Short Hill Historical Society

Short Hill Historical Society

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Don't forget to support the local artisans at the Hillsboro Christmas market and Craft Show this Saturday.
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Hi Amie, if you're there. I will be in the area during the week of July 23-30, and wonder if it would be possible for me and a couple of distant cousins to drop by for a short visit. We are interested in seeing what the Society is planning, and what we might contribute. I think you may know Sandra Long and her sister, Bonnie Painter. Barbara Green (a Matthew) may also come. I look forward to hearing from you. Grady Lloyd
We have been members of the Hillsboro Community Association for years. I have a membership to the Short Hill Historical Society that has been returned by the Purcellville post office. Twice. The envelope was preprinted and provided by your group. Do you have a different address than P.O. Box 770 Purcellville, VA 20134 I am wondering if others may have had the same situation. Thanks.
Thanks to those of you who have already signed up to lend a hand during our all day Independence celebration. But we need many more hands to pull this off. To sign up for a shift, please go to: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/20f0545aea62da2fc1-hillsboros Or contact me directly at 703-244-1988 cell or [email protected]. Hillsboro needs you!

A non-profit organization dedicated to discover, protect, and restore the history of the Short Hill region in western Loudoun County, Virginia. To Contact us please either email or message us through Facebook.

The Short Hill Historical Society (formerly the Hillsboro Community Association/Friends of the Old Stone School) is an all volunteer organization dedicated to: 1) Discover and protect the history of the Short Hill region in western Loudoun County, Virginia; 2) Discover, recognize, preserve and/or restore historic landmarks in the Short Hill region in western Loudoun County, Virginia; 3) Discover, preserve, and/or enhance historical information, facts, and stories about the Short Hill region in western Loudoun County, Virginia; 4) Provide experiences that engage people of all ages in learning about and protecting the history of the Short Hill region in western Loudoun County, Virginia;

The Short Hill Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicating to restoring and preserving historic landmarks in the Short Hill region. It was founded in 1976 to save the Old Stone School, formerly known as the Locust Grove Academy, from being torn down. The charter, written in 1976, is to restore and preserve the Old Stone School and other historic landmarks in the area. Originally called the Hillsboro Community Association (Friends of the Old Stone School), the organization changed its name to the Short Hill Historical Society in 1976. After 40 years focused on the Old Stone School--saving it from demolition and keeping its doors open--the organization is turning to restore and preserve other historic landmarks in the area. You can support these efforts with a donation and by volunteering. The Old Stone School was one of the first public schools in Loudoun County, and classes were held at this historic building from 1874 through 1966 when the Hillsboro Elementary School opened. After sitting vacant for 10 years, a decision was made to demolish the building. A group of former students and local residents joined together to save the historic building, and work to preserve and restore it along with other historical landmarks in the area.

Mission: Dedicated to discover, protect, and restore the history of the Short Hill region in western Loudoun County, Virginia.

Thomas Balch Library

On National Nurses Day, and every day, we thank nurses for all of the work they do to keep us safe. We give special thanks as nurses go above and beyond during this extraordinary time.

Here are nurses at Loudoun Hospital, Leesburg, in 1946.

Winslow Williams Photograph Collection (VC 0003), Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg, Virginia

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Witch Bottle discovered under Interstate 64 in Virginia

Interesting find!

wtvr.com Archaeologists found the bottle during a 2016 dig before VDOT widen the stretch of Interstate 64 between exits 238 to 242.

[01/16/20]   We're starting to plan our History Talks, Trips, and Treasures series for 2020. Tell us what topics you'd like to learn more about related to the history of the area!

Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year!

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

We hope you enjoyed our History Talks, Trips, and Treasures series this year! Thank you to the people who shared their incredible knowledge and insights with us: Ben Lenhart, Steve Price, Priscilla Godfrey, Eugene Scheel, Mark Ware, Richard Gillespie, Ryan Siemers, Kyle Dingus, and Linda Sittig. We've already working on our series for 2020 and look forward to seeing you then. Have a wonderful holiday season!

We wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving. Here's some interesting facts and trivia about this holiday: https://www.history.com/news/thanksgiving-history-trivia-facts

Great talk by Linda Sittig last night at Walsh Family Wine for the Short Hill Historical Society's History Talks, Trips, and Treasures! Many thanks to Linda for such an amazing talk!

