Circuit Court to Spotlight History of Transportation in First Friday Program

Visitors to Leesburg’s downtown tonight for the First Friday events can stop into the Loudoun County courthouse for a history lesson.

Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary Clemens will host an open house spotlighting the history of transportation in the county starting at 6:30 p.m.

The clerk’s office’s Historic Records and Deed Research Division will present “Horses, Trains, Planes, and Automobiles: Transportation in Loudoun from 1757 to the Present.”

The open house will feature historic court records on how the use of horses, trains, canals, ferries, cars, and airplanes impacted Loudoun’s transportation system.

Documents on display will include watercolor plats for the 1853 Loudoun Branch of the Manassas Gap Railroad; a rare 1855 seal from Alexandria, Loudoun and Hampshire Railroad; one of the first speeding tickets issued in the county dating to 1906; and reckless driving case with horses from 1877.

The exhibit will also include records and information on ferries and Loudoun’s only canal, The Goose Creek Little River Canal, as well as depositions from Loudoun residents who witnessed the 1940 airline crash in Lovettsville.

Staff members and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about the court documents as well as the history of the courthouse.

The event will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Loudoun County Courthouse, 18 E. Market St. in Leesburg. More information about Loudoun County’s historic court records may be found at

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