Local Historian to Discuss Clarke County’s Architecture

Clarke County Book CoverLeesburg, VA (September 18, 2023) – Thomas Balch Library will host Architectural Historian Maral Kalbian in a discussion of “Clarke County, Virginia: History Through Architecture” on Sunday, October 1 beginning at 2 p.m. The book will be available for purchase at the event.

In her new book, Kalbian introduces the reader to Clarke County’s history from the first people known to have lived in the area through the development of roads and communities, to exploring architectural styles found throughout Clarke.

Organized chronologically, with illustrations and historical resources, the book traces the history of Loudoun County’s neighbor from its early 18th century history as part of Frederick County, through its establishment in 1836 and post-Civil War development including a boom in business and population growth and the establishment of Black communities built by freed slaves.

Both Kalbian’s research and the publication of Clarke County, Virginia were funded through a Certified Local Government grant from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, funds from the Clarke County Conservation Easement Authority, Clarke County Historical Association, and the Clermont Foundation.

Pre-registration is required for this event. Please call 703-737-7195, email balchlib@leesburgva.gov, or register online.