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2011 . VOLUME 10 . NUMBER 2


Virginia’s only Union troop in the Civil War formed in Loudoun.

32 CIVIL WAR DAY TRIPS by Alex Chapple

Historical sites offer family-friendly day trips in the county.


Western Loudoun artists open their

40 Foodie Adventures


by Buzz McClain & Tracy LeBlanc

Intrepid foodie adventurers travel off the beaten path to explore culinary finds.


studios for annual tour. 10 NEIGHBORS


by Nick Adde

Singer-songwrighter Todd Wright hits the right notes from Leesburg studio.




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Farmers, vintners and restaurateurs unite for 10-day culinary project.




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Take a trip back in time at historic ABOUT THE COVER


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Local landscapers and remodelers

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JUNE 6-12 THE UPPERVILLE COLT & HORSE SHOW GRAFTON AND SALEM FARMS SHOWGROUNDS, UPPERVILLE Take part in history and come see the oldest horse show in the United States! Founded in 1853, today the show features more than 2,000 horse and rider combinations from young children on ponies to Olympic riders and their horses. There will be something for the entire family, including pony rides, exhibits, children’s games, a Basset Hound demonstration, terrier races and the Pedigree Country Fair. For more info, including admission fees and hours, visit www.upperville.com. JUNE 11 LOUDOUN SYMPHONY GALA NATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTER, LANSDOWNE Join the symphony in celebrating its 20th anniversary with a 6-7 p.m. reception and silent auction 7 p.m. dinner, followed by dessert and symphony concert. Tickets are $125; purchase online at http://loudounsymphony.org JUNE 12 PRINCESS PARADE MORVEN PARK, LEESBURG Pint-sized guests are encouraged to dress in appropriate regalia for an afternoon of royal activities, including crafting crowns, scepters and carriage horns for a parade to the mansion. The event takes place 1-3 p.m.; tickets are $12 for children, $3 for adults. Pre-registration is required at www.princessparade.eventbrite.com. 19TH CENTURY BASE BALL DAY OATLANDS, LEESBURG The Loudoun Preservation Society will be hosting a this unique, family-friendly event in which teams from the Mid-Atlantic Vintage Baseball League will play following the rules and customs of the 1860s. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair for seating, but pets, alcohol and coolers aren’t allowed. The event takes place 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $20 per car. For more information, visit http://preserveloudoun.org. JUNE 6 ROCK THE FIELD FIREMAN’S FIELD, PURCELLVILLE This year’s concert features local talent including rock group Floyd The Barber, Scott Kinney and the Hired Guns, The Immortals and the Loudoun Valley High School Jazz Band. Other entertainment includes an inflatable Velcro Wall, moon bounce, temporary tattoo artist, drawings for prizes, a rock trivia contest and other free games. For more info, visit www.rockthefield.org. 66

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MIDDLEBURG COMMUNITY CENTER Celebrate Independence Day by swimming in the pool for 11 a.m.-6 p.m., then joining festivities including music, games, contests and food from 6-9 p.m. Fireworks will begin at dusk. The event is free; for more information, call 540.687.6375. Photograph courtesy of Morven Park



IDA LEE PARK, LEESBURG Show your patriotic spirit at the annual parade, which will begin at 10 a.m. Ida Lee Park and travel down King Street to Fairfax Street. The celebration continues in the park with food vendors and live music at 6 p.m., with a wonderful fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Free admission. For more info, visit www.idalee.org. In the event of rain, fireworks will be rescheduled for 9:30pm, July 5. FRANKLIN PARK, PURCELLVILLE Bring the family for an evening of celebration, with great music, food and entertainment from 6-10 p.m. Donation of $5 is optional. For more information, call 540.338.7603. CLAUDE MOORE PARK, STERLING An old-fashioned 4th of July celebration will include pony and wagon rides, pie-eating contest, crafts, reptile show and nature exhibits. Other activities include live music, food vendors, the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum and tours of the historic Lanesville Ordinary. Event takes place 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; a donation of $5 is suggested. For more info, call 571.258.3700. TOWN OF PURCELLVILLE The annual 4th of July Fireman’s Parade will start at Emerick Elementary School at 12:30 p.m., go up Orchard Drive, turn right onto Main Street, and left onto Maple Ave, ending at Loudoun Valley High School. For more info, call 540.751.2300. DODONA MANOR, LEESBURG After enjoying the annual town parade, walk back down Market Street and visit the historic residence of Gen. George C. Marshall for a free tour and celebration on

the property from 2-5 p.m. For more info, visit www. georgecmarshall.org. JULY 25-30 LOUDOUN COUNTY FAIR LOUDOUN COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS, LEESBURG The annual fair celebrates 76 years with traditional attractions such as 4-H animals, crafts, carnival rides, entertainment, food, livestock auctions, bull riding and a mini demolition derby. Livestock events and the Miss Loudoun Fair Pageant opens the fair July 24, with the carnival opening at 6 p.m. July 25. For more info, visit www.LoudounCountyFair.com.

AUGUST AUG. 6-7 EEMI SUMMER FLING DRESSAGE SHOW MORVEN PARK, LEESBURG Spectators are invited to view this elegant competitive sport in which pairs of horses and riders dance in unison to compete in various skill levels. The show takes place both weekend days from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; on Saturday, the Pas de Deux Challenge displays a freestyle routine choreographed to music for two horses and riders. For more info, visit www.morvenpark.org. AUG. 20-21 LUCKETTS FAIR OLD LUCKETTS SCHOOL In its 39th year, this country fair includes juried handmade crafts, antiques, down-home food, historic demonstrations, bluegrass bands, fire truck rides, a petting zoo and pony rides. The fair is open 10 a.m.5- p.m.; tickets are $8, free for children age 5 and younger. For more info, visit www.TheLuckettsFair.com.



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ou already know about Loudoun County’s biannual Farm Tours. Hopefully, you’ve taken advantage of these spring and fall events as a way to explore your own backyard and some of its most noteworthy treasures. But have you heard about the Western Loudoun Artist Studio Tour? Now in its sixth year, this special self-guided tour is a weekend of art fun and education for the entire family, offering insider information about what makes artists tick. You can visit the studios of more than 50 talented artists as you wind your way through Loudoun’s countryside and quaint historic villages. You can talk to these artists, watch them work, observe their techniques and even get involved in the artistic process itself! Going directly to the creative source – the artist in his or her studio – is an inspiring experience that you won’t likely forget. Inside and out, each studio is its own creative environment that reflects the personality and ingenuity of the artist who works there. Venture inside and look at this very special “office,” observe its setup, look at the materials that are used, see how the light comes through the windows, and think about how these components come together to fuel the imagination. Whether the artist is a painter, potter, jewelry maker, photographer, fiber artist, sculptor or weaver, the studio is the place where dreams and visions become reality. Watch the artists’ hands as they work – at the easel or wheel or loom or pedestal – and appreciate the talent and skill that it takes to make an original work of art. Many studio artists invite their guests to become part of the process, so go ahead – give it a try! This year’s tour dates are June 11 and 12. From Leesburg to Round Hill, there are 55 artists and two fiber arts guilds at 34 locations, all of which will open their studio doors. Loudoun’s three major art centers – ArtSquare, Franklin Park Arts Center and Round Hill Arts Center – are also hosting guest artists during the weekend.


