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John G. Lewis Memorial Bridge Rehabilitation

John G. Lewis Memorial Bridge Rehabilitation: Preserving a Loudoun County Historical Landmark By: Clare Matheny If you have driven on Milltown Road, Taylorstown Road, or Loyalty Road in the past year, you have seen the detour signs for Featherbed Lane…. Continue Reading →

Looking for our Palatine German ancestors: A short trip to New York’s Mohawk Valley

Looking for our Palatine German ancestors: A short trip to New York’s Mohawk Valley By Edward Spannaus If you have visited the Lovettsville Museum, you may have seen a display called “How We Got Here: The Palatine Emigration to America,… Continue Reading →

The Wright brothers’ roots in the German Settlement

On Dec. 21, the Town of Hillsboro unveiled a refurbished historical marker honoring Susan Koerner Wright, the month of the pioneers of flight, Wilbur and Orville Wright. You can read about the ceremony here and here. At the ceremony, the… Continue Reading →

Aircraft Part from 1940 Lovettsville Crash Donated to Museum

A piece of machined metal from the August 31, 1940 airplane crash near Lovettsville has been donated to the Lovettsville Museum by Robert Zirkle and Carol Sue Zirkle of Shenandoah, Virginia. The item was part of the estate of Robert’s… Continue Reading →

Our December 2021 Newsletter is now available

The December Newsletter has been published, and is available by clicking here.

The Luther Potterfield Stable, and The Block That Was Too Big for Itself

  Some of you may have noticed the restoration work being done on the red barn at the corner of Locust Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. That structure was once a livery stable which was probably built or rebuilt by Luther… Continue Reading →

Christmas at Mount Sinai — 1886

The following reports of activities at Mount Sinai Free Will Baptist Church, located at the intersection of Mountain Road and Britain Road southwest of Lovettsville, were published in the Loudoun Telephone in November and December 1887. The first article tells… Continue Reading →

Our November 2021 Newsletter is now available!

The LHS Newsletter for November 2021 is now out. Click here to read it.

And you think your log house is old?

While touring the Lake Garda area in northern Italy last month, my wife Nancy and I visited the Museo Rambotti, an archeological museum in Desenzano. This museum features the prehistoric “pile dwellings” (we might call them stilt houses) which were built around Lake… Continue Reading →

County Supervisors to take up preservation of Mount Sinai Cemetery

Over a year after the Lovettsville Historical Society began its drive to draw public attention to the plight of the abandoned African-American cemetery on Mountain Road known as the Mount Sinai Cemetery, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors will take… Continue Reading →

Family & Friends of Mount Sinai Cemetery ask for Board of Supervisors help in preserving abandoned burial ground

On Sept. 7, representatives of the Family & Friends of Mount Sinai Cemetery participated in a virtual meeting with Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis Randall and with staff from her office and from the office of Catoctin District… Continue Reading →

Trees Made of Stone

By Lori Hinterleiter Kimball Many cemeteries contain unusually carved or shaped gravestones, but the markers that look like tree trunks are some of the most unusual.  Called by various names – tree trunk stones, tree stump stones, treestones – they… Continue Reading →

Over 100 attend Revolutionary War ceremony in Lovettsville

Five Revolutionary War Patriots were honored on Saturday, July 24, at an impressive and colorful ceremony held at the New Jerusalem Lutheran Church Cemetery in Lovettsville, sponsored by the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). The five Patriots honored in… Continue Reading →

Outline of the German role in the Revolutionary War

Outline of the German role in the Revolutionary War (The following are notes prepared by Edward Spannaus for his presentation in the September 11, 2011 lecture on “The German Settlement in the Revolutionary War.”) On June 14, 1775 – and… Continue Reading →

Who were the five Patriots honored on July 24?

Following are the biographies of the five Revolutionary War Patriots who were recognized in the July 24 grave-marking ceremony at New Jerusalem Lutheran Church Cemetery. Johannes (John) Axline  (presented by Dr. Donald Cooper of Leesburg and Fairfax Resolves Chapter SAR):… Continue Reading →

Slide Show: German Settlement Veterans of the Revolutionary War

Almost ten years ago, on September 11, 2011, the Lovettsville Historical Society presented, as part of its monthly lecture series, a presentation on the German Settlement in the Revolution.  Here is the slide show that was presented by Michael Zapf… Continue Reading →

Our July 2021 newsletter is here!

