The Mosby Heritage Area Association is excited to announce that the historic village of Willisville was named to the National Register of Historic Places on December 9, 2019.  This marks the culmination of a project several years in the making, and is a tremendous honor for the community. 

Students at the Willisville School c.1907

Willisville is an early 19th century settlement in Loudoun, which pre-dates the Civil War, and it is now Loudoun’s only African American village individually listed on the Register. The project began in January of 2018 when MHAA partnered with Willisville resident Carol Lee, who had been cataloguing the history of the village for over a decade.  Ms. Lee organized a successful gospel concert to raise the funds necessary for the research and she worked tirelessly with historian Jane Covington Motion to complete the nomination application. Without Ms. Lee’s leadership, this victory would not be possible.

Historic Preservation Consultant Jane Covington Motion works with Willisville residents on research

MHAA is proud to have helped the residents of Willisville in this endeavor and is excited to partner with the Willisville Preservation Foundation to share the village history with the community at an event in April of 2020.

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The mission of the Mosby Heritage Area Association is Preservation through Education—to educate about the history and advocate for the preservation of the extraordinary historical landscape, culture, and scenery in the Northern Virginia Piedmont for future generations to enjoy. For more information, visit