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It’s not too early to get a jump start on the tour by visiting the website – wlast.org – which lists all of the artists on the tour as well as information about each. Download the map and chart your course. With 34 stops on the tour, it makes sense to prepare a bit so you don’t overlook your personal favorites. Whether you are a longtime collector or just becoming one, the PHOTOS COURTESY OF GALE WALDRON tour is an ideal way to shop TOP: CUSTOM WOODTURNER TOM BOLEY AT WORK IN HIS for fine arts and crafts. STUDIO. ABOVE: SCULPTOR JEFF HALL TALKS TO A GUEST ABOUT “It was just waiting to HIS FIGURATIVE WORK. happen,” says Committee Chair Jeanne Niccolls, as she recalls the first studio tour in 2006 with 25 participating artFOR MORE INFO ists. In just six years, the Western Loudoun To download a studio tour booklet Artists Studio Tour has grown from a small and map, and for more details about planning group to a formally structured the artists participating, please visit committee that produces an extensive event, www.wlast.org. manages an elaborate website, turns out a professional tour booklet and administers a significant budget. scenes to ensure visitors an unforgettable All of this good work brings an estimated experience in Loudoun County. 1,000 visitors each year from Loudoun and Our talented community of artists and across the metro area. Loudoun artists work the Studio Tour Committee invite you come tirelessly to bring their work to market, see creativity at work. There is no need to visitors mark their calendars and tell their phone ahead, just come, pick up your tour friends, a growing list of sponsors offers booklet and enjoy! financial and promotional support and the studio tour committee works behind the L o u d o u n M a g a z i n e

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a f t e r t o u r i n g a r o u n d t h e c o u n t r y , s i n g e r / s o n g w r i t e r m a k e s l e e s b u r g h o m e BY NICK ADDE


odd Wright knew by the time he was about 5 or 6 years old that somehow he would become a musician. The epiphany came when one of Wright’s older brothers played the Kiss album Alive for him – two LPs’ worth of high energy. While listening to it, Wright would gaze at the photo on the back of the jampacked Cobo Center in Detroit, with four fans holding up a banner. “Looking at that, I was very determined,” Wright says. Some 35 years later, Wright could not present a more stark contrast to his face-painted childhood idols. Looking forward to getting married next year, he is a doting father who spends as much time as he can with his 8-year-old daughter Ryan. Now 40, he just bought a house in Leesburg, where he has lived for the past six years. But even though his art bears little resemblance to the pounding rock anthems of Kiss, Wright remained true to his calling. He is still a musician – holding the only real job he ever had. And while the road to music stardom is rife with broken-down equipment vans long abandoned by those who have given up any hopes of making it, Wright has managed to scrape out a fairly decent living as a songwriter, singer, instrumentalist and producer. Wright’s journey from there to here is not all that different from anyone else who has tried to make it as a musician. His first dabbling in real playing involved an old drum set of his brother’s. He played drums in elementary and junior high school bands, and marched with the Northern Virginia Patriots, a private fife-and-drum corps. While still a youngster, Wright was not allowed to touch his dad’s beautifully beatup Gibson J-45 acoustic guitar until around the fifth grade, when dad finally took the time to show him how to play the G and D chords of Down in the Valley. “I continued to play drums until I was 20 or 21,”Wright says.“My guitar playing got better and better, and I just started writing songs.” He eventually stepped out from behind 10

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the drum kit of the rock ’n’ roll bands he played in, to step out front and showcase the songs he was writing. Music was changing by then anyway, Wright says, with the heavy metal era coming to an end. “I bought a (Fender) Telecaster (guitar) in New York, in pieces. I took it home, a friend built it for me, and we put a band together called the Excentrics,” he says. During their 10-year run that began in 1991, they played gigs as far south as Georgia and as far north as Boston. They came close to a record deal with a major label.“For whatever reason, we weren’t what they were looking for,” he says. Wright was in his early 30s by then, with a girlfriend, new baby and no money. A friend called to offer him a shot at playing with Lucy Woodward, an artist who had just signed with Atlantic Records. Wright eventually got the gig, working as a rhythm guitar player on the road and in the studio. “We were touring – flying everywhere, being picked up by limos, making money,” he says.“It was an amazing experience. We thought it would last forever, but the label pulled the plug on the record about four or five months later. The fairy tale was over.” At the same time, Wright grew tired of the road. Not a partier anyway, he never had any interest in the more sordid aspects of

the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle. Hearing Ryan speak her first word – “daddy” – and watching her take her first steps toward him the day before he would leave for a tour of Japan and New Zealand – cemented it. Wright came back from the road, eventually latching onto another gig with another Leesburg friend, Pat McGee, which also involved touring but paid well. They lapped the country several times. Wright missed Ryan, who was living with her mother by then, terribly while he was gone. But while home from the road, he was able to spend all of his time with her. He quit touring, with McGee’s blessing, and built a studio in his row house on West Market Street. While Wright has yet to make it to the top, he managed to make enough contacts to have the work come to him. He played with McGee at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center in 2007 before a crowd of 7,500. Friends have referred him to agents in New York, Nashville and Los Angeles, who thought enough of his work to shoot work his way. One song he co-wrote with vocalistinstrumentalist Toby Lightman, called Holding the Heart, will appear in the soundtrack of a movie in the fall called What’s Your Number. A Dutch artist named Lena recorded another, called Smoke, which reached No. 1 on the German pop charts. He gets calls to score the occasional commercial as well. Other than that, Wright says,“I’m working with great people, right here in Loudoun County.” He meets every Friday at 11 a.m. with musician buddies at Moley’s Barbecue for lunch before heading to his studio. Friends have introduced him to the mayor, as well as the best lawyer in town, who will help him with any legal hassles the music business throws his way. He is building a new recording studio in an old Leesburg carriage house. He and his fiancée, Lindsey Brooks, will marry in May 2012. “Leesburg has really become an adopted home for me,”Wright says. “There’s always somebody I can call if I need anything. It’s inspiring to feed off the talent that you wouldn’t believe is within a mile from here.” L o u d o u n M a g a z i n e

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Seeds sown for exciting culinary collaborations


year ago, Lansdowne Resort Executive Chef Wes Rosati unveiled a spring tasting menu that included Ragu of Fields of Athenry Lamb – one of his first offerings from a local farm. A year later, the spring menu includes not only pork and lamb chops from the Purcellville farm, but also Ayrshire Farms’ chicken and eggs under appetizer and entree items. The addition of the Upperville farm on the On the Potomac restaurant’s new menu comes courtesy of Miriam Nasuti’s efforts to bring together chefs, farmers and vintners as part of a new annual culinary event called Farm-to-Fork Loudoun. The 10-day celebration from July 21-31 will feature menus that are 70 percent sourced from local farmers and vintners. “It’s been a great synergy of relationship building,” says Nasuti, founder and publisher of e-zine Talk Loudoun.“The nice thing after the initial meeting in February is that (some chefs) said ‘Well, why should I wait till July ‘ and they’ve already started to serve local products on their menu and will do it after the event.” Rosati and his team at Lansdowne Resort are among those who are capitalizing on the new relationships they’ve formed through Farm-to-Fork. “Our goal in being involved with this is creating long-term relationships so that we can go forward and keep these things involved in our menus and keep these farmers involved with what we’re doing,” Rosati says. Other farms they’re working with include Allder School Berries, Great Country Farms, Mill Creek Farms, Oakland Green, Quarter Branch Farms and Wegmeyer Farms, according to Farm-to-Fork’s website. “It’s really helped to add to our repertoire,” Chef de Cuisine Bryan Strevig says. Farmers also are excited about the new relationships they’ve cultivated through the proejct. “We run a community-supported agriculture program and several of the chefs are teaming with us to take our produce deliveries every week as well as during Farm to Fork, and to help our members understand what they’re doing with their CSA produce boxes – it might be a new recipe for asparagus,” says Kate Zurschmeide, whose family owns Great Country Farms in Bluemont. “They’re PARTICIPANTS IN FARM-TO-FORK going to give us tips on how people can store their produce, how they’re using LOUDOUN ASSEMBLED FOR MARKETING things especially during the Farm to Fork program. We’re thrilled to be part of it.” PHOTOS AT FORTESSA IN STERLING. For information on Farm-to-Fork Loudoun, visit www.farmtoforkloudoun. 12

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Skin transformations The familiar advertising slogan,“Love the skin you’re in,” could easily come to mind when talking with Kim Marinetto, a registered nurse and master aesthetician at AVIE! Medspa and Laser Center in Leesburg. Also part owner of AVIE! with Dr. Betsy Vasquez, Marinetto’s enthusiasm is obvious.

