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Leesburg, VA

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Leesburg is a small city comfortably situated in Northern Virginia. Being only around 30 miles away from Washington, D.C., Leesburg locals enjoy smaller community charm with the appeal of a much larger city nearby. Leesburg has a long history and even features 21 different sites on the National Register of Historic Places. It is one of many gems in its region, and locals enjoy the area’s rich, historical culture and easy access to museums, shopping, parks, and recreational facilities.

Getting Around in Leesburg, VA

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The average commuter time in Leesburg is:
30 to 34 minutes
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  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 4.34%
  • 14.79%
  • 3.97%

Leesburg Origins

Before Europeans came to the area, Leesburg was originally inhabited by Native Americans like much of that region of the country. It is believed that the Tacci lived in the area at one point in time, but Siouan tribes were mostly present after being forced from their original location to the southeast. Europeans settled the area late in the 1730s, starting with tidewater planters that moved into the region to begin new farms. Present-day Leesburg was founded in 1758 by the Virginia General Assembly and named after Thomas Lee, a leading political figure in Virginia at the time.

Outdoor Fun and Cultu

Leesburg is home to many historical parks and outdoor recreational facilities to engage your mind and body on those days when it is just too nice out to sit inside. Ida Lee Park sits in the northern part of Leesburg and was made possible when the Rust family donated Greenwood Farm to the town around 1986. The Rust Manor House and Nature Sanctuary is run by the Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic States in the city’s western region and features an elaborate nature reserve and the historic Rust family mansion.