Mosby Heritage Area Association Newsletter--June 2016
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Carroll Kisser
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Upcoming Events
SAVE THE DATE--October 7-9, 2016
MHAA will host its 19th Annual Conference on the Art of Command in the Civil War.  This year's focus is July 3, 1863--the third day at Gettysburg.  Highlights include talks and a panel discussion of the nation's finest Gettysburg historians on Friday and Saturday, followed by a day-long tour of the Gettysburg battlefield on Sunday, October 9.

For more information or to register, click here.  Full registration is $450 while admission to attend the Friday and Saturday talks only is $225.

Pelham (left) was the post Civil War home of Mary Dulany (right) and her husband Robert Neville

Sunday, July 10, 2:00 p.m.
Pelham: A Look at the Victorian Era

Middleburg Academy Ball Room
35321 Notre Dame Lane
Middleburg, VA 20117

Pelham is one of the Mosby Heritage Area's most stylish Victorian homes.  It was built by Colonel Richard H. Dulany of Welbourne as a wedding gift for his eldest child, Mary Carter Dulany.  Mary was wed on November 1, 1876 to Irishman Robert Neville.  They returned from their honeymoon to find their new home, along with 500 acres, carved from the neighboring farm, Crednal, another Dulany-Carter family property.  Robert and Mary Neville named their new home Pelham, in honor of Confederate Major John Pelham, who Mary became fond of during his visit to Welbourne when she was 13.

The program will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Middleburg Academy Ball Room. Jana Shafagoj, Director of Preservation and Education at Morven Park, will kick off the day with a talk on Victorian Architecture and Style.  Following the talk, the program will proceed to Pelham (34300 Welbourne Road, Middleburg) for a tour and refreshments.  

Tickets are $30 each for MHAA members and $40 for non-members.  Click the button below or call (540) 687-6681 to buy your tickets today.
Purchase tickets for Pelham

The John Wesley Church (left) in Waterford, site of July's Legends by Lanternlight; the Mosby Heritage Area Interpretive Group in Warrenton (right)

Saturday, July 23, 7:30 p.m.
Legends by Lanternlight: Tales of War and Peace, 1859-1867

John Wesley Church
40125 Bond Street
Waterford, VA 20197

The Mosby Heritage Area Interpretive Group (MHAIG) is coming to one of the heritage area's best preserved 19th-century villages on Saturday evening, July 23, to partner with the Waterford Foundation.

Waterford's experience during the Civil War was unique compared to that of most American towns.  Largely populated by Quakers who remained loyal to the Union and loyal to their pacifist beliefs, it constantly played victim to Confederates who viewed the Quakers as disloyal.  

Come and explore historic Waterford and hear about the men and women who lived there as the Civil War swirled around and within their formerly quiet village.  Learn about Samuel Means and the Loudoun Rangers, the only Union unit organized in secessionist Virginia, a Unionist newspaper written by three young Waterford girls, and James Lewis, a freed black who fought for the Union and settled in Waterford after the war.

No reservations are required.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students.  All proceeds are being donated to the Waterford Foundation in an effort to help recover from the loss of 2015 Waterford Fair income due to an inclement weather cancellation.
Walking is involved; dress comfortably.  For more information, call (540) 687-5188.

Frank Stringfellow during the war (left),
and a contemporary portrayal of Frank Stringfellow by Jack Falahee (right)

Sunday, July 31, 3:00 p.m.
Conversations in History: Frank Stringfellow, Confederate Scout and Mosby Ranger

Mt. Zion Historic Park
40309 John Mosby Highway
Aldie, VA 20105

Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Stringfellow was a scout and spy for the Confederate Army in the Civil War.  He has most recently come to light thanks to Jack Falahee's portrayal of him in the PBS series Mercy Street.  How accurate is Mercy Street's portrayal of Stringfellow?  Join Mosby historian Eric Buckland on Sunday, July 31 to find out.

Buckland, a retired Lt. Colonel from the United States Army, is the author of five books focusing on the individuals who rode with John Singleton Mosby during the Civil War.  "The stories that I have found about the men who rode with Mosby have put a 'face' to the war and to the America that developed after it," says Buckland.  

The program, part of the joint MHAA and NVRPA Conversations in History series, will begin at 3:00 p.m. at the historic Mt. Zion Church, site of many Mosby rendezvous and the location of one of the Gray Ghost's greatest victories on July 6, 1864.

No reservations are required for this event.  Admission is $10 per adult and is free for students.  For more information, call (540) 687-5188.