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hile John Denver’s country roads may not be taking you home, they will lead you to a place of jaw-dropping mountain vistas and bountiful historical sites in Harpers Ferry, W.Va. In this Mountain State treasure, discover a confluence of adventures from camping and whitewater rafting to tubing and hiking. Whether you’re a history hound or adrenaline junkie, this compact and picturesque town lures with ample diversions. For $6 a car, you can park in the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park lot and take a shuttle bus into Lower Town. Or you can hoof it or bike it for $4 a person. Whichever option you choose, pick up a map of the park, which examines Harpers Ferry’s history and details the town’s numerous museums and exhibits. If you’re bringing children to the park, be sure to pick up a free copy of the Junior Ranger Activity Booklet at the visitor center. Kids can experience what it’s like to be a Junior Ranger at the national park, and enjoy a variety of fun activities. Located where the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers converge, Harpers Ferry is perhaps best remembered as the site of abolitionist John 22

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When the sweltering heat and humidity become too stifling to bear, laze away an afternoon in the delightfully cool Shenandoah River. This is no fancy, tricked-out water park, just unadulterated refreshment. A number of outfitters can set you up with a tube, canoe or raft, as well as a life jacket and ride to your launch destination. Located at 10985 Harpers Ferry Road in Purcellville, BTI Whitewater/Butts Tubes offers a variety of tubing adventures, including whitewater tubing for adrenaline seekers or flatwater tubing for those seeking a more serene, slow-moving tubing experience. For reservations, call 1.877.RAFT.BTI or visit www.btiwhitewater.com/tubing/ to get details on pricing and policies. River Riders, located at 408 Alstadts Hill Road in Harpers Ferry, is another outfitter that offers different tubing options as well as rafting, canoeing and kayaking. Broadlands resident Kevin Schultz and a crew from his church enjoyed a tubing outing on the Shenandoah with River Riders. “We met at the River Riders compound, watched their safety video, picked out our personal floatation devices, and got on the bus down to the waterfront. When we got off the bus, we grabbed a tube out of the trailer behind the bus, got in the water, and we were on our way. They had double tubes for a parent to take a small child with them, and one side of the tube had a mesh floor underneath it so

Harpers Ferry Events From military concerts to dramatic presentations and demonstrations, this tiny town will be abuzz with activity this summer. Check out these special events: June 25-26 Under Fire:The Battle of Harpers Ferry From 11 a.m.-4 p.m. each day at Bolivar Heights Battlefield, witness artillery firing demonstrations that will take place at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. July 3 Ices and Creamed Ice Learn about frosty summer treats from 1860. This event takes place in Lower Town from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 3 Free Country Concert Enjoy the sounds of the U.S. Marine Band at 6 p.m. at Camp Hill, Mather Training Center grounds. For a complete listing of 2011 events, go to http://www.nps.gov/hafe/index.htm. my younger son didn’t lose his Crocs. I wish I could say the same for my wife’s sunglasses. It was a relaxing float down the river. We enjoyed tossing a football back and forth.” River Riders also features a number of specials to help you save money on your next aquatic adventure. Go to www.riverriders. com/specialoffers.htm for more information, or call 800.326.7238. And new this year, River Riders is launching The Harpers Ferry Canopy Tour for zip line enthusiasts. Soar high above the ground L o u d o u n

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along the Potomac River for a scenic and exhilarating experience. The canopy tour features 15 thrilling elements, including zips, tandem ladders and a swinging bridge. For more information, visit the website at www.harpersferryzipline.com/. River & Trail Outfitters, which has a location near Harpers Ferry at 604 Valley Road Knoxville, MD, offers guided whitewater rafting, tubing, kayaking, canoeing, climbing, cycling and hiking trips in the area. Visit www.rivertrail.com for more information.

Roughing It…or Not For some, getting in touch with nature means nothing short of tent camping.

Harpers Ferry KOA, located right off of Route 340 at 343 Campground Road, will happily oblige. If you’d rather enjoy a few creature comforts, though, the campground also offers “Kamping Kabins” and “Kamping Lodges.” Now through Dec. 31, if you reserve online, you can get a 5 percent Internet discount. Harpers Ferry KOA also boasts an indoor movie theater, Jr. Olympic heated swimming pool, 18-hole miniature golf course and a Kamp K9 Dog Park. Call 800562-9497 or go to www.harpersferrykoa. com/ to make reservations.


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aylorstown, VA Feb. 20, 1863 – By 11 p.m., the party at James Filler's home was well under way. Dressed in their very best, the young ladies of the neighborhood were busy dancing with the young men who'd come to call, among them a Union cavalry sergeant named F.B. Anderson. Anderson was a member of the Independent Loudoun Rangers, the only Union troop formed in Virginia. Anderson’s sister, Mollie, was among the guests and was no doubt pleased to know her brother was safe and sound for an evening. But out in the fields surrounding the home another sort of party was forming: a raiding party consisting of members of the 35th Confederate Cavalry Battalion commanded by Elijah V. White. The troop was nicknamed “The Comanches”for the fierce war whoop they yelled as they attacked, and like legendary Confederate Col. John Mosby, they enjoyed nothing better than surprising the enemy. Just after 11 p.m., the Comanches burst into the Filler house, and in the next few seconds, about 12 Confederate revolvers were leveled at F.B. Anderson's head. The fellow in charge of the raid, Confederate Lt. Marlow, informed Anderson he would be taken to Libby Prison in Richmond. This was unhappy news. With Libby Prison a known cesspool of starvation and disease, sending him to Libby was tantamount to sending him to his death. At Marlow's pronouncement, Mollie Anderson was so distressed she went to the lieutenant, threw her arms around his neck and began to weep and beg him not to send her brother to Libby. In a society in which one never touched an ungloved hand, let alone threw one's arms about

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As promised, Marlow paroled the prisoner the next day; he dutifully signed in at Camp Parole in Maryland and was eventually exchanged to return to his unit. As Goodhart put it, “It was hard to tell who was the hero of the evening.” As the Civil War progressed and Loudoun was torn to shreds by war, these two local units continued to clash, but the charming compromise found at the Filler residence would never be repeated.

