1865 Talks–The Mosby Heritage Area in the Civil War

1865: “Great God! Take Care of Us Now!”

with Rich Gillespie

The Fifth in a Series on the Civil War in the Mosby Heritage Area


SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 2015 at 3 o’clock P.M.; Goose Creek Friends Meeting, Lincoln, Sponsored by the Lincoln Community League

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 8, 2015 at 2 o’clock P.M.; St. James United Church of Christ, Lovettsville, sponsored by the Lovettsville Historical Society

SUNDAY MARCH 22, 2015 at 3 o’clock P.M.; Mt. Zion Church, Mt. Zion Historic Park, Aldie, sponsored by Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority and the Mosby Heritage Area Association.

One hundred fifty years ago during the Civil War, Loudoun, Fauquier, and Clarke were nearing the end of Civil War. If 1864 was about frustration on both sides leading to the use of “total war” tactics that would leave the Loudoun Valley of Fauquier and Loudoun a shambles–burning wagons, burning farms, burning crops, and burning hatred—then 1865 was the year when all of those burning changes came to roost. While the War came to an end in April, the results and impacts of those cataclysmic four years would now take effect with a vengeance. Surprisingly, local fighting lasted until after Appomattox, which we’ll examine.

The Mosby Heritage Area Association in the winter of 2015 will offer the fifth installment in a series of Sesquicentennial glimpses of the local experience during the Civil War featuring MHAA Director of Education Richard Gillespie. The program will use area historic sites and landscapes to weave a tapestry of civilian and soldier experience during the final months of the South’s ill-fated bid for independence, including a glimpse at the first months of Freedom for the enslaved. Richly illustrated with photo and anecdote, this glimpse of 1865 shows a Loudoun sliding into devastation after four years of War. Programs will be held at Goose Creek Friends Meeting in Lincoln on Sunday January 25 at 3:00 p.m. (sponsored by the Lincoln Community League), St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville on Sunday February 8 at 2:00 p.m. (sponsored by the Lovettsville Historical Society), and at Mt. Zion Church at Mt. Zion Historical Park in Aldie on Sunday March 22 at 3:00 p.m. (sponsored by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority and Mosby Heritage Area Association as part of their Conversations lecture series. Admission or donation will be charged.

Spring 2015 Class Offerings

Happy New Year Preservationists! This is just a quick reminder about the Spring semester core and elective courses for NOVA’s Historic Preservation Program.  Please remember that now there is no longer any late registration at the College, so once the official beginning of the semester arrives on January 12, you will no longer be able to add classes. Also, registering for classes early helps ensure that classes fill adequately and do not get canceled.  So register early, register often, and have fun– it’s going to be a great semester!

HIS. 183 – A Survey of Museum Practice.

It’s time to step over the velvet rope and peek behind the curtain to see displays, exhibits and museums in a whole new light. Join us on Tuesday nights to explore the world of museums from the inside out. See how the many different skills and abilities that are in the modern museum team together to educate and entertain our audiences. From Docent to Curator, Registrar to Fabricator you’ll discover how Museums work and how they don’t. After this class, you’ll never look at an exhibit the same way again!

HIS 193- Forensic Archeology

Forensics today is an exciting, developing discipline/specialty linked to a fast-growing job market with tremendous public interest spurred by World-Wide News, TV programs, the Internet and other media sources. Modern Forensics has three major applications: Criminal Justice, Archaeology and Mass Disaster. This class is designed to teach the basics of analysis and interpretation of human remains, their condition and their associated trace materials. It is an applied field of Biological Anthropology and is an introduction to the subject…it will not make you a forensic specialist. But the course will forever change the way you look at the world and perhaps provide incentives to pursue a career in one of the ever-increasing forensic specialties.

HIS 205- Local History (“Journey Through Hallowed Ground”)

U.S. Route 15 and Virginia State Route 20 from central Virginia to southern Pennsylvania have provided a buffet of historical food for thought. This 180-mile stretch of road has been identified by The National Park Service’s, National Register of Historic Places, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers as “The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area”. This course examines the region’s historical aura through lecture, discussion, guest speakers, and first-hand “field” experiences. The course will heighten the awareness for historic preservation, utilizing historic sites as a teaching resource, and assist students to become more conscious of the need for historic preservation.