Hillsboro’s Mayor Roger Vance is nothing if not incredibly enthusiastic about his town’s future. How can you not be excited about the possibilities for a town that, among other things, is the birthplace of Susan Koerner Wright, mother of airplane inventors Wilbur and Orville Wright?
An epicenter for the Loudoun Valley’s agricultural economy in the 1800s, Hillsboro declined in the years leading up to the Civil War. Over the course of the 20th Century it then settled into itself – surviving as a quaint and dusty, little known place.
The town’s huge multi-story mills – agricultural machines churning out woolens, grain and cider – were gone. Gone too, were the long lines of wagons ferrying goods to places near and far. Its two department stores were shuttered and its professionals and tradesmen – including several doctors, blacksmiths and tanners – had moved on. Hillsboro was also largely passed by via the railroad routes springing up around Bluemont, Purcellville and other destinations. … Continue Reading