Come hear Linda Sittig talk about her latest book, Counting Crows, this Thursday at An Evening with Linda Sittig! The talk will be at 7 p.m. at Walsh Family Wine. Register online: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044ba9ad29aa8-anevening1

Register to join us for "An Evening with Linda Sittig" which will be held at Walsh Family Wine on Thursday, November 21. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044ba9ad29aa8-anevening1

We had a great trip and talk at the Burnt Mill yesterday with historian Richard Gillespie! Thank you to Rich for sharing his knowledge about the history of mills in Loudoun. Thank you also to our host, Ryan Siemers, who owns the fragile ruins of the mill and miller's house, for allowing us to visit these incredible remnants of Loudoun's history! Thank you also to the other Short Hill Historical Society board members who helped with the event including Mark T Ware, N June Reaves, Patsy Cowman McClintock, Sandy Simmers, and Amie Coxon Ware.

We're looking forward to a great visit to the Burnt Mill with historian Richard Gillespie today, Sunday October 13 at 4 p.m.! Remember to bring your own chair and dress appropriately for the weather! Parking is in the field at 15250 Cider Mill Road just outside of Hillsboro. Please register online: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044ba9ad29aa8-thehistory

It is hard to see when you drive by, but the miller's house is right next door to the Burnt Mill that we will be visiting this Sunday, October 13 at 4 p.m. Register online to join the Short Hill Historical Society and Richard Gillespie to hear about the history of mills, including the burning raids during the Civil War, and explore the historic ruins of the mill and the house! Here's the link to register: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044ba9ad29aa8-thehistory

This Sunday is your chance to tour the Burnt Mill and miller's house! Register to visit the historic ruins with historian Rich Gillespie and the Short Hill Historical Society! The talk starts at 4 p.m. and is outside. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring your own chair. Register online: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044ba9ad29aa8-thehistory

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The History of Mills in Western Loudoun

Remember to register online if you plan to join the Short Hill Historical Society at the Burnt Mill this Sunday, October 13 with Richard Gillespie! Here's the link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044ba9ad29aa8-thehistory

signupgenius.com Join the Short Hill Historical Society from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, October 13 for the next in their series, History Talks, Trips, and Treasures, and take a trip to the Burnt Mill on Stoney Point Road. Local historian Rich Gillespie will share the history of mills in Hillsboro and Loudoun, including....

Our next talk will feature Richard Gillespie at the Burnt Mill on Sunday, October 13. Details will be out in the next day or so along with registration info, but save the date now! Rich will talk about the mills in the area and the burning raids. After the talk, and everyone who joins us will be allowed to tour the ruins of the mill and the miller's house.Rich's talks really put you in the period to help you experience what it might have been like.

The Relics of Western Loudoun County talk featuring Mark Ware, president of the Short Hill Historical Society, was great! Thank you to all who joined us. Special thanks to SHHS board member Patsy Cowman McClintock who made the food with a Civil War theme...including hard tack! Thank you to all of the SHHS board members who helped with this event, and to Mark Ware who shared so many of the amazing treasures he has found in the area over the past 30 years!

[09/22/19]   Hope to see you at the Between the Hills Community Center for the Short Hill Historical Society's talk about Relics of Western Loudoun County.

See this stencil from the Civil War at the Relics of Western Loudoun County talk on September 22! Register online at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044ba9ad29aa8-relics

Here are some more artifacts that will be on display at the Relics of Western Loudoun talk this Sunday, September 22 at the Between the Hills Community Center. Learn more and register online to join us: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044ba9ad29aa8-relics

Here are a few of the many artifacts found in western Loudoun County that will be on display this Sunday, September 22 for the Short Hill Historical Society's talk about Relics of Western Loudoun County talk at the Between the Hills Community Association! Register online: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044ba9ad29aa8-relics

See a display and learn about these and other relics from western Loudoun County on Sunday, September 22 during the next History Talks, Trips, and Treasures at the Between the Hills Community Association! Register online: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044ba9ad29aa8-relics

Short Hill Historical Society's cover photo

We had a great time learning about the history of quilts in Loudoun County with Priscilla Godfrey at the Between the Hills Community Association! She shared interesting information about quilts, and told us that quilts are a great resource for historians. She said that fabric is a good identifier of a quilt's age, and sometimes, quilt squares have been signed. Priscilla brought two quilts to show the intricate patterns and common colors of certain time periods. At the end of the talk, she shared some of the books she used for research along with the dates of upcoming quilting events (which you'll find in the photo album). Short Hill Historical Society board member, Patsy Cowman McClintock, created a beautiful (and delicious) array of foods that had a quilt theme. Thank you to Priscilla, Patsy, and SHHS board members Sandy Simmers, Nancy Reaves, Paula Dillon, Sarah Fields, Judy Klinedinst, and Ryan Siemers for their time and talent, and our sponsors The Purcellville Gazette and Jason P. Sengpiehl of the Sengpiehl Insurance Group!

