Loan for Mount Zion Site

The Mount Zion Church Preservation Association said it has received a $1.4 million loan from the Virginia Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund to pay for nearly 89 acres it bought adjacent to the church.

The association bought the Mosby Run property earlier this year from developer Robert McCormick of Architectural Systems Inc. in Great Falls, who planned to build seven houses on the property. The loan will allow the association to pay off the five-year, 6 percent note it obtained for that transaction, said Brad Bradshaw, association president.

The association needed to obtain a fee simple title to place a permanent easement on the land near Aldie on Route 50 and prevent development. The land now is about 75 percent grass fields and 25 percent forest.

The land is historically significant because the Civil War Battle of Mount Zion was fought on the easternmost part of the property on July 6, 1864. Twelve Union cavalrymen led by Maj. William Forbes were killed by Col. John Mosby's Confederate partisans and buried in .Mount Zion's cemetery.

A barn owned by Alexander "Yankee" Davis, a prominent local Union sympathizer during the Civil War, once stood on the land.