Our monthly newsletter for July 2021 has just been published.  It features reports on the Museum reopening on August 3, and plans to resume our monthly lecture series, as well as the annual Lovettsville Elementary School history award, and announcements… Continue Reading →

LHS Team Brings Mount Sinai Cemetery Story to Juneteenth Celebration

The Family & Friends of Mount Sinai Cemetery, a project of the Lovettsville Historical Society, was at the Leesburg Juneteenth celebration on June 19 at Ida Lee Park. Pictured are Claudette Bard, Ed Bard, and Ed Spannaus. We were spreading… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

Herbert Traxler: Pillar of Lovettsville Oktoberfest

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,… Continue Reading →

Taylorstown Mill: The Historical Preservation of a Loudoun County Grist Mill (1800-present)

  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…. Continue Reading →

Our May 2021 Newsletter is now available

Our May Newsletter is now available. View it here.  

Loudoun County Heritage Commission endorses request for appointment of Mount Sinai Cemetery Trustees

On April 15, the Loudoun County Heritage Commission sent a letter to the Family & Friends of Mount Sinai Cemetery, a project of the Lovettsville Historical Society, supporting the group’s request to have representatives appointed as Trustees for the cemetery… Continue Reading →

Our April 2021 Newsletter is Now Available!

Our latest newsletter issue, for April 2021, is now available.  One of the history features is about the Hawker log store, and how it made its way from Sunnyside, a community in southeast Frederick County MD, to Lovettsville.  And we… Continue Reading →

Family & Friends of Mount Sinai Cemetery seek assistance of Loudoun County Board of Supervisors

The Family & Friends of Mount Sinai Cemetery, consisting of families of those buried in the Mount Sinai Free Will Baptist Cemetery near Lovettsville, as well as neighbors and others, have appealed to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors for… Continue Reading →

Mount Sinai Church: A Forgotten Gem of Lovettsville History

  By Edward Spannaus The 19th-century Mount Sinai Free Will Baptist Church, at “Little Britain” southwest of Lovettsville, has a history which is unique among the churches – black and white – in Loudoun County. Its origins were in the… Continue Reading →

From Sunnyside to Lovettsville: The Hawker Log Store

By Sarah Searle    When my husband and I purchased our small farmstead on Purcell Road, just outside the town limits of Lovettsville, it was through the eyes of two people who had grown up here and who were familiar… Continue Reading →

Is this a cemetery?

Family and Friends of Mount Sinai Cemetery are planning a Spring clean-up, as a first step toward a restoration of this historic cemetery which was active from at least 1887 to 1955, perhaps longer. The cemetery now sits on private… Continue Reading →

Our March 2021 Newsletter is now available!

Our latest newsletter, for March 2021, is now available. It features articles on Robert Booth, an early Dutchman’s Creek Pioneer, and on Mount Sinai Cemetery — both announcing that family and friends of Mount Sinai are planning a cemetery clean-up,… Continue Reading →

Our February 2021 Newsletter is now available

Our feature-filled newsletter for February is now available here.  

The Stories behind the Stained-glass Windows at Beans in the Belfry 

By Edward Spannaus I was staffing the Museum about a year ago – when we were still open – when a somewhat familiar-looking gentleman walked in. He introduced himself as Wayne Allgaier from the Brunswick History Commission, and I immediately… Continue Reading →

The Ruse/Reed Homestead at the Lovettsville Park

  By Lori Hinterleiter Kimball Anyone walking or driving recently by the intersection of East Broad Way/Milltown Road and Lovettsville Road would have noticed earth-moving equipment contouring the land in preparation for our new community park.  We will have ballfields,… Continue Reading →

The Ruse Family: A Typical Story of our German Settlers

By Edward Spannaus Christian Gottlieb Ruse (1746 – 1821) and Anna Catherine Ruse (1756? – 1802) came to our attention some years ago, because they were early owners of the land on which the Lovettsville Community Park was to be… Continue Reading →

Our December 2020 Newsletter is now out!

We have just published our December 2020 newsletter.  You can get it here.  

