German Heritage In Northern Virginia
Lovettsville’s heritage dates to the early 1730’s and the Treaty of Albany with the Iroquois Nations signed in 1722 that marked the territories of the American Indians and provided more safety for the tens of thousands of the arriving white Europeans to North America. In this area, the Blue Ridge Mountains was the dividing line and many settlements sprung up in the Loudoun Valley. These were small farming settlements that were attracted to the rich fertile soil. Our migrating German ancestors traveled through New York and Pennsylvania to settled together here. They were here with other European settlers well before Loudoun County was formed in 1757. Their strict adherence to the Reform Church contrasted with the more dominate English communities. In the 1820’s the land holdings of David Lovett were used to create what was called Newtown and later renamed in 1828 to Lovettsville. The Commonwealth of Virginia recognized it as a town in 1836 and Lovettsville was incorporated in 1876. As you can imagine this was a close knit society with rich German traditions with a high regard for family, the church, hard work and community. This culture still resides here around Lovettsville in Northern Loudoun County. At the beginning of this century, there were some 800 folks in some 200 families residing here. This rich German-cultured community celebrate Oktoberfest that began in Munich, Germany in 1810 with great joy, great horse racing, fine food and plenty of beer to mark the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig – later King Ludwig I – and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildurghhausen.
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