Historic Sites & Museums

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Founded in 1758, Leesburg's history spans four centuries.  Our historic sites and museums reflect that rich and varied history.

  • Ball’s Bluff Battlefield & National Cemetery -  located within the Ball's Bluff Battlefield Regional Park, trails and interpretive signs commemorate the Battle of Ball's Bluff, the first Civil War engagement to take place in Loudoun County. From April to November, the park offers free guided tours of the battlefield every Saturday and Sunday.
       
  • Historic Downtown Leesburg - strolling the brick sidewalks of Leesburg's downtown, you'll find an amazing collection of well-preserved historic buildings, housing charming unique shops and restaurants. Exploring Leesburg, a walking tour guide to history and architecture, is available for purchase at the Thomas Balch Library and the Leesburg Town Hall.
      
  • Loudoun Museum - located in an historic building in downtown Leesburg, the Loudoun Museum offers a variety of changing exhibits and children's programs.
       
  • George Marshall statue at Dodona ManorThe Marshall House - the restored home of General George C. Marshall and headquarters for the George C. Marshall International Center.
      
  • Morven Park - this 1,000 acre property features the historic home of Virginia Governor Westmoreland Davis, the Winmill Carriage Museum, the Museum of Hounds & Hunting, beautiful grounds and gardens and an equestrian center that hosts horse shows & events throughout the year.
     
  • Oatlands Historic House and Gardens - a National Trust Historic Site, this stately mansion was the home of the Carter and Eustis families.
       
  • Thomas Balch Library - a local history and genealogy library owned and operated by the Town of Leesburg. Collections focus on Loudoun County, regional and Virginia history, military history with an emphasis on the American Civil War, and ethnic history. The Thomas Balch Library is an Underground Railroad research site.

Leesburg is part of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area, a 180-mile long region that stretches from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia, along the Route 15 corridor. Leesburg sits near the center of the corridor, making the Town a perfect hub for visitors to experience all that the Journey offers.