Events

We believe that an important way to preserve history is to gather and share the stories, facts about the homes, places, and people who lived here. To do that, we are continuing our signature event: the Christmas in Hillsboro Historic Homes Tour, as well as initating a series called “History Talks, Trips, and Treasures.” We will also hold events to raise funds for our projects and other efforts.

Becky Ottinger Featured for August 30 History Talks, Trips, and Treasures

Mark your calendar to join us at the Between the Hills Community Center on Thursday, August 30 to hear Becky Ottinger’s talk “Hillsboro’s Story as Told by its Buildings.” Light refreshments will be provided and there is a suggested donation of $5 a person. The talk will start at 7 p.m. RSVP online: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E044BA9AD29AA8-history1

Becky is a retired teacher and an avid volunteer, helping at the Thomas Balch Library, the Ladies Board, and the Loudoun Education Foundation. She is a wealth of wonderful information!

The History Talks, Trips, and Treasures series is hosted by The Purcellville Gazette and Jason P. Sengpiehl of the Sengpiehl Insurance Group.

History Talks, Trips, and Treasures with Dr. David Clark

 

Nearly 60 people joined the Short Hill Historical Society on Sunday, May 20 to hear Dr. David Clark talk about the First Loudouners. The event was part of the non-profit organization’s History Talks, Trips, and Treasures series. In addition to his presentation, professional archaeologist Dr. Clark brought many ancient Native American artifacts for people to examine, including pottery shards, arrowheads, weapons, and tools.

During his presentation, Dr. Clark said that Loudoun County has the potential for 15,000 to 16,000 year-old sites, and emphasized that Loudoun County had the geophysical characteristics necessary for settlements to thrive: water, rocks, minerals, rich soil, plants, and animals. He talked about the value of rock shelters and caves, prehistoric tribes, the eight types of rock in our area that were used to make tools, Loudoun Clovis projectiles which are not found anywhere else in the world, how there used to be elk in this area, and that only 5% of the “arrowheads” found are from arrows—many are Atlatl (spear throwing) points. He also discussed ways to protect archaeological resources in our area. Before moving on to the artifacts, he asked the audience how much they thought was known about ancient native Americans in Loudoun. The answer, according to Dr. Clark, is only 1%.

Dr. Clark has an impressive amount of experience which includes serving as the Executive Director and principle investigator of the Loudoun Archaeological Foundation (2007), conducting scientific research and community outreach programs that engage more than 7,000 area residents each year. He has taught at the collegiate level for 38 years and has been a pre-collegiate educator for 43 years.  Dr. Clark has national archaeological experience in 8 states, international archaeological experience in 8 countries, and is a community outreach specialist with experience from Washington D.C. to Hawaii. He currently maintains archaeological research and/or community outreach partnerships in Loudoun County with National Trust properties of Oatlands and Waterford, Virginia.

The History Talks, Trips, and Treasures series is hosted by The Purcellville Gazette and Jason P. Sengpiehl of the Sengpiehl Insurance Group.

About Dr. David Clark

David Clark is a professional archaeologist, collegiate (Catholic University-35 years; NVCC-15 years) and pre-collegiate educator (High-School to Elementary-40 years).  Dr. Clark has national archaeological experience in eight states, specializing in both historic/prehistoric archaeology and forensics.  He is a Public-Archaeology Outreach specialist with experience from Washington DC to Hawaii. David has international archaeological experience in eight countries including Kenya, South Pacific Islands, Vietnam and New Guinea.

 Dr. Clark is a specialist in Zooarchaeology and Osteology (Osteoarchaeology) investigating animal/human remains, and human-diets from prehistoric, historic, military, and shipwrecks sites. He has compiled over 125 related publications.

 He is a Forensic Education and Field Specialist teaching forensic anthropology and archaeology, human remains recovery techniques and laboratory analysis, and Law-Enforcement Forensics. He has worked in the DC-Northern Virginia area for over 38 years, the last 16 years as a resident of Loudoun County, Virginia.

 Dr. Clark is executive director and principle investigator of the LOUDOUN ARCHAEOLOGICAL FOUNDATION (2007) conducting scientific research and community outreach programs engaging over 10 thousand area residents, yearly.

