The historic village of Willisville, an early 19th century African-American settlement in Loudoun County, has been named to the National Register of Historic Places.
The Mosby Heritage Area Association announced the news in early January. The achievement marks the culmination of a project several years in the making.
Willisville, located near the Fauquier and Loudoun County line, pre-dates the Civil War, and it is now Loudoun's only African-American village individually listed on the national register.
Freedmen founded Willisville in southwestern Loudoun County after the Civil War, during Reconstruction, and it is considered one of the best-preserved villages of its kind.
The effort to add Willisville to the National Register of Historic Places began in January 2018, when the Mosby Heritage Area Association partnered with Willisville resident Carol Lee, who had been cataloguing the history of the village for over a decade.
Lee organized a successful gospel concert to raise the funds necessary for the research and she worked with historian Jane Covington Motion to complete the nomination application, according to a press release.