Celebrating More Than 30 Years of Preservation
Loudoun Preservation Society sponsors events and programs throughout the year. Please consider becoming a member today. Our programs include:
Our annual grants support preservation projects throughout Loudoun County
Owners of historic properties in Leesburg may apply for plaques
Citizen’s Guide to Historical, Cultural & Environmental Organizations in Loudoun County
A single-point reference of cultural and environmental organizations, published in 2007
Educational, Social, Promotional, and Fundraising Events:
In past years we have conducted August Court Days, Vintage Base Ball Games, progressive dinners, Valentine Day Socials, lectures by prominent preservationist and historians at historic sites (Loudoun in WWI at Oatlands, White House History at Rockland, George Marshall at his Leesburg home, Civil War at Welbourne), Historic Home Tours, and Annual Meetings – often in conjunction with the Joint Architectural Review Board awards ceremony.
Regularly LPS receives notices from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, the Department of Transportation, and contractors involved in government-sponsored construction projects that may have an impact on cultural resources. The National Historic Preservation Act requires studies and opportunities for public input on such projects and LPS has been designated the Loudoun County non-governmental interested party to provide public input. As such, LPS informs relevant organizations in the Loudoun County Preservation and Conservation Coalition and other individuals or organization as appropriate and tries to coordinate their comments. Occasionally LPS also discusses the impact of these projects with Loudoun County Staff officials.
In the future we are considering:
- Tours – Lead Society members and citizens of Loudoun and beyond on tours that promote historic homes, quarters, museums, historic churches, barns, mills and mill sites, cemeteries, battlefields, and Native-American archaeological sites.
- Local tours: Shelburne Glebe, Welbourne, Rokeby, and Oak Hill
- Excursions: the Library of Congress, The Smithsonian National Museum Collections in Suitland, Maryland, Colonial Williamsburg, Monticello, etc.
- Lecture, demonstration, and participation series –
- Creation of a preservation resource website
- Discussions of a Leesburg Ordinary, African American site, or pottery factory, perhaps with specialists from Thunderbird Archaeology.
- Mill Series working in conjunction with the Aldie Mill, Burwell Mill, and Purcell Factory
- Loudoun Cuisine, Demonstration and Consumption of Colonial Food
- Historic pottery, utensils, tools, and clothing
- 18th and 19th Century Music
- Historic Homes Tour, modeled after the 2016 Lincoln Homes Tour
- “Introduction To” Lecture Series –
- Reading Historic Buildings
- Historic Renovation: lime mortar, stone and brick work, windows, etc.
- Furniture making, repair, and reproduction
- Symposia– Preservation, History, Music and Food events inspired by the Chautauqua Institution in New York (one-half day, full day, or a few days)