Downtown Leesburg’s First Friday activities aren’t just for those looking for art, live music or a dinner out, there’s a history lesson in the offering, too.
From 6 to 8 p.m. on June 3, Historic Records Manager Eric Larson will open the Loudoun’s Circuit Court archives for a public tour. Under the theme of “Mold, War, and Grants; Preserving Loudoun’s Historic Court Papers,” the program will allow visitors to see some of the county’s most historic documents—land records, wills, birth and death notices, slave auctions and free black papers, deeds, judgments—even the signature of George Washington—among them.
Loudoun County is one of only five jurisdictions in Virginia to have its entire records collection complete—dating back to its formation from western Fairfax County in 1757. That those records still exist is attributed to the foresight of Clerk of the Court George K. Fox Jr., with the assistance of Chief Justice Asa Rogers who ordered the documents to be taken to safety as Union forces closed in on Leesburg in 1862.
During the open house, staff members will show how the records are being digitized and preserved.