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June 2021 Issue
In this issue:
  • New video about history of Taylorstown Mill
  • Jackie Young’s Horse Stables: Short Hill’s largest cave
  • More Revolutionary War Patriots Identified in Lovettsville
  • Emory Franklin Timbers: A Fisher of Men
  • Obituary: Herbert Traxler, Pillar of Lovettsville Oktoberfest
  • Nearby events of interest
  • About us
  • Archive of back issues

New video about history of Taylorstown Mill

Clare Matheny, a graduate student and a resident of the Taylorstown area, has created a video about the Taylorstown Mill and the efforts over time to preserve it, which she has agreed to share with us.  Thank you, Clare. Its contents are:

Quakers Move to the German Settlement

Building the Mill: Success and Failures

“Are you a Union Man?” The Civil War in Taylorstown

A Mill and a Post Office

New Owner, New Bridge

The Mill Remains, the Business Changes

“Don’t Dam Loudoun”

A Mill Redesigned

The Current Owners: Current State of the Mill and Challenges to its Historic Preservation


See the video and read more

Jackie Young’s Horse Stables:
The significance of Short Hill’s largest known cave

A communication from historian Eugene Scheel

May 3, 2021

              To shelter horses from advancing Union troops in October, 1862, locals hid their steeds in the cave in the photograph, taken ca. 1995.  Further similar instances during the Civil War led to its name, yet used by old-timers. I have not researched the name “Jackie Young,” but I assume the cave was on land thought to be his.
              Paul Rogers, at left, led the hike in late summer.  He and his scout troops had spent overnights in the cave in the early 1940s.  Its depth:  around 35 feet.  The cave is about 60 feet below the Short Hill crest, not far from where the old Dawson’s Gap Road crosses the hill (see my Short Hill map).
              Photograph, from left to right: Mr. Rodgers, Erin Downing, Lori Keating, Tom Keating and “Gus,” and Eugene “Gene” Scheel. Jill Rodgers took the photograph.

More Revolutionary War Patriots Identified in Lovettsville


We have located additional Lovettsville Revolutionary War Patriots, thanks to a database of burials compiled by the Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (VASSAR).

They includes three buried at the old Reformed (St. James) Cemetery, one at the Old Presbyterian Cemetery, and seven more at New Jerusalem Lutheran Cemetery.  Researchers had already identified eight Revolutionary War burials at New Jerusalem. This makes a total there of 15, of which 12 have headstones and three are unmarked.

The newly-discovered burials at the old Reformed and Presbyterian Cemeteries are:

Old Presbyterian Cemetery

SHUMAKER (SCHUMACHER), George:  born 26 Oct 1763, died 30 Dec 1834. Military service:  Capt. John Cope’s Co. of Militia, Frankkoney Twp, Philadelphia.  Spouse: Magdalena “Mary” Frantz (married 1789).  His father Daniel served in the Fairfax County Militia in the French-Indian War.

Reformed (St. James) Cemetery (Lovettsville Road, near Community Center)

MULL, David: born 5 May 1731, Germany; died 27 Dec 1794. Patriotic Service, Gave material aid to the Revolutionary cause. Spouse: Eva Margaret Boothe. No gravestone found.

SOUDER, Philip, Sr: born 10 Apr 1760, died 24S ep 1821. Patriot Service: supported Revolutionary cause by paying supply tax included in his personal property tax in 1782, Prince William County.  Spouse: Susana Boger.  Cemetery Row 17, Site 177.

WIRE, William: born c.1753, died 27 Feb 1840.  Military Service: Capt. J. Lewis in 7th Co., VA Regt from Frederick Co, VA. No gravestone found.

In our next issue, we will discuss the Revolutionary War Patriots buried at New Jerusalem, five of whom will be honored at a grave-marking ceremony on July 24, which is being sponsored by the Fairfax Resolves SAR Chapter (Fairfax and Loudoun Counties VA), and the Sgt. Lawrence Everhart SAR Chapter (Frederick County, MD).



July 24, 2021, at 2:00 p.m.

