Welcome to the Lovettsville Historical Society Official Website.
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 offers research resources and assistance.

2016 Lecture Series

1866: Change, Resistance, and Uncertainty in the Northern Virginia Piedmont

Sunday, February 14 at 2

Richard T. Gillespie, the Executive Director of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, will once again kick off our annual lecture series with a presentation on Civil War-related events in this area exactly 150 years ago.

By late 1865 and into 1866, Loudoun and Fauquier counties were occupied by federal troops in the wake of the Confederate defeat the previous spring. Confederate and Union soldiers from the region had largely returned home.  The commercial and farm economies were in a shambles due to the fighting, burning of farms and mills by federal troops, and because of the absence of men of military age.  Freedmen were suddenly free, with an air of uncertainty about their status.  Rebels of significant worth were to have their property seized by the United States Treasury Department, but whether this would be fully carried out was uncertain.  It was a time of Northern missionaries coming south to assist the newly-freed in building schools, and a time when freedmen themselves built their first churches.  For the returning veterans, there were many decisions to be made, careers to be mended or begun, and loves to be wooed. 

This 1866 program will use area historic sites and landscapes to weave a tapestry of civilian and soldier experience during the months following the South’s ill-fated bid for independence.  Richly illustrated with photo and anecdote, this glimpse of 1866 explores our region and the impact its events  had on soldiers, civilians, and freedmen.

The lecture is free, open to the public, and will be held at the historic Saint James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville. 

Look out Below! The Surprising Geology of Brunswick and Lovettsville

Sunday, March 13 at 2

Don Peterson, local naturalist and writer, will discuss the geology of the Brunswick and Lovettsville area, as the second presentation in our 2016 Lecture Series.  Peterson's talk will focus on some interesting and little-known geological events and features in this area, such as Africa’s collision with North America, the supercontinent Pangea, a weird local mountain formation where today’s Brunswick and Lovettsville are located, a local “pop-up” mountain in Virginia, disappearing mountains, wind gaps and water gaps in Maryland and Virginia, and why the Appalachian Trail in Maryland switches to a different mountain in Virginia.

The lecture is free, open to the public, and will be held at the historic Saint James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville. . 


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