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We are committed to preserving and promoting the history and heritage of the Town of Lovettsville and the surrounding area known as "The German Settlement". Displayed are various artifacts, photographs, documentation, household articles, tools, genealogy and other historical information pertaining to the local history within the Lovettsville Museum. Plan your next outing to visit the museum, attend our monthly events and lectures or arrange a group tour. The Lovettsville Historical Society offer

 

2015 Lecture Series

Upcoming Lectures:

April 19 (rescheduled) The Lovettsville Historical Society continues their series on Sunday, April 19 at 2pm with speaker Horace Mewborn speaking on John Mobberly, a name widely known and feared during the Civil War. Mobberly's name appeared in countless Union communications and several Northern newspapers. Due to his Southern proclivities, the comments were not flattering. The Federal soldiers most familiar with him, were those stationed at Harpers Ferry, in the lower Shenandoah Valley and the north side of the Potomac River in Frederick County, Maryland. They were the target of his attacks. In addition, he tormented Union sympathizers residing in northern Loudoun County, breaking into their homes and taking anything that struck his fancy, especially horses.

Mobberly’s career came to an end on April 5, 1865, when he was killed by seven men waiting in ambush near Lovettsville. A local Union sympathizer, Luther Potterfield, with the aid of General John Stevenson, commander at Harpers Ferry at the time, choreographed his death.

The speaker, Horace Mewborn, is a noted Civil War authority, who has written and lectured extensively on John Mosby. He co-authored the “43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry: Mosby’s Command” for the Virginia Regimental Series, and compiled and edited “From Mosby’s Command,” a collection of newspaper articles by and about John Mosby and his Rangers.

The program will be held at the historic Saint James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville.

May 17 "The Germans in the Shenandoah Valley," presented by Rev. George Handley,  former president of the Lutheran Archives Center in Philadelphia, and a leading historian of the 18th century German Palatine emigration to North America.

June 14 "Lovettsville's Luther H. Potterfield" -- Edward Spannaus, Vice-president of the Lovettsville Historical Society, will follow up the Mobberly lecture, with a talk on Luther H. Potterfield, who played a key role in the effort to capture or kill John Mobberly, and who then suffered retaliation when his barn was burned by Mobberly sympathizers. Potterfield became a prominent Lovettsville citizen after the war, serving as Constable, Postmaster, an church elder, and superintendent of Lovettsville Union Cemetery.

Date TBD "The Blazer Scouts," presented by Darl L. Stephenson, author of Headquarters in the Brush: Blazer's Independent Union Scouts, the story of a select group of scouts and sharpshooters, which was created in 1863 to fight the bushwhackers in the mountains of West Virginia, and who were then charged by Gen. Philip Sheridan to take on John Mosby and his partisan Rangers.

August 9 "Hex Signs: the History and the Mystery"  presented by Lovettsville folk artist Kara Mueller.

September 13 The 250-year history of Lovettsville's New Jerusalem Lutheran Church, a program presented by the New Jerusalem 250th Anniversary Committee.

 


In the News

Girl Scout Troop 1434 Visits Lovettsville Historical Society


Girl Scout Troop 1434 earned their "Playing the Past" badge by visiting the Lovettsville Historical Society on Sunday, November 23.  The group of 5th graders learned about daily life in the era before electricity, telephones and modern conveniences.  The girls looked at photographs documenting Lovettsville's many changes over the years, guessed at the use of various household and farm implements on display, and admired the stitching of a handmade turn-of-the-last-century lady's floor-length gown from the museum's collection.  The girls had just come from their party where they had shared home-made old-fashioned snacks and family recipes, and decorated their own Victorian-style hats with silk flowers and tulle.  Tom Bullock and Ed Spannaus from the Lovettsville Historical Society hosted the girls, answered questions about artifacts, and provided the definitions of nineteenth-century terms as "dry goods,"  "notions," "staples," "undertaker," "millinery," "barter," and "livery."

The Lovettsville Historical Society and Museum is open Saturdays 1:00-4:00 and also by appointment. The LHS is committed to preserving and promoting the history and heritage of the Town of Lovettsville and the surrounding area known as "The German Settlement."  Displayed are various artifacts, photographs, documentation, household articles, tools, genealogy and other historical information pertaining to the local history within the Lovettsville Museum.

 




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