Forty years ago, the Old Stone School in Hillsboro was saved from being demolished through the efforts of a nonprofit organization called the Hillsboro Community Association formed by alumni and area residents.
Starting in 1976, the association’s mission is to preserve and restore the Old Stone School and to identify and help preserve and restore other historic landmarks in the Hillsboro area. Recently, the organization operated under the name Friends of the Old Stone School as it focused on the restoration of the landmark building. The town government took ownership of the school in 2006 and on Jan. 1 took over full management of the building from the HCA.
With the school in good shape and in good hands, the association is looking to expand its preservation and restoration efforts on other landmarks in the region. It will do so under a new name: The Short Hill Historical Society.
As part of the transfer of Old Stone School operations to the town, the HCA also provided $19,436 for the management, operation, and maintenance. The money was raised through donations, a grant, and building rentals and includes funds dedicated to specific efforts such as a patio and improvements on the Tulip Ware Room. The nonprofit also donated furniture, equipment and other assets valued at $15,000.
As part of the town’s efforts to raise money for the Old Stone Schoolhouse Fund, it’s 2017 calendar of events and concerts at the historic building will kick off with the Feb. 25 Mardi Gras Masquerade in the Gap. The Old Stone School will be featured as part of the Visit Loudoun county-wide Wedding Showcase on March 19.
Also in the works is a full season of the town’s signature Eat, Drink & Be Literary program, performances and lectures, a May Tea for a Cause, summer outdoor concert series on the Hillsboro Stage, Independence Day the Hillsboro Way on July 1 featuring the Darby Brothers and fireworks, Hillsboro Heritage Days September 28-30, the inaugural Gap Book Festival in November and the annual Christmas Outdoor Market and Craft Fair in December. Information about events and renting the Old Stone School—as well as how to make donations and volunteer—is available at oldstoneschool.org.