The Mosby Heritage Area Association (MHAA) is teaming with Virginia State Parks to produce the next rendition of the well-known Cavaliers, Courage, and Coffee living history program on Saturday evening November 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Sky Meadows State Park, located at 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA.
Sky Meadows shows off a beautiful piece of the Virginia piedmont landscape and features Mount Bleak, a Civil War-era Mosby safe house, as its architectural centerpiece. Using this home and its outbuildings, MHAA’s Gray Ghost Interpretive Group will bring alive the latter part of the Civil War era in the Paris-Delaplane-Upperville-Bloomfield-Rectortown area of Fauquier and Loudoun counties.
The Gray Ghost Interpretive Group members tell their Civil War tales in period dress by lantern-light, in the first person, as civilians and soldiers that passed through this war-torn region.
Mount Bleak was the home of Isaac Settle, and his son Tommy was the Medical Examiner who pronounced John Brown dead at the gallows, December 2, 1859.
When the Civil War came, Tommy became a Confederate surgeon in the cavalry.
When the “Gray Ghost” arrived on the scene to conduct guerilla warfare in 1863, the Settle home became a Mosby safe house where Mosby Rangers clandestinely boarded. While Mosby’s detachment started as a simple ten cavalrymen on temporary detail to operate out of the Loudoun Valley west of Washington, his 43rd Virginia Cavalry grew into the hundreds by the summer of 1864.
Mosby became legendary on both sides, and federal cavalry searched constantly for this nimble nemesis. Sitting as it does in the Crooked Run Valley of northwestern Fauquier, Mount Bleak was in the heart of this cat and mouse game. This edition of Cavaliers, Courage, and Coffee entitled An Autumn Night at a Mosby Safe House will begin at 7:30 p.m. Part of the program will be conducted inside, but most of it will be outside on the grounds of Mount Bleak. Participants are urged to dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes, as walking from scene to scene will be involved.
Admission is $10 for adults, and $5 for students, which helps fund the Mosby Heritage Area Association’s intensive school programming (visit www.mosbyheritagearea.org) and adult education. Sky Meadows State Parks collects $4 per vehicle for parking. For more information, please telephone (540) 687-5188.