New Jerusalem Lutheran Cemetery, Lovettsville

Emory Franklin Timbers:
A Fisher of Men

By Howard Gilbert Timbers
An important landmark of The Timbers Family history is the small community near Lovettsville, Virginia called Little Britain.  This small, rural close-knit African-American community was centered around its church (Mount Sinai Free Will Baptist Church), which also served as Guinea School during the week.  Descendants of Margaret and Charles Timbers laid down deep roots in Little Britain. Family members worshipped at the church, learned to read and write there, purchased property, and were laid to rest in the cemetery adjacent to the remnants of the church foundation which is visible today.
This article tells the story of how one remarkable man, my great uncle Emory Franklin Timbers, was raised and nurtured by the Mount Sinai church.
I never met my great uncle Emory, but have come to know him through my discussions with my aunt Geraldine Evans Wilson and friend Carolyn Holleman.  Carolyn attended the Greater St. Paul Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. where my great uncle pastored.  A significant portion of this article is based on information provided in the July 28, 1985 semi-monthly newsletter Talk of the Church published by The Heart and Hand Club, In addition, information about my great uncle  from research conducted by the Edwin Washington Project and by the Lovettsville Historical Society and Museum has been included.
Emory Franklin Timbers was born November 20, 1909 near Lovettsville, Virginia, the seventh of eight children of James Robert Timbers and Martha E. Hogan....
Read more about Emory Timbers

Alpine Dancers. Founder Herb Trexler is at center, Carol Trexler is in blue apron at left.

Herbert Traxler

5 February 1945 - 24 April 2021

“The most beautiful memorial that a person can receive, stands in the hearts of his fellow men.”
Lovettsville’s Oktoberfest lost one of its most enthusiastic and long-time supporters in April. Dr. Herbert Traxler, co-founder of the Alpine Dancers, died unexpectedly on April 24, 2021 while vacationing with his wife and soulmate Carol in his native Austria.  Herbert and Carol Traxler have appeared at every Lovettsville Oktoberfest since 2003, performing with their Alpine Dancers at the main tent, and teaching folk dances from Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.  They also were active members of the Washington Saengerbund, the German-American singing society that has served genuine German food at the Lovettsville Oktoberfest since 2003.  The Alpine Dancers and Saengerbund have been essential cultural contributors in creating and restoring authentic German flavor to The German Settlement’s annual celebration of its heritage....
Read more about Herb Traxler

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


June 1 – 30 Thomas Balch Library Exhibit: Leesburg Garden Club. 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.


Thurs., June 3, at 10 a.m. – “Researching African American Genealogy” (virtual event) In this two-hour virtual class, offered by Thomas Balch Library, Steve Hammond and Lori Kimball will be using case studies and examples from their research. Hammond will share his efforts to make the field more relatable and relevant to the public at large, and Kimball will discuss resources available. Pre-registration is required for this event. Please call 703-737-7195, email, or register online.

Thurs., June 3, at 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. – “The Udderly Fantastic Dairy Industry in Loudoun County” (virtual event).  Loudoun County was once home to over 400 dairy farms. Today there is just one. Join the Historic Records Department of the Clerk of Circuit Court and the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum for a presentation about Loudoun’s dairy industry then and now and Pidgeon Hill Farm in Sterling. Join the program from the link: Meeting password: 060321

Sat., June 5, at 11:00 a.m.-- Wayne’s Crossing ­- 240th Anniversary (in-person event). Sponsored by Sons of the American Revolution. This event honors the crossing of the Potomac River by General Wayne’s Army on May 31, 1781. Wayne’s brigade of 700 seasoned troops – including many Pennsylvania Germans – entered Virginia at Noland’s Ferry, and marched through Leesburg on June 3, 1781. These forces provided the critical reinforcements for Lafayette’s army in Virginia, which had been in retreat from the larger army of Cornwallis prior to his arrival. Wayne’s troops joined Lafayette on June 10, and engaged Cornwallis at the Battle of Green Spring on July 6, which was the largest infantry engagement in Virginia during the War, leading to the withdrawal of Cornwallis to Yorktown, and the end of the war a few months later. Location: Spirit of Loudoun Revolutionary War Memorial, Loudoun County Courthouse, 18 E Market Street, Leesburg

