Leesburg, VA with
Loudoun Museum Executive Director Joe Rizzo

Join Joe Rizzo, the Executive Director of Loudoun Museum, for an in-depth discussion of the history of Leesburg, Virginia, a town almost 300 years old, and all the important events that took place here. Joe once and for all settles the question of whether or not Leesburg was the capital of the US during the War of 1812, who it was named after, discusses the incredibly significant visit of the Marquis de Lafayette in 1825, and much more, including its storied Civil War history. After our discussion I visit the locations Joe and I talked about and tell you which ones are the best to visit during your tour of this quintessential historic American town.
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Interview Begins: 2:00
Lafayette's Visit: 10:15
Loudoun Museum: 27:25
Touring Leesburg, VA Today: 33:00

It was a real pleasure speaking to Joe Rizzo, and he gives a truly deep history of the town, from it's roots in the early 1700s to modern times. He discusses why it was created where it stands today, who the town was actually named after, the influence of Nicholas Minor on the creation of the town, the controversy over whether or not it was considered the capital of the US during the burning of Washington in 1814, the Marquis de Lafayette's famous visit in 1825, the divisions, military engagements and battles that took place here during the Civil War, and much more.

Interested in touring Leesburg with an eye towards its history? After the interview I visit some of the most interesting places Joe and I talked about and tell you what you can expect to find when you go there today, including walking the exact route the Marquis de Lafayette (with James Monroe and John Quincy Adams in tow!) took to the adoration of 10,000 onlookers, Civil War sites, and visit some famous gravesites for all you haunted tours fans out there. I also talk about some of the other great historic sites Leesburg and the surrounding Loudoun County have to offer, including the Marshall House, Morven Park, and of course Joe's own Loudoun Museum, a  wonderfully curated museum dedicated to local history that I can't recommend highly enough. 

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Useful Links:


Loudoun Museum
The History of Leesburg & Visiting Today - VisitLoudoun
Historians On Tap

Historic Leesburg Walking Tours