Garden Club, Battlefield Stewards Named Heritage Heroes

The Mosby Heritage Area Association presented this year’s Heritage Hero awards to two venerable community organizations.

The Heritage Hero award is given to individuals or groups in the Mosby Heritage Area who have demonstrated stewardship responsibility over many years. This year’s honorees are the Fauquier Loudoun Garden Club and the Friends of Balls Bluff Battlefield.

The garden club was recognized for their decades of preservation and stewardship of the Goose Creek Bridge. The circa-1802 Bridge was the site of an 1863 cavalry battle during the American Civil War. The Garden Club’s work and decades of care was fully realized earlier this month with the transfer of the bridge to NOVA Parks, which will create a recreational park on the site.

Friends of Balls Bluff Battlefield offers historical interpretation and guided tours of the battlefield. In addition to trail clearing and maintenance in the park at the eastern edge of Leesburg, nonprofit organization holds fundraisers, including a barn dance and a formal dinner to support upkeep of the grounds and special programs. The Balls Bluff Battlefield National Historic Landmark was expanded earlier this year from 76 acres to 3,300 acres.

Previous winners of the Heritage Hero Award include Sen. 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 and Mary Fishback, Mitch Diamond, David Blake, Scott Kasprowicz, Gayle and Tom DeLashmutt, Paul Ziluca, Mary Thomason-Morris, and Al Van Huyck.

The mission of the Mosby Heritage Area Association is Preservation through Education—to educate about the history and advocate for the preservation of the extraordinary historic landscape, culture, and scenery in the Northern Virginia Piedmont for future generations to enjoy.

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Dave Stegmaier of Congresswoman Barbra Comstock’s office with Fauquier-Loudoun Garden Club President Aline Day
[Courtesy of Douglas Lees]

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