The Mosby Heritage Area Association has adopted a new logo intended to better reflect its mission of highlighting the broad historic significance of the Northern Virginia Piedmont—not just the area’s happenings during the Civil War.
The former logo featured an image of a single cavalier on a horse, in homage to the history area’s namesake Col. John Singleton Mosby and his famed Civil War partisan rangers. The new logo includes a group of figures crossing the circa 1803 Goose Creek Bridge west of Middleburg. The travelers represent different eras in the area’s history and include a Native American, a Tidewater planter, an early 19th century Quaker farmer, escaped slaves on the Underground Railroad, a Civil War cavalryman, and a present-day equestrienne. The image of the historic stone arch bridge is intended as a symbolic connection between the past and the present.
For the past six years, the MHAA largely has focused on events associated with the Civil War sesquicentennial commemoration. Now Executive Director Richard Gillespie said the MHAA is spreading its educational efforts to all historical timeframes and activities in the region.
The logo was created by Lincoln design firm Drew Babb and Associates, following months of discussion by the MHAA on how to come up with a more comprehensive emblem to reflect the region’s history.
Gillespie said the nonprofit hopes the new logo will illustrate the richness and diversity of those who populated the region. He acknowledged that in some quarters “we are [seen as] only a Mosby or Civil War organization.”
Gillespie emphasized there has been no change in the nonprofit’s mission, which has has focused on “preservation through education” from its beginnings in 1995. The organization’s motto is “See it, Save it, Pass it on.”
Gillespie maintains that when people see an extraordinary historical landscapes in the heritage area—which includes Loudoun, Fauquier, Clarke, Prince William and Warren counties—they’ll want to preserve it for future generations. That is the stewardship ethic MHAA works to promote, he said.
For more information on MHAA, its programs and activities, go to mosbyheritagearea.org. or call 540-687-6681.