Mosby Heritage Area Association Newsletter--May 2016
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Welcome, New Members!

Kenneth A. Childs, Jr.
Michael Hunter
Peter Schaumber
R. Christensen
Lucinda Day
William Marshall


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Upcoming Events
SAVE THE DATE--July 10, 2016
Block off Sunday July 10 on your calendars and join the Mosby Heritage Area Association for a tour of historic Pelham, an 1870's Gothic style home.  Named in honor of Confederate soldier John Pelham, who was killed during the Civil War, Pelham was originally home to Mary Dulany and her husband Robert Neville.  Join us for this exclusive tour of a unique and iconic home in the
Mosby Heritage Area.  STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS.
Sunday, June 12, 2:00 p.m.
Catherine Broun: Middleburg's Lady Civil War Diarist

Middleburg United Methodist Church
15 W. Washington St.
Middleburg, VA 20117

MHAA will host a rare opening of historic Sunny Bank, a renowned antebellum hunt country home near Middleburg.  Sunny Bank was home to Middleburg's Civil War diarist Catherine Broun.  It was here that she wrote many of the entries in her diary, which has been edited and published as Dark Days in Our Beloved Country by Lee Lawrence.  

The event will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Middleburg United Methodist Church, 15 W. Washington St., in Middleburg.  Catherine Broun attended services here during the Civil War.  Diary editor Lee Lawrence will speak about Catherine Broun and her family at the church.

Following the talk, the program will proceed to Sunny Bank, 22868 Sunnybank Ln., Middleburg, VA.  At Sunny Bank, you will be able to see where Catherine made entries in her diary, as well as see the barn where Traveller, Robert E. Lee's famous horse, spent time.

Dark Days in Our Beloved Country will be available for purchase.

Tickets for the event are $30 for MHAA members and $40 for non-members. Tickets must be purchased in advance.  Please call 540-687-6681 to register, or click the button below.

Register for Sunny Bank
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
Saturday, May 14
Legends by Lanternlight: Warrenton, the War, and After

Old Jail Museum
10 Ashby St.

Warrenton, VA 20186

The Mosby Heritage Area Interpretive Group (MHAIG) brought Civil War-era downtown Warrenton alive for 33 people on an unseasonably cold May night.  The program began at Warrenton's Old Jail Museum and took visitors to the historic courthouse, Warren Green Hotel, and Beckham House, among others.  MHAIG told the immediate pre and post war history of Warrenton, using riveting stories like John Mosby's daring capture of a Union general in bed, life of the town's civilians while under Union occupation, and the attack on a freedmen's school in 1867.

If you missed this program, your next chance to see MHAIG will be Saturday, July 23 in Waterford.

The event was co-sponsored by the Fauquier Historical Society. 
Sunday, May 22
Dream of a Good Death: New Songs of the Old War

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

The Bitter Liberals brought historic Mt. Zion Church to life like never before on May 22 with a live performance of their show, "Dream of a Good Death: New Songs of the Old War."  Nearly 70 people filled the church, almost to its capacity.  Despite the wet weather, everyone who came was able to experience the Civil War in a different way than they ever had before.

"Dream of a Good Death" is a collection of original Roots Americana songs written by Clark Hansbarger that tell the personal side of the Civil War through the eyes of soldiers on the front lines and civilians on the homefront.  Go here for more information.

This program was co-sponsored by NOVA Parks and was a part of the Adventures in History series.  The next installment in the series will be held at Mt. Zion Church on Sunday, July 31.

MHAA Concludes Another Year of Education Outreach to Local Schools
MHAA is concluding another successful year of its 14-year-old outreach programming to area schools.  MHAA has worked with 3,952 students from Grades 4-11 in schools across Loudoun, Fauquier, and Clarke counties as of writing, and is projected to reach over 4,000 students in 33 schools by the end of this school year.

MHAA’s educational programs cover various aspects of the heritage area’s prolific history, such as our 20th century Civil Rights landscape, slavery and the Underground Railroad, the American Civil War, and the heritage area’s involvement in the American Revolution.  MHAA staff bring local history into the schools, using pictures, artifacts, and great historical stories to spark students’ interests and make them advocates of the historic landscape.  Additionally, every student receives a historical scavenger hunt relative to their county, which entices students to take their friends and family out on the region’s historic back roads, where they can touch, feel, and sense the history that happened down the street from where they live.

Aside from these in-school history lessons, MHAA has partnered with NOVA Parks to bring over 400 students from Loudoun and Clarke counties to several historic sites in one day during our annual Aldie Triangle Program.  Split between two days in April, the staff and volunteers of MHAA and NOVA Parks brought history to life at Oak Hill--President James Monroe’s Loudoun County farm--,the historic Aldie Mill, and historic Mt. Zion Church outside of Aldie.  One teacher participant spoke to the program’s importance to his students.  “All three stops on the triangle provide detailed, authentic information, but more than that, the people at each stop convey the human reality of the life and times of the Civil War era.  This is an invaluable component, essential for our teaching.”
Also in 2016, MHAA, NOVA Parks, and Oatlands Plantation are conducting several other versions of the Aldie Triangle program, replacing Oak Hill with Oatlands, Loudoun’s largest plantation on the eve of the Civil War.  Students from Woodgrove High School and Harmony Middle School will likewise be able to visit these three historic sites in one day while attending learning sessions on a variety of local history topics.  MHAA feels strongly that historic sites make excellent classrooms. 

The visits will be part of a continuing learning experience that students will take beyond the trip.  Woodgrove’s tri-site trip is the beginning of a year-end project where students will conduct their own research on a particular piece of Loudoun’s history and create a video about it that will be distributed to local historical sites and societies.  Harmony Middle School’s program will be the capstone to their study of the American Civil War.
MHAA’s education programs all share a major goal: lighting the spark for students or adults by making them aware of the history around them.  If they know what happened at the site they may drive past once a week, may work at, or even live in, they are more likely to be stewards of this fine historic landscape, keeping it as such for years to come.  To learn more about our education programs, click here.

May 2016 Photo of the Month
Spring flowers blooming at Aldie Mill
Loudoun Valley High School student Mary Callihan submitted this photo to us of spring arriving at the Aldie Mill.  Please send us your photos for an opportunity to be featured as a future Photo of the Month.  Send your photos to
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