Charles W. Johnson: The Spy Who Walked a Crooked Line

By Edward Spannaus The Charles Johnson who featured in the fracas following a Republican event in Waterford in November 1888 was no stranger to conflict – be it of the military or political sort.  In post-Reconstruction Loudoun he was known… Continue Reading →

When Waterford’s (and Lovettsville’s) Politics Got Out of Hand

This story in the November issue of the Waterford Foundation newsletter caught our eye, especially the part at the end of the story about the 1888 brawl with a group of visitor from Lovettsville.  We started checking into it, and… Continue Reading →

Our November 2020 Newsletter is now out!

  Read our November newsletter here.    

The Mystery of the Re-appearing Gravestones

Here’s a story you may have missed, in the absence of the Brunswick Citizen and its news coverage of “Greater Lovettsville”. We learned about this incident from the Hagerstown news source WDVM, which published out a story and a video… Continue Reading →

Honoring Former Mayor Elaine Walker

  Memorial Address for Elaine Walker  Delivered by Michael Zapf on behalf of the Lovettsville Historical Society, October 10th, 2020 at the Walker Pavilion, Lovettsville Elaine Walker’s career in the administration of Lovettsville’s town government is a testimony of the love… Continue Reading →

Our October 2020 Newsletter is now available!

Our October 2020 Newsletter is now available and ready for your reading enjoyment. This issue features an article on the World War II Gold Star Service Flag at New Jerusalem Lutheran Church; a new feature on “Hidden History: the Mount… Continue Reading →

Elaine Walker Memorial Service and Celebration of Life, Saturday, October 10

Our September 2020 Newletter is ready

Our September 2020 Newsletter is now available.  Read it here.   

Whose Folly, or Who’s Fawley?

During colonial times, it was common for land tracts to be given colorful names, such as “Tasker’s Chance,” “Arnold’s Delight,” “Mortality,” or “Mill’s Folly” — all of which were in nearby Frederick County, Maryland. “Folly” was often used in land… Continue Reading →

Our August 2020 Newsletter has launched!

Our August Newsletter is now available, featuring an introduction to the Loudoun Farm Heritage Museum and the role that Lovettsville-area farming plays in the story it tells.  Get the Newsletter here.  

The Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum: Preserving Loudoun’s Agricultural History – East and West

  Visitors from the Lovettsville area who have toured the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum in Sterling for the first time, are pleasantly surprised to find that the Western Loudoun County and the Lovettsville area are well-represented in the Farm Museum’s… Continue Reading →

“Voices of Lovettsville” — Tell us your coronavirus stories!

The Lovettsville Historical Society is sponsoring an exciting new project, called “Voices of Lovettsville,” to collect stories of our local citizens’ experiences during these extraordinary times of the coronavirus. Sheryl Frye has volunteered to lead this project over the next… Continue Reading →

Our July 2020 Newletter is ready

Our July newsletter launches the “Voices of Lovettsville” campaign, to collect the stories of your experiences in the time of Covid-19.  And our history feature story is a bit of a history mystery:   discovering how the Spanish Flu epidemic affected… Continue Reading →

The Spanish Flu in Lovettsville: a sort of History Mystery

  The Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918-1919 was the worst ever in world history  – except perhaps for the 14th century Black Death — taking an estimated 675,000 lives in the United States, and 50 to 100 million worldwide.  No… Continue Reading →

Our June 2020 Newsletter is now available!

The June newsletter provides a guide to Loudoun County online history resources, and highlights our remembrance of former Mayor and LHS Board Member Elaine Walker.  History features include a Civil War story by Jim Rada, “The Great Calico Raid;”  a… Continue Reading →

Secrets of Catoctin Mountain — Excerpt

James Rada was scheduled to be our speaker for the May 17 presentation in our monthly Lecture Series — which is now on hold due to the Coronavirus shutdown of public events.  We asked Mr. Rada if he would submit… Continue Reading →

Spanish Flu Hit in Brunswick Hard in October 1918

  The Spanish Flu hit the United States in three waves in 1918-19. The first, which was for the most part mild and non-fatal, broke out in March 1918, in Kansas, mostly among young men in the military. Over the… Continue Reading →

LOUDOUN COUNTY PRESERVATION AND CONSERVATION COALITION’S LEADERSHIP SEEKS PRESERVATION OF LOVETTSVILLE COMMUNITY CENTER

The following letter was sent to the Board of Supervisors by the Executive Committee of the Loudoun County Preservation and Conservation Coalition: May 1, 2020 The Honorable Phyllis Randall Chair, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors 1 Harrison Street SE Leesburg, VA  20177-7000… Continue Reading →

“Why Do We Commemorate Memorial Day?”

