Lincoln Preservation Foundation

The LPF is a non-profit corporation founded in 1999 by residents concerned about the future of the Goose Creek Historic District.

Mission: - To capture and research the history - To educate - To preserve and restore

More Grace. Allen Cochran gets things started.


Unison Preservation Society

Loudoun Historic Village Alliance Announced.

The Village of Lincoln's Grace Church congregation c1910, and some descendants c2004. đź’•

Public Hearing RESCHEDULED - Now February 11th Yesterday, we received word from a representative of Loudoun County that the public hearing has been rescheduled for February 11, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. We’ll send out a reminder here and on our page closer to that date, but for now, please mark your calendars. We urge you ...

Happy New Year from the Lincoln Preservation Foundation!

Juneteenth - Wikipedia

Happy Juneteenth! Also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, it is a holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and more generally the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South. Read more: Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, is an American holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas, and more generally the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans throughout the former Confederacy o...

Saving Grace: The Grace Heritage Project

Donations wanted! Watch the video on this link for the cool story about this treasure. What has happened to the African American story in our area? Every group with an historic restoration project believes that our old house ... our old bridge ... our old church is "the thing that must be funded." In the case of the former 1885 Grace Methodist Episcopal ...

Loudoun Plans for More Scattered Development - The Piedmont Environmental Council

Speak up, or prepare for pop-up developments throughout Loudoun County. Protecting and promoting the natural resources, rural economy, history, and beauty of the Virginia Piedmont since 1972.


Virginia’s Most Endangered Historic Places » Preservation Virginia

Western Loudoun's African American Grace Church named as a top endangered historic site! For over a decade, Preservation Virginia has presented its annual list of Most Endangered Historic Places to the Commonwealth. This list raises awareness of Virginia's historic sites at risk from neglect, deterioration, insufficient funds, inappropriate development and/or insensitive public policy.....

Thank you to the Loudoun Preservation Society for supporting the historic Grace Church with a generous grant.

Loudoun County Farm Bureau, Inc.

Do you own more than 20 acres of land? Would you like to realize some financial benefits right now, keep your property, and also make an investment in the future viability of farming in Loudoun?

These two events have your name written all over them! Farm Bureau is partnering with Catoctin Conservation Coalition, Piedmont Environmental Council, Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District, and others to bring these events to Loudoun.

"There are a wide variety of land management and land conservation programs offered by private non-proft organizations as well as local, state and federal conservation agencies. Please join PEC and our partners as we provide a comprehensive overview of the available programs and sources of funding that could be available for your property!"

Sources of Conservation Funding Workshop
May 16, 2018 • 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Waterford Old School
40222 Fairfax St, #142-B,
Waterford, Va.
Light refreshments will be provided.

May 22, 2018 • 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Hill School
130 S. Madison St,
Middleburg, Va.
Dinner will be provided.

To register for either event, check out:

Our legendary Reggie Simms is hard at work on his local African-American war veteran's commemoration. We welcome submissions for this effort. Please tell us about your Loudoun County African-American war vet by emailing us at [email protected]. We would like names, service info, photos, and burial locations for those who have passed. Thanks for your contributions!

Historic Pleasant Grove's
Annual Black History Concert
Saturday, March 10th, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
8641 Lewinsville Road, McLean, VA

Join us for the Friends of Pleasant Grove's free annual Black History Celebration. This year, we are delighted to bring you the highly-acclaimed...
Washington Revels Jubilee Voices
The ensemble is committed to the preservation of African-Americanhistory and traditions, presenting songs and stories of struggle and perseverance, trials and triumphs, as expressed through a cappella music, drama and dance.

Concert Details:
• Saturday, March 10th, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
• 8641 Lewinsville Road, McLean, VA
• Light refreshments will be served
• Ample, free parking

Learn more about Historic Pleasant Grove at

On Thursday, January 25th, 2018, Lincoln Preservation Foundation member Louis Jett honored minority community leaders at the Cascades Library in Sterling, VA. Honorees were recognized for their contributions to Loudoun County's African American historical legacy. Read more:

[10/08/17]   The Freedom Walk to the Belmont Cemetery today has been postponed until Nov 12 due to weather.

Happy Juneteenth! Also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, it is a holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and more generally the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South. Read more:

LPF is interested in information pertaining to the Cooksville cemetery, an abandoned African American cemetery in the Purcellville/ Lincoln area of Loudoun County. Please contact us with your comments, photos, family gossip, or anything that may help put together the forgotten history of the people buried here.

