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For centuries, the road once known as the Ashby’s Gap Turnpike carried travelers and goods across the Loudoun Valley and over the Blue Ridge Mountains and into the Shenandoah Valley beyond. Untold numbers have traversed its path, from Native American hunters, Civil War armies, and enslaved workers to modern day tourists and commuters. It represents a vital historical link to our regional past, tying together communities and people in three counties – Loudoun, Fauquier, and Clarke. This exhibit is a brief exploration of the road’s history, as well as a look at the modern preservation efforts along its route.

This VPHA exhibit features photographs and artifacts of life along the Ashby’s Gap Turnpike, and will be on display at the Thomas Balch Library in Leesburg from December 1, 2021 to January 31, 2022. Please visit leesburgva.gov for more information and for hou

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