Leesburg invites residents to scan Civil War documents

Loudoun County residents are invited to take family photographs and manuscripts from the Civil War era, such as letters and diaries, to the Thomas Balch Library to be scanned for inclusion in an online statewide Civil War archive.

At a similar event in 2011, a rare photo of Cumberland George Orrison, the first Confederate soldier killed in Loudoun, was discovered, Leesburg officials said in a statement.

The free event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 13. The library is at 208 W. Market St., Leesburg.

Scanned documents and photos will be included in the Library of Virginia’s Civil War collection, preserving them for future generations and making them available to researchers.

The state collection is at www.virginiamemory.com/collections/cw150.

Appointments are required and are on a first-come, first-served basis. Call Tracy Gillespie at 703-327-9777 to schedule a time.

Volunteers are needed for Purcellville spring cleaning

Purcellville’s annual beautification day will be from 8 a.m. to noon April 6.

Families, individuals, sports teams and organizations, and Scouting and church groups are invited to participate.

To register or for details about the event, contact Cara Broshkevitch, area leader for Purcellville, at klb.purcellville@verizon.net; or Diana Hays of the Public Works Department at 540-338-7440, Ext. 221, or dhays@purcellvilleva.gov.

The rain date is April 13.

Leesburg is sponsoring workshops on rain barrels

The Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District, in partnership with the Leesburg Environmental Advisory Commission, will offer four rain barrel workshops in Leesburg next month and in May.

The workshops are open to all Loudoun County residents. Leesburg residents may be eligible for a discount on rain barrel purchases through a town program sponsored by the Environmental Advisory Commission.

The workshops will be at Tuscarora Creek Park, 425 Solitude Ct. SE, Leesburg. The dates and times are:

→April 16 at 6 p.m.

→April 17 at 6 p.m.

→May 14 at 6 p.m.

→May 15 at 6 p.m.

People attending the workshops can can make a rain barrel to take home or buy a completed barrel. They are available in black and terra cotta red.

Each workshop will last about an hour, and participants need attend only one. A kit to make a barrel at a workshop is $57.75; a pre-made barrel costs $73.50. Prices include tax.

Leesburg residents can get a $20 discount on the purchase of a rain barrel as an incentive to promote water conservation. Discounts will be given on a first-come first-serve basis, with a limit of two per household.

A registration form can be downloaded from the Soil and Water Conservation District Web site, www.loudounsoilandwater.org.

For information or to register, call Suzanne Brown, education outreach specialist for the Soil and Water Conservation District, at 571-918-4530, Ext. 105.

— Compiled by Caitlin Gibson