Leesburg is the fastest growing town in Virginia. It currently has a population of approximately 43,000 in its 12 square miles. The largest employers in the community are the county, the local public schools, and the Federal Aviation Administration.
The town's rich history spans three centuries. Originally a settlement called George Town in honor of the reigning monarch of Great Britain, Leesburg was renamed to honor the influential Lee family of Virginia. During the War of 1812, Leesburg served as the temporary capital of the United States when the valuable papers of the Federal Archives (including the Declaration of Independence and Constitution) were brought to town for safekeeping. President James Monroe resided just south of town at Oak Hill, where he wrote the Monroe Doctrine in 1823.
Leesburg was a prosperous southern town of about 2,000 at the outbreak of the Civil War, strategically located on the border between the Union and the Confederacy. By war's end, its people had endured bombardment, the passage of Union and Confederate armies, federal occupation, disintegration of civil authority with frequent raids and combat in its streets.
In the 20th century, Leesburg was the home of World War II General George C. Marshall, architect of the famous Marshall Plan that re-built Europe after the war, and radio personality Arthur Godfrey, who donated land for the town's first airport.
Today, Leesburg continues to serve as the center of government and commerce for Loudoun County. The Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and cited as one of the best-preserved and most picturesque downtowns in Virginia. Visitors to Leesburg will be immersed in three centuries of history, yet be only minutes from Washington Dulles International Airport. Leesburg is the perfect getaway where visitors can enjoy sight-seeing, fine dining, antiquing, shopping and recreation.
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