VDOT recently approved a grant for the Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research to conduct a study on the history of roads in Loudoun County during the 18th centry. From TRB’s website:
Loudoun County Road Orders 1757-1800
Record Type: DOT
Since 1973, the Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research (VCTIR) historians have transcribed and published early transportation-related court records, known as “road orders,” for numerous Virginia counties. These records constitute the primary evidence for early road development and outline early settlement and transportation corridors in Virginia. “Loudoun County Road Orders 1757-1800” will be the 28th entry in the Historic Roads of Virginia series for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). This volume will cover the period from the county’s creation from part of Fairfax County in 1757 through the end of the 18th century, when Loudoun was one of the most populous counties in Virginia and contained several important transportation corridors. This project will have particular application to cultural-resource research relating to transportation projects in this rapidly developing part of Virginia, because having this information readily available will help prevent project delays that might occur due to a lack of such data.
Start date: 2011/6/10
End date: 2013/4/30
Contract/Grant Number: 101596
Total Dollars: 9908
Source Organization: Virginia Department of Transportation
Date Added: 06/23/2011
This sounds like an interesting project that will shed some valuable light on early Loudoun settlement. The VCTIR website has additional info and contact information.