Center of conflict With two-thirds of the county proSouthern and another third either Quaker or pro-Union, the border County of Loudoun was a breeding ground of conflict like no other in Virginia. Created on June 20, 1862 by Samuel Means, the Independent Loudoun Rangers was the only proUnion troop to be formed in Virginia. Members of this new cavalry troop were drawn mostly from the Germans and Quakers in the area. The Germans who settled Taylorstown and Lovettsville (then known as Berlin) had come down from Pennsylvania and retained a pro-Northern, anti-slavery attitude. The Quakers who founded Waterford, Hamilton (then Harmony) and Lincoln were pro-Union, anti-slavery and pacifist. But when war came to their very doorstep, many Quakers were willing to be “written out”of the Church and join the Union Army. From the start, the Rangers knew what they were up against. Surrounded by pro-Confederate households and Confederate troops, they knew their enemy well. After all, the men of the Loudoun Rangers and White's 35th Battalion had grown up together and many were former friends and schoolmates … even brothers. Charlie and William Snoots split as they joined up – William signing with the Comanches and Charlie with the Rangers. They waited for the day they would face each other on the battlefield, and

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a stranger's neck, her actions were nothing less than shocking. And what effect did this have on the young lieutenant? An account written by Ranger Briscoe Goodhart in his book History of the Independent Loudoun Virginia Rangers, simply states:“Marlow wilted.” Marlow then rallied and told the young woman he would send her brother to a camp where he would be released on parole on one condition: if she agreed to dance the next set of dances with him. She happily consented. Then things grew even stranger. All the Confederate soldiers decided to take partners and dance. As they lined up, F.B. Anderson walked over to the musicians, borrowed the violin, and begin to play, The Girl I Left Behind Me. Marlow and Mollie Anderson led off, and Marlow called for a“promenade all”— typically the first dance of the evening. By this use of this bit of ballroom etiquette, Marlowe was telling the crowd, “This party is starting over.” The Johnnies stayed for six to eight dances and then took F.B. Anderson and another prisoner away with them.


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as Loudoun is a relatively small county, they had a short wait. Just two months after the Rangers' formation, about 23 members of the new troop set up makeshift headquarters at the Waterford Baptist Meeting House and bedded down for the night on the long wooden pews. In the early morning hours of Aug. 27, the Rangers were awakened by loud noises. They tumbled out of the church and formed a line in front of the church's plaster and lath vestibule. Luther Slater, the lieutenant in charge that night, called out, “Halt! Who comes there?” The answer was a tremendous volley of short-range pistol fire from members of White’s 35th Battalion. The Comanches had slipped passed the Rangers' pickets and come through the cornfields to meet their prey. The Rangers returned fire as they retreated back into the church through the wood vestibule, but the Confederates continued firing, and Goodhart tells us, “The bullets poured through this barrier as they would through paper.” After several hours of fighting, two Rangers had died and half the men lay wounded in the pews. Slater himself was suffering from five wounds, several of which he received during the first volley. Goodhart noted that, by the end of the fight, the place looked “more like a slaughter pen than a house of worship.” Eventually the Rangers were forced to surrender. As the prisoners filed out of the church, one Comanche, William Snoots, watched closely to see if his brother Charlie was among them. He had indeed been in the church and exited the church unwounded. When William saw his brother alive and well, he made a move to shoot him, but Goodhart says William was, “fittingly rebuked by his officers for such an soldierly and unbrotherly desire,”and his brother went unscathed.

Against the odds On Sept. 2, a group of Rangers rode into Leesburg and ran into another Confederate Unit, the 2nd Virginia Cavalry. Seeing the disadvantage of engaging the enemy within a highly pro-Confederate town, the Rangers quickly reformed north of town at Mile Hill on the Carolina Road (now Route 15). With numbers greatly in their favor, the Confederates came north to meet the Rangers and soon outflanked and surrounded them. As the Rangers fought to break free of the line, the fight dissolved into a battle of sabers and many escaped – but with sword wounds. With one dead, six wounded, and several prisoners taken, this second battle came close to destroying the Rangers completely. Only 20 Rangers remained, but they pressed on. Each had made the choice of principle over 30

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place, love of country over old friendships, and conscience over the bonds of blood. While it’s Goodhart's contention that the two early defeats “did to a very large extent interfere with the future usefulness of the organization,”the cavalry unit eventually rose to 120 in number and went on to fight a battle at Harpers Ferry, participate in the Battle of Antietam and the Gettysburg campaign, and made themselves useful to the Union Army by successfully carrying dispatches and scouting their old neighborhoods. In April 1864, the Rangers found out that several members of the 35th Battalion would be at a dance being held at Washington Vandeventer’s home near Wheatland. Perhaps it was payback for the humiliation F.B. Anderson suffered the year before, but he and another Ranger led the attack. Unfortunately, the Confederates were ready for them, and they were immediately engaged in a skirmish. Eventually the Rangers pushed the Confederates back and out of the house, and the battle soon ended as they made their escape. In the end, the Rangers had shot and killed an 18-year old Confederate soldier and slightly wounded his sister. The Confederates were not likely to forget the incident, nor F.B. Anderson.

The Burning Raid In late November 1864, Gen. Philip Sheridan decided to burn out the “bread basket of the Confederacy,” i.e. the Shenandoah Valley and much of western Loudoun County. The Union Army was ordered to “consume and destroy all forage and subsistence, burn all barns and mills and their contents, and drive off all stock in the region.”Sheridan hoped a byproduct of the raid would be the destruction of the Confederate citizens’ morale. The Burning Raid was so successful on both counts that Gen. Ulysses S. Grant gave Gen. William T. Sherman permission to take the concept south in his famous “March to the Sea.” In western Loudoun, it was logical for the Union Army to ask the Loudoun Rangers to lead the burning parties through the countryside. After all, the men had first-hand knowledge of who might still have cattle or wheat in the barn. They did their duty but apparently few were proud of their part in this “scorched earth”policy. After all, the soldiers’ main source of resistance to their efforts was the anguished tears of women and children begging them not to burn their barns or kill the livestock. For the Confederate households, the Burning Raid meant no food for the winter; for the Quakers, it meant the loss of all their goods despite their constant and adamant support for the Union cause.

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ever. On Christmas Eve, the Loudoun Rangers were visiting their families, and F.B. Anderson's mother decided to a party at their home near Taylorstown. One of their guests that night was a young lady that, rumor had it, would soon be Anderson's bride. But outside the home, 16 Confederate cavalrymen – some with the 35th Battalion and some with Mosby's troops – gathered for yet another raid. Ten soldiers drew their revolvers and entered the Anderson residence. F.B. Anderson must have known they would rather kill than arrest him; he drew his revolver and rushed to the back door. But he had removed

his sword in order to dance that night, and in a tragic twist of fate, the S-hook on his sword belt caught a chair, and the chair caught him fast in the doorway. He was trying to detach himself as the soldiers opened fire. He was shot four times, and as his mother caught him as he went down. He died in her arms a few minutes later. In April, peace finally came – or at least a lack of outright war. Loudoun become part of “Military District Number One”– the name given to the former state of Virginia until it could prove true itself true to the Union once more; freed slaves voted in Loudoun's next election as disenfranchised ex-Confederate soldiers watched; almost

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every woman in Loudoun was in mourning for at least one member of her family; and the businesses and farms of Loudoun faced years of slow recovery. When the Rangers were mustered out, they had lost a third of their number, and the majority had suffered wounds in battle or starved in Confederate prisons. Through it all, each to a man remained true to the Union cause and thereby owned the honor of being the only Virginians to serve the Union Army, but no one could blame them if, at every dance they attended in the years to come, they watched the dancehall doorway rather than their partners' toes.

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xperience history in your own backyard through the eyes of a native son familiar with the Civil War sites in Loudoun. As the county marks the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, these day trips will provide families the opportunity to take in the rich history of the county.



