About

How We Got Started

The Short Hill Historical Society was formed in 1976 as the Hillsboro Community Association. This non-profit saved the Old Stone School in Hillsboro from being demolished and kept its doors open for 40 years through dues, donations, rental fees, and fundraising efforts led by volunteers.  This 501(c)3 organization was formed by alumni and area residents when they learned that the historic building was slated for destruction, and has continued to operate with volunteers.

In 2010, we began to refer to our donors and members as “Friends of the Old Stone School” because of our focus on the historic building, and for a short time, our non-profit was called “Friends of the Old Stone School.” While we were making the transition between the two names, we referred to our organization with both names: “Hillsboro Community Association and Friends of the Old Stone School.” However, Hillsboro Community Association was confusing (many people thought we were a homeowners association, which we are not) and “Friends of the Old Stone School” did not accurately reflect our broader mission. Therefore, as we entered our 41st year in 2017, the members of our board changed our name to the Short Hill Historical Society – a name that is more fitting to our mission.

Our Mission

The mission of the Short Hill Historical Society is to:

  • Discover and protect the history of the Short Hill region in western Loudoun County, Virginia;
  • Discover, recognize, preserve and/or restore historic landmarks in the Short Hill region in western Loudoun County, Virginia;
  • Discover, preserve, and/or enhance historical information, facts, and stories about the Short Hill region in western Loudoun County, Virginia;
  • Provide experiences that engage people of all ages in learning about and protecting the history of the Short Hill region in western Loudoun County, Virginia;

Read about the projects we have underway! Also, see a gallery of photos from events and projects our non-profit managed in the past several years.

Support Our Efforts

Become a member of the Short Hill Historical Society for just $20 a year! Donations are also welcome. Both dues and donations are tax-deductible. You can also volunteer for events, fundraisers, to conduct research, help write grants, work on outreach, and more!

Board Members and Officers

Each year, officers and board members are elected in by the members of the Short Hill Historical Society. The current officers and board are:

Officers:

  • Mark Ware, President
  • Amie Ware, Vice President
  • Sandy Simmers, Treasurer
  • Sarah Fields, Secretary

Board members:

  • Claire Cutshall
  • Paul Dillon
  • Paula Dillon
  • Jan Goodrich
  • Luke Greer
  • Judy Klinedinst
  • Patsy McClintock
  • Ryan Siemers
  • Belle Ware