We began the Liberty Street Project in November 2005 for the purpose of renovating our meeting hall at 14 Liberty Street S.W. Leesburg Virginia. We quickly discovered that unlike other dwellings there are strict rules and guidelines for restoring historic properties. Many of our members did not even know that the meeting hall was a registered landmark and was a regular tour stop on the Leesburg Visitors tour.
The building had deteroiated to the point that it was a hazard to occupy and an eyesore to the community. The structure did not reflect the spirit of our convictions to be good neighbors and provide value to the quality of life to the greater Leesburg community. In short, it was not what our ancestors envisioned and brought us dishonor. We soon discovered cooperative spirit and encouragement of our neighbors, town, and commonwealth. What better testament than their committment of time and money.
Until recently we used the non-profit status of the Virginia Prince Hall Masons to raise funds. Our fraternal headquarter organization and the Internal Revenue Service both encouraged us to separate the fraternal activities from the historic preservation work. Therefore we applied for and received from the Commonwealth of Virginia a 501 3 (c) non profit organization listed as The Liberty Street Project. The effective date of our incorporation was March 10, 2009.
We are extremely grateful to all of our supporters. This is especially so for our neighbors who have labored with patience as we continue our activities.
Town of Leesburg Virginia Town Proclamation