Saturdays, June 5 and 12, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. --  GUIDED BATTLEFIELD TOURS OF MT. DEFIANCE (in-person event). 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., June 5, at 11 a.m. – Art and War: A First Saturday Walking Tour in Downtown Frederick (in-person event). National Museum of Civil War Medicine Director of Interpretation Jake Wynn will lead a special historic walking tour through Downtown Frederick , highlighting individual stories from artists who passed through Frederick during the Civil War. Mixed in among the soldiers, politicians, and civilians who passed through Frederick, Maryland between 1861 and 1865 were writers, poets, and artists. They helped document what life was like here in this city at the crossroads of war. Discover their story on our final First Saturday walking tour of 2016. From the world renowned poem “Barbara Frietchie” by John Greenleaf Whittier to beautiful paintings by celebrated artist Sanford Robinson Gifford and stories by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., Frederick was the backdrop for incredibly important events during the American Civil War and the art captured those moments. But it wasn’t only the experts who captured these moments. In the newspapers, diaries, and letters of the American Civil War, average soldiers and citizens were also putting pen to paper. Soldier poems, battlefield sketches, and tales from the Army camps of Frederick, Maryland give us different perspectives on the war from new points of view. 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.

Mon., June 7, at 7 p.m. – Surviving the Winters: Housing Washington's Army during the American Revolution. (virtual event) George Washington and his Continental Army braving the frigid winter at Valley Forge form an iconic image in the popular history of the American Revolution. Such winter camps, Steven Elliott tells us in Surviving the Winters, were also a critical factor in the waging and winning of the War of Independence. Exploring the inner workings of the Continental Army through the prism of its encampments, this book is the first to show how camp construction and administration played a crucial role in Patriot strategy during the war. As Elliott reminds us, Washington’s troops spent only a few days a year in combat. The rest of the time, especially in the winter months, they were engaged in a different sort of battle—against the elements, unfriendly terrain, disease, and hunger. Victory in that more sustained struggle depended on a mastery of camp construction, logistics, and health and hygiene—the components that Elliott considers in his environmental, administrative, and operational investigation of the winter encampments at Middlebrook, Morristown, West Point, New Windsor, and Valley Forge. Beyond the encampments’ basic function of sheltering soldiers, his study reveals their importance as a key component of Washington’s Fabian strategy: stationed on secure, mountainous terrain close to New York, the camps allowed the Continental commander-in-chief to monitor the enemy but avoid direct engagement, thus neutralizing a numerically superior opponent while husbanding his own strength.  Steven Elliott is a lecturer in the Department of History at Rutgers University–Newark. Register here. Fort Plain Museum & Historical Park, Fort Plain, NY.

Wed., June 9, at 6:30 p.m. -- “Duffields Station, or the First Calico Raid,” (in-person event) presented by Harpers Ferry Civil War Round Table. Our speaker, author and historian Don Hakenson, will focus on the John Mosby raid of the B&O Railroad on June 29, 1864, and describe how Mosby was able to convince the Union commander to surrender the Duffields depot without firing a shot. Don Hakenson has researched and published award-winning books about the Mosby Raiders and other Northern Virginia Civil War topics. He has served as a tour guide and has authored pamphlets on Mosby combat operations. Don will bring some of his books along for sale and autographing. The 1839 Duffields Station is the second-oldest B&O Railroad station remaining.This tour is free and open to the public, but you must reserve your space by contacting Chris Craig at or 304-433-1260. We ask those without COVID vaccinations to remain masked, and all should adhere to social distancing. The program will carry on in light rain (bring umbrellas!) but will be postponed to June 16 in case of a storm. You may park in the MARC station lot across Flowing Spring Road; please be cautious when crossing the road. Duffields Station, Flowing Springs Road, Shenandoah Junction, WV.

Wed., June 9 at 7 p.m. – Civil War Lecture Series: “Meet the Original Iron Brigade,” (in-person event) presented by Dr. Tom Clemens. For more information about Tom and his talk visit: These outdoors programs will be held at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn, 138 W. Main Street, Sharpsburg, MD 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.

