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By Craig Swain, December 5, 2008
"The Ankerage" Marker
Virginia (Loudoun County), Sterling — "The Ankerage"
1847-1964 site of the Ankers Family Home & Cemetery nineteen blue & gray soldiers killed in local actions during the Civil War were also buried here — Map (db m14155) HM
Virginia (Loudoun County), Sterling — Ambush at Ankers's Shop"It was a complete surprise"
Samuel and Henrietta Ankers lived at this site during the Civil War. On the morning of February 22, 1864, just outside their front door, about 160 of Confederate Lt. Col. John Singleton Mosby's horsemen ambushed 150 of Union Capt. J. Sewall Reed's . . . — Map (db m42329) HM
Virginia (Loudoun County), Sterling — George Washington(1732-1799)
(Upper Plaque): George Washington (1732-1799) Farmer, Legislator, Surveyor, Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution, and the first President of the United States. George Washington frequently used this . . . — Map (db m20032) HM
Virginia (Loudoun County), Sterling — George Washington
George Washington was the most famous person to use this road. It was his favorite route on many important personal, business, and military trips from Mount Vernon to Virginia's western frontier and points beyond. Although his trips of 1753 and 1754 . . . — Map (db m20047) HM
Virginia (Loudoun County), Sterling — T-38 — Gettysburg Campaign
J.E.B. Stuart, operating on Lee’s right, passed here on his way to the fords of the Potomac north of Dranesville June 27, 1863. Crossing the river, he became seperated from Lee's army and did not rejoin it until July 2 at Gettysburg. — Map (db m1608) HM
Virginia (Loudoun County), Sterling — Guilford Signal StationTracking the Confederates — Gettysburg Campaign
During the Civil War, signal stations served as early warning posts, observation points, and communication centers. On June 19, 1863, 10,000-15,000 Union troops commanded by Gen. John Fullerton Reynolds, I Corps, Army of the Potomac, marched along . . . — Map (db m1543) HM
Virginia (Loudoun County), Sterling — Lanesville Architecture
The earliest parts of the Lanesville House, built in 1779, included a single room house, two stories high with a loft, what is now the east parlor with the rooms directly above on the second and third floors; the single story kitchen was a separate . . . — Map (db m20055) HM
Virginia (Loudoun County), Sterling — Lanesville Families
The Lanesville House has been home to just two families during the 212 years that it was occupied. Lane family descendants lived here for 162 years, from 1779-1941. Dr. Claude Moore purchased the house and land in December, 1941, and made his home . . . — Map (db m20126) HM
Virginia (Loudoun County), Sterling — Lanesville Historic Area
The story of Lanesville began centuries before this house was built. Vestal's Gap Road, which runs across the park and in front of the house, began as an Indian trail used frequently for hunting and trading. The earliest documented use by colonists . . . — Map (db m20120) HM
Virginia (Loudoun County), Sterling — Lanesville House and Vestal's Gap Road
Lanesville House and Vestal's Gap Road are contributing sites to the Lanesville Historic District and have been designated Virginia Historic Landmarks by the Virginia Commission on Historic Resources and placed on the National Register of Historic . . . — Map (db m20122) HM
Virginia (Loudoun County), Sterling — Lanesville Outbuildings
Homes in the 19th century typically had several outbuildings. Barns stabled horses and other animals, tenant houses lodged farm hands, wells supplied water, and, of course, the "necessary," or outhouse, was a must. One of the most significant . . . — Map (db m20124) HM
Virginia (Loudoun County), Sterling — Z-143 — Loudoun County / Fairfax County
(east face) Loudoun County Area 519 Square Miles Formed in 1757 from Fairfax, and named for Lord Louduon, titular Governor of Virginia, and head of the British Forces in America, 1756-1758. Oak Hill, President . . . — Map (db m64585) HM
Virginia (Loudoun County), Sterling — Mosby’s RangersBattle of Miskel Farm — March 31, 1863
