Aster BallDancing at the Aster Ball at Rockburn, November 2014


The Mosby Heritage Area Association is proud to announce the upcoming events for 2015.  Details for these events will be coming soon so keep an eye on this page or check the monthly e-newsletter.

Saturday, November 7, 2015, 7:30pm
Cavaliers, Courage, & Coffee Program
An Autumn Night at a Mosby Safe House Mount Bleak House,
Sky Meadows State Park
11012 Edmonds Lane
Delaplane VA 20180

The Mosby Heritage Area Association (MHAA) is teaming with Virginia State Parks to produce the next rendition of the well-known Cavaliers, Courage, and Coffee living history program on Saturday evening November 7, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at Mount Bleak House in Sky Meadows State Park near Paris VA.

Sky Meadows shows off a beautiful piece of the Virginia piedmont landscape and features Mount Bleak, a Civil War-era Mosby safe house, as its architectural centerpiece. Using this home and its outbuildings, MHAA’s Gray Ghost Interpretive Group will bring alive the latter part of the Civil War era in the Paris-Delaplane-Upperville-Bloomfield-Rectortown area of Fauquier and Loudoun counties. The Gray Ghost Interpretive Group members tell their Civil War tales in period dress by lantern-light, in the first person, as civilians and soldiers that passed through this war-torn region.

Mount Bleak was the home of Isaac Settle, and his son Tommy was the Medical Examiner who pronounced John Brown dead at the gallows, December 2, 1859. When the Civil War came, Tommy became a Confederate surgeon in the cavalry. When the “Gray Ghost” arrived on the scene to conduct guerilla warfare in 1863, the Settle home became a Mosby safe house where Mosby Rangers clandestinely boarded. While Mosby’s detachment started as a simple ten cavalrymen on temporary detail to operate out of the Loudoun Valley west of Washington, his 43rd Virginia Cavalry grew into the hundreds by the summer of 1864. Mosby became legendary on both sides, and federal cavalry searched constantly for this nimble nemesis. Sitting as it does in the Crooked Run Valley of northwestern Fauquier, Mount Bleak was in the heart of this cat and mouse game. This edition of Cavaliers, Courage, and Coffee entitled An Autumn Night at a Mosby Safe House will begin at 7:30 p.m. Part of the program will be conducted inside, but most of it will be outside on the grounds of Mount Bleak. Participants are urged to dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes, as walking from scene to scene will be involved.

Admission is $10 for adults, and $5 for students, which helps fund the Mosby Heritage Area Association’s intensive school programming (visit and adult education. Sky Meadows State Parks collects $4 per vehicle for parking. For more information, call (540) 687-5188.

Saturday, November 14, 2015
20th Anniversary Period Ball at Llangollen
21515 Trappe Rd.
Upperville, VA

The Mosby Heritage Area Association (MHAA) is pleased to be celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015 and will be commemorating in historic style on November 14, at 5:30pm at Llangollen estate, 21515 Trappe Rd, Upperville, VA 20185. A fresh raw oyster bar will be featured, as well as delicious traditional Virginia foods, fine libations and even better entertainment. For the third year in a row, the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers will be leading MHAA’s guests in the beloved Virginia Reel and other Victorian dances. This annual celebration is always a lively time, with signature cocktails featuring Catoctin Creek Distilling Company spirits, an elegant historic venue, and dancing.

The original patent house at Llangollen was built during the 1770s, while the estate was still part of a land grant. Many additions later, the symmetrical estate you see today has been home to several notorieties, including Jock and Liz Whitney of 1920s-30s Hollywood fame and Cuthbert Powell, of the Powell family credited with the founding of Middleburg. Today, the estate hosts polo matches in its professional polo center and is most hospitable to area nonprofits in opening their doors for fundraisers.

On November 14th guests will arrive first in the house for toasts, then proceed with the accompaniment of a bagpiper in a “Grand March” up to the colonnade and popular Horseshoe Barn for the dance, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres. Formal, Scottish, Formal Hunt, or ca. 1860 Victorian attire are most appropriate for the ball, and add to the color and fun of the event.

Tickets are $100 each (visit and advanced registration is required. For more information, call (540) 687-6681 or



Tuesday, December 8, 5:30 p.m.
Mosby Heritage Area Association 2015 Heritage Heroes Awards
Recognizing major lifetime contributions to the preservation of our historic landscape
National Sporting Library
102 The Plains Road
Middleburg VA

The Mosby Heritage Area Association (MHAA) will hold our 8th Annual Heritage Heroes Awards in a reception and ceremony introducing three recipients this year for a lifetime of personal contribution to historic preservation in the Mosby Heritage Area. Reservations are appreciated—call (540) 687-6681.