Round Hill, Loudoun County, Virginia

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Round Hill is a town in Loudoun County, Virginia, United States. The population was estimated at 639 in 2005 by the U.S. Census Bureau. The town is located at the crossroads of Virginia routes 7 and 719, approximately 50 miles northwest of Washington, DC. Named Round Hill for being located two miles northeast of a 910 foot hill that was used during the American Civil War as a signals post, by both the Confederate and Union troops.

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History

Round Hill was incorporated on February 5, 1900. Prior to official incorporation from 1874 to 1900, the town was the terminus of a Washington and Ohio rail line that ultimately became the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad[1]. The railway allowed agricultural products to be brought into Washington, D.C. and allowed the residents of the District to escape for holidays in the surrounding countryside. Many of the town's older residences were originally boarding houses, inns and bars where people would go upon arrival. The town's destination was considered a convenient one as it lies close to the Shenandoah River (7 miles), the Shenandoah National Park (30 miles), the Appalachian Trail (4 miles), Harpers Ferry (15 miles), the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Tow Path (used currently as a bike trail) (12 miles), and the paved Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Trail (3 miles).

In recent years the town has been ringed by fast-growing Washington, DC suburban developments that have brought thousands of residents to just outside the town. The town's water and sewer infrastructure is used to serve many of these developments.

Geography

Round Hill is located at 39°8′1″N 77°46′13″W / 39.13361°N 77.77028°W / 39.13361; -77.77028 (39.133625, -77.770217)[2].

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