Category Archives: history

Nokes Mountain

Potomac View Road south of Rt 7 follows a ridge, also called Mirror Ridge for its use as a Civil War signalling station, now leads to Nokes Boulevard and Dulles Town Center.

The ridge is called Nokes Mountain. Continue reading Nokes Mountain

African American Burial Grounds in Loudoun

African American Burial Ground for the Enslaved at Belmont

The cemetery of the enslaved at Belmont Plantation was rescued from the bulldozers at the southeast corner of the interchange of Rt 7 & Belmont Ridge Road.

Sycolin Cemetery

The preservation of the Sycolin Cemetery has been turned over to the Loudoun Freedom Center, as the Town of Leesburg donated the land they were given by the FAA.

Tippet’s Hill Cemetery

1700 Moran Rd, Sterling, VA

Miskel Farm

We live in a historic area: Mosby’s Rangers ruled the territory, abetted by local traitors such as the Miskel family, whose farm is just 3 miles from Cardinal Glen. Continue reading Miskel Farm

the last builder

taking over from gordon homes was jolamar, which built sections 3 & 4, cardinal glen section & common ground map lots 120-185, as well as lots 10-17 on wren ct & lots 18-20 on the circle, and lots 22-33 on red wing.

jolamar’s house plans are named for presidents: the washington (one of the larger house models, a 5-window colonial), the jefferson, the madison and the adams.

the builder maximised interior space using 2×3″ studs instead of 2x4s for partition walls…not sure if exterior walls were also 2x3s. there is a split-entry model and a cape cod/bungalow style as well as the 2 colonials.

the second builder in cardinal glen

taking over from national birchwood was gordon homes, which built section 2, cardinal glen section & common ground map lots 58-119; the model homes were the houses on the right side of blue jay ct, lots 5-8, with lots 1-4 also gordon’s.

there are 4 different houseplans: the blair, the glendon, the fleming and the aberdeeen, but every house was unique in some way.

the blair has a bedroom above & family room behind the garage…the bedroom is notorious for poor a/c…and early flemings has a smaller family room between kitchen & garage, subsequently enlarged. the aberdeen is a split-entry.

early glendons’ family rooms, between the main part of the house & garage, are on a slab, but in the same model further around the circle it’s over a crawlspace. switches are on different sides of doorways & rooms. plumbing…don’t get me started;-} suffice it to say that almost ever gordon home has had the street supply line replaced, and remember that issue with pinhole leaks in copper piping? yup, been there, replaced that;-}