Did you know about Purcellville and Lincoln's famous son, Billy Pierce? ON April 11th, 1933, the “Master of Dance, Maker of Broadway Stars, and Choreographer Extraordinaire” died at the age of 43 and came home to rest at the Grace Church cemetery in Lincoln. Billy Pierce was born and raised in Purcellville on East G Street, and attended the Grace Church before making it big on Broadway in New York City. He was credited with the invention of the Black Bottom dance that was a national craze in the 1920’s.

The Billy Pierce Dance Studio on Broadway was a huge success and helped launch the Harlem Renaissance. His studio was the professional home of African American choreographer Buddy Bradley and taught many famous stars including Oscar-winning character actor, Clifton Webb.

A lifelong civil rights supporter, Billy was elected to the Board of Directors of the Loudoun County Emancipation Association in Purcellville one year before his death. After funeral services in New York City and Washington DC, Billy Pierce was given a star-studded funeral in the tiny village of Lincoln.

If you’ve ever visited the curious stone memorial on Lincoln Road, across from the Goose Creek Burial Grounds, you may wonder about Hannah Janney, the legendary Quaker who used to come sit in the woods here, over 250 years ago. Her home is down Foundry Road a short distance.

The stone house was built about 1749 to replace the original log "patent house” with which Jacob Janney had secured his land grants from Lord Fairfax in 1743 and 1744.

Jacob and Hannah Janney married in Bucks County, PA, and moved with their young family to Virginia in 1745. They raised 12 children here. Before their stone house was finished, she would repair to the woods twice a week to sit on a log in silent devotions.

Years later, Aquila Meade operated a tannery to the south of the house; the place is designated as “A. Mead’s tan yard” on Yardley Taylor’s 1853 map of Loudoun County. Today, it's called "Time's End."

Read more details on our website:

“Save Me Please;" a plea from Michael Sipes, soon before he died.

Let's see who remembers.

This beautiful white oak has been around since before the Declaration of Independence and has survived tumultuous times—not the least of which was the development threat taking place on the former Frazer Farm in 2001. On March 10, 2001, about 150 walkers participated in the Lincoln Loop Walk which was organized by the Lincoln Preservation Foundation to protest the residential development on Frazer Farm-- now known as Fawn Meadow. The housing development destroyed much of the site of the skirmish at Katy’s Hollow (Battle of Hamilton/ Harmony) and nearly destroyed a large section of the Loudoun Branch of the Manassas Gap Railroad bed--all of which borders the Goose Creek Historical District. The development also threatened the Lincoln Oak by virtue of proposed road improvements.

During the walk, Civil War reinactors, including our postmaster Harry Uram, were encamped within the area of Katy’s Hollow—once a yearly event enjoyed by area residents. Of great surprise to organizers and participants of the Lincoln Loop Walk was the large banner reading “Save Me Please” seen stretched across the giant oak as walkers rounded the curve approaching the tree. It was not until later that organizers learned that Lincoln resident Michael Sipes, in the last weeks of his life, had made the banner and snuck out the previous night to hang it.

Eventually, the residential development was built, but the Lincoln Oak was spared. The Fawn Meadow development harmed a significant scenic site as well as a local walking tour; and laid claim to the simple gravel roads along its borders when they were eventually paved. Civil War reinactors stopped their yearly encampment.

Michael Sipes died two months after the 2001 Lincoln Loop Walk from a terminal illness at age 45. His passion for saving the farm, and the tree, embodies the resolve the Lincoln Preservation Foundation has to protect our treasures.

Today we remember Asa Moore Janney, beloved storekeeper, historian, and teller of tales. This article from the Washington Post in 1999 says it all, although we'd love to hear your favorite memories as well:


Irishman’s Field, once a busy labor camp and home to 600 Irish immigrants working on the Manassas Gap Railroad bed near Lincoln, VA, is all but forgotten today, save a few marvelous stone tunnels they left as reminders. The Independent line of the Manassas Gap RR, from Manassas to Purcellville, was never completed and bankrupted in 1855 due to a suffering economy in face of the Civil War. Before running out of steam, the Loudoun Branch was completed by hundreds of Irishmen and others-- the Irish imported to craft large stone culverts that tunneled beneath the raised sections of bed. A vast camp lived along the rail line at a point halfway between Lincoln and Hamilton, just west of what is now Sands Road. The existing railroad bed remains intact off and on again through private property from Sands Road and points East toward Mt. Gilead, but the most historically significant and impressive stretches are also in the most threatened areas, in and around Irishman’s Field. Here, a 200 acre development at the former Frazer Farm (in the area of Sands Rd and Taylor Rd) hides one of the few remaining stone culverts. A historical marker on Sands Road is a lonely reminder of this area’s former history. This is the same area that saw the Civil War skirmish known as the Battle of Hamilton (also called the Battle of Katy’s Hollow).

