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“Architectural Gem of a Library” 5 of 5 stars
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Thomas Balch Library
208 West Market St., Leesburg, VA 20176
703 737-7195
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Ranked #8 of 40 Attractions in Leesburg
Type: Libraries, Traveler Resources
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Leesburg, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Architectural Gem of a Library”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The Balch Library has an excellent collection of genealogical and historical research materials and is housed in a unique and historic building.

Visited December 2012
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Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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“Wonderful Genealogy Library”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

The Library not only has Virginia research material, but also many other states, as well. The staff is very helpful and knowledgeable. There are many useful databases, including Ancestry and Genealogy Bank. It is well worth your time to visit!

Visited September 2013
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centerburg, ohio
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“lots of resources”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

they have so many resources and the staff is there to assist you in your research. Staff is very knowledgeable. It was never too busy so I could get personal attention.

Visited May 2013
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45 reviews 45 reviews
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“A Library With Attitude”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I love libraries. Books, quietness... a respite from the outside world. I visited the Balch Library to simply work on a book I'm writing. It's a beautifully-appointed library with a nice selection of reading and reference materials. There are no kids running around in the Balch library because I don't believe that it is allowed to have any shred of noisiness here.

Although the librarian manning the front desk was friendly enough, I had the odd feeling that I was less than welcomed. It's a bit of a pretentious atmosphere.

Although I find a larger, busy library a more difficult place to sit in peace and write or read, I never feel as if I'm not of the proper ilk to walk through the doors.

I appreciate the history and appointments at Balch Library, but for now I'll stick to visiting other local libraries and bookstores.

Visited October 2012
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Leesburg, Virginia
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“Heritage and Art Meet Here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

This is an amazing library setting, with artwork that depicts major historical milestones of the local area. I coordinated a group program here on geneology for one of my organizations and the staff was very welcoming and instructional. They provided handouts as well as hands on resources for researching one's "roots." I've also gone back to attend their public talks on various aspects of history. A good place to visit!

Visited February 2012
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