The Loudoun Valley German Society is a registered 501 (c)(3). It was founded by a group of residents who wanted to preserve the town of Lovettsville and the surrounding area's unique heritage. Lovettsville is located in the Loudoun Valley between the Catoctin and Short Hill Mountains which are the furthest outlying mountains of the Appalachians. It has experienced tremendous growth in the past decades as has Loudoun County in which it lies. The town is two miles south of the Potomac River which forms the border of Maryland and Virginia and approximately five miles southeast of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Many people have recently settled in the area to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the mountains, the proximity via train or commuter bus to Washington DC, and the Rockwellian hometown feel that you will find
Known for nearly a century as the "German Settlement", the town and surrounding area was home to Palatine German immigrants who landed in Pennsylvania and then followed the Great Valley south all the way to North Carolina. These pioneers cleared forests in land originally inhabited by Siouan and Algonquian tribes who would migrate up and down the Great Valley following the seasons and game. You will still find many of the oldest German settler homes in the area as well as those first settlers' descendants. The first German speaking Reformed congregation was in Lovettsville and today, St. James United Church of Christ is still a place of worship. The Loudoun Valley became the most agriculturally productive area of Virginia.
Many of our traditions were kept alive until recently and would remind people of what you would experience in rural locations of central Pennsylvania, but with an added Southern touch. One of our most illustrious Revolutionary War heroes was one of these Palatine Germans. Some of the Palatine descendants also made names for themselves in the War Between the States. Lovettsville and the neighboring communities of Waterford and Taylorstown tended to be sympathetic to the Union as they were mostly English Quaker and non-slave owning German people, but the area suffered greatly in Sheridan's 1864 Burning Raid where the Union burnt most mills and barns in order to cut off food supplies to the Confederate troops.
The town and surrounding area would later become part of the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area. Many newcomers have settled in the area since the early 1990s and the town proper and surrounding zip code have more than tripled in population. We encourage locals as well as stateside and international travelers to visit our scenic and historic area--be it a trip following the paths of the Civil War, a visit to our many outstanding local wineries, antiquing, our location in the world famous equestrian Virginia Hunt, or hiking the nearby Appalachian Trail or fishing on the Potomac River.
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Please contact us if you are interested in participating in the traditional Lovettsville Christkindlmarkt (Christmas Market). We have application forms and will be glad to walk you through the easy process. It is a great venue for your products to be sold for holiday gift giving and you will be pleased with the festive environment.
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The Loudoun Valley German Society is a dues-free nonprofit which is always looking for new members to join our cast of characters! Please contact us if you have an interest in the Valley's rich German history, are interested in current relationship building with our Sister County outside of Frankfurt, or enjoy event planning. We look forward to hearing from you.