2008 Honorees

Childs F. Burden,  G. Kimball Hart & Eugeen M. Scheel

Childs F. Burden


Former President
Mosby Heritage Area Association

Childs F. Burden has been on the board of the Mosby Heritage Area Association (MHAA) from its inception in 1995. He has served as the second president and he continues to take a leadership role on the Advisory Board. Childs has a vision for this unique area in the northern Piedmont of Virginia. In 1995 he took this vision to the Board of Supervisors of Loudoun and Fauquier Counties to solicit their support for the founding of a new organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the historical, cultural and natural heritage of the area. He has spoken to numerous organizations and individuals soliciting their support in MHAA’s effort to educate and promote our heritage.

Mr. Burden has taken an active role in the MHAA’s programs and the development of new projects, which promote the heritage of Loudoun County. He was instrumental in the production of the Mosby Heritage Area map and its two driving tour tapes and is currently working on the production of the Mosby Heritage Area map and is currently working on the production of a third tape. Through his initiative, Childs brought together the history, the historians, the narrators, and the technology to make these excellent educational products available to residents and non-residents.

In 1999 Childs was part of a MHAA initiative to produce an economic study within the area, which outlined the economic benefits of preservation. “Profiting from Preservation” was the first such study conducted in a rural area. Childs introduced the publication to the Loudon County Board of Supervisors and has continued to work with the county to promote the principals of this publication whenever issues concerning development have arisen.

Childs conceived and implemented the creation of the Mosby Heritage Area Civil War Conference to promote and educate the public concerning the rich Civil War history of our area. The fall weekend features lectures with nationally known writers and historians, tours of local Civil War sites and a bus trip to Civil War sites in or near the Mosby Heritage Area. In 2001, participants came from across Virginia and 14 other states to attend this conference. As a tribute to Childs’ excellent planning and implementation of this program, a third of all conference participants have returned two or more years.

Childs is also active in other preservation groups throughout Loudon County and beyond. He serves on the boards of the Loudoun Historical Society, Mount Zion Church, Oatlands, Long Branch, the Route 50 Task Force, the Frick Art and Historical Center in Pittsburg and the Catoctin Farmers Club. Childs works in area schools by speaking to students about their heritage and is often asked to judge history fair projects

View his video below.

G. Kimball Hart


Kim Hart, of Middleburg, is the owner of Hart, McMurphy & Parks, a consultancy serving both commercial and residential builders.

An author and well-known authority on strategic planning, energy management, and technology assessment, Hart has been tireless in his work to make affordable housing available to County residents who, otherwise, simply would not be able to live or work here.

His untiring efforts as a contributor, volunteer, and working director of the Windy Hill Foundation have transformed Middleburg.  Indeed, more than one in ten of Middleburg’s more than 600 citizens now live in houses or apartments subsidized, built or transformed by Windy Hill.

The Windy Hill Foundation’s mission is to provide safe, decent, and affordable housing to low and lower income families and the elderly from the surrounding Middleburg/Upperville area and to encourage self-improvement and self-sufficiency among tenant residents.

The Foundation offers a variety of programs for its tenant residents under the guidance of a Family Development Committee. Two of the primary programs are the After School Program, for K-12 grade children, and Study Buddy, a one-to-one tutoring program for elementary aged children.

View his video below.

Eugene M. Scheel

Lifetime Service

Mapmaker and historian Eugene Scheel has spent a lifetime preserving, protecting and chronicling the history of greater Loudoun County, seeking out, researching, and writing the stories of people and places that otherwise would surely have been forgotten or, worse, lost forever.

His nine books on Loudoun and its surrounding counties are invaluable resources for both professional historians and those who simply love the land.

His maps, hand-drawn and exquisitely detailed, are the perfect combination of the mapmakers craft and high art.

The Virginia Historical Society has called Gene a modern-day Jed Hotchkiss—the Civil War map-maker—because his maps are so detailed and are drawn by hand.

View his video below.