Jessie Brooks lived on Brooks Lane in Lincoln, just a mile south of Purcellville, VA. She was colorful and vibrant, a frequent visitor to Janney's Store where she bought her groceries and struck up a friendship with Sarah Huntington and John Janney. She was often heard playing her piano inside her two-story log cabin which was believed to date back to the 1700's. After Jessie died, her home slowly fell into the cellar, and was reclaimed by Mother Nature. All that remains is the chimney, a sad reminder of a vibrant and beautiful life whose story deserves telling. Jessie and her husband, Austin Brooks, are buried at the Grace Church cemetery, several yards from her home. Sarah Huntington photographed her at her cabin in 1985, and visited the cabin site again, this month.

The Lincoln Preservation Foundation welcomed the recent donation of a 1905 pump/reed organ for the Grace Historic Center project. We are so grateful to the donors, Stanley and Anna Dees, for their thoughtful contribution. The beautiful organ is in temporary storage until the Grace building restoration is complete. We can’t wait until music fills the air at Grace, once again.

The Purcellville Arts Council celebrates Black History Month with local artists Reginald and Larry Simms: February 19 and 20, and 25 and 26 from 10am-2pm: Open House Art Show at the Train Station on North 21st Street in Purcellville, VA. Featuring original paintings by Lincoln Preservation Foundation member Reggie Simms and his brother, Larry Simms. Please visit this remarkable show, highlighing Reggie's well known National Geographic cover series.

Map of Loudoun County, Virginia from Actual Survey | lincoln-preservation

The Lincoln Preservation Foundation is proud to offer the famous Yardley Taylor map of Loudoun County. A great gift idea, your purchase of this large 29"x 39" map helps fund our preservation efforts. For questions or other payment options, email us at: [email protected] The historic 1853 Yardley Taylor Map of Loudoun County, Virginia, reprinted by Asa Moore Janney in 1976. Beautiful color with individual town and village information and etchings. Noted are: Waterford, Leesburg, and Middleburg. A rare and sought-after map, important for the mass of information it of...

General Store

Need interesting gift ideas? Lincoln Preservation Foundation sells Asa Moore Janney publications, as well as the famous Yardley Taylor Maps of Loudoun County. Your purchase includes a donation to our nonprofit: GENERAL STORE

What has happened to the African American story in our area?

Every group with an historic restoration project believes that our old house ... our old bridge ... our old church is "the thing that must be funded."

In the case of the former Grace Methodist Episcopal Church — a structure built stone by stone with the hands of Freedmen and their concerned Quaker neighbors — these words ring more than true. Will you join in preserving the legacy of African Americans in Loudoun County?

We are asking for cash donations targeted specifically for bricks and mortar restoration of this beautiful building. The Saving Grace Project, in a nutshell, strives to restore the building and grounds and allow it to stand as a symbol of the African American story in Loudoun County. Exhibits will highlight the role of local African Americans. The sanctuary will return to its original glory. The building will be available for meetings and community events.

The Grace Methodis­­t Episcopal Church got its start in the Lincoln Colored School (built in 1866) where newly freed slaves were educated in one of the first public schools for African Americans in Virginia. Located in the village of Lincoln, one mile south of Purcellville, the congregation first organized there in 1872, before Freedmen built Grace just up the hill in 1885. Today, it looms empty; a mere shell of its former self. African American historical structures such as the Grace building are rapidly disappearing, and must be preserved. Efforts to save the African American story must happen now, before development or decay bring them down.

Starting in 2002, LPF successfully raised money to stabilize the building from further decay. We are now ready to move forward to the next phase of our plan. We estimate that the total bill for the restoration will be approximately $400,000.

We are asking you to help today with a tax-deductible donation. Every gift counts: from $5 to $5000, every dollar goes towards this project. To donate, please visit our website:

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PO Box 151
Lincoln, VA

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Mailing address: PO Box 151 Lincoln, Virginia 20160