Remember to register to attend the talk about the History of Loudoun County Quilting with Priscilla Godfrey! It will be at the Between the Hills Community Center starting at 2 p.m. this Sunday, August 18. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044ba9ad29aa8-history3

More than 150 people came to the Between the Hills Community Center to hear historian and map maker Eugene Scheel present the History of American Indians in Loudoun County. It was a great talk, part of the Short Hill Historical Society's History Talks, Trips, and Treasures series! Many thanks to Mr. Scheel, the series sponsors The Purcellville Gazette and Jason P. Sengpiehl, along with SHHS board member Patsy McClintock for the amazing food!

Remember to register to join us at the Between the Hills Community Association this Sunday, July 21 at 2 p.m. to hear Eugene Scheel's talk about the history of American Indians in Loudoun! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044ba9ad29aa8-american

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In honor of Memorial Day and all those who lost their lives while serving our country.

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Civil War Plant Remedies Actually Fought Off Infections, Study Finds

Interesting information!

smithsonianmag.com Researchers tested the antimicrobial properties of three plants mentioned in an 1863 treatment book

Western Loudoun history is full of all all kinds of surprises. Here is an interesting button, found locally, that is generally found out in the Old West. It was for Native American Police and Judges starting ~1880s.

Indian police and judges helped to preserve law and order, and assisted with other principal agency tasks. In 1878 Congress authorized police units to fill the power vacuum created by the withdrawal of military troops from the West and the weakened authority of tribal chiefs. What began as an experiment blossomed within three years into a system that operated on forty-nine reservations and included eighty-four commissioned officers and 786 non-commissioned officers and privates. "The question has been asked whether these policemen can be depended upon," reported Commissioner of Indian Affairs Thomas J. Morgan in 1890:

To the Indian Office, a disciplined and well-trained police force also served as a "perpetual educator" for fellow Natives who would walk the white man’s road. Indeed, a button on the police uniform depicted an Indian plowing and surrounded by the words: "God helps those who help themselves." Another weapon in the federal government’s acculturation arsenal was the courts of Indian offenses established by the Interior Department in the early 1880s. In less than a decade, ninety-three Native judges staffed courts at twenty-eight agencies. They enforced Indian Office rules that forbid the sun dance, scalp and war dances, polygamy, and various practices of medicine men. The courts also heard cases against Indians charged with theft, destruction of property, drunkenness, and trafficking in intoxicating liquors."

We heard a fantastic talk about how foresters read forests to unlock history on Sunday, May 19 with Kyle Dingus, Loudoun County Urban Forester! After sharing information about how trees grow, he provided a variety of interesting facts. He said most trees in Loudoun are between 80 and 100 years old, a tree trunk that has a V has been cut before, and than more than 60% of Virginia is forested. He talked about the periods in the Piedmont area when land has been abandoned including the Civil War and the Great Depression. He said that a pine forest is first succession growth that grows fast and dies young, yielding to the growth of a hardwood tree forest. He explained that most forest trees are tall with skinny crowns, and that if you see a tree that is shorter and fuller without any trees around it, you know that not many other trees have been around so it was able to get sun from all sides. Many thanks to Kyle for his fascinating talk, and special thanks to board member Patsy McClintock for preparing such a wonderful spread of treats! Thank you to the sponsors of this series, The Purcellville Gazette and Jason P. Sengpiehl.

We hope you'll join us at the Between the Hills Community Center this Sunday, May 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. for great talk about how to unlock history by reading a forest! Our speaker is Kyle Dingus, Loudoun County Urban Forester. $5 suggested donation at the door and there will be light refreshments. All are welcome...registration is appreciated but not required! Get more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/424305488343828/ PLEASE SHARE!!

Remember to register if you plan to join us this Sunday, May 19 at the Between the Hills Community Center to learn how foresters can read a forest to unlock the history of an area! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044ba9ad29aa8-yes3

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