DeLashmutts, Ziluca Named Heritage Heroes

The Mosby Heritage Area Association will honor three individuals for their stewardship of the Northern Virginia piedmont during its Heritage Hero awards ceremony Tuesday, Dec. 8. at the National Sporting Library and Museum in Middleburg.

The 2015 honorees are Gayle DeLashmutt, Tom DeLashmutt and Paul Ziluca.

Gayle DeLashmutt, a 45-year Loudoun County resident, has served on many boards, including Grafton School, Fauquier-Loudoun Garden Club, Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter, the National Historic Landmark Stewards Association. She has been a dedicated volunteer with various groups including The Journey Through Hallowed Ground and she served as president of the Mosby Heritage Area Association from 2006-2008. Along with her husband, Tom, in 1992, she began the task of restoring the gardens, outbuildings, and tenant houses of their home, Oak Hill, near Aldie. Oak Hill was the home of President James Monroe. They open the home to hundreds of school children with the Aldie Triangle field trip program each April.

Tom DeLashmutt is the president and CEO of Barcroft Apartments, a family business for decades that is located in Arlington. He and his family have owned Oak Hill for 67 years. He has also owned and preserved Berkeley House in Aldie for 50 years. Berkeley House is one of the most historic homes in the village of Aldie, and has been carefully preserved and maintained.

As chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Historic Cavalry Battles of Aldie, Middleburg and Upperville, Paul Ziluca obtained a grant from the American Battlefield Protection Program to map these three battles employing advanced technology, which was completed in 2004. Also, he succeeded obtaining recognition from the Civil War Preservation Trust that the battles were among the 10 most endangered Civil War battlefields in our country. DSC01140He is an advisor to the special committee that has guided the work of mapping and protecting the battle of Unison and has consulted with Fauquier County as it has begun the process of formulating comprehensive plan provisions for the protection of the 12 Civil War battlefields located there. Before he began his Civil War battlefield work, Ziluca served as chairman of the Virginia Outdoors Foundation from 1994 to 2002, a period during which VOF’s conservation easement holdings increased from 80,000 to 250,000 acres. He is a former chairman of the Loudoun County Republican Party, a former member of the Republican State Central Committee, and a former fox hunter. A U.S. Air Force veteran, he holds degrees from Harvard University and George Washington University. During his military career, he served in the Pentagon as a nuclear planner, as a deputy chief of staff for logistics in Europe and as an installation commander near Athens, Greece.

Previous winners of the Heritage Hero Award include Senator John Warner, Karen Hughes White, Janet Whitehouse, Hope Porter, Linda Newton, Robert H. Smith, Su Webb, Lori Kimball, Bob Sinclair, Robert Lee, Walter Nicklin, John Fishback, Mary Fishback, Mitch Diamond, David Blake and Scott Kasprowicz.

The awards ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The National Sporting Library is located at 102 The Plains Road.

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