Tuesday, September 17, 2019 9:30am – 3:00pm (please RSVP by Tuesday, September 3, 2019 Middle Grove Inn email@example.com)
Join us for a day of exploring some of the Route 50 Historic areas!
Offered by members of the Loudoun Heritage Consortium
Free for Members and Partners of the Guild. Each attendee will need to pay for their own lunch. Transportation will be provided free of charge.
9:30 Meet at Mt. Zion Church Historic Park, 40309 John Mosby Highway, Aldie.
Built in 1851, Mt. Zion served as a church until 1980, except for the four years of the Civil War. As an introduction to our tour, you’ll hear from Historic Site Manager Tracy Gillespie about its prominent location at the intersection of two historic highways, and why it’s known today as a “place of war and a place of peace.”
10:00 Depart for Aldie Mill on-board your bus
You’ll be accompanied by Loudoun historian, esteemed educator, and former director of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, Richard Gillespie. Rich will provide commentary during your entire tour route.
10:15 Aldie Mill Historic Park, 39401 John Mosby Highway, Aldie.
Award-winning miller Mike Devine will welcome you to our grist mill, which operated from 1809-1971. See how the mill grinds corn into meal, watch the water wheel turning, and hear the stories of its founding and its role in the Civil War from Tracy and Rich.
11:15 Depart for lunch at Briar Patch B&B, 23130 Briar Patch Lane, Aldie.
Our lunch venue perfectly fits with our theme today, as it sits on land that was a part of the June 17, 1863 Battle of Aldie. Rich will share some of the history of the battle with us during lunch.
1:00 Depart for Atoka, 1461 Atoka Road, Atoka.
Upon our arrival at Atoka, you’ll be welcomed by Jennifer Moore, President of the Mosby Heritage Area Association. Jennifer will introduce you to the Mosby Heritage Area, which has a diverse and rich history and includes a nineteenth-century landscape that is one of the best preserved in the nation. We’ll be inside the ca. 1801 stone house that has seen over two centuries of history pass by its front door and happen in its parlor – including Civil War history associated with JEB Stuart and John Mosby.
2:15 Depart for the Battle of Middleburg/Mt. Defiance Historic Park, Middleburg.
The final stop on our tour will be Mt. Defiance, site of the June 19, 1863 cavalry battle of Middleburg. Rich will share some human interest stories of the cavalrymen from both sides who fought at the site on that hot and humid day, and we’ll see the granite monument to men of the First Maine Cavalry.
2:45 Depart for our return to Mt. Zion.
3:00 Tour ends.
Each attendee will pay for their lunch. Please RSVP to Vicki Moore from Middle Grove Inn firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, September 3, 2019.