Mosby Heritage Area Association Newsletter--November 2016
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Upcoming Events
SAVE THE DATE--June 10, 2017 
MHAA will once again host a reunion for descendants of soldiers who rode with Mosby's Rangers, 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry, during the Civil War.  More information will follow in the months to come, but mark the date on your calendars now so you can be with us on June 10, 2017.


Saturday, November 5, 7:30 p.m.
Legends by Lanternlight: Purcellville, A Gangly Village in the Civil War

Purcellville Train Station
200 North 21st Street
Purcellville, VA 20132

The Mosby Heritage Area Interpretive Group is partnering with the Purcellville Historical Society to bring the Civil War experience of Purcellville to life through "first person" vignettes.  Come and learn about one of the village's first casualties from the war, Union incursions into town, the little known fight along Purcellville's main street in July 1864, the Burning Raid of 1864, and more.  Walk with the interpreters of the Mosby Heritage Area Interpretive Group and learn how our preserved historic landscape still tells us stories.

This program will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Purcellville Train Station.  Walking is required.  Please dress for walking and for the weather.  No reservations are required, and tickets can be purchased at the door--$15 for adults and $8 for students.  Call (540) 687-5188 or email with any questions.
President Woodrow Wilson and Admiral Cary Grayson

Sunday, November 20, 2:00 p.m.
Woodrow Wilson and the Coming of World War I:
A Talk, Exhibit, and Tour

Buchanan Hall
8549 John S. Mosby Highway
Upperville, VA 20184

MHAA and the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum of Staunton, Virginia are teaming up for a World War I Centennial Program in the Mosby Heritage Area. Robin von Seldeneck, CEO of the Wilson Library and Museum, will speak on President Wilson and the last steps toward American involvement in World War I.  Artifacts belonging to President Wilson's physician, Admiral Cary Grayson, will also be on display.  At the conclusion of the program, visitors will be able to visit Grayson's Blue Ridge Farm southeast of Upperville.

Tickets are $30 for MHAA members and $40 for non-members.  To sign up, click the button below or call (540) 687-6681, or email
Purchase your tickets here
Last year's Heritage Heroes were Paul Ziluca (left) and Gayle and Tom DeLashmutt (right)

Tuesday, December 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Mosby Heritage Area 10th Annual Heritage Heroes Awards

National Sporting Library and Museum
102 The Plains Road
Middleburg, VA 20117

Join MHAA in celebration of the honoring this year's Heritage Heroes.  The Heritage Hero award is given to individuals or groups in the Mosby Heritage Area who have made lifetime contributions to the preservation and conservation of the natural and cultural resources in this area.

The awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. at the National Sporting Library and Museum at 102 The Plains Road in Middleburg, Virginia. This event is free, but please make reservations to the event by calling (540) 687-6681. Refreshments will be served.

Since Our Last Newsletter in Photos
Saturday, September 24
Deed of Gift: An Afternoon with Robert Carter III
Colonial Williamsburg interpreter Gerry Underdown portrays Robert Carter III at Oatlands Historic House and Gardens (Lee Lawrence)

Friday-Sunday, October 7-9
19th Annual Conference on the Art of Command in the Civil War:
July 3, 1863: Gettysburg-The Third Day

Middleburg Community Center
Middleburg, VA 20118
Top: Participants of the 19th annual conference pose in front of the Virginia Monument at Gettysburg (Sandy Goss); Second row, left: James Hessler speaks about the Confederate assault on Cemetery Ridge on July 3 during the Friday night session (Douglas Lees); Second row, right: James Hessler answers a question on the battlefield (Sandy Goss); Middle: Tour guides James Hessler and Wayne Motts lead participants forward in battle formation from the step-off point of Pickett's Charge (Sandy Goss); Bottom, left: John Archer discusses the prolonged fighting on Culp's Hill during July 3 (Sandy Goss); Bottom, right: Wayne Motts transfixes the crowd with information on Confederate artillery at Gettysburg (Sandy Goss)
Where do you take the Mosby Heritage Area?
MHAA supporter Paul Lawrence shows off his Mosby Heritage Area gear
on Brighton Beach in Brooklyn.

MHAA wants to know where you take the Mosby Heritage Area with you when you travel on vacation or to other historic sites around Virginia, the United States, or the world. Send us a picture of your Mosby Heritage Area gear on your travels to show us how far we've traveled.  Your pictures can be sent to 
Do you know a teacher or student in
the Mosby Heritage Area?

The start of the 2016-2017 school year also marks the beginning of the thirteenth year of MHAA's education outreach program, where our staff brings local history into classrooms throughout the heritage area.  Last year, MHAA reached nearly 5,000 students.  All of our classroom programs supplement the Virginia Standards of Learning and focus on a variety of topics from the Civil War to Civil Rights and from slavery in the antebellum era to Reconstruction.  

