Who We Are

Initiated in 1955, the Bluemont Citizens Association is structured as a neighborhood association, dedicated to the betterment of the Bluemont area.  As an unincorporated village, Bluemont collects no municipal taxes and has no elected local governance.

BCA is a 501(c) 4 organization that serves residents of the Bluemont zip code (20135 in Loudoun and Clarke counties) or with a 540-554-xxxx telephone number.  The meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m., and all are welcome to attend and give their input.

The Bluemont Fair

The BCA is the rock that supports the remarkable production of the Bluemont Fair held annually during the third weekend in September.  The all-volunteer-organized fair began in 1970 and generates funding for all BCA projects, including many charitable activities.  Proceeds from the fair fund Bluemont’s modest but essential infrastructure, including sidewalks and streetlights.

Serving Bluemont in Many Ways

As an unincorporated area, Bluemont operates through the volunteer tradition. There are many local organizations, and most are in touch with BCA in one way or another.
 
BCA meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Bluemont Community Center (at 33846 Snickersville Turnpike).

The monthly BCA meeting is a good place to air an idea--and often, to get support for it.

BCA is one of the reason that today's bright ideas often become tomorrow's Bluemont traditions.

In 201, BCA backed the idea of an annual party for Bluemonters--the Bluemont Spring Fling--which has now become an annual event.

The local historical association Friends of Bluemont has received considerable support for its project to restore the Snickersville Academy (1825) Bluemont's first school and church.

The BCA Bluemont Heritage Committee was formed recently to solidify Bluemont's appeal as a place of historical interest in preparation for the E. E. Lake store becoming a Loudoun County Welcome Center.

The organization plays many roles.

  • BCA is the rock that supports the remarkable production of the Bluemont Fair (http://bluemontfair.org/) held annually during the third weekend in September.  The all-volunteer-organized fair began in 1970 and generates funding for all BCA projects. 

  • Proceeds from the fair fund Bluemon's modest but essential infrastructure, including sidewalks and streetlights, since, as an unincorporated area, Bluemont collects no municipal taxes.
     
  • Partnering with Loudoun County, BCA has obtained several grants, mostly public funding, to preserve the historic E. E. Lake Store.  The county holds the property title while BCA’s Lake Store Committee plays a managerial role.
     

  •  BCA has taken formal positions on issues of general concern; for example, petitioning the Loudoun Zoning Board  to waive a requirement that would have forced the Village Montessori School (then preparing to open),  to install a broad asphalt walkway all along the front of its property. (This requirement would have sacrificed several mature trees and the old stone walls.) More recently, BCA lobbied the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors to fund speed-readout cameras for the village.

  •  Henry Plaster--Chairman of the Snickersville Turnpike Association (STA)--is as regular at BCA meetings who acts as watchdog and advocate with the Virginia Department of Transportation (V-DOT) for Bluemont road maintenance. In recent years, BCA helped fund the STA-spearheaded historical markers placed from Aldie to Bluemont on the historic turnpike.

  •  Jen Stone dreamed up and manages the Bluemont neighborhood email list. To be included on the list, email jenclark@stonefrog.com.

  •  At the suggestion of Bluemonter Jen Stone, BCA established and updates the events sign in front of the Bluemont Community Center.

  •  BCA also organizes local road trash cleanup under the auspices of Keep Loudoun Beautiful (KLB) every April.

  •  BCA purchases the bedding plants for the village flower barrels in spring, which are set out and watered during dry spells through volunteer efforts, refreshing them with colorful fall chrysanthemums just in time for the Bluemont Fair.
  • BCA sponsors local community forums with members of Loudoun County's Board of Supervisors and planning and zoning staff.

  • The Bluemont Citizens Association performs much charitable work. BCA supports neighbors in need of assistance: providing Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners; giving Christmas presents to children of needy local families; making local food bank donations; supporting the Volunteer Fire Department; donating to "Christmas in April;" donating two chairs at the Franklin Park Arts Center; contributing to alcohol-free After Prom and After Graduation celebrations for high school seniors; and responding to special needs for day care children at the Community Center. 

  • The association also awards scholarships to local graduating seniors who have performed community service in the Bluemont area-- over $10,000.00 in total over three decades.

    To find out what's going on in Bluemont, to propose a civic project, to get buy-in for your own pet project, to make an announcement, or to meet and work with some of the most capable people in local affairs--come to one of the monthly BCA meetings.