Aldie is a community at the base of the Bull Run Mountains. The Bull Run, which lent its name to the famous Civil War battles at Manassas junction just to the east, originates in these mountains. Aldie is home to the Aldie Mill, the state’s only known gristmill. This gristmill is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. During the Battle of Aldie (which was part of the Gettysburg Campaign), Union soldiers lodged inside the mill during their raids in this vicinity. A cavalry battle was fought near Aldie in October 1862. The community is also known in history books as the birthplace of Julia Beckwith Neale, the mother of Confederate Lieutenant General Stonewall Jackson.
Students of Aldie are served by the Loudoun County Public Schools district. Made up of 76 schools with many more to come in the immediate future, and serving over 50,000 students, Loudoun County Public Schools is recognized as the fifth largest school system in the state. Private and parochial schools are also available throughout the county for those who would like to send their children to learn in a faith-based setting.
Aldie residents have access to a number of post-secondary education facilities, including Patrick Henry College and Northern Virginia