Loudoun Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary M. Clemens is hosting "Famous Signatures," an exhibition of historic court records bearing the signatures of famous Virginians and Americans, on May 3, 2019, as part of the Town of Leesburg’s First Friday festivities. The highlight of the exhibition is the original Last Will and Testament of George Washington. Other documents on display include those signed by other presidents, some of the country’s Founding Fathers and other famous Americans. The Clerk of the Circuit Court of Fairfax County John T. Frey and his historic records team have teamed up with Clemens’ historic records team to provide this unique opportunity. Leesburg’s Thomas Balch Library is also participating in the program.
President George Washington drafted his will only six months before his death in December 1799. The First Friday program in Leesburg is the first exhibition of George Washington’s will in Loudoun County. The Last Will and Testament of Martha Washington will also be on display.
In addition, the exhibition will include:
“This is one of the most fascinating programs my Historic Records Division and I have hosted since we started the First Friday history programs,” said Clemens. “We are pleased to have a partnership with John Frey and his team from Fairfax County along with our friends at Balch Library to collectively offer this unique exhibition.”
The exhibition will be hosted in the historic Loudoun County Courthouse at 18 East Market Street in downtown Leesburg from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, 2019. For more information about this program and more information regarding the historic records program in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court, visit loudoun.gov/Clerk-Archives.
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