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  Old Town Leesburg: 29.1.2006
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Leesburg, one of the oldest towns in Northern Virginia, was originally an outfitting post during the French and Indian War. Once named "George Town" in honour of King George II, Leesburg was established from land owned by Lord Fairfax. Later, the town was renamed in honour of the Lee family of Virginia when Leesburg became the County seat of Loudoun County. Leesburg was a staging ground for the British during the French and Indian War and for the Colonials during the Revolutionary War. During the War of 1812, with the capital under siege, the most important United States documents, including the Constitution were brought to Leesburg for safekeeping. During the War for Southern Independence, Leesburg was a strategic point for troop movements. The Battle of Ball's Bluff took place northeast of here. On 21 October 1861, Confederate forces pushed the Yankees back across the Potomac River where they belong. Many of the homes along King Street served as hospitals for soldiers that were wounded at the battle. Today, Ball's Bluff National Cemetery honours the many soldiers who fought and died there. Leesburg has played an important part in Virginia history and continues as the seat of government for Loudoun County, the fastest-growing county in the United States as of the 2000 census. Despite the fast-growing nature of the county, downtown Leesburg retains its rustic charm. It capitalises on that charm with antique shops, clothing boutiques, and cosy but upmarket restaurants.

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  • Updated Jun 17, 2006
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