Willisville, Virginia

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Willisville, Virginia
Willisville is located in Northern Virginia
Willisville is located in Virginia
Willisville is located in the United States
Coordinates: 39°0′26″N 77°50′3″W / 39.00722°N 77.83417°W / 39.00722; -77.83417Coordinates: 39°0′26″N 77°50′3″W / 39.00722°N 77.83417°W / 39.00722; -77.83417
Country United States
State Virginia
County Loudoun
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)

Willisville is an unincorporated community in southwestern Loudoun County, Virginia, about sixteen miles from the county seat, Leesburg. Willisville is located at the crossroads of Willisville, Millville, and Welbourne Roads. It is named after freed slave Heuson Willis, who bought a cabin and three acres of land shortly after the American Civil War.[1] The tight-knit predominately African American community of about a dozen houses and church became one of the last communities in wealthy Loudoun County without running water.[2]

The Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area Association campaigned to have Willisville designated an historic site.[3][4] Historic Preservationist Jane Covington finalized the nomination application for the historic village to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and has submitted it to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (VDHR) for review at their September 2019 quarterly meeting. Willisville was added to the National Register in 2019.[3][5]


  1. ^ Gardner, Amy (2006-09-24). "Willisville Still Waiting for Indoor Plumbing - washingtonpost.com". The Washington Post.
  2. ^ "Hired Pen: Virginia Rambler: Welcome to Willisville".
  3. ^ a b Greene, Reese (8 January 2020). "Willisville Named to National Historic Register". Loundon Now. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  4. ^ Vandersteldt, Kate (17 June 2018). "Mosby Heritage Area Association partnering with historic Loudoun County village to seek National Register of Historic Places nomination". Loudoun Times-Mirror. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  5. ^ A Community Update on Willisville, https://mosbyheritagearea.org/ newsletter, 23aug19