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he Guilford Signal Station, now located in Claude Moore Park, was established on Little Stoney Mountain by Union Gen. John Fullerton Reynolds. At 442 feet, Little Stoney is misnamed as a mountain, but it does stand as one of the highest points between Washington, DC and Leesburg. The signal officer at Guilford was in constant communication with other LEFT: DODIE LEWIS, CLAUDE MOORE PARK ASSISTANT PARK MANAGER, nearby stations, often trying to identify AT THE SIGN FOR THE GUILFORD SIGNAL STATION. THE TRAIL TO THE the location of Gen. Robert E. Lee and STATION LIES BEHIND THE SIGN. BOTTOM: THE PARK’S VISITORS CENhis Army of Northern Virginia. From TER OFFERS A WONDERFUL NATURE ROOM FOR YOUNG CHILDREN Claude Moore Park’s Visitor Center, hike TO EXPLORE. up the hill following the white blazes; on a clear day the view includes Sugarloaf Mountain in Maryland, Harper’s Ferry and the Virginia Blue Ridge. The Guilford Signal Station is the only site that will bring you to eastern Loudoun. The Sterling area is commonly visited for the Dulles Town Center Mall and countless restaurants. Besides shopping, my family likes to visit The Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, which offers an opportunity to learn about life and work on a farm in our region. My little brothers like to play on the tractor displays, and I like trying to milk the model cow. Claude Moore Park is also worth visiting for its new Recreation Center that includes a rock climbing wall and a leisure pool with giant water slide. Outdoors, the park offers an extensive trail system that runs through wetlands, meadows and forests. Stop first at the Visitor Center, which offers a children’s room with educational books and toys about the creatures they might see in the park. Outside, the center offers picnic tables where the family can break for lunch or snacks.

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LEESBURG Ball’s Bluff Battlefield and National Cemetery The national cemetery, composed of a circle of 25 gravestones, stands as the centerpiece of this Civil War site. The park around the cemetery marks the location of the largest battle in Loudoun County, which ended with a Confederate victory. Though the battle was an accident, caused by miscommunication between Union forces trying to move through the area, it became a cause of pride for Confederates who felt they had prevented Federal troops from capturing Leesburg. Families looking for exercise will enjoy a hike through the 223-acre park; its paths are accessible with a stroller and are great for biking and horseback riding. Before your trip, you can take an online visual tour on the Loudoun County Visitors and Convention website to get an idea of the landscape. While the park offers interpretive and trail signs, there is not a visitor center, so you should download battle and trail maps on the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority website, as well as the self-guided audio tour. If you’d prefer a tour with an expert, NVRPA volunteers provide free tours on weekends from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. from April to October. There are no bathrooms at the park, so be sure find one before you go. The park is a great place to picnic, but if you prefer to eat out, Ball’s Bluff is close to local favorite Blue Ridge Grill.

White’s Ferry White’s Ferry is located a few miles downstream from White’s Ford, a river crossing that saw much traffic during the war. Notably, White’s Ford is where J.E.B. Stuart crossed into Maryland with the Confederate Cavalry Corps before eventual battle at Antietam. White’s Ferry is the last existing ferry across the Potomac River. Confederate hero Elijah Viers White purchased the operation after the war, and it still bears his name today. Children will enjoy a ride on the aptly named General Jubal A. Early, and parents will enjoy driving through the countryside near Poolesville, Md.

Morven Park The mansion house at Morven Park is an evolution of a farmhouse built on the estate grounds in 1781. Several people have owned and transformed the estate since then, including two governors. The estate served as a home to the Confederate troops of the 17th Mississippi Regiment during the early months of the war. Officers stayed in the mansion, and soldiers stayed in log huts behind the house. Children will enjoy running through the expansive, wellkept gardens. Be careful, though: I remember my little brother falling into one of the pools with an old fountain; he was fine, but very wet. The open fields serve as a great site for a picnic and taking pictures. We have framed photos in the house of us kids climbing on round hay bales at the park.

Downtown Leesburg Leesburg’s proximity to the Potomac River, the natural dividing line between the Union and the Confederacy, made it a hotbed of activity during the Civil War. Leesburg was frequently raided, which lead to about 150 changes in control. Downtown Leesburg is full of history, but there are a few must-see sites for a Civil War tour. The Loudoun Museum tells the complete history of Loudoun and houses a collection of Civil War artifacts. The Thomas Balch Library is a compendium of rare and unique books, and if you are from a family with roots in Loudoun, it is worth looking through their genealogical records. Lastly, visit the Loudoun County Courthouse: the Declaration of Independence was read for the first time in Virginia here in 1776, slaves were once auctioned on its steps, and a shootout between Union and Confederate forces took place on its lawn. Take a picture with the Confederate soldier statue dedicated to the courthouse in 1908. Before or after visiting these Civil War sites, you can take the kids to see a film at the Tally Ho Theatre. This was the only reliable source of recreation in Leesburg when I was a kid, and I was crushed when it closed. Since it reopened under new management, I have tried to be a frequent 34

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Pairs of horses and riders dance in unison in this elegant competitive sport. General admission $5; children free. VIP tickets $75 include hors d’oeuvres, cash bar access. For more information about these & other events, visit www.MorvenPark.org or call 703-777-2414 x0. MORVEN PARK 17263 Southern Planter Lane, Leesburg, VA 20176 S U m m e r

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customer. If the family’s hungry, I think Lightfoot hands down serves the best lunch in Loudoun. And I am a huge fan of the new coffee place, Shoes Cup & Cork, which transformed one of the older businesses in Loudoun, Arthur’s Shoe Repair, into a café and restaurant.

WATERFORD Waterford is full of Civil War history because it was a community of Union sympathizers in a Confederate county and state. An important figure from Waterford was Samuel C. Means, a non-practicing Quaker who owned the Waterford Mill and was opposed to secession. Means fled to Maryland after secession, and his property was confiscated by the Confederates. After aiding Federal troops as a guide in a campaign to recapture Loudoun County, he became a Union captain and formed a company of cavalry: the Independent Loudoun Rangers. The Rangers led raids across Confederate Loudoun, and usually set camp among fellow Union sympathizers in Waterford. Today, you can visit the Baptist Church on High Street, the scene of a famous skirmish where brothers William and Charlie Snoots found themselves on opposite sides of the war. For a better understanding of the historic events, visitors can now view a Civil War Trails sign installed in May that explains the village’s role as a “Unionist Stronghold” during the war. Another sign also was commemorated near the John Wesley Community Church in May: a roadside marker that describes the activities of the Rangers. A good place to start your visit might be the Waterford Foundation office at 40183 Main St., where you can pick up free booklets about the town, including a coloring book for the kids. You’ll also want to stop here if they need a potty break, as there are no other public facilities available in town. When my family visits Waterford, we always feel like we have traveled back in time. The use of stone in the architecture downtown makes the homes seem so quaint. There are no restaurants in Waterford, but you can stop by Paeonian Grocery & Gourmet at the intersection of Route 9 (Charles Town Pike) and Route 662 (Clarkes Gap Road) and pick up snacks or barbecue plates from B’z BBQ.

