Summer Series: History of Ashburn

St. David’s Episcopal Church and School is teaming with community leaders to present The History of Ashburn: Margaret Mercer Summer Series, with events July 30, Aug. 13, Aug. 20 and Sept. 7.

The series focuses on Mercer, a 19th century abolitionist who purchased the Belmont Plantation from Ludwell Lee in 1836. She is the founder of Belmont Chapel and School, which later became St. David’s Episcopal Church and School.

The first event in the series will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 30, and features guest speaker Michelle Thomas, a pastor at Holy and Whole Life Changing Ministries International in Lansdowne. A second event, at 7 p.m. Aug. 13, features Liz Whiting, president of the Loudoun Museum, who will discuss how Mercer bucked trends prevailing in her era. Lori Kimball, Oatlands director of programming and education, will speak at an Aug. 20 event about the importance of history in our daily lives. Sept. 7, historian and author Marie Tyler McGraw will speak on “The Three Worlds of Margaret Mercer.”

Cost for the Sept. 7 event is $10 for adults, $5 for students. All other events are free. Attendees are asked to bring a beverage or snack to share. The events are at St. David’s, at 43600 Russell Branch Parkway in Ashburn. For more information, contact Ken Courter at or 571-201-3877.

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