Leesburg Travel Guide

  • Spot where Colonel Baker was killed
    Spot where Colonel Baker was killed
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  • The Potomac still flowing beneath Ball's Bluff
    The Potomac still flowing beneath Ball's...
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Leesburg Things to Do

  • Historic Downtown Leesburg

    Any time you visit you will find a 250 year old main street that now has antique shops, restaurants and other specialty shops instead of the grocery, pharmacy, and shoe repair shops of long ago. Several times a year the historic district is closed to traffic for events that are great fun to attend such as the Spring Flower and Garden Festival or...

  • Cross the Potomac River on a car ferry

    On the outskirts of Leesburg is White's Ferry. It is the only remaining ferry to take cars across the Potomac River into Maryland. It is only $5 for a round trip ticket if you are in a car and cheaper if you are on foot. The ride across takes about 5 minutes. It is amazingly peaceful while you are crossing and on the other side you can park (for a...


    Just outside of the National Cemetery gate stands a white stone marker that notes the place where Edward Baker was shot down. Who shot the colonel and how was the subject of some mystery in the stories that flew about after the battle. Colonel Baker is the only U.S. Senator to ever be killed in action on a battlefield. He is buried with his wife at...


    The smallest National Cemetery in the U.S., Ball's Bluff National Cemetery inters the remains of 54 Federal soldiers who died in the fighting here. The remains of only one of the men is known as soldiers did not carry identification with them at the time of the Civil War making it very difficult to know who it was that was actually dead after a...


    There is a side trail coming off the main loop by way of which you can walk down to the Potomac River. You get a good idea of the steep slopes that Federal troops had to deal with as they retreated soon after the death of Colonel Baker. Many died as they tried to swim across the river in full uniform or were shot by Confederates from the cliffs...


    The 1st California Regiment was raised in the Philadelphia area in part by the efforts of Edward Baker. They were named 'Californians' in honor of Baker's longstanding home state. Along with the soldiers of the 2nd and 3rd California, they would be known as the California Brigade and were to be commanded by Colonel Baker after his promotion to...


    The 20th Massachusetts Regiment - better known as the Harvard Regiment - was a regiment that would see many more fights in the years to come - Fredericksburg, Antietam, Gettysburg among others. Ball's Bluff was where the original volunteers of the regiment first came into action or as Civil War veterans would later describe their first actions,...


    From the parking lot, a walk of two miles with only slight elevation loss and gain, takes you through the forests atop Ball's Bluff. Numerous information tablets describe the battle from the participants' point of view. The trail will loop you back to the starting point. The horrors of war seem a long way away as you wander the trail beneath the...

  • Go fly!

    Head out to JYO, Leesburg airport, for some flying lessons... it's a ton of fun and you will meet some great people.

  • Stop at the Visitor Information Center

    When you drive into town you will see signs clearly directing you to the Visitor Information Center. Here you can pick up a map of Historic Downtown Leesburg. I'm glad we did because we discovered several other things to do that were quite interesting.

  • Battlefields

    This area has many battlefield sites and there are walking tours in all these areas.Also around this area is rich in agriculture. During the revolution huge amounts of wheat/oats/grain were given to the George Washington army and the area became known as 'breadbasket of the revolution'.

  • Robert E Lee

    General Robert E Lees first invasion of the north culminated in the battle of Antietam. This was on 17th September 1862 and was one of the bloodiest days in the history of America.

  • Battles

    In 1861 a battle of the civil war was fought at nearly Ball's Bluff. Some of the houses on King Street were used as hospitals during this time. One such patient was a man named Oliver Wendle Holmes was later to become a justice of the Supreme Court.

  • First Mount Olive Baptist Church

    Just stroll around and admire the lovely buildings, I liked this church on Loudoun Street. A church was first here in 1884 but this one has now stood here for over 70 years. A nice waterfall in front of the church.

  • Old Stone Church Site

    This plaque tells of the church that was once here. On 11th May 1766 a man called Nicholes Minor from Leesburg gave Lot 50 to a methodist called Robert Hamilton for this land to be used as for a church or meeting place and graveyard. This is the earliest known methodist property in America.The first building was put here in 1768 that was then...


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Leesburg Restaurants

  • Best Mexican in Town

    Anita's is new in town but not new to the Northern Virgnia area. We enjoy going here because the food is good, hot and not dripping in grease. It is also good because they have some fish items and vegetarian dishes for those who aren't meat eaters.

  • A special night

    I was only able to eat lunch & brunch here, twice, in June 2006. It's in an old bank building. The vault doors are in place and in view. The food was absolutely wonderful. The reason I write is that they offer a chef's table. It is located in the sparkling clean and neat kitchen, set very elegantly for four. The concept is to tell the chef the...

  • Treasures Abound in The Lightfoot

    The Lightfood is situated in the heart of historic Loudoun County in Leesburg. Housed in an historic landmark, the Lightfoot was constructed in 1888 and was The Peoples National Bank for more than half a century. In 1999 the building was completly restored to its original grandeur. They gave us a beautiful brochure that details the restaurant and...

  • Eat at a Popular Lunch Stop

    We came into town about one o'clock. We have eaten at Red, Hot and Blue before and have enjoyed it. We also had a coupon for a $5 off that I got off the Internet. So rather than hunt for a local place we ate here. As usual we enjoyed their warm potato salad and their ribs. We also got such a huge portion of steamed vegetables that we took them with...

  • Have your fill

    We were extremely tired when we arrived in Leesburg and checked into our hotel and decided to order a chinese meal to be delivered. There were four of us and the amount of food we received would have easily have fed six people!Opening times areMonday - Thursday 11.30am-10pmFriday 11.30am-11pmSaturday 12pm - 11pmSunday 12pm - 10pm I cant remember...

  • Best Italian food & Pizza in family...

    The pie maker actually throws his pizza dough - like the old days. Giovanni's has been a twenty year tradition in Leesburg.This is a pure all family place - you won't see a table without kids, Cub Scouts, soccer teams, etc.The kicker is that it's good food at good prices. No tablecloths on the linoleum tables so you won't see Prom parties here but...


Leesburg Shopping

  • More shopping!

    If you dont find what you are looking for at the designer outlet then pop over to the Dulles Town Centre shopping mall. Over 120 stores. Such shops as JC Penney, Hecht's, Gap, Abercrombie and Fitch, H & M, Nordstrom and Sears. We bought some lovely towels really good quality from Sear's and much cheaper than we would have paid in the UK. The...

  • All sorts!

    There are a few antique shops in Leesburg, plus lots of other kinds of shops, including clothes/dress shops. All small kind of individual places.

  • bugalugs's Shopping Tip

    The museum also has a gift shop selling books, history of the area, old fashioned toys, ceramics, ornaments, jewellry, clothes, dried flowers, candles etc.You can even shop online if you want to.The shop is openMonday - Saturday 10-5pmSundays 1-5pmThe photograph is of me in the little garden at the side of the museum As above


Leesburg Off The Beaten Path

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    by 807Wheaton Updated Jul 11, 2005

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    In 1804 George Carter, great grandson of colonial Virginia's renowned Robert "King" Carter, started to develop the plantation. He began with the federal style mansion, and later made changes to reflect the Greek revival style. Over time he added a greenhouse, dairy, smokehouse, bank barn, icehouse and a 4 1/2 acre walled garden.
    In 1903 the home turned over to Mr. and Mrs. William Corcoran Eustis. In 1965 the Eustis daughters presented the 261 acre estate, house and furnishings to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Today Oatlands is a 360-acre self-suporting National Trust Historic Site, dedicated to advancing historic preservation by preserving the past and engaging the future.

    General hours: April 1 through December 30
    Monday through Saturday 10 - 5
    Sunday 1 - 5

    I've added a travelogue to the Leesburg page about Oatlands.

    Oatlands Plantation
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    by bugalugs Written Apr 30, 2005

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    Favorite thing: This is the County Hall, I dont really know anything about the building.
    The name of the town is engraved in the header stone.
    Would have liked to see more of this pretty place I am sure it has much to offer.

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