Leesburg is in Loudoun County in the Northern Virginia region of Virginia. It was where Dolley Madison stayed after escaping Washington, D.C., during the War of 1812. She took with her important documents and portraits of America's early leaders, so as they would not be destroyed by the British.
Leesburg was the home of Gen. George C. Marshall, and visitors can tour his Dodona Manor. It also includes the Civil War's Ball's
Bluff Battlefield, which features volunteer-guided tours from
May-October, and Oatlands Plantation,a Greek Revival home built
in 1803 by land baron George Carter, an Englishman. This 260-acre plantation,
which opened to the public in 1966, is one of 18 national properties on the
National Trust for Historic Preservation. Another interesting historic site is Morven Park, once home to two governors, but it also includes
the Museum of Hounds and Hunting, the only foxhunting museum in the world!