The Mosby Heritage Area Association announced in early January that the historic village of Willisville has been named to the National Register of Historic Places. MHAA helped raise funds to assist the village in achieving the designation; Jane Covington Motion was the historic preservationist hired to prepare the application. Covington worked with longtime resident Carol Lee to assemble the historical record for the submission.
Willisville, an early 19th-century settlement in Loudoun County, pre-dates the Civil War, and it is now Loudoun’s only African-American village individually listed on the Register.
MHAA board of directors member Dulany Morison, President Jennifer Moore, Covington and Lee attended the January LCPCC meeting, where congratulations were extended to all who worked to achieve this designation. Lee, whose grandparents arrived in the village in 1935, has established a non-profit for the future preservation of the village, the Willisville Preservation Foundation (WPF).
A presentation prepared by Jane Covington on the village can be accessed at the Coalition’s website. Click here to view it.