History & Culture

Experience the rich history and culture of Washington, D.C. and Loudoun County

Lansdowne Resort welcomes history buffs to explore Virginia's rich heritage. Minutes from the resort, you can trace the footsteps of Civil War soldiers, or stroll tree-lined streets where Southern charm has never gone out of style.

Morven Park
17263 Southern Planter Lane
Leesburg, VA 20176

Enjoy a visit to the historic Morven Park Mansion where you will experience a glimpse into American history. This 1,000-acre property includes his Greek Revival style mansion, boxwood gardens, replica Confederate log huts, and Equestrian & Event Center. Two museums are also located at Morven Park. The Museum of Hounds and Hunting, which houses art, artifacts, and memorabilia of the centries-old sporting tradition of foxhunting. The Winmill Carriage Museum is a collection of more than 50 restored 19th century horse-drawn carriages, including Tom Thumb's coach.

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Oatlands Historic House & Gardens
20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane
Leesburg, VA 20175

Oatlands, a National Trust site, encompasses 360 acres in scenic easements and features a Greek Revival mansion, circa 1804, rare 19th century brick dependencies including America's oldest restored propagation greenhouse, circa 1810, and a magnificent four acre English terraced garden. Oatlands offers guided tours of the mansion, grounds, and gardens. Oatlands also offers two gift shops featuring unique gift and gardening items.

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Ball's Bluff Battlefield Regional Park
Balls Bluff Road, NE
Leesburg, VA 20175

Surrounding the Ball's Bluff National Cemetery, this regional park preserves the site of the Battle of Ball's Bluff, the earliest Civil War engagement to take place in Loudoun County. Hiking trails and interpretive signs aid in understanding this important and tragic part of American history.

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Dodona Manor
217 Edwards Ferry Rd.
Leesburg, VA 20176

Visit the historic home of General George C. Marshall, one of America's greatest statesmen, famous as the organizer of the Allied Victory in World War Two and architect of the European Recover Program (the Marshall Plan) for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Aldie Mill Historic Park
39401 John Mosby Hwy
Aldie, VA 20105

The restored Aldie Mill, an imposing four-story brick structure with tandem metal waterwheels, offers a glimpse of rural Southern life when the Mill was a vital center of the community. Gristmills once dotted the landscape of Virginia and rural America, but most of them have now vanished or stand abandoned as silent witnesses of the past. At Aldie Mill the unique heritage of water-powered gristmills is remembered and preserved.

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