Monday, December 08, 2008

Riverfront land in Loudoun to become regional park



Last week we released the news that we had a contract to buy a 275 acre property on the Potomac River as a new regional park.




First the Washington Post wrote a story on it and then it was picked up by the Associated Press and has been run on too many newspapers to list, including the International Herald Tribune, numerous local radio shows and TV. Below is the piece put out by AP.




Riverfront land in Loudoun to become regional park
By the Associated Press
December 4, 2008
LEESBURG, Va. - Officials say a 275-acre swath of land with ties to the Civil War will be protected as a regional park in Loudoun County. The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority will buy the tract along the Potomac River north of Leesburg. The park authority will pay private landowners about $2.8 million for the parcel. The property was once the home of Confederate Lt. Col. Elijah White and was used as a strategic route during battle. The park, which includes a half-mile of Potomac shoreline, will be known as White's Ford Regional Park. It will include a boat ramp, picnic pavilions, campgrounds and cabins. There also will be interpretive exhibits explaining the park's Civil War history.

Here are some links to other articles written about this land deal:

Washington Post
http://loudounextra.washingtonpost.com/news/2008/dec/04/historic-tract-along-potomac-set-become-regional-p/?local

Leesburg Today
http://www.leesburg2day.com/articles/2008/12/02/news/fp343park120208.txt

Loudoun Times
http://www.loudountimes.com/news/2008/dec/03/whites-ford-could-become-new-regional-park/


Col. White is the second person from the left seated.
We believe the two women standing were the Ball sisters who lived at Temple Hall Farm during the war. At one point the Ball sisters were arrested smuggling medical supplies from Maryland across the ferry.




1 comment:

J David Petruzzi said...

Paul,

This is fabulous news! I put a post on my blog about this, with a link to yours. I never make a trip to the Leesburg area without visiting Lige's gravesite as well as the ford. I love it there.

How can I help? I got your note about research etc. - I have quite a bit of material and will help out any way I can.

Best,
J.D. Petruzzi