For a full list of all of our programs and to book one today, click
here.  These programs are free, though MHAA greatly appreciates any donations that can be made.  For questions about MHAA's education outreach program, email Education Specialist Kevin Pawlak at or call him at (540) 687-5188.

Do not forget to pass this great opportunity to any teachers you know, and make a difference in your community by helping bring local history to our students.

Right: A student at Waterford Elementary School holds a Civil War artifact during MHAA's visit.
From the Window of MHAA's Executive Director...
Despite the dry fall and crispy trees, a late show of autumn foliage has brightened the westward view out my window to orange, yellow, and even an attempt at red.  Nature is working hard!   Here at the Mosby Heritage Area Association, so are we.
A number of our long-time supporters are working on our major autumn fundraiser, one calculated to give our “preservation through education” effort a boost.  Warm thanks to Susan and Fraser Wallace, Gayle and Tom DeLashmutt, Childs and Elaine Burden, Margaret and Trowbridge Littleton, Jolly DeGive, and Dean and Tammy Worcester, all who are opening their lovely historic homes for our first annual Mosby Heritage Area Historic Homes Dinner and fronting all dining costs.  This is a deeply generous gesture, and will allow all proceeds from the event to go directly to continue and expand our extensive education programming.  The seats for the evening rapidly sold out—we were surprised and pleased.   Thank you for your support of this effort.   
Likely, you are more than ready for the election to be done and gone.  On Tuesday, November 7, 1916—one hundred years ago this month—Virginians went to the polls and chose favorite son and incumbent Woodrow Wilson to serve a second term.  Wilson polled 9,129,606 votes over Charles Evans Hughes’ 8,538,221—277 to 244 electoral votes.  With the Great War into its third year in Europe, Americans chose a steady, experienced hand to handle potential problems that were sure to arise steering a tenuous neutral course. 
Before Wilson’s second term even could begin on March 4, 1917, Germans launched unlimited submarine warfare around the British Isles which would surely torpedo Americans hopes for peace.  Wilson had firmly stood on the continued ability of neutral nations to trade with whom they pleased.  American vessels sailing to Britain or France would now be targets of submarines, and such they became in February.  Meanwhile, intercepted and deciphered cables between the German Foreign Minister Zimmermann and his ambassador in Mexico indicated Germany’s plan to work to bring Mexico in to the war against us should war come; the pot was sweetened with an offer of Arizona and New Mexico sure victory ensue.  We were outraged.  These two events would lead to a declaration of war on Germany by the United States on April 6th.  Thus Virginia and the nation begin to remember America’s participation in World War I this winter and spring of 2017. 
Accordingly, on Sunday November 20 at Upperville’s Buchanan Hall, the Mosby Heritage Area Association will feature a lecture by the Executive Director of the Woodrow Wilson Library and Museum, Robin Von Seldeneck.   This Presidential Library is located at Wilson’s birthplace in Staunton, Virginia.  Robin will be speaking on Wilson and the American entry into the First World War, zeroing in on exactly a hundred years ago.  As part of the program, artifacts will be brought and curated that belonged to Wilson’s Virginia sidekick and personal physician, Admiral Cary Grayson, who constantly accompanied the President, including on his trips to France in 1918-19.  Grayson purchased Blue Ridge Farm east of Upperville after the War, and our program will conclude with a reception at Admiral Grayson’s lovely hunt country retreat courtesy of the Grayson family, today heavily involved with MHAA.  We’re very excited about our second offering during the centennial, and looking forward to our partnership with the Woodrow Wilson Library and Museum!
Our volunteer historic interpretation corps, the Mosby Heritage Area Interpretive Group (M-HAIG) is also busy at work, preparing for the final offering of their twelfth season.  Saturday evening November 5th the program puts a spotlight on western Loudoun’s biggest town, Purcellville, as part of our Legends by Lanternlight series, the successor to Cavaliers, Courage, and Coffee.  We’ll be looking at Purcellville from 1860-1880, featuring a series of first person vignettes we’ll encounter throughout the historic area.  As since the beginning, I’ll be acting as the black-coated narrator, bringing you back in time and, we hope, forward in understanding.  I might note that since the Town of Purcellville has honored me with proclaiming this day as Richard Gillespie Day to coincide with the program and my pending retirement, I’d consider it an honor if you came.  We’re partnering with the Purcellville Historical Society.  The program begins at the Railroad Station on 21st Street at 7:30 p.m.
Finally, our staff, board, and members have been hard at work on the fateful Catesby events center issue impacting the historic area along Loudoun’s Welbourne Road.  I am grateful for MHAA’s preservation efforts!
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