The History of Loudoun County's Aldie Village

Thursday, February 15th, 2018, 5:30 PM
Location: Aldie United Methodist Church, John Mosby Highway 39325, Aldie, Virginia

In light of recent a Loudoun County proposal to demolish historic structures in the village of Aldie to make way for a new fire and rescue station, representatives from several local community organizations will speak about the historic significance of the village and discuss the importance of saving the buildings that are threatened with destruction if the county pursues its current plan.   

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors have distributed a plan outlining the demolition of three historic buildings: The Woodburn Tavern, 39491 John Mosby Highway, a Victorian residence at 39469 John Mosby Highway, and a cottage at 39493 John Mosby Highway. Additionally, alterations will be required to the floodplains, the steep slopes, and other environmental impediments to install a facility on the proposed scale. Area citizens are upset with these plans and a petition with over 3,000+ signatures seek relocation of this firehouse. This program is sponsored by the Mosby Heritage Area Association, the Aldie Heritage Association, the Civil War Trust, and other area nonprofits.

The proposed Aldie Fire Station No. 7 would be directly on the core battlefield of the June, 17, 1863 Battle of Aldie, which was the opening battle of the “Prelude to Gettysburg” cavalry battles including the later battles of Middleburg and Upperville. The Southern cavalry under Gen. J.E.B. Stuart performed a screening movement as Gen. Robert E. Lee’s troops moved across the Potomac invading the North again. This cavalry action prevented the Union from reaching the Blue Ridge Mountains, therefore allowing Lee to move successfully north and eventually resulting in the Battle of Gettysburg July 1-3, 1863.

Featured speakers on Feb. 15th include: Florian Hauswiesner of the Aldie Heritage Association, Kristen Pawlak of the Civil War Trust, area historian Wynne Saffer, and Kevin Pawlak of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, among others. Members of the Press are urged to attend. For more information, call 540-687-6681.

Aldie United Methodist Church, John Mosby Highway 39325, Aldie, Virginia

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