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Ashburn in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Belmont Chapel

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, December 1, 2019
1. Belmont Chapel Marker
Inscription.  Margaret Mercer (1791-1846), educator and reformer, purchased Belmont plantation in 1836. Here she ran a prominent academy for young women, waiving tuition for those unable to afford it. Best known for advocating the liberation of enslaved African Americans and promoting their resettlement in Liberia, Mercer also gained recognition for her book Popular Lectures on Ethics (1841). She commissioned the construction of Belmont Chapel, which opened here by 1841. The chapel hosted Episcopal services and a Sunday school at which African Americans were educated alongside whites. Long an important community center, the chapel burned in the 1960s. St. David's Episcopal Church opened here in 1990.
 
Erected 2018 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number T 59.)
 
Location. 39° 4.153′ N, 77° 29.14′ W. Marker is in Ashburn, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is on Russell Branch Parkway 0.4 miles north of Aspen View Boulevard, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this
Belmont Chapel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 1, 2019
2. Belmont Chapel Marker
postal address: 19800 Belmont Executive Plaza, Ashburn VA 20147, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Belmont (approx. mile away); Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park (approx. 1.4 miles away); Ashburn School (approx. 1 miles away); Ashburn Station (approx. 1.7 miles away); Diesel Trains on the W&OD (approx. 1.8 miles away); Edwards Ferry (approx. 2.1 miles away); a different marker also named Edwards Ferry (approx. 2 miles away in Maryland); An Ideal Crossing (was approx. 2 miles away in Maryland but has been reported missing. ). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ashburn.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 1, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 1, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 46 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 1, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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