NOVA Parks has installed two new Civil War Trails signs in Loudoun County, at the Aldie Mill Historic Park and Gilbert’s Corner Regional Park.
The new sign at Aldie Mill orients visitors to the fighting which took place along Rt. 50 between Aldie and Upperville as part of the Gettysburg campaign in 1863. It is part of a series of Civil War Trails sites stretched across 15 miles that help visitors follow the troop movements and engagements that occurred that during three days of engagements known at the Battle of Middleburg.
“This mini-Civil War trail is immensely popular with travelers as they traverse not only the history but enjoy some of Virginia’s most beautiful downtowns, shops and landscapes,” said Drew Gruber, executive director of Civil War Trails, Inc. “Mt. Defiance Cidery, Hunter’s Head Tavern, and the Little River Inn make this an ultimate destination for couples looking for a weekend retreat.”
The sign at Gilbert’s Corner Regional Park, titled “Neighbor Against Neighbor,” tells the story of Alexander “Yankee” Davis and how his vote in May 1861 to stay in the Union led to his harassment by neighbors and his ultimate role as a guide for Union troops in the area. It is located at the trailhead for the 150-acre park.
The Civil War Trails network is designed as an open-air museum for visitors to explore by diving, cycling, or hiking. Loudoun County is home to more than two dozen Civil War Trails sites, linked to 1,350 other locations across six states.
For more information about Aldie Mill Historic Park or Gilbert’s Corner Regional Park go to novaparks.com. For more information about Civil War Trails or to request a brochure go to civilwartrails.org.