PURCELLVILLE Heaton’s Crossroads The Civil War trails sign marking this site is at Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville. The Heaton’s Crossroads, also referred to as the Purcellville Wagon Raid, was the site of one of the larger of many skirmishes that took place in the Loudoun Valley. 36

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The northern part of the valley – notably Waterford and Lovettsville – was home to significant Quaker and German populations. These groups rarely owned slaves, which led to tension between slave-owning populations in the southern part of the valley near Middleburg. At Heaton’s Crossroads, Confederate troops led by Gen. Jubal A. Early were met by Union forces while returning to the Shenandoah Valley after their successful campaign at the Battle of Fort Stevens in Washington, DC. When the forces met, the chaos that was common among such skirmishes ensued, and the Confederates were able to escape west, but only after abandoning many wagons and prisoners captured during their fighting in Washington. LOU D O UN


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Middleburg is fascinating to visit because most of the shops and restaurants are located in buildings that predate the Civil War. Be sure to visit Home Farm, a gourmet butcher shop, and marvel at their selection of organic and local meats. My mother and I once had an amazing lunch here: two roast beef sandwiches and two pickles. Middleburg is also described as a petfriendly town, so you could bring your four-legged friend. The primary reason to visit Upperville is its annual horse show, which was founded in 1853 and is the oldest in the United States. This year’s horse show, the 157th, is June 6-12. For more info about the show, visit www.upperville.com.

ALDIE Mount Zion Church, Aldie Mill Near Aldie and Gilbert’s Corner, the Mount Zion Old School Baptist Church survived involvement as a barracks, battleground and burial place during the Civil War. The most famous of battles at this site took place July 6, 1864: William H. Forbes took 150 Union troops on a mission through “Mosby’s Confederacy” to put an end to Mosby’s growing fame. Instead, Mosby attacked the Union troops as they were fixing dinner near Mount Zion. At least 105 Union soldiers were killed, wounded or captured, while Mosby only lost one man. Visit this site to see the resting place for Union cavalrymen killed in action, Confederates who died after the War and many African-Americans who were slaves or freed men prior to the War’s conclusion. Check out the Eyewitness To the Civil War events on June 26, July 24 and Aug. 28 for tours of the church. 4:12 PM For more info, visit www. nvrpa.org/park/mt_zion. Another Civil War site, the Aldie Mill, produced grain for both Union and Confederate troops. It ALDIE MILL managed this balancing act through politics: the mill probably escaped being burnt down by Federal troops because John Moore – the mill’s owner at that time – was one of only five people in Aldie to vote against secession; on the other hand, Moore’s son, Alexander, was a rebel and friend of Confederate troops. In the winter of 1863, Union soldiers trying to avoid capture hid in the mill by burying themselves in wheat bins and diving into the hoppers. Some soldiers were nearly ground up in the flour. John Mosby would later write in his memoirs that when his rangers removed the Union soldiers from the flour, “there was nothing blue about them.” Today, the Aldie Mill is one of only two functioning water-powered mills in the Virginia Piedmont that is open to the public. Check the website at www.nvrpa.org/park/aldie_mill_historic_park for info on demonstrations using the original grinding millstones. When I was in middle school, my best friend lived in Aldie. This fact tormented my mother because Aldie is quite a drive from our home in Lucketts. The only reprieve for her was that she could shop for antiques. The Aldie Peddler is one of her favorite shops. And if you are in Aldie, you should visit The Little Apple Pastry Shop, a local favorite, and buy a sugary treat. Or two. L o u d o u n M a g a z i n e

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Morven Park • 17263 Southern Planter Lane, Leesburg Morven Park hosts the 17th Mississippi Regiment as they camp for the day and teach about life as Civil War soldiers. For more information, visit www.morvenpark.org.

July 9-24 “All for the Union”

Old Stone School Theatre • 37098 Charles Town Pike, Hillsboro “All for the Union” tells the tale of three young Waterford women who created an underground newspaper for Union soldiers in the midst of the Civil War. Visit www.RRRtheatre.org for more information.

July 23-24 Civil War on the Homefront

Oatlands • 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg Visit this National Trust Historic Site and National Historic Landmark for special tours that depict what life was like in Loudoun during the Civil War. For more information call 703.777.3174, ext. 103. Visit www.visitloudoun.org for Civil War programs and events.


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ust about any food craving you have can be satisfied in Loudoun.

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ping centers and filling our roadsides with fragrant aromas from gas grills and wood-fired ovens. The ethnic diversity is enormous, reflecting the nations of origin of the residents who live here: Middle

East, Latin American, Greek, Italian, Central American, even Texas, you name it. At this minute someone is simmering something according to an age-old family recipe in a hot, narrow kitchen; the dish they’ll bring to the table is one that they take enormous pride in serving, at a fair price with the best ingredients they can find. You could spends months trying to “eat Loudoun,” just sampling the home cooking dished up in the off-the-beaten-path hideaways that make up the bulk of the everyday eateries. So we did the dirty work for you. Our hungry staff traveled the highways and back roads of Loudoun from Middleburg to Sterling in pursuit of not the best or the most expensive, not for ordinary pub fare or refined fine dining, but rather the wholesome, sometimes whimsical sustenance that keeps us going daily, and the variety that keeps our appetite whetted. We had steamed spiced shrimp from a roadside truck in a gas station parking lot, live crabs on landlocked picnic tables, authentic pupusas from tiny kitchens thousands of miles from Bolivia, and barbecue roasted for 18 hours in a smoldering fire fueled by wood native to Texas. We came, we photographed, we ate. Now it’s your turn.

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Tacos y Tortas Vero 43083 John Mosby Highway 703.296.1805 5 a.m.-7 p.m. daily Humble as the kitchen is – it’s a food truck in a gas station parking lot – the real-deal Salvadoran fare handed through the window by the friendly cooks spices up a bland day. The ladies get here early to prepare Desayuno Tipico – typical breakfast – which includes roasted plantains and refried beans among other surprising savories ($6.50); for a filling lunch, try the titular tortas de asada – sort of a big sandwich on a soft roll – in chicken, beef, tongue, pork ($7) or a “Cuban” mix ($9). Top it off with a licuado fresa (strawberry milkshake). Cash only.

LoPo’s Crab Shack 43083 John Mosby Highway 703.896.6117; call for hours When real estate slowed down, Joe and his business partner decided the restaurant business might be a viable career option. “But I didn’t know anything about restaurants,” Joe said as he stood over the steamer in this mobile kitchen. When the truck he’s in now became available, they snatched it up, and Joe is becoming famous on the highway for his fresh steamed crabs, crab legs and jumbo shrimp. Take away a Styrofoam box of his shellfish – spiced to your preference – find a place to nosh for a half hour, and make sure you have plenty of napkins. Better: Go into the gas station shop and get a beer to wash it down. Cash only.

Jimbo’s 43112 John Mosby Highway 703.327.6185 Mon-Fri 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jimbo and Tiffany were going to offer New York deli fare at their expansive convenience store but lucky for us they decided to go with barbecue. A tasty tour of Texas yielded recipes and dry-rub roasting methods that translate perfectly this far north, with Tiffany starting the pork shoulder, beef brisket and turkey breast in the mesquite-fired oven outside 18 hours before bringing it in and putting it on a $4 sandwich. Ribs are available on weekends; homemade sauces add tomato or mustard tang to the tender, flavorful meat.


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Off the Beaten Path: Foodie Adventure Market Fresh Food Court 45250 Catalina Court (703) 481.6990 Mon-Sat 6 a..m-7 p.m. Tucked away behind an Exxon gas station on the corner of Rt. 606 (Old Ox Road) and Pacific Boulevard, Market Fresh Food Court combines the convenience of gas station delis with the variety of cuisines at mall food courts. The menu is extensive, ranging from bulgogi subs to Chinese buffet to breakfast sandwiches to pizzas and more. It’s remarkably spacious and uncrowded, with a second level offering a view of the lunch counter below. Quirky and fun, it’s a welcome addition in an area where there are few dining options – truly located off the beaten path.