Memorial Day remarks by Edward Spannaus, Lovettsville Historical Society, May 25, 2020, delivered as part of the Town of Lovettsville’s virtual Memorial Day Ceremony. The video of the entire event can be viewed here.    I’m speaking to you from… Continue Reading →

Our May 2020 Newsletter is now available!

We have just published our monthly newsletter for May 2020. Even though we are forced to close the Museum, and postpone all lectures until it is safe to meet again,  there is still lots to do. This issue continues our… Continue Reading →

Lovettsville Alumni Association calls on Supervisors to save historic classrooms in Community Center

This is the letter sent to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors by the Lovettsville Alumni Association, asking the Board to halt the demolition of the Community Center with its classrooms from theold Lovettsville School:        

Loudoun County: Federalist Stronghold in Virginia

By Nancy Spannaus In the Hamilton-vs.-Jefferson conflict that raged throughout America in the early Republic, there weren’t many parts of Virginia which consistently elected opponents of Thomas Jefferson, but one of them was Loudoun County. From the Constitutional ratification convention… Continue Reading →

Loudoun County Heritage Commission opposes demolition of Lovettsville Community Center building

The Loudoun County Heritage Commission sent a letter to the Board of Supervisors on March 31 supporting the Lovettsville Historical Society and the Lovettsville Alumni Association in their efforts to save the historic sections of the Lovettsville Community Center building,… Continue Reading →

Stop Demolition of Community Center: LHS asks Supervisors

On April 14, 2020, Fred George, President of the Lovettsville Historical Society, sent the following letter to Catoctin Supervisor Caleb Kushner and the entire Loudoun County Board of Supervisors:    

Our April 2020 Newsletter is now available!

The Lovettsville Museum and our lecture series is shut down,  but history is not shut down!  It is open. We continue to bring you our newsletter, in which we will point you to some useful on-line resources which you can use to enrich your… Continue Reading →

Hessian Soldiers in Lovettsville

Hessian Soldiers in Lovettsville  By Edward Spannaus During the American Revolution, tens of thousands of German soldiers were sent by their rulers to fight against the American colonists on behalf of the British crown. Thousands of them defected and stayed… Continue Reading →

Our March 2020 Newletter is now available!

The March newsletter is now published.  See it here.

Part II of The Journals of Dr. James A. Willard of Lovettsville

By Michael Zapf In our February 2020 Newsletter we introduced Dr. James A. Willard, who resided and practiced in Lovettsville from 1867 until his death in 1906. Two sources of information give us in-depth insights into the man and his… Continue Reading →

March 8 Lecture: “German Immigrants, American Pioneers: The Brunners of Schifferstadt”

German Immigrants, American Pioneers: The Brunners of Schifferstadt Presented by Patricia Ogden and Boyce Rensberger Sunday, March 8, at 2:00 p.m. St. James United Church of Christ, Lovettsville, Va. The saga of one desperate German family’s search for a better… Continue Reading →

Our February 2020 Newsletter is now available!

You can get it here.

The Journals of Dr. James A. Willard of Lovettsville

By Michael Zapf Readers may recall the article published on the Lovettsville Historical Society website of January 25th, 2018, “The Fascinating Story Behind Wilfred Emory Cutshaw’s Crumbling 1854 Book” which also appeared as “Gems of the Lovettsville Historical Society and… Continue Reading →

Feb. 9 — Lovettsville 101: An Introduction to The German Settlement

Kicking off the Lovettsville Historical Society’s 2020 Lecture Series: “Lovettsville 101” An Introduction to The German Settlement Sunday, February 9, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. St. James United Church of Christ 10 East Broad Way, Lovettsville Some Lovettsvillians have lived here… Continue Reading →

Our January 2020 Newsletter is now available!

