The Mosby Heritage Area Association (MHAA) will sponsor a trail ride on North Wales estate in Fauquier County on Saturday, June 9th beginning at 9 AM. The 1-2 hour horseback trail ride will offer a rare glimpse of historic North Wales not normally seen by riders or other members of the public.
According to organizer J. P. Dempsey, “North Wales is a classic example of why the Mosby Heritage Area Association exists. There are so many classic and historic properties right here in Fauquier and Loudoun counties that people don’t know exist and once they do, they are much more appreciative.”
“Forty some years ago this land, 2000 plus acres, was purchased by a developer who planned to put in shopping centers, townhouses and single family dwellings right in the heart of this large estate in farm country. Due to the actions of concerned local citizens, it didn’t happen. One of those, Hope Porter, will attend our lunch and afterward talk about those efforts”, says Mr. Dempsey an avid horseman and preservationist.
According to Dempsey, “our equine riding tours are an effort to reach out to the equestrian community to provide the opportunity of seeing and appreciating sites and areas not available to riders on a regular basis.” He points out that non-riders are welcome to attend the lunch only and to listen to Hope Porter’s commentary on the efforts to save this piece of Fauquier’s heritage from the ravages of development.
Designated a Heritage Area by resolutions enacted by the counties of Fauquier, Loudoun, Clarke, Warren and Prince William in 1995, MHAA, a not for profit, organization promoting the cultural, historic and scenic heritage and beauty of the Northern Piedmont, is currently in its seventeenth year of operation.
The mission of MHAA is to fund its educational activities that promote the preservation of our unique heritage area. Fund raising activities include highly popular public events, such as a Civil War Conference, a speaking series, battlefield tours, and the popular Mosby Ride. These funds help support the actual in-the-classroom visits to local public and private schools by a professional educator and the encouragement of area students and their families to use scavenger hunts for each of the encompassing counties.
“Heritage sells”, according to Childs Burden, President and co-founder of MHAA, who says that “MHAA efforts to promote the cultural, scenic and historic heritage of the portion of the Virginia Piedmont from Warrenton to Point of Rocks and Manassas Battlefield to the Shenandoah Valley are extremely successful bringing tourism to the Mosby Heritage Area.”
Last year Visit Loudoun, an independent tourism arm in Loudoun County recognized it, awarding MHAA’s Civil War Conference with its prestigious “Tourism Award for Events Less than 300 Attendees”. According to Burden,“Now we will seek the same acknowledgement from the other counties in the Mosby Heritage Area.”
For information on the 2012 Mosby Ride and other MHAA activities, go to www.mosbyheritagearea.org online and click on “Calendar of Events”.