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Sterling: Food Bazaar El Sabor de mi Tierra 46839 Maple Leaf Place 703.430.3170 Mon-Sat 7 a.m- 9 p.m.; Sun 9 a.m.-8 p.m. This bright, airy Salvadoran diner replaces the nearby Mexican Garden, a beloved eatery that fell victim to being on the back of an office building. Here’s hoping El Sabor fares better, despite being one block off busy Route 7 next to a dry cleaner. Breakfast burritos are torpedoes of chorizo and scrambled eggs ($4.95); at lunch, toothsome open-face tacos ($2.50) with beef, chicken or tongue come on flour tortillas with slices of cucumber and a wedge of lime, as is traditional. For dinner, the bistec salteado (sautéed steak; $10.99) or chuleta entomatada (pork in tomato sauce; $9.99) are fast and filling. But what’s the rush? Linger over a hunk of homemade flan ($1.99).

Pho Royal 46839 Maple Leaf Place 703.444.4778 www.phoroyalrestaurants.com Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-8 p.m. “For beginners or health conscious individuals who simply prefer lean cuts of beef, may we suggest items 1-5.” The menu warning overstates things, but this Vietnamese diner does get adventuresome with its noodle soup ($6.95 small, $7.95 large). No. 10, for instance, Pho Tai Nam Gau Gan Sach, includes sliced eye round steak, flank steak, fatty brisket, soft tendon and tripe – not for the newcomer, the faint of heart or anyone on cholesterol meds. For wholesome and healthy, however, you can’t beat a large bowl of steaming broth, fresh cilantro, noodles and chunks of fresh white chicken meat. 44

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Los Toltecos 7 Pidgeon Hill Drive 703.421.3380 Sun-Thu 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 1:30 a.m.-11 p.m. The Sterling location of this Northern Virginia chain downsized a few years ago when it moved across the parking lot from its original spot, under the big silo in this Safeway shopping center. No worries, the kitchen landed on its feet. Lots of light and lively music bring an upbeat vibe to the dining room and the chunky, dark salsa served with chips when you arrive is worth taking home. The expansive menu is highlighted by Toltecos Cochinitia Pipi ($11.95), marinated pork and green tomatillo sauce, and the Quesadilla Veracruz ($10.25), which finds shrimp and scallops tucked into a grilled tortilla and stuffed with cheese and beans. Not in the area? Los Toltecos just opened a new location in Ashburn, at 43150 Broadlands Center. L o u d o u n M a g a z i n e

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Grill Kabob Dulles Town Center food court 703.406.1398 www.grillkabobrestaurants.com Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-7p.m. Generous portions and tender, flavorful meat make Grill Kabob one of the editor’s top go-to spots for kabob, particularly the kobeeda (ground beef), in the county. Workers on their lunch break may not enjoy the stroller scene, but the nearby carousel offers entertainment for preschoolers while Mom enjoys a break from fast food fare. The Afghan owners of Grill Kabob, Omar Shoja and his extended family, obviously know what they’re doing, as they own and manage similar setups in malls in the metro DC as well as the standalone Cherry Blossom Restaurant & Banquet Hall off Rt. 7 in Sterling.

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Sterling: South of the Border Flavors Betty’s Grill 46950 Community Plaza 703.444.4403 Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-9 p.m. You’d think a place called “Betty’s Grill” would be more akin to the nearby Coney Island Diner, pumping out burgers and dogs. Forget it. Betty is Bolivian and she brought her Old World recipes with her. The specialty is saltenas ($2.50), a rustic, vaguely sweet pastry filled with a savory stew of peas, olives (watch for pits), onions, potatoes and the meat of your choice, crimped, brushed and baked with an egg wash that makes them shiny. That special ingredient? Pride. Get a beef and a chicken, and you are set. Eat in and watch the soccer match, or take it out and let that delicious stew run down your arm.

Tipicos Los Amigos Pupuseria & Tex-Mex Grill 46950 Community Plaza 571.434.0060 Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-Midnight From the front the place doesn’t look very large, but inside is a wide and light dining room bracketed by a small sports pub; when this place is crowded, it’s a happy, hopping joint, with the staff rushing out (unevenly) everything from ceviche ($12.95) to beef tripe soup ($10.95) to platters of seafood, chicken and beef. The specialty are the pupusas, pillows of corn meal filled with one or more of several savory ingredients ($1.95 to $3.25), including loroco (an aromatic Central American flower bud), cheese, beans, rice and meats. For the adventurous, try the taco lengua (tongue; $2.75), with its diced meat covered in tasty cilantro, onions and lime; it may be the best you’ve ever had.

Pollos Inti Restaurant 47100 Community Plaza 703.421.9490 www.pollosinti.com Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sun 10 a.m.-10 p.m. There are not a lot of other restaurants nearby that have goat on the menu, but this Peruvian traditionalist does. Decorated in blankets, flags and a flat screen showing a soccer match, the casual diner is obviously content with sticking to the basics of making pleasing food without belaboring the frills. Rotisserie chicken with yucca ($5.99 for a quarter, $7.89 for a half) is the most popular with gringos and Peruvians, but try the Cabrito a la Nortena – stewed goat ($11.59) – for something different. (Editor’s note: The green sauce is out of this world. Still trying to duplicate it at home.) For a side dish we ordered a new one on us: choclo ($4.49) which turned out to be . . . an ear of corn with really big kernels. With a side order of white cheese chunks. Now we know. 46

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Savoir Faire Limited 1 West Loudoun St., Round Hill 540.338.8300 www.savoirfarelimited.com Lunch Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Dinner Wed-Sat 5-9 p.m. With its 20-foot tin ceilings, recessed lighting and works from local artists, Savoir Fare Limited is a visual and culinary delight. A restaurant and a catering firm located in the historic Patterson Building, the bistro specializes in using fresh ingredients to create its origi-

Tammy’s Diner 2 East Loudoun St., Round Hill 540.338.0080 Daily 6:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Dinner Friday 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Tammy Hines looks like she will run herself ragged to keep her customers happy. The customers appear happy, so she must be doing something right. The restaurant, situated in the center of town, opened in 1949. It became Tammy’s four years ago. The breakfast menu has all the staples of a good diner; biscuits and sausage gravy, three-egg omelets, home fries, grits and even scrapple are highlights. The most popular breakfast item, however, is the blueberry hot cakes, with a side of perfectly

cooked bacon. The coffee is hot, and the cups are refilled without asking. Tammy’s also has an extensive lunch menu with diner classics including tuna melts, chili and BLTs. Dinner options change weekly; prime rib was a recent choice. It’s becoming yet another reason for locals to share a meal at Tammy’s. And while she doesn’t see the need for a website, feel free to become a friend on Facebook. Cash only.

Haute Dogs and Fries 609 East Main St., Purcellville 540.338.2439 www.hautedogsandfries.com Mon 11 a.m.-8 p.m.;Tue-Sat 11 a.m.9 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nestled in a strip mall like a dachshund in a blanket is a culinary world based on the hot dog. Owner Pamela Swanson was inspired by words of advice from her father: “Keep it simple. Everybody loves a hot dog.” Opened in May 2010, Swanson and partner Lionel Holmes have created an unexpectedly stylish place for those seeking something a little different. The restaurant serves Kayem-brand dogs, the same all-beef ones served at Fenway Park. Each dog is cooked on the grill and served on New England-style buns.

Toppings include caramelized onions, sauerkraut, jalapeño peppers, mangoes and Lionel’s own homemade Chili recipe. Hand-cut French fries made from Idaho potatoes and sweet potatoes are another specialty. The restaurant seeks products from local vendors whenever possible. Haute Dogs & Fries’ menu also includes bratwursts, kielbasas, sweet Italian sausages, and even veggie dogs.