David specializes in PRIMARY/SECONDARY STEM-BASED SCIENCE EDUCATION (Science, technology, engineering, math) including classroom programs for elementary, middle and high school students, archaeology summer camps for 3-6 grades and Weekend Workshops In Science.

Currently, Dr. Clark maintains archaeological research and/or community outreach partnerships in Loudoun County with Claude Moore Park, Oatlands and Waterford.

History Talks, Trips, and Treasures Resumed April 15, 2018!

More than 80 people joined the non-profit Short Hill Historical Society to kick off its 42nd year and its second season of History Talks, Trips, and Treasures on Sunday, April 15 at the barn at Silverbrook Farm Bed and Breakfast. Historian and mapmaker Eugene Scheel was the main speaker and shared interesting facts about the history of the Short Hill. The board and officers of the non-profit were voted in, photographer Luke Greer showcased his photographs, and there was a chance to win prizes.  Get more information and see photos.

Watch for details about the next History Talks, Trips, and Treasures scheduled for May 20 featuring archaeologist Dr. David Clark at the Between the Hills Community Center.

Donations and membership dues for the Short Hill Historical Society will be accepted and may also be made online.

Other guests planned for the series this year include Rich Gillespie, Meredith McMath, Mark Ware, Gary Heath, and Dr. David Clark. Watch for updates, dates, other guests, and more!

History Talks, Trips, and Treasures is sponsored by Sengpiehl Insurance Group and The Purcellville Gazette. If you are interested in sponsoring, please contact us at ShortHillHistoricalSociety@gmail.com.

2017 – Our Year in Review

Read about our successes throughout 2017!

Christmas in Hillsboro Historic Homes Tour
December 9, 2017

See the gallery of photos from the December 2017 Christmas in Hillsboro Historic Homes Tour, hosted by the Short Hill Historical Society.

Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Alta Terra Farm Bed and Breakfast
  • Bank of Clarke County
  • Birch Hollow Yoga
  • Browning Equipment
  • Doukenie Winery
  • eink
  • Fieldstone Farm Bed and Breakfast
  • Hillsborough Bed and Breakfast
  • Hillsborough Vineyards
  • Hunt Country Jewelers
  • Keel Point
  • Old 690 Brewing Company
  • Silverbrook Farm Bed and Breakfast
  • The Purcellville Gazette

History Talks, Trips, and Treasures

Our Third History Talks, Trips, and Treasures featuring Historian Rich Gillespie at the Burnt Mill was Amazing! 

On a chilly, overcast Sunday at the beginning of November, a sizable crowd gathered at the Burnt Mill to hear the history of the mill and about the burning raids during the Civil War from historian Richard Gillespie. This gathering was the third of the Short Hill Historical Society’s series called History Talks, Trips, and Treasures, and was hosted by the caretaker of the mill, Ryan Siemers. Read more and see photos from the event. The Short Hill Historical Society’s History Talks, Trips, and Treasures series is sponsored by Sengpiehl Insurance Group and The Purcellville Gazette. The October 29 event is also supported by Southern States and hosted by Ryan Siemers.

History Talks, Trips, and Treasures–Recaps

The second in our series called History Talks, Trips, and Treasures featured award-winning author Linda Harris Sittig at Old 690 Brewing Company from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, September 14. Beer and non-alcoholic beverages were sold by the glass and we will serve cheese and crackers. All ages were welcome! Ms. Sittig had a book signing after her talk about how history shapes women’s lives.

Many thanks to Mrs. Sittig for her engaging talk, and to Old 690 Brewing Company for their generosity in opening their doors for us and for donating a percentage of their sales from the evening! Thank you also to our board members and volunteers who made the evening possible, including Carrie Crossfield, Sandy Simmers, Jan Goodrich, Claire Cutshall, and Dee Taplin.

Our first of our History Talks, Trips, and Treasures series featured Eugene Scheel at Hillsborough Vineyards.

The first in the Short Hill Historical Society’s series called “History Talks, Trips, and Treasures” featured Eugene Scheel at Hillsborough Vineyards on June 22. Read more and see photos.

We are planning our next History Talks, Trips, and Treasures now…watch for details!