Miscellaneous Road Cases, Loudoun County, Virginia, 1758-1782


Loudoun County Circuit Court, Clerk of Circuit Court, Archives, Miscellaneous Road Cases, Files No. 38 to 48, Leesburg, Virginia

During the 18th Century, the transportation infrastructure facilitated trade and settlement from the Tidewater Region and Pennsylvania, and played an essential role in the extension of trade and settlement westward over the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains to the Ohio River Valley and south through the Piedmont Region to Carolina. This valuable segment of our history is preserved in the Road Cases that come from the records of the Old Loudoun County Court as recorded by Charles Binns, Clerk of Court, now in the custody of the Circuit Court. Among other duties, the County Court was then responsible for contracting for and overseeing the development of public improvements including concerns related to circulation. They exercised legal authority over and allocated public expenditures towards travel and transportation according to the customs of the people, especially those ways connecting town and city, courthouse, church, bridge, ferry, gap, ford, market and mill. The Road Cases contain orders to view and report, viewers’ reports, petitions, reviews and a relinquishment. Each one of them was written on a sheet or scrap of paper in pen and ink, usually on both sides, and signed by several different people, normally. Old Loudoun County was then bigger as it stretched from the Blue Ridge eastward all the way to Difficult Run, and from the Potomac River southward to the mouth of Rocky Run. Researchers will appreciate the carefully abstracted information, numerous facsimile reprints of original documents, index, plats and maps provided in this volume.

Roberto Costantino

(2003), 2006, 8½x11, paper, index, 260 pp.

ISBN: 9781585498543