I just received a note from Paul Gilbert, Executive Director of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority and who maintains a blog called Regional Parks. The Authority is in the process of purchasing 275 acres of land owned by Confederate Lt. Col. Elijah Viers “Lige” White where White’s Ford stands. The land is slated to be known as White’s Ford Regional Park.
Prior to the Civil War, White purchased a large farm there (he was originally from Poolesville MD across the Potomac). A ford on the property became known as White’s Ford, and was used constantly by both Confederates and Federals throughout the war. Following the war, White operated a ferry there called the “Jubal Early” – a ferry that is still in operation today.
I have always loved the nearby Leesburg VA area – I’ve been there many times, most recently this past summer when I spoke to the Leesburg Civil War Roundtable. Whenever I make a visit, in addition to exploring the history of the area and surrounding Loudoun County, I never fail to make a stop at White’s gravesite in Union Cemetery and also at the ford to watch a ferry trip or two.
Elijah White, his 35th Battalion Virginia Cavalry, and cavalrymen and “guerillas” of the Loudoun County area have been a special interest of mine for many years. I’m ecstatic that the Authority is able to purchase this land and save it for future generations – it is still pristine and can now remain so.
See Paul’s blog post here, including a beautiful photograph of the area.