The Charles A. Johnston Collection contains family papers and artifacts of the Johnston family of Leesburg and many of their closest personal and business acquaintances. It is the most diverse collection held by the Library incorporating archives, manuscript materials, rare books, photographs and film. This collection, full of everyday items and individual stories, offers a view of life in Leesburg and Loudoun County from the late 1700s through the 20th century.
Ben Tayloe, Project Archivist of The Charles A. Johnston Collection and Library Associate at Thomas Balch Library, has historic preservation experience in both the private and public sectors. He will lead this tour focusing on local homes and businesses in historic Leesburg associated with the Johnston family. This unique tour will leave from the Thomas Balch Library parking lot at 10AM; sturdy walking shoes are recommended.