Lovettsville, Virginia

Coordinates: 39°16.4′N 77°38.4′W / 39.2733°N 77.6400°W / 39.2733; -77.6400
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Lovettsville, Virginia
Town of Lovettsville
Lovettsville in September 2008
Lovettsville in September 2008
Official seal of Lovettsville, Virginia
Lovettsville is located in Northern Virginia
Lovettsville is located in Virginia
Lovettsville is located in the United States
Coordinates: 39°16.4′N 77°38.4′W / 39.2733°N 77.6400°W / 39.2733; -77.6400
Country United States
State Virginia
 • MayorChristopher M. Hornbaker[1]
 • Vice MayorJoy Pritz[1]
 • Total0.85 sq mi (2.20 km2)
 • Land0.84 sq mi (2.19 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
505 ft (154 m)
 • Total1,613
 • Estimate 
 • Density2,604.27/sq mi (1,005.09/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code540
FIPS code51-47208[5]
GNIS feature ID1495879[6]

Lovettsville is a town in Loudoun County, located near the very northern tip of the Commonwealth of Virginia, United States. Settled primarily by German immigrants, the town was originally established in 1836.

The population was 1,613 at the 2010 census[3] and an estimated 2,198 in 2019.[7]


Following the 1722 Treaty of St. Albans which established the Blue Ridge Mountains as the buffer between Native Americans and white settlers, German immigrants began arriving in the northern Loudoun Valley to farm the rich topsoil. They established several villages, many constructed of log and wooden buildings, and began to expand their land holdings. Lovettsville was then called "The German Settlement".

In 1820 David Lovett subdivided his property into quarter-acre "city lots". As a result of the ensuing construction boom, the town was called "Newtown". In 1828, the town was again renamed, to "Lovettsville". In 1836 the Virginia General Assembly established Lovettsville as a town, but the town was not fully incorporated until 1876.

During the Civil War, Lovettsville was an important transportation stop for Union troops crossing the Potomac River.[8] Lovettsville was among the few communities in Loudoun County to vote against secession.[9]

In 1940, Lovettsville was the site of a crash of a DC-3 airliner. It was the worst in US history at that time, killing 25 people, including U.S. Senator Ernest Lundeen, and became known as the Lovettsville air disaster.

The Lovettsville Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.[10]

In 2018, after the NHL's Washington Capitals advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in franchise history, the town's council voted to temporarily rename Lovettsville "Capitals-ville" for the duration of the finals.[11]


Lovettsville is located in northern Loudoun County at 39°16.4′N 77°38.4′W / 39.2733°N 77.6400°W / 39.2733; -77.6400 (39.2728, -77.6399).[12] Virginia State Route 287 passes through the center of town, leading north 3 miles (5 km) to Brunswick, Maryland, and south 11 miles (18 km) to Purcellville. Leesburg, the Loudoun county seat, is 14 miles (23 km) southeast of Lovettsville.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.85 square miles (2.2 km2), of which 2.1 acres (8,354 m2), or 0.38%, are water.[2] The town sits on a low ridge within the Loudoun Valley, with the west side of town draining to Dutchman Creek and the east side draining to Quarter Branch, both streams flowing north to the Potomac River.


Lovettsville has a council–manager form of government:

Town Council:

  • Christopher M. Hornbaker, Mayor
  • Joy Pritz, Vice Mayor
  • Brandon Davis
  • David Earl
  • Robert “Bobby” Merhaut
  • Jennifer Reed
  • Tom Budnar


  • Jason Cournoyer, Town Manager


Historical population
2019 (est.)2,198[4]36.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[13]

As of the census[5] of 2010, there were 1,613 people, 566 households, and 424 families residing in the town. The population density was 1832.9 people per square mile (701.3/km2). There were 599 housing units at an average density of 680.7 per square mile (260.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 87.0% White, 6.0% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.7% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islands American, 1.9% from other races, and 3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.3% of the population.

There were 566 households, out of which 46.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.4% were married couples living together, 4.4% had a male householder with no wife present, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.1% were non-families. 18.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.85 and the average family size was 3.3.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 32.4% under the age of 18, 4.3% from 18 to 24, 33.4% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 7.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33.5 years. For every 100 females there were 92.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $100,288, and the median income for a family was $109,808. Males had a median income of $72,661 versus $51,438 for females. The per capita income for the town was $33,212. None of the families and .6% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 9.1% of those over 64.

SR 287, the primary highway serving Lovettsville


The only primary highway directly serving Lovettsville is Virginia State Route 287. SR 287 extends southward to Virginia State Route 7 at Purcellville. It also continues north to the Potomac River, where a bridge connects the north end of SR 287 to Brunswick, Maryland.


  • Lovettsville Oktoberfest typically takes place on the last full weekend of September.[14]
  • Over Memorial Day Weekend, Lovettsville hosts Mayfest, billed as Lovettsville's All-American town picnic.[15]
  • Over the first weekend of December, the Loudoun Valley German Society hosts the acclaimed annual Christkindlmarkt (traditional German Christmas market).[16]
  • On New Year's Day, Lovettsville hosts Bezerkle on the Squirkle, a 5K fun run around oddly-arranged traffic square at the center of town.[17]
  • The town also hosts Movies and Concerts on the Green at the Walker Pavilion monthly during the warm weather months.[18]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Mayor and Town Council". The Town of Lovettsville. Lovettsville, Virginia. Retrieved April 14, 2023.
  2. ^ a b "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files –Virginia". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 18, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Total Population: 2010 Census DEC Summary File 1 (P1), Lovettsville town, Virginia". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved February 18, 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  6. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ Bureau, US Census. "Search Results". The United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2021-02-14.
  8. ^ "Second Civil War Trail Dedicated in Lovettsville". Leesburg Today. 7 May 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
  9. ^ Meserve, Steve F. "The Civil War in Loudoun County". Loudoun Convention & Visitors Association. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  10. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 8/06/12 through 8/10/12. National Park Service. 2012-08-17. Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2014-02-14.
  11. ^ Leshan, Bruce. "SPORTS Lovettsville, Va. changes name to Capitalsville". WUSA-9. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  12. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  13. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  14. ^ "Lovettsville Oktoberfest: Visit". Lovettsville Oktoberfest. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-08-04. Retrieved 2022-07-13.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ "11 Of The Most Magical German Christmas Markets Across The U.S". BuzzFeed.
  17. ^ "Annual Beserkle on the Squirkle". Town of Lovettsville. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
  18. ^ "MayFest - Lovettsville's All-American Town Picnic". Town of Lovettsville.
  19. ^ Scherer, Jasper (May 14, 2018). "Chip Roy's plan to get Washington out of the way includes going there himself". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved May 10, 2021.

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