methodist Church, 645 Washington Street,  Harpers Ferry.
Thurs., Sept. 12, at 7:00 p.m. -- Oliver Wendell Holmes: A Life in War, Law, and Ideas.  Book Talk and Signing with Author Stephen Budiansky. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (1841 – 1935) served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1902 to 1932. Holmes retired from the court at the age of 90, making him the oldest justice in the Supreme Court's history. Considered a brilliant legal mind and known as “The Great Dissenter,” he is one of the most widely cited United States Supreme Court justices in history. He served as a Union officer in the Civil War, nearly dying when musket balls missed his heart and spinal cord by a fraction of an inch at the Battles of Ball's Bluff and Antietam. Loudoun County Law Library, 18 E. Market St., Leesburg, VA 20176. For more information, call 703-777-0695
Friday, Sept. 13, at 7:00-8:30 p.m. -- Legends by Lantern Light: On the Eve of Antietam. MHAA’s popular Legends by Lantern Light program returns with a look at Leesburg in the fall of 1862. The Army of Northern Virginia passed through these streets on their way north to invade Maryland and carry the war out of Virginia. Hear firsthand accounts of that fateful time from the soldiers and civilians that experienced it. This program takes place outside and will feature walking, so please dress appropriately and wear comfortable walking shoes. The tour begins at the Loudoun Museum, located at 16 Loudoun St. SW, Leesburg, VA 20175. This program is brought to you in partnership with the Loudoun Museum.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Walking is involved; please dress comfortably. For more information call 540-687-6681 or email
Sat.-Sun., Sept. 14-15 -- 157th Anniversary of The Battle of Antietam Commemoration Weekend. Join for a weekend full of ranger led talks, tours, and battlefield hikes. Volunteers will provide living history programs, including cannon firing and musket firing demonstrations, just outside the Visitor Center at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:00 PM both days.  Programs are free, park admission is $15 per vehicle. Antietam National Battlefield, 5831 Dunker Church Rd., Sharpsburg, MD 21782   Website 301-432-5124
Sun., Sept. 15, at 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. -- The Patriot of the Piedmont: John Marshall and Fauquier County.  John Marshall was shaped by his childhood on the Virginia frontier. Although he had little formal education, he followed in his father's footsteps as a soldier and statesman, and eventually gained national prominence as one of the country's most influential Chief Justices. MHAA has invited a group of Marshall experts and local historians to explore his connections to Fauquier County, and how John Marshall shaped our young nation. The program will begin with talks at Oak Hill, built in 1773 by John's father, Thomas, and later expanded by the Justice in the early 19th century. Guests can enjoy refreshments as they explore the grounds, including the Marshall family cemetery. We invite everyone to partake in a glass of Madiera and a game of quoits on the lawn, just as Marshall enjoyed! Guests will also be able to take a guided tour of The Hollow, where John Marshall lived from 1763-1773. For tickets and more information, go here. 
Wed., Sept. 25, at 6:45 p.m. -- Frederick County Civil War Roundtable:  Author and historian Michael K. Shaffer presents "In Memory of Self and Comrades," the recollections of Thomas W. Colley of the 1st Virginia Cavalry from 1st Manassas to the Siege of Petersburg. This event is free for members, $5 for non-members. National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21701   Website
Thurs., Sept. 26, at 6:30-8:00 p.m. -- History on Tap. Join the Loudoun Museum, Middleburg Museum, and the Mosby Heritage Area Association for History on Tap at Old Ox Brewery in Middleburg! Speakers Anne Marie Paquette, Joe Rizzo, Suzanne Obetz, and Travis Shaw will share surprising tales about Middleburg’s and Loudoun’s past—from freedom seekers to film stars, from the Civil War’s Gray Ghost to the Great Hound Match—the speakers will discuss aspects of the past that they find most compelling and significant. Join them at Old Ox Brewery Middleburg for some good beer and history on tap. Old Ox Brewery, 14 S. Madison St., Middleburg, VA .
Thurs., Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. -- Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War's Most Persistent Myth. Historian and author Kevin Levin will discuss his recent book and research into claims that high numbers of both free and enslaved African Americans fought willingly as soldiers in the Confederate army. His talk will include relevant primary sources and their interpretation, the roles that African Americans actually performed in the Confederate army, and evidence that the belief in the existence of black Confederate soldiers originated in the 1970s. The program will explore the myth and its persistence today. Audience members are invited to join a reception, including staffed displays from area Civil War resources that are co-sponsoring the event. Hodsen Auditorium, Rosenstock Hall, Hood College, 400 Ferndale Avenue, Frederick, MD Website
Thurs., Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. -- Hagerstown Civil War Round Table, “Ethnics in the Confederacy.”  Ted Alexander, the former Chief Historian at Antietam National Battlefield, will discuss the various nationalities that participated in the Confederate war effort. Learn about the origin of the Scots-Irish, how Germans contributed, the roles of American Indians, Asians, Jews, and others. The event is at 7:30 pm on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Homewood Suites, 1650 Pullman Lane Hagerstown, MD. Dinner at 6:30 pm, open to non-members as well as members, is $22 (reservations required) and the talk at 7:30 pm is $5 for non-members, both payable at the meeting. For more information visit, search for: Hagerstown Civil War Round Table, email, or call Dennis Graham at 301 766 9516.
Sun., Sept. 29, at 2:00 p.m. – “The Road to Healing: A Civil Rights Reparations Story in Prince Edward County, Virginia,” presented by Ken Woodley, retired editor of the Farmville Herald. This is the story of massive resistance in Prince Edward County, Virginia, and reparations won in its wake. In 1959, in an act of massive resistance to the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, public schools in Prince Edward County, Virginia closed rather than admit black students. While white students continued their education in private schools, black students were left without a formal education for five years until schools were finally forced to integrate. Thomas Balch Library, 208 W. Market Street, Leesburg, VA. 703-737-7195.  
About Us
In 2019, the Lovettsville Historical Society & Museum continues its mission of preserving and promoting the heritage of Lovettsville, and also our surrounding area formerly known as “The German Settlement."  The success of our mission relies heavily upon on our membership, which provides the needed resources and also committed volunteers to share our 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.
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