SAVE THE DATE--November 12, 2016 
when we will hold our annual fundraiser.  This year we will delight our guests with intimate supper parties in private, historic homes throughout the Mosby Heritage Area--a completely unique experience.  Invitations will be mailed in the late summer, but in the meantime, be sure to mark your calendars.
Since Our Last Newsletter
From upper left moving clockwise: Lee Lawrence (left) and Eva Smithwick (right) (courtesy of Douglas Lees); Lee Lawrence speaks about Catherine Broun in Middleburg United Methodist Church (courtesy of Douglas Lees); Quaint Sunny Bank (courtesy of Rich Gillespie); Sunny Bank barn, where Traveller supposedly stayed (courtesy of Douglas Lees)

Saturday, June 12
Catherine Broun: Middleburg's Lady Civil War Diarist

Middleburg United Methodist Church
15 West Washington Street
Middleburg, VA 20117

"Catherine had an important role in Middleburg's experience of war.  She was smart, active, and brave, often putting herself at risk.  I love sharing her story."  That is how Broun's diary editor Lee Lawrence summed up Catherine Broun's story.  Lawrence captivated her audience of nearly 70 people in the Middleburg United Methodist Church with Catherine's incredible diary and Middleburg's wartime episodes.

Following the talk at the church where Catherine Broun worshipped, a caravan of cars wound their way outside of Middleburg to Sunny Bank, Broun's wartime home where many of her diary entries were written.  The home is mentioned many times in the diary, and was always in the way of passing soldiers, many of whom stopped at Sunny Bank.  Traveller, Robert E. Lee's famed wartime horse, also likely stayed at Sunny Bank for a brief period of time.

The quaintness of Sunny Bank impressed all of the attendees.  MHAA would like to thank the caretakers of Sunny Bank Eva and Speedy Smithwick for their hospitality.
From the Window of MHAA's Executive Director...
It is a beautiful June evening out my window—spectacular light looking over the field toward the Blue Ridge.  I’ll be heading out there shortly to enjoy that beautiful view, and then the subsequent gloaming.  But that view makes me think of how fortunate we are in the Mosby Heritage Area to have thus far preserved a good bit of it, and fended off the worst of attacks on it.   We’ve been extremely busy at the Mosby Heritage Area Association educating for preservation in the past year, and I’m extremely pleased with the results of that hard work.  I want to tell you about one key piece of that significant effort.
A good outfit periodically needs to spend some time looking at the future and planning for it.  A year ago, the Mosby Heritage Area Association Board of Directors thought it a propitious time to reflect upon ourselves and where MHAA is heading.  This led to an important Directors’ Retreat on a beautiful October day at Shepherd’s Corner Farm overlooking the Hillsboro Gap.  Based upon lengthy discussion, a list of issues for further examination was derived.  “The List” was given to a newly formed board committee, MHAA’s Outreach Work Group, chaired by Directors Jeff Freeman and Rob Orrison.  The work group’s ten members began meeting monthly in December.  Let me tell you now that I am beaming proud to be director of an organization whose civil, diplomatic, yet searching manner in confronting issues facing us has led to consensus.   The Outreach Work Group discussions were perceptive, thought-provoking, and refreshing.
Based on these discussions, the following recommendations were made to the MHAA Board and have been approved:
1.  The name of the Mosby Heritage Area and its governing Association has earned significant good will over a score of years.  Both “The Mosby Heritage Area” and “The Mosby Heritage Area Association” should continue to be used in speaking of our region and the educational efforts of our association going forward.
2.  The logo of the Mosby Heritage Area Association and of the heritage area should be refreshed to allow us to better reflect the local landscape and its varied stories over time.   Over some four months and using a professional designer, we’ve prepared a new logo.  We are very excited about this, and you will see us begin to use it soon.  It will be MHAA’s sixth logo.   
3.  Our mission should continue to be encapsulated with our maxim “Preservation through Education” when speaking of the Mosby Heritage Area Association.  When referring to the Mosby Heritage Area, the three parts of our mission should be used—SEE IT—SAVE IT—PASS IT ON.  You will see this used on our new web site.
4.  While understanding the huge interest in the Civil War and the story of John Singleton Mosby and the dominance of this in terms of preserved sites in the heritage area, the Mosby Heritage Area Association should strive for a wider variety of our stories and programming from our historic landscape and its storied heritage.  This will not mean that our antebellum, Civil War, Reconstruction, or Mosby heritage will take a back seat.  It just should never have the only seat.
5.  The board should contract with a prominent museum/historic site/historical organization program evaluator to examine the Mosby Heritage Area Association’s outreach programming and our current and future audiences to make recommendations for the MHAA Board to consider going forward, to be undertaken in the fall of 2016.
The Mosby Heritage Area Association Board of Directors and staff see our heritage area as a national as well as local asset.  We see the heritage area model and mission we’ve created as something to share with the wider preservation world.  We hope you feel as we do that the recommendations adopted above will allow us to continue to inspire our current loyal members as well as reach out to a potential new generation of those who, like ourselves, care deeply about this lovely, historic part of the Old Dominion.

Where in the Mosby Heritage Area?
Can you identify where and what this building is in upper Fauquier County?  Be the first to send the information to and you could win a free "Got Mosby?" t-shirt.  What history will you find today?
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