My Deli and Café 860 East Main St., Purcellville 540.751.2077 www.mydeliandcafe.com Mon-Th. 9 a.m.- 8:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 12-8 p.m. Who would have expected an authentic

Greek bistro in Purcellville’s old movie theater? A visit to the sunny and cheerful My Deli and Café is full of surprising finds. The restaurant is also a bakery and ice creamery, with many Italian specialties on the menu as well. Offerings include a gyro platter made with a tasty meat blend and served with onions, tomato and tzaziki sauce made from yogurt and cucumbers. The Greek salad is made with romaine and iceburg lettuce topped with feta cheese, tomatoes, olives, cucumber, pepperocini, green peppers and Greek dressing. There are several types of subs, as well as cakes, and pies and cannolis. Top off your meal with Greek cappuccino and fresh baklava to complete your dining experience. L o u d o u n M a g a z i n e

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HAMILTON: SEAFOOD LOVE SHACK Lowry’s Crab Shack 420 West Colonial Highway 540.338.2348 or 866.654.CRAB www.lowrysfarmmarket.com Wed-Sun 11a.m.-9 p.m. Low on pretension and high on country charm, Lowry’s Crab Shack is a wildly popular local seafood eatery. Lowry’s specializes in fresh seafood from the Northern Neck. Chesapeake Bay blue crabs are steamed to order and sold by the half dozen or whole dozen at market price. Built on the site known originally as Wayside Gardens, Donald and Leslie Lowry have created a family restaurant that’s clearly a labor of love. The owners operated Lowry’s Farm & Seafood Market for several years at the eastern end of town. They began their move to the new location in 2006 and, after many zoning challenges and with much community support, the restaurant opened in September 2007. The menu includes lobster, shrimp, clams, scallops, fresh fish and oysters in season. Side dishes include Lowry’s Crab Chips (they make their own), spoon-dropped hushpuppies and onion petals served with Texas Petal Sauce. On nice evenings the patio area brims with customers. Call in advance for live or steamed crab prices.

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middleburg & Upperville: Hunt Country Finds Hunters Head Tavern 9048 John Mosby Highway, Upperville 540.592.9020 www.huntersheadtavern.com. Mon 5-9:30 p.m;Tue-Thu 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11:30 a.m.10:30 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday Brunch 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For a taste of the UK with the ambience of Hunt Country, Hunter’s Head Tavern is not to be missed. The food runs the gamut from pub fare to fine dining. The menu focuses on locally grown organic produce and local farm meats from nearby Ayrshire Farm. Daily specials augment the farm table menu items written on chalk boards. Be sure to try one of the authentic British dishes such as bangers and mash, bubble and squeak, and shepherd’s pie. Afternoon Tea, complete with finger sandwiches and scones with clotted cream, is available Tuesday through Thursday by reservation. If possible, save room for one of the many excellent homemade desserts. The tavern is located in the Carr House, built around 1750, and still has its original log cabin walls, fireplaces and mantels. There are five dining rooms as well as outdoor seating in a lovely courtyard. Cheers!

Mello Out 2 East Federal St., Middleburg 540.687.8635 www.melloout.com Mon-Sat 7:30 a.m.5 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.5 p.m. It’s not every day that you find handmade marshmallows. But Mello Out is not an everyday sort of place. This quirky little eatery is actually tucked into a basement. But don’t let that stop you because Mello Out is worth the effort. Those with a sweet tooth will find many things to love. How about a S’more the Merrier? This signature creation is composed of the aforementioned marshmallows and Sharffen Berger chocolate on a gourmet graham cracker. For heartier fare, check out one of the many sandwiches with really cute names like the Papa Bear, Flying Pig and the Middleburger. The Italian hot chocolate is to die for. And if that’s not enough, who can resist the cosmic cupcakes? Better take some to go. 50

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The Upper Crust 4 North Pendleton St. 540.687.5666 The wooden front steps of this old house lead visitors to the alwayscrowded front room chock-full with freshly baked breads, cookies, cakes and pies. It’s clear this is a Middleburg institution beloved by locals and tourists alike. Home of the famous cow puddle cookie, made with butterscotch and pecans, the menu includes several different types of decadent desserts, such as the ever-popular snickerdoodle, the not-toosweet lemon bars, and the Steeplechase bar made with chocolate chips, oatmeal and graham crackers. The breakfast menu includes rich croissant sandwiches and eggs, while lunch ranges from salads and sandwiches. A standout is the bacon, spinach and tomato sandwich on fresh whole-grain bread. Roast beef, turkey and country ham are also available. Be sure to eat on the back patio, which is delightful on sunny days. Cash only. L o u d o u n M a g a z i n e

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underneath the deck. Until Ted pointed it out, it was an idea that wasn’t there, if that makes sense. It was not my original plan to do what we did.” Gorman says “90 percent of the design was Ted’s, and some of the little things I wanted, like the location of the hot tub, he said, ‘I’m not going to do that for you.’ It would have ruined the space, and he was right. I like it better where he put it. “When you meet him you think of him as a college linebacker, a football player who builds decks,” Gorman says.“But when I saw what he did I said, ‘You’re not a football player, you’re an artist.” Loudoun County backyards account for 95 percent of Tidmore’s business, as his several crews knock out “200 to 300 jobs a year. It’s closer to 200 these days because the jobs are getting bigger and bigger,” he says. Loudoun isn’t the only region that’s moving outdoors. According to figures provided by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry in Des Plaines, Ill., decks and porches alone are a $3.1 billion industry, and patios and terraces add another $3.8 billion. Last year’s sales of grills – charcoal, gas and electric – were hot again, moving some 15 million units, creeping up despite the soggy economy from 14.9 million the year before. “Outdoor kitchens is not just a trend, it’s just about expected,” says Leslie G. Wheeler of the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association in Arlington. And what do homeowners want? A survey by the American Society of Landscape Architects shows 96.2 percent want some sort of exterior lighting, followed by fire pits and fireplaces (94.2 percent), seating and dining areas (94.1 percent), grills (93.8), and installed seating such as benches or seat walls (89.5 percent). Of course, you have to have something to do in those outside areas, and homeowners indicated they desired stereo systems, wireless Internet access and televisions. L O U D O U N


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In his 17 years – at first hauling his gear in his Chevy Nova as a business major at George Mason University – Tidmore, 39 and living in Aldie, has seen the business “really take off, and in the last 10 years, it’s taken

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Too bad about those putting greens, because, as Tidmore says,“The accessories are what make you want to use it,” a line that no doubt has added several heat lamps to projects over the years.

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allpaper is back — but it’s not your grandma’s wallpaper. So says Lauren Clement, owner and designer for Decorating Den Interiors of Northern Virginia. Wallpapers that use metallics, textures, modern prints and even crystal accents make for special additions to any room, according to Clement. Wallpaper doesn’t have to be overwhelming — it can provide a subtle, but fashionable, backdrop to give zest to a space. The Purcellville businesswoman and interior decorator has been offering design advice to clients throughout Loudoun, Prince William and Fauquier counties since early 2010. That’s when she and her husband, Chris, purchased the international company’s western region, consisting of Loudoun, Prince William and Fauquier counties. Lauren Clement, 28, is following in the footsteps of her parents, who ran a region in North Carolina for Decorating Den. Inspired by her mother and father managing a business together, she decided she wanted to work with her husband.

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