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Leesburg, VA

Leesburg, Virginia
Town
Town of Leesburg
N. King Street in the historic district of Leesburg
N. King Street in the historic district of Leesburg
Location of Leesburg, Virginia
Location of Leesburg, Virginia
Coordinates: 39°7′N 77°33′W / 39.117°N 77.550°W / 39.117; -77.550Coordinates: 39°7′N 77°33′W / 39.117°N 77.550°W / 39.117; -77.550
Country  United States of America
State  Virginia
County Loudoun
Government
 • Type Town Council-Manager
 • Mayor David S. Butler
Area
 • Total 12.5 sq mi (32.3 km2)
 • Land 12.4 sq mi (32.1 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.19 km2)
Elevation 341 ft (104 m)
Population (2013)
 • Total 47,673
 • Density 3,419.2/sq mi (1,320.2/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 20175-20178
Area code(s) 703, 571
FIPS code 51-44984
GNIS feature ID 1498505
Website LeesburgVA.gov

Leesburg is a historic town within and the county seat of Loudoun County, Virginia. Leesburg is located 33 miles (53 km) west-northwest of Washington, D.C. along the base of and adjacent to the Potomac River. Its population according to the 2010 Census is 42,616. The town is also the northwestern terminus of the Dulles Greenway, a private toll road that connects to the Dulles Toll Road at Washington Dulles International Airport.

Leesburg, like the rest of Loudoun, has undergone considerable growth and development over the last 30 years, transforming from a small, rural, piedmont town to a suburban bedroom community for commuters to the national capital. Current growth in the town and its immediate area to the east (Lansdowne/Ashburn) concentrates along the Dulles Greenway and State Route 7, which roughly parallels the Potomac River between Winchester to the west and Alexandria to the east.

The Federal Aviation Administration's Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center is located in Leesburg.

Leesburg was named to honor the influential Thomas Lee and not, as is popular belief, his son Francis Lightfoot Lee who lived in Loudoun and brought up the bill to establish Leesburg, nor as is sometimes thought, Robert E. Lee (his great-grandnephew).


# Employer # of Employees
1 Loudoun County 2,000-2,500
2 Loudoun County Public Schools 1,500-2,000
3 Federal Aviation Administration 500-1,000
4 Town of Leesburg 250-500
5 Wegmans Food Markets 250-500
6 MasTec Services 250-500
7 Target 250-500
8 Commonwealth of Virginia 250-500
9 K2M 100-250
10 Costco 100-250

  • Ida Lee Park - Located near the north side of Leesburg, Ida Lee Park was made possible in 1986 by the donation of Greenwood Farm to the Town of Leesburg by William F. Rust, Jr., and his wife, Margaret Dole Rust. The farm contained 141 acres (57 ha) and was donated to the town for perpetual use as the Ida Lee Park. The Rusts requested that the park be named in memory of Ida Lee, Mr. Rust's grandmother, to preserve the historic link between the Lee family of Virginia and the Town of Leesburg. Ida Lee Rust was the daughter of Edmund Jennings Lee, first cousin of Robert E. Lee. Ida Lee spent her married life at "Rockland"; the Rust family home located near Leesburg, and in her later years lived in a house built by her sons at 113 East Cornwall Street in Leesburg. The Rusts also donated 3 acres (12,000 m2) of land from the original 141 acres (57 ha) for the Rust Library located adjacent to Ida Lee Park. In 1991, the Rusts gave the town $50,000 for the construction of the William J. Cox Pavilion at Ida Lee Park, a public picnic area containing a pavilion and playground.
  • Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Trail - Hikers, bikers and joggers can travel in and through Leesburg on the trail, a 45-mile (72 km) long rail trail that the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority constructed on the historic W&OD RR's right-of-way.
  • Red Rocks Wilderness Overlook Regional Park - Located east of Leesburg along the banks of the Potomac River, the park, operated by the NVRPA, contains 67 acres (27 ha) of woodlands and over 2 miles (3.2 km) of trails leading to bluffs along the river. Frances Speek donated the land to NVRPA in 1978. The ruins in the park date to 1869. They were part of the estate of industrialist Charles R. Paxton, who is best known in Leesburg for building the Victorian mansion Carlheim.
  • The Rust Manor House and Nature Sanctuary - Located near the west side of Leesburg at the foot of Catoctin Mountain, the sanctuary contains a mansion and a nature reserve that the Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic States, Inc., owns and operates.
  • Leesburg's Flower and Garden Festival - Held annually in April in the Historic District, the event includes garden displays, vendors and entertainment.
  • Fourth of July Celebration - Events include a morning parade, a festival at Ida Lee Park and evening fireworks.
  • Classic Car Show - is held annually on the first Saturday in June. This event features dozens of classic cars and hot rods on display in the streets of downtown Leesburg as well as music and food. Proceeds benefit the Graphic Arts and Auto Body programs at C.S. Monroe Technology Center.
  • Leesburg AirShow - is held annually on the last Saturday in September. This event features parachute jumpers, aerobatic routines, warbirds, model aircraft, military vehicles & classic cars on display on the ramp of the airport, as well as music and food.
  • Halloween Parade - Said to be one of the longest-running Halloween parades in the country, the parade includes marching bands from the local high schools, floats made by local businesses, Scout troops and families, etc. Many participants distribute candy to parade watchers.
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