Unison, Virginia

Unison, Virginia
Unincorporated community
Unison, Virginia
Unison, Virginia
Unison, Virginia

Location within the state of Virginia

Coordinates: 39°2′6″N 77°47′26″W / 39.03500°N 77.79056°W / 39.03500; -77.79056Coordinates: 39°2′6″N 77°47′26″W / 39.03500°N 77.79056°W / 39.03500; -77.79056
Country  United States of America
State  Virginia
County Loudoun
Elevation 482 ft (147 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
  Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
GNIS feature ID 1477830[1]

Unison is an unincorporated community village in Loudoun County, Virginia.[1] It is located approximately five miles from Middleburg in the Loudoun Valley.

Originally called Union, its name was changed to Unison after the American Civil War During the war the village was the scene of a pitched fight between forces under J.E.B. Stuart and Union cavalry, infantry and artillery in what is now known as the Battle of Unison. Because of the time gained by Stuart’s delaying tactics at Unison, a major portion of Lee’s force had crossed the Blue Ridge, reached Culpeper and now had time to regroup and prepare for the next major encounter between the two sides at Fredricksburg. Lee’s army and his capital were saved. On November 5, 1862, the New York Times correspondent aptly reported “Stuart . . . baulked what might have been a splendid success”. On Sept. 22, 2011, Virginia’s State Review Board and Virginia’s Historic Resources Board both voted unanimously to place the 8,000-acre Unison Battlefield Historic District in the Virginia Landmarks Register. They simultaneously recommended to the National Park Service that the battlefield be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The United States National Park Service approved the recommendation from the State of Virginia, and the Unison Battlefield Historic District is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

At the beginning of the 20th century it was virtually a town with its own churches, general store, and a saddle shop. The last retail enterprise, the Unison Store, a general store, closed in August 1996, and has since become a community center owned and operated by the Unison Preservation Society, thanks to a generous gift from Dr. Betsee Parker. The Unison Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.[2] Crednal was added in 2011.[3] Total population of Unison is about 30.

Unison contains a single United Methodist Church.


  1. 1 2 "Unison". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  3. "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: February 2011. National Park Service. 2011-03-04.

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