Leesburg is a beautiful Loudon County's county seat that lies next to the Potomac River and the Catoctin Mountains' foothills. A town with a vivid history and abundant in arts and culture. It is also home to many heritage sites, amazing parks, and historical buildings. Here are the five best tourist attractions that you can find in Leesburg, Virginia.
17195 Southern Planter Lane, Leesburg, VA 20176
Morven Park is a historic site and an estate in Leesburg that consists of the Museum of Hounds and Hunting, the Westmoreland Davis Mansion, and the Windmill Carriage Museum. The Museum of Hounds and Hunting is popular for its beautiful art displays, memorabilia, and artifacts about fox hunting sports. It is also located in the Westmoreland Davis Mansion's north wing and the mansion is also considered a historic landmark of Virginia and registered on the National Register of Historic Places.
In 1967, the grounds and gardens of Morven Park were first open to the public and is now considered as one of the best choices of venue for equestrian events, other events, and wedding in Virginia. Events are scheduled every weekend and also free to spectate. The Morven Park also offers tours of the museums and mansions that are found in their vicinity.
Ball's Bluff Battlefield Regional Park
Ball's Bluff Road, NE, Leesburg, VA 20176
The National Cemetery and Ball's Bluff Battlefield Regional Park is consist of 54 graves of the Union Army member that were killed during the Ball's Bluff Battle and is known as the US third smallest national cemetery. Monuments of the fallen Union Brigade Commander Edward Dickinson Baker and Confederate Sergeant Clinton Hatcher are also located beside the cemetery.
It was in 1984 that the park's battlefield area was listed as a National Historic Landmark. The regional park includes 7 miles marked trails which also consists of a trail by the side of the Potomac riverbank. The guided tours are provided from every weekend of April to November which also covers historical and volunteer events.
Thomas Balch Library
208 West Market St, Leesburg, VA 20176
Thomas Balch Library was constructed as a memorial to Thomas Balch in 1822. It is currently run by the town authorities however it was considered as a private estate until 1974. The library was initially a genealogy and history library and a research center of the Underground Railroad. The main focus of the library is the history of the Civil War and Virginia. Thomas Balch Library is a reference center that provides services and produce content that is also shared on the internet. They also held an annual Loudon History Award that acknowledges the contributions of different historians.
George C. Marshall's Dodona Manor
312 East Market St, Leesburg, VA 20176
Dodona Manor is the restored home of the Architect of Allied Victory for World War II, General George C. Marshall. He is also a Nobel Peace Laureate, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, and Special Ambassador to China. The manor was the residence of General Marshall and his wife from 1941 until 1959. Despite the present-day furnishing, the home still reflects the architectural details of the early 19th-century.
Dodona Manor is publicly open from March to December on Saturday (10 am - 5 pm) and Sunday (1 pm - 5 pm). Weekday tours and group tours are scheduled by appointment.
Ida Lee Park Recreation Center
60 Ida Lee Dr, NW, Leesburg, VA 20176
Ida Lee Park Recreation Center is a 71,000 square foot area that offers spaces for events and also includes an aquatic center, fitness facilities, and recreation center. The particular open facility is packed with outdoor lighting that is perfect as a professional setting for corporate picnics, seminars, banquets, and meetings. The park and recreation center also includes a full-sized basketball court, a 6,600 square foot state-of-the-art fitness facility, spa, social hall, child care, playground, trails, picnic shelter, 7 court tennis center, racquetball courts, and two indoor pools. They also provide recreation and fitness programs and classes.