“The History of Aldie Village” is a 90-minute presentation set for 5: 30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at the Aldie United Methodist Church, 39325 John Mosby Highway in Aldie. The presentation will include the general history and Civil War history of the village, and the history of three historic structures Loudoun County plans to demolish to build an 18,000 square foot fire station to serve new housing developments several miles away on the east side of Route 15. The event is co-hosted by the Mosby Heritage Area Association, Civil War Trust, Aldie Heritage Association, Lovettsville Historical Society, Land Trust of Virginia. Click here for flyer with additional details.
Background: The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has distributed a plan outlining the demolition of three historic buildings in Aldie: the Woodburn Tavern, 39491 John Mosby Highway, a Victorian residence at 39469 John Mosby Highway, and a cottage at 39493 John Mosby Highway. Additionally, alterations will be required to the floodplains, the steep slopes, and other environmental impediments to install a facility of the proposed scale. Area citizens are upset with these plans and a petition with over 3,000 signatures seeks relocation of this firehouse.
The proposed Aldie Fire Station No. 7 would be directly on the core of the June 17, 1863, Aldie battlefield. This battle was the opening fight of the “Prelude to Gettysburg” cavalry battles and also included the later battles of Middleburg and Upperville. The Southern cavalry under Gen. J.E.B. Stuart performed a screening movement as Gen. Robert E. Lee’s troops moved across the Potomac to invade the North a second time. This cavalry action prevented the Federal cavalry from reaching the Blue Ridge Mountains, therefore allowing Lee to move successfully north and eventually resulting in the Battle of Gettysburg, fought July 1-3, 1863.
The speakers will discuss the historical importance of Aldie and the buildings which are threatened with demolition to allow room for the new firehouse to be constructed.
In the 2016 and 2017 General Assembly sessions, Delegate John Bell (Loudoun-87th district) introduced legislation to require Light Emitting Diode (LED) outdoor lighting for all state government entities (the bills did not advance to a full House of Delegates vote either year). While the commitment to energy efficiency is laudable, the proposed legislation failed to incorporate necessary criteria for responsible outdoor lighting in order to prevent the harmful safety, aesthetic, and environmental impacts of low quality LED. The Virginia chapter Read More →
On January 11 Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that she has approved expansion of the Balls Bluff Battlefield National Historic Landmark from its current 76 acres near Leesburg to include more than 3,300 acres of pristine riverfront land on both sides of the Potomac River and including Harrison Island, Maryland. The approval of this distinct and high honor recognizes both the significant events which occurred here in late 1861 and the beauty of this well-preserved stretch of the Read More →
On the agenda for the Tuesday, April 26, Planning Commission hearing is a project with huge implications for our mountains and rural Loudoun. It is about approval of a Commission Permit for a telecom 160,000 sq ft building, 35 feet high and 433 long, with generators and air coolers on the ridgeline of the Short Hill Mountain, at the old AT&T site. There are many concerns about this proposed industrial use in the rural area. Comments presented by LCPCC Chair Read More →
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As a part of the Coalition-supported Rural Roads program, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has undertaken a multiyear program of focused and extensive repairs to the most problematic sections of Loudoun’s unpaved rural roads. This effort is designed to reduce the frequency of maintenance required in these areas and, thus, free up more routine maintenance resources for the entire rural road network while preserving its rural character. VDOT has shared the list of roads VDOT plans to work on Read More →
Below are the introductory comments of Childs Burden, President of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, at the Coalition Festival on December 6, 2015, in Leesburg. The Loudoun County Preservation and Conservation Coalition performs good work in monitoring and responding to threats which arise from population growth that is expanding at an exponential rate. The mission of the Coalition is to preserve and to protect the historical and environmental resources within our county. This is very closely aligned with the mission Read More →
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Two significant meetings concerning the John G. Lewis Bridge on Featherbed Lane took place in late July. On July 28, the historic bridge was the site of its own official naming ceremony, in honor of the Loudoun preservationist who worked to protect it and have it listed on the National Register, with speeches and remarks delivered by several local politicians and groups. Catoctin District Supervisor Geary Higgins organized the bridge naming ceremony to honor John Lewis and his work as Read More →