White’s Ford Regional Park to open on Monday

Officially, on Monday June 9, Loudoun can boast another Civil War site for the public to visit – White’s Ford Regional Park.   This park has been a while in the makingand making…. and making.  But now it will be open to the public:

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 press release goes on to relate the historical significance of the ford site, particularly in regards to the Civil War.  And I’m honored to say I’ll be playing a (small) role in the interpretive markers relating that Civil War activity that will go up at the site sometime in the future.  Beyond just the Civil War, White’s Ford was a river crossing site dating back to ancient times, and its history is much more than men carrying muskets over the Potomac.

The official opening ceremony starts at 10:30 on Monday, June 9.  The 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.

Published by Craig Swain

"Historical marker hunter" and Civil War enthusiast.

3 thoughts on “White’s Ford Regional Park to open on Monday

  1. It seems you have not taken into consideration with precision
    the historical information and logistical knowledge of the old roads, maps, and obvious geography of the exact location. Eugene Shields, who knows this land better than most, disagrees, and to tell the public that the exact location is on park land is egregious. Ed Bearss, noted historian, may also have a bone to pick with you.

    1. The location IS correct. And BTW, it is “Sheel” not “Shields.” If you are going to cite a historian out of context, then at least get his name correct. Thanks.

  2. I visited the site yesterday for the first time and am very happy to see it at last. When will the historical sign(s) or Civil War Trails sign be installed?

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