I would very much appreciate information on any and all persons to contact in Loudoun Co., Va. to save a 1779 Home and Cemetery. My ancestor's home which was built in 1779 and the design based on the home of General William Smallwood of Charles Co., Md., under whom he served in the Revolutionary War, is about to be sold. There is, of course, no guarantee as to what the purchasers/developers will do with the home and Cemetery. The large tract of land it is on (193.5 ac) has remained in one parcel since 1779. The house was restored many years ago by a wonderful gentleman (Dr.John Patrick Gallagher) who is now deceased. At the time of restoration he added an addition to the rear of the home. John Hawley b.1739 is buried on the property in the family Cemetery where it is also believed some Odens are buried. The current owner, Dr. Gallagher's son, John S. Gallagher, has agreed to do all he can to protect the house and Cemetery but once the property is sold he will have no say in the matter. John Hawley was a farmer and an ordinary man. He and his family were very active in Little River Baptist Church. So very much is done to protect the homes of the wealthy. Is it not time we saved the home of an ordinary man to enable our children to know that not all early settlers lived in mansions?
Laura Hawley Jarvis
16150 South Point Lane
Ridge, Md. 20680
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