Leesburg is a historic town within and the county seat of Loudoun County, Virginia, United States of America. Leesburg is located in the northern Virginia Piedmont at the base of the easternmost chain of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Catoctin Mountain. Leesburg, like the rest of Loudoun, has undergone considerable growth and development over the last 30 years, transforming from a small, rural, piedmont town to a suburban bedroom community for commuters to the national capital.
The town’s Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and cited as one of the best preserved and most picturesque downtowns in Virginia. Downtown merchants have recently labeled themselves “Loudoun’s Original Town Center,” largely in response to the growing number of mixed-use shopping in proximity.
Leesburg currently has two public high schools operated by the Loudoun County Public School system; Loudoun County High School, which serves the western portion, and Heritage High School, which serves the eastern portion. A third high school, Tuscarora High School, opened for the 2010-2011 school year. Leesburg is also served by several private schools, including Dominion Academy, a K–8 non-denominational Christian school; Leesburg Christian School, a K–12 non-denominational Christian school; and pre-K-8 Loudoun Country Day School.