Researching a Property
For individuals interested in researching an historic property in Leesburg, the best place to start is at the Thomas Balch Library which maintains census and tax records, as well as a large photographic collection and other relevant material. The Library also maintains a file of architectural survey forms for the properties located in the Old and Historic District. Public record property information is available at Loudoun County Real Estate Information.
In addition, the walking tour book Exploring Leesburg: guide to history and architecture also contains valuable information on various buildings in the historic district. The guide is available for purchase at the 2nd floor service counter in Town Hall.
The majority of the properties in the locally designated Old and Historic District are also part of a federally designated historic district listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Listing in the National Register may qualify some rehabilitation work on historic buildings as eligible for tax credits. The Commonwealth of Virginia offers a 25% income tax credit on qualifying projects, while a 20% credit exists at the federal level. These 2 credits may be combined in a single project, making rehabilitation more feasible for some property owners. For more information on eligible projects, application requirements, and other standards, please contact the Virginia Department of Historic Resources at 804-367-2323 or visit their website at www.dhr.virginia.gov.