POSTPONED: “Mapping the Short Hill,” Lovettsville Historical Society’s Lecture Series (10/15/2017)


“Mapping the Short Hill,” the lecture by historian and mapmaker Eugene Scheel, originally planned for May 21, is being postponed, because the memorial service for Clifton T. Walker — a long-time friend and supporter of the Lovettsville Historical Society and the husband of LHS Board member Elaine Walker — is being held on May 21.  We are rescheduling Mr. Scheel’s talk on his Short Hill Map until October 15, 2017. The next regularly-scheduled lecture will be on June 11, on “Colonial Life in Maryland and Virginia.” 


“MAPPING THE SHORT HILL” NEXT IN THE LOVETTSVILLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S 2017 LECTURE SERIES, presented by Eugene Scheel, Loudoun map-maker and historian, Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm, St. James Church, Lovettsville, VA.

Loudoun County’s pre-eminent map-maker and historian, Eugene Scheel, will discuss the making of his latest map on October 15, 2017 as part of the Lovettsville Historical Society’s monthly Lecture Series.  Mr. Scheel’s Short Hill map highlights historic features in the Short Hill area between Lovettsville and the Blue Ridge.

Mr. Scheel started his latest map in April 2016, in the midst of the public controversy over AT&T’s plans to enlarge its telecommunications facility on top of the scenic Short Hill mountain, just west of Lovettsville. With help from a number of old-timers from the area, Mr. Scheel walked and drove the entire area, locating sites of historic interest, such as where skirmishes and fighting took place during the Civil Road, and old roads, sawmills, and graveyards. Even though he had hoped to finish it quickly because of the heated controversy over the ATT&T construction project, he didn’t complete the map until September – still a significant accomplishment, which he says was only possibly because his work in the early 1970s on his famous historical map of the entirety of Loudoun County.

Having worked previously for National Geographic and Rand McNally, Mr. Scheel has devoted decades to map-making and historical research in Loudoun County and the Piedmont of Virginia. He has drawn over 50 historic maps, and has written nine books on local history. He will have many of these available for sale and autographing at the Lovettsville lecture.

The program will be held at St. James United Church of Christ, 10 East Broad Way, Lovettsville, Va., at 2:00 p.m on Sunday, October 15, 2017.  Admission is free, but donations are welcome to defray expenses of the program and to support the activities of the Lovettsville Historical Society.

For more information on this event or the history of Lovettsville, contact Edward Spannaus 540-822-9194, or 703-727-9758.

See these in-depth articles about Eugene Scheel and his newest creation, the map of Short Hill Mountain: