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). […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Our May Newsletter is now available. View it here.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
Our feature-filled newsletter for February is now available here.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
We have just published our December 2020 newsletter. You can get it here.
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 […]
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 […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Our September 2020 Newsletter is now available. Read it here.
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” […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 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 […]
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. […]
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: […]
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. […]
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 […]
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:
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 […]
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 […]
The March newsletter is now published. See it here.
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 […]
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 […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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“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 […]
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 […]
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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 […]
“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 […]
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, […]
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“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 […]
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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.
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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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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“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 […]
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 […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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 […]
Upcoming Lectures: All Lovettsville Historical Society lectures are held at 2:00 on Sunday afternoons, at St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville, VA. They are free and open to the public, although donations are […]
Have you renewed your Lovettsville Historical Society membership for 2018? Join or renew today, and your 2018 membership will be valid from January 1 to December 31. Please support the activities and programs of the LHS […]
Click to read the January 2018 Newsletter of the Lovettsville Historical Society & Museum, including: Shane and Fay Branchcomb Donate to Museum Expansion Fund. Museum Wins Award in “Light Up Lovettsville” Contest. History Mystery #2. The Meaning Behind […]
Lovettsville residents Shane and Fay Branchcomb (shown here with Fred George on the left), made a substantial donation to the Lovettsville Historical Society’s Museum Expansion Fund on December 23. We thank them very much for their generous support. The […]
On December 20, 2017, at the “Light Up Lovettsville” awards ceremony at Lovettsville Town Hall, Mayor Bobby Zoldos and Councilwoman Kimberly Allar handed out the awards for Lovettsville homes and businesses with the best holiday exterior […]
Lovettsville Historical Society & Museum is now on Twitter! Please follow @LovMuseum on Twitter, and help us build our Followers. New feature articles on Lovettsville History will be tweeted monthly, if not weekly! https://twitter.com/LovMuseum Lovettsville […]
The Lovettsville Historical Society will hold its 2017 Annual Membership Meeting at 2:00 on Sunday, December 3, at the Lovettsville Museum, 4 East Pennsylvania Avenue in Lovettsville. The meeting is open to all members and […]
As an aid to anyone doing genealogical research on people who lived in the Lovettsville area, the full burial directory for Lovettsville Union Cemetery is now available online at http://lovettsvilleunioncemetery.org/index.htm
A book-signing event at the Lovettsville Museum on Sat. Feb. 25, 2017 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm, will feature the authors of the new book “The Independent Loudoun Virginia Rangers: The Roster of Virginia’s Only Union […]
You may have seen the story in the Brunswick Citizen issue of February 2, 2017. Entitled “Making History,” the story reported about the fundraising drive launched by the Lovettsville Historical Society to ensure the Lovettsville Museum’s ability to […]
The Board of Directors of the Lovettsville Historical Society is pleased to announce the creation of a “Museum Expansion Fund.” Donations to this fund will be used exclusively either for improving our present facility, or acquiring […]
LOVETTSVILLE HISTORY-MYSTERY #1: Can you help the Lovettsville Museum by telling us anything you might know about the “Willow Bend Inn,” J.F. McCormick, proprietor? According to the cover on this matchbook purchased on eBay, the Willow Bend […]