The abandoned Mount Sinai Church building, as it appeared before it was burned around 1980

Christmas at Mount Sinai — 1886

December 1, 2021 LHS_Admin 0

The following reports of activities at Mount Sinai Free Will Baptist Church, located at the intersection of Mountain Road and Britain Road southwest of Lovettsville, were published in the Loudoun Telephone in November and December […]

Pre-Alps log house

And you think your log house is old?

November 5, 2021 LHS_Admin 0

While touring the Lake Garda area in northern Italy last month, my wife Nancy and I visited the Museo Rambotti, an archeological museum in Desenzano. This museum features the prehistoric “pile dwellings” (we might call them stilt houses) […]

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Trees Made of Stone

October 1, 2021 LHS_Admin 0

By Lori Hinterleiter Kimball Many cemeteries contain unusually carved or shaped gravestones, but the markers that look like tree trunks are some of the most unusual.  Called by various names – tree trunk stones, tree […]

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Our August 2021 Newletter is now available!

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Click here for our August issue, featuring the American Revolution — with coverage of the July 24 Patriot grave-marking and materials from our 2011 lecture on the German Settlement in the Revolutionary War.  

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Our July 2021 newsletter is here!

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Our monthly newsletter for July 2021 has just been published.  It features reports on the Museum reopening on August 3, and plans to resume our monthly lecture series, as well as the annual Lovettsville Elementary […]

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Our June Newsletter is out!

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Our June 2021 newsletter is now available online, with stories about the Taylorstown Mill, the Short Hill’s largest known cave, and how we have discovered more Revolutionary War Patriots in Lovettsville.  Plus an obituary for […]

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Emory Franklin Timbers: A Fisher of Men

June 2, 2021 LHS_Admin 0

By Howard Gilbert Timbers An important landmark of the Timbers Family history is the small community near Lovettsville, Virginia called Little Britain.  This small, rural close-knit African-American community was centered around its church (Mount Sinai […]

The Mount Sinai Cemetery lot as seen from Britain Road, February 2021

Is this a cemetery?

March 5, 2021 LHS_Admin 0

Family and Friends of Mount Sinai Cemetery are planning a Spring clean-up, as a first step toward a restoration of this historic cemetery which was active from at least 1887 to 1955, perhaps longer. The […]

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Our January 2021 Newsletter is Here!

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Our January 2021 Newsletter is now available — with news and updates about the Lovettsville Historical Society,  history features on the Ruse/Reed farmstead on the Lovettsville Community Park property, more history of the Ruse family […]

Portion of Mt. Sinai Cemetery  as it appeared in December 2020..

Honoring Those Interred at Mount Sinai Cemetery

December 3, 2020 LHS_Admin 0

  by Claudette Lewis Bard  In our October newsletter, we featured an article entitled “Hidden History: The Mount Sinai Church and Cemetery at ‘Little Britain.’” The article chronicled the once-thriving African-American community called Guinea or […]

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Remembering Private Samuel Benjamin Timbers

October 28, 2020 LHS_Admin 0

In the October 2020 Lovettsville Historical Society Newsletter, there was a story entitled “Hidden History: Mount Sinai Church and Cemetery at ‘Little Britain.’” My family has a connection to the cemetery that I would like […]

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Honoring Former Mayor Elaine Walker

October 28, 2020 LHS_Admin 0

  Memorial Address for Elaine Walker  Delivered by Michael Zapf on behalf of the Lovettsville Historical Society, October 10th, 2020 at the Walker Pavilion, Lovettsville Elaine Walker’s career in the administration of Lovettsville’s town government is […]

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New Jerusalem’s Gold Star Flag

October 3, 2020 LHS_Admin 0

New Jerusalem’s Gold Star Flag To accompany the dedication of the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument at the south entrance to Lovettsville on September 11, we thought it would be fitting to recall the story […]

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The Right to Vote: An Ancestral Story

September 5, 2020 LHS_Admin 0

  By Claudette Bard Like many African Americans, my genealogical journey began when I watched Roots, the television mini-series that aired in 1977, which chronicled Alex Haley’s family history. I sat down a few years […]

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Whose Folly, or Who’s Fawley?

September 5, 2020 LHS_Admin 0

During colonial times, it was common for land tracts to be given colorful names, such as “Tasker’s Chance,” “Arnold’s Delight,” “Mortality,” or “Mill’s Folly” — all of which were in nearby Frederick County, Maryland. “Folly” […]

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Our August 2020 Newsletter has launched!

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Our August Newsletter is now available, featuring an introduction to the Loudoun Farm Heritage Museum and the role that Lovettsville-area farming plays in the story it tells.  Get the Newsletter here.  

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Our July 2020 Newletter is ready

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Our July newsletter launches the “Voices of Lovettsville” campaign, to collect the stories of your experiences in the time of Covid-19.  And our history feature story is a bit of a history mystery:   discovering how […]

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In Fond Memory: Elaine Walker

June 8, 2020 LHS_Admin 0

  The passing of former Lovettsville Mayor Elaine Walker, on May 31, marks the end of an era. Her decades-long commitment to public service, her devotion to the Lovettsville community, and her love of our […]

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“Why Do We Commemorate Memorial Day?”

June 4, 2020 LHS_Admin 0

Memorial Day remarks by Edward Spannaus, Lovettsville Historical Society, May 25, 2020, delivered as part of the Town of Lovettsville’s virtual Memorial Day Ceremony. The video of the entire event can be viewed here.    […]

The Hessian Barracks in Frederick, Maryland as they appear today.

Hessian Soldiers in Lovettsville

April 3, 2020 LHS_Admin 0

Hessian Soldiers in Lovettsville  By Edward Spannaus During the American Revolution, tens of thousands of German soldiers were sent by their rulers to fight against the American colonists on behalf of the British crown. Thousands […]

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Our January 2020 Newsletter is now available!

January 3, 2020 LHS_Admin 0

Get the full January issue here.  Feb. 9:  “Lovettsville 101:”  An introduction to The German Settlement Rob Jones honored at LHS Annual Membership Meeting Feature article:  Luther Potterfield and the Lovettsville Potterfields: A Family Divided Rev. […]

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The German-American Zweitürhaus

November 1, 2019 LHS_Admin 0

  Why does that house have two front doors?    One little-known feature which gives the Lovettsville area a distinctive Germanic flavor, is the presence of a number of two-door houses – that is, two […]