Captain John Singleton Mosby and 69 of his Confederate ranger troop were surprised at dawn while sleeping here in the Miskel farmhouse and hay barn by 150 Union cavalry. Though greatly outnumbered, Captain Mosby led his rangers on foot with . . . — Map (db m1794) HM
Virginia (Loudoun County), Sterling — Rails to Dulles Airport
In 1958 the federal government began construction of a new international airport near Chantilly, Virginia. The Washington & Old Dominion Railroad, whose freight business had been on the decline, enjoyed a resurgence of activity. Cement, stone, and . . . — Map (db m20281) HM
Virginia (Loudoun County), Sterling — Sterling Station
By 1967, when the photograph below was taken, Sterling had grown from a railroad stop known as Guilford to a large residential development. Beginning in 1860, the station served local farmers. Trains carried grain, produce, and dairy products to . . . — Map (db m20146) HM
Virginia (Loudoun County), Sterling — The Braddock Campaign
In early 1755, England ordered General Edward Braddock along with the 44th and 48th Regiments to Virginia with plans to join the colonial forces in an effort to expel the French from Fort Duquesne. Due to considerations other than military, General . . . — Map (db m20048) HM
Virginia (Loudoun County), Sterling — The Vestal's Gap Road
This sector of the road, through Claude Moore Park, closely resembles the road as it appeared in this area's early history. This great road ran from the port city of Alexandria, Virginia through Vestal's Gap of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It began as . . . — Map (db m20033) HM
Virginia (Loudoun County), Sterling — Vestal's Gap Road
Extending from Alexandria to Vestal's Ferry near Charles Town, West Virginia, this colonial highway was a principal route from the Northern Neck of Virginia through the Blue Ridge in the Ohio Country, in the early 1700's. The road became the major . . . — Map (db m20026) HM
Virginia (Loudoun County), Sterling — Vestal's Gap Road
Extending from Alexandria to Vestal's Ferry near Charles Town, West Virginia, this colonial highway was a principal route from the Northern Neck of Virginia through the Blue Ridge to the Ohio Country. In the early 1770's, the road became the major . . . — Map (db m20031) HM
Virginia (Loudoun County), Sterling — F-37 — Vestal's Gap Road
Vestal's Gap Road is among the oldest remaining segments of colonial highway in America. Initially an Indian trail, it became an important route for commerce from Alexandria to Leesburg and Winchester, westward migration, and troop movements. Lt. . . . — Map (db m36730) HM
Virginia (Loudoun County), Sterling — Vestal's Gap Road I
Before man traveled this way, the wild animals that inhabited this area made a trail through the grassland and woods which they followed to reach new grazing areas. Bison and deer created and followed the path seeking fresh grass for food, followed . . . — Map (db m25576) HM
Virginia (Loudoun County), Sterling — Vestal's Gap Road II
The local Indians followed the paths made by the animals they sought as game and made them into regularly used trails. Archaeologists have found and investigated many sites where Indians lived along the Potomac River and the larger creeks such as . . . — Map (db m25584) HM
Virginia (Loudoun County), Sterling — Vestal's Gap Road III
In 1722 Governor Spotswood's treaty with the Indians was ratified, which kept them west of the Blue Ridge Mountains and north of the Potomac River. Early settlers found the Indian trails in Loudoun County and made them into roads. Loudoun County . . . — Map (db m25585) HM
Virginia (Loudoun County), Sterling — Vestal's Gap Road in the 1800s
In 1814 due to the British advance on Washington, it was deemed wise to remove the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and other valuable state documents to a safe place. They were transported across Chain Bridge into Virginia. The . . . — Map (db m20118) HM
Virginia (Loudoun County), Sterling — Vestal's Gap Road IV
The Vestal's Gap Road was a major east-west trade and travel route. George Washington used it from 1753 to 1799 as he traveled on surveying business, for personal reasons and for military purposes in the French and Indian Wars. There were several . . . — Map (db m25586) HM

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