White’s Ford Regional Park opening!

From the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority:

Famous Potomac River Crossing Becomes Regional Park

On Monday, June 9, 2014, NOVA Parks (Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority) will officially open and dedicate White’s Ford Regional Park. The beautiful 295-acre property is located on the shores of the Potomac River just north of Leesburg, and will offer visitors a passive recreational experience, highlighted by a trail and water access as well as interpretation of the site’s great historical significance.

The site is best known as the place where the Confederate Army crossed into Maryland in 1862 on their way to the Battle of Antietam. “Certainly, men crossed where the park is now located” said Childs Burden, President of the Mosby Heritage Area Association and member of the Loudoun County Heritage Commission, reflecting on Lee’s crossing in 1862. “The maps that show this ford from the Civil War era are solid historical records. I am confident that NOVA Parks has preserved an enormously important historical site that is a valuable resource for Loudoun County, the Commonwealth of Virginia and our nation,” continued Burden.

The Civil War history of this site is known for many strategic crossings of the river by forces on both sides. James Lighthizer, President of the Civil War Trust said, “It is wonderful news that White’s Ford has been forever preserved and is now a public park. NOVA Parks is to be commended for the extensive archeological research they have done to help tell the story of this strategic river crossing that played such an important role. NOVA Parks is one of our valued partners in preserving historic sites that tell the story of America.”…. (read more)

The opening dedication is at 10:30 on Monday, June 9.  Location is White’s Ford Regional Park, 43646 Hibler Road, Leesburg, VA 20176. Directions: From Leesburg take Rt. 15 North. Turn right on Spinks Ferry Road (Rt. 657). Turn right on Limestone School Road (Rt. 661). Turn left on Hibler Road (Rt. 656) and follow to park.

 

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