“Precious, precious memories” is how Marie Scott describes growing up in Bluemont, in an on-line illustrated article on the “website for Bluemont” — www.BluemontVA.org — sponsored by Friends of Bluemont.
Born in 1938, Marie Scott is a daughter of the old Black community of Bluemont, the western-most settlement in Loudoun.
She is perhaps best known, however, as a 33-year reassuring presence in the Purcellville veterinary office of Dr. Kent Roberts, Dr. Chamberlin, and Dr. Washington.
Marie Scott is a great lady with a remarkable personal warmth. Her memories are our window into a Western Loudoun past that few still remember.
Marie and six sisters and brothers grew up in a house that still stands on Clayton Hall Road, just off Route 7.
She tells how, as a little girl, she and her family would walk from their home on Clayton Hall Road up the Old Mountain Road to the church, established in 1888, in the post-Civil-War Black community on the mountain.
That means they walked past the Snickersville Academy, a log structure dating from 1825, given to Friends of Bluemont by the Hatcher family in 2010. Friends of Bluemont is now working to preserve it and make it available to the public.
Marie Scott has long been a pillar of the Bluemont First Baptist Church, which was moved down from the mountain and is now located just southeast of Bluemont village.
Marie Scott is now a resident of the Inova Loudoun Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Leesburg.
Susan Freis Falknor, President
Friends of Bluemont