From the subsistence farming of the earliest colonists to the formal gardens of the 19th century to today’s gardening clubs, April Showers, May Flowers, & Summer Harvests takes visitors on a fascinating journey through Loudouners’ connection to and love of gardening. Artifacts on display include garden-themed items of fashion as well as everyday life.
From Civil War regalia to high-tech computer components,
you'll never run out of things to explore at Loudoun Museum
April Showers, May Flowers & Summer Harvests
Lucas-Heaton Letters and Story Map
In December of 1829, nine Lucases of Loudoun County left Northern Virginia for Hampton Roads, where they boarded a brig bound for the western coast of Africa. Two of the men, Mars and Jesse Lucas, had recently been emancipated by Albert and Townsend Heaton of Loudoun County. Over the next decade, the two sets of brothers corresponded about family back home in Loudoun and the challenges of life in Liberia. The Museum has a display of several of the letters in our main gallery.
A Story Map developed as a collaboration between Museum staff, volunteers, and staff from the Loudoun County office of Mapping and Geographical Information has been created for the letters and includes excerpts from the letters, the locations mentioned within them, and a little about the events that led the Lucas family and other emancipated people to move across the Atlantic for a new life.
Children's Discovery Room
Travel back in time and discover what life was like as a child in Loudoun County in the 1820s. With hands on activities inspired by the book John Jay Janney’s Virginia: an American Farm Lad’s Life in the Early 19th Century, kids of all ages have the opportunity to dress in period clothes, play in a hearth kitchen, learn about lighting, school and weaving, and play with old-fashioned toys and games.