Get the full January issue here.  Feb. 9:  “Lovettsville 101:”  An introduction to The German Settlement Rob Jones honored at LHS Annual Membership Meeting Feature article:  Luther Potterfield and the Lovettsville Potterfields: A Family Divided Rev. George Handley (1930-2019), LHS lecture… Continue Reading →

Luther Potterfield and the Lovettsville Potterfields: A Family Divided

Luther H. Potterfield and the Lovettsville Potterfields: A Family Divided By Edward Spannaus   (This is an edited version of talk presented to the Lovettsville Historical Society, on Sept. 20, 2015)   The Civil War period in Lovettsville is book-ended… Continue Reading →

Rev. George Handley (1930-2019), LHS lecture series speaker

    The Rev. George E. Handley, who spoke as part of the Lovettsville Historical Society’s lecture series in 2015, died on Dec. 20,2019  in Winchester.  Funeral services were held at the Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester on Dec…. Continue Reading →

Rob Jones honored at LHS Annual Membership Meeting

The first order of business at the Lovettsville Historical Society’s 2019 Annual Membership Meeting on Dec. 15, was the presentation of a donation to retired Marine Sergeant and Paralympic Bronze Medalist, Rob Jones, for the benefit of the Loudoun-based Coalition… Continue Reading →

Our November 2019 newsletter is now available!

Our latest newsletter is now available! See it here.

The German-American Zweitürhaus

  Why does that house have two front doors?    One little-known feature which gives the Lovettsville area a distinctive Germanic flavor, is the presence of a number of two-door houses – that is, two front doors – which are… Continue Reading →

November 10: “The Lost History of Potomac Marble”

“The Lost History of Potomac Marble” Presented by Paul Kreingold. Conservation Director of the Loudoun County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America. Sunday, November 10, at 2:00 p.m.   When the Capitol of the United States was rebuilt after… Continue Reading →

In Memoriam: Jimmy Spring, our “Living Legend of Lovettsville”

Jimmy Spring (above, center), who was featured in our “Living Legends of Lovettsville” presentation on Dec. 11, 2016, passed away on September 22.  The 2016 event was presented before a packed house in the fellowship hall at New Jerusalem Lutheran Church.  Featured at the… Continue Reading →

Our October 2019 Newsletter is now available

Read our latest newsletter here.

The last days of the old Brunswick bridge — and other stories of our ferries and bridges

Above:  Photograph from The Times-Herald, Feb. 10, 1953, courtesy of Brunswick History Commission.  Automobiles are crossing the old bridge, as a construction crane is used to lower the superstructure for the new bridge, which replaced the old one in 1955. Our… Continue Reading →

October 13: “Germanna 101: Virginia’s First German Settlement”

“Germanna 101: Virginia’s First German Settlement” Presented by Ashley Abruzzo, Germanna Foundation Sunday, October 13, at 2:00 p.m. Almost two decades before German settlers began streaming into Virginia’s Loudoun Valley and the Shenandoah Valley, the first organized settlement of Germans… Continue Reading →

“Tastings, Tales, & Tunes” at Hiddencroft Vineyards, October 17

Second Annual Tasting, Tales, and Tunes: Lovettsville Historical Society Night at Hiddencroft Vineyards Thursday Evening, October 17, 2019—7:00-9:30 p.m.  Those of us who live in this region relish the unique history, culture, stories, music, foods, and beverages of our German-influenced… Continue Reading →

Our September 2019 Newsletter is now available!

Get the newsletter here .

Sept. 8 — “The Shenandoah Valley’s German Heritage”

“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… Continue Reading →

Our August 2019 Newsletter is now available.

See our August newsletter here.

Video: Growing Up Lovettsville, with Walter Fleming

The full video of our June 9 presentation on the Life and Times of Walter Fleming, is now available on our YouTube channel.  See it now!  Our thanks to Ethan Smith for editing and posting.  

Our July 2019 Newsletter is now available!

Read the latest issue of our newsletter here.  

Finding Loudoun’s Historic Cemeteries

As part of a broader effort to identify and preserve Loudoun County historic cemeteries and burial grounds, a newly-developed, interactive Loudoun County cemeteries map was unveiled at the June 4 Board of Supervisors meeting. With the help of various community… Continue Reading →

Ethan Smith wins LHS History Award at Lovettsville Elementary School 

Above:  Ethan Smith, Ed Spannaus, and Annie Smith. Ethan Smith, son of Annie and Buck Smith, won the Lovettsville Historical Award at the 5th Grade Awards Ceremony, held at Lovettsville Elementary School on June 5. Ethan’s history essay, “Battle at… Continue Reading →

Our June 2019 newsletter is now available!

