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.

2015 Lecture Series

Luther Potterfield and the Lovettsville Potterfields: A Divided Family

Sunday, September 20th at 2:00  

by Edward Spannaus

As a follow-up to our April lecture on the Civil War desperado John Mobberly, this month's lecture will focus on Luther H. Potterfield, who worked with the Union Army command at Harpers Ferry to carry out a capture/kill operation against the renegade Mobberly on April 5, 1865.

Edward Spannaus, vice-president of the Lovettsville Historical Society, will discuss how Potterfield, a scout for the Union Army, was authorized by Gen. John Stevenson to carry out the operation, how Potterfield's barn and other property were burned in retaliation, and how Potterfield spent decades seeking compensation of the damages. In later life, Luther Potterfield was one of the most prominent citizens of Lovettsville, serving as postmaster, a church elder, and as the long-time superintendent of Lovettsville Union Cemetery.

The Potterfield family is an interesting case study of the divisions that came about before and during the Civil War. Spannaus will trace the family from the emigration of Johannes Bottenfeld from Germany in 1750, through their coming to the German Settlement in Loudoun County from Pennsylvania in 1770, and how different branches of the family became pro-Union or pro-secessionist during the Civil War period. 


Upcoming Lectures:

October 11 -- "Finding Music in the Barns of Lovettsville"  Local luthier Mark Levin will talk about some musical instruments --  a fiddle and a cello -- recently discovered in Lovettsville.  Mark will talk about what he can tell about these instruments from their style of production -- how they were made, what materials were used etc. A demonstration will be given of playing the fiddle.

November 8 - T he 250-year history of Lovettsville's New Jerusalem Lutheran Church, a program presented by the New Jerusalem 250th Anniversary Committee.


Extended Museum Hours During Oktoberfest

The Lovettsville Museum will be open for visitors Friday evening, all day Saturday, and Sunday afternoon during Oktoberfest. Plan to visit. 

In the News:

Cub Scouts Visit Lovettsville Museum


The Museum at Christmas



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