Thurs., June 10, at 6:30 p.m. – History on Tap: Loudoun Revelry (in-person event, free) Join the Historians on Tap from the Loudoun Museum, Heritage Farm Museum, and Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area as they tell stories about Loudoun's partying past at Dynasty Brewing's Ashburn location. There will be a food truck on site at that evening. Cheers! Dynasty Brewing, 21140 Ashburn Crossing Dr, Suite 130-135, Ashburn, VA 20147

Sat., June 12, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. --  GUIDED BATTLEFIELD TOURS OF MT. DEFIANCE. (See June 5 above)

Sun., June 13, at 2:00 p.m. – Conversations in History: Virginia 1781 (in-person event, $) During the spring of 1781 the American Revolution was in crisis. Washington was locked in a stalemate outside of New York, while the southern colonies descended into a bloody civil war. British forces entered Virginia, hoping to destroy the colony’s ability to support the patriot cause. Little stood in their way. But just a few months later, the British army under Lord Cornwallis was trapped and defeated at Yorktown. How did fortunes change so quickly? Conversations in History returns for a look at the crucial spring of 1781 and the role that the Carolina Road played as a vital conduit for Continental soldiers during the Virginia campaign. This program is in partnership with NOVA Parks and the Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area. The talk will take place at Historic Mt. Zion Church, located at 40309 John Mosby Highway, Aldie, Virginia. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased at the door. For more information call (540) 687-5578, or go here.

Sat., June 19, at 11 a.m. -- GUIDED BATTLEFIELD TOUR OF MT. DEFIANCE. (see June 5 above).  At 11 a.m., historian and educator Rich Gillespie will be leading a special tour to commemorate the 158th anniversary of the Battle of Middleburg.

Wed., June 23 at 7:00 p.m. – Francis Marion: the Swamp Fox, (virtual event) with Dr. Steven D. Smith. Presented by U.S. Army Heritage Center Foundation. During the American Revolution, A Loyalist Colonel named Robert Gray described South Carolina as “a piece of patch work, the inhabitants of every settlement, when united in sentiment being in arms for the side they liked best and making continual inroads into one another’s settlements.” One of those pieces of patch work, were the people living on and surrounding Snow’s Island, South Carolina, “united in sentiment” against the British crown. This community of partisans joined the rebellion as early as 1775 and stubbornly refused to surrender, even when Charleston fell in 1780. They supplied food, forage, and blood to the rebellion, and under the leadership of General Francis Marion, became an obstacle to British control of the southern colonies. Registration required.

Sat., June 26, at 2:00 p.m. – Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area 25th Anniversary Celebration (in-person event). Join the VPHA as we celebrate 25 years of preservation through education in the Virginia Piedmont! Enjoy a family-friendly afternoon at the historic Goose Creek Bridge with live music, food and drink, and a living history timeline to take you through hundreds of years of Virginia history. More details and ticket sales will be available here soon.

Sun., June 27 at 1 p.m. – Civil War Style Church Service (in-person event). Join Historic Rocky Springs Chapel, Inc. (HRSC) for a Civil War-style nondenominational church service. The services are conducted by a preacher wearing Civil War period attire & worshipers sing hymns that were popular during the American Civil War. Most sermons preached were originally delivered between 1861-1865. A short living history program immediately follows each service. The wearing of Civil War period attire to the church services & living history programs is encouraged (but not required). Everyone is welcome to attend! Historic Rocky Springs Chapel, 7817 Rocky Springs Road, Frederick, MD 21702. Website 912-492-4355.

Wed., June 30, at 7 p..m. – Civil War Lecture Series: “The Confederate Cavalry During the Maryland Campaign,” (in-person event) presented by Antietam Battlefield Guide and renowned author, Brad Gottfried. For more information about Brad and his talk visit: See June 9 listing above for details.

Online programs, available anytime:

The African Burial Ground 30 Years Later: Impacts On Black Cemeteries | Presented by the National Museum of African American History and Culture. In 1991, an archaeological survey at a construction site for a General Services Administration building in New York City revealed intact human remains 30 ft below street level on Broadway in Manhattan. Further research was charged to Howard University, which formed the African Burial Ground Project, directed by Dr. Michael Blakey. This project changed what we know about slavery in the North, how we engage with descendant communities, and led to new understandings about what we can learn from Black cemeteries. Join the Robert F. Smith Explore Your Family History Center as we welcome Dr. Blakey. View at

Two new videos about our neighboring Jefferson County, produced by Jim Surkamp with the support of the American Public University System. All videos and posts at the site are fact-based and intended to advance a better understanding of our nation's foundational values as they evolved in Jefferson County, WV. To see over 20,000 images from this content at the flickr account that has to date in ten years over 73 million views, go to
The two new videos are: 
Making Hay to Make Flour for Europe - Summer, 1859
Phebe's Apple-jack

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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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