For our latest issue, read it here. In this issue: Lecture June 9: “A conversation with Walter Fleming” Upcoming LHS lectures and events Heritage Commission proposal presented to Supervisors 1938 WPA Historical Inventory: New Jerusalem Lutheran Church “The day New… Continue Reading →

County Heritage Commission proposal would recognize Lovettsville and North Loudoun role in Civil War

  On June 4, the Loudoun County Heritage Commission will present to the County Board of Supervisors, its recommendations for new monuments and memorials on the Courthouse grounds. Among the Heritage Commission recommendations are that the County erect a Civil… Continue Reading →

Our May 2019 Newsletter is now available

For the May issue, click here.

May 19: Eugene Scheel presents his new “American Indian Map of Loudoun County”

“American Indian Map of Loudoun County” to be presented by Eugene Scheel Sunday, May 19, at 2:00 p.m. Eugene Scheel has taught American Indian History to Loudoun County teachers for many decades, and he has now published his research as… Continue Reading →

May 11: Author Book Talk & Signing: 1777 – Danbury on Fire!

  Presented by M. H. B. Hughes at the Lovettsville Museum Saturday, May 11, at 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. M.H.B. Hughes says that her new book 1777 – Danbury on Fire! (Gatekeeper Press Nov. 2018) is for “children, ‘tweens and… Continue Reading →

Capt. Luther W. Slater: A Life of Service

By Edward Spannaus   Luther Slater is the only commissioned Union officer from the Civil War who is buried in Lovettsville. He was the highest-ranking elected officer in the Independent Loudoun Rangers, and but for his serious and disabling wounds,… Continue Reading →

March 2019 Newsletter is now available

View it here.

April 7 — Book Talk on Alexander Hamilton by Lovettsville Author

Presented by Nancy Spannaus Lovettsville Museum Sunday, April 7, at 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.         On Sunday April 7, Lovettsville author Nancy Spannaus will discuss and sign her new book, Hamilton Versus Wall Street: The Core Principles… Continue Reading →

March lecture: “’The Rebels is running over our Parents’: Recruiting Virginia Unionists into the Potomac Home Brigade”

Above: Travis Shaw Left: Potomac Home Brigade monument at Gettysburg   Presented by Travis Shaw, Public Programs Coordinator at the Mosby Heritage Area Association Sunday, March 10, 2:00 p.m.   On Sunday, March 10, we will hear the story of… Continue Reading →

February 2019 Newsletter is now available

Our February newsletter has just been published — accompanying the Russell Baker story, is a fascinating  school petition from the 1930s by parents from Morrisonville, plus photographs, and lots of other news about upcoming history events. https://mailchi.mp/88404e6eb958/lovettsville-historical-society-newsletter-feb-2019

With a smile, remembering Russell Baker

  By Edward Spannaus   Jan. 24, 2019–­It was with sadness that we learned of the January 21 death of acclaimed columnist and humorist Russell Baker – but at the same time, it was impossible not to smile and chuckle… Continue Reading →

Lovettsville Museum Closed For Renovations Until 9/28/18

The Lovettsville Museum is closed for renovations through 9/27 so that we can paint, install LED lighting, and mount new displays, in time for the 2018 Lovettsville Oktoberfest on 9/28 & 9/29. To book a time slot to visit our… Continue Reading →

“Rebecca and Thomas: A Civil War Spy Tale,” Next in the Lovettsville Historical Society’s Lecture Series (7/8/2018)

A Play in One Act, Written by Sharon Dixon, Sunday, July 8, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.   In September 1864, Thomas Laws, a slave from Clarke County, Virginia, collaborated with Rebecca Wright, a Quaker school teacher in Winchester, Virginia, to… Continue Reading →

Virginia Town Changes Its Name to ‘Capitalsville’ to Celebrate DC’s Stanley Cup Run (2018)

http://wjla.com/news/local/va-town-changing-its-name-to-capitalsville-to-celebrate-dcs-stanley-cup-run   #capitalsville #lovettsville #lovettsvillehistoricalsociety #ALLCAPS #caps #washingtoncapitals #NHL

Lovettsville Historical Society’s Spannaus Appointed to Loudoun County Heritage Commission (2018)

On May 17, 2018, the Loudoun County (Virginia) Board of Supervisors confirmed the nomination of Edward Spannaus to serve on the Loudoun County Heritage Commission as an at-large member. Spannaus, the vice-president of the Lovettsville Historical Society, was nominated for… Continue Reading →

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