The Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area Association (VPHA) recently held its 25th Anniversary Celebration at the historic Goose Creek Bridge, according to a release.

With nearly 200 guests in attendance, the June celebration focused on the success of its education efforts, with more than 54,000 students reached since VPHA’s inception in 1995. Additionally, the association recognized their founders and paid tribute to the late Senator John Warner.

Jennifer Moore, VPHA president and C. Dulany Morison, director chair, urged attendees to continue advocating for preservation of the historic landscape of the Heritage Area.

Dr. Jim Broomall of Shepherd University and Matthew Felperin, Roving Naturalist with NOVA Parks were among the speakers and tour leaders.

Richard T. Gillespie, NOVA Parks’ volunteer and VPHA Board member, provided a guided battlefield tour of the June 1863 Battle of Upperville.

Children were able to meet a screech owl, a corn snake, and watched Felperin use an app to call songbirds down to the bridge. Additionally, the Piedmont Fox Hounds crossed the bridge and were met with a hearty welcome from guests. Huntsman, Jordan Hicks, spoke about the hounds and their pedigree, introducing them each by name.

NOVA Parks, the owner and steward of the historic Goose Creek Bridge Park, had several staff and Board members in attendance, including Cate Wyatt, who spoke on behalf of NOVA Parks.

The Goose Creek Bridge also hosted historical interpreters from the 18th-century through World War II, who offered brief talks throughout the day about local historic figures.

Several partner nonprofits set up booths with children’s activities and more information including Goose Creek Association, Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, Friends of Balch Library, the Black History Committee of Balch Library, NOVA Parks, Land Trust of Virginia, the Willisville Preservation Foundation, Friends of Sky Meadows State Park, Loudoun Preservation Society, and Prince William County Historic Preservation Division.

The mission of the Virginia Piedmont Area Association is preservation through education — to educate about the history of, and advocate for, the preservation of the extraordinary historic landscape, culture, and scenery in the Northern Virginia Piedmont for future generations to enjoy.

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