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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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,...more
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...more
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'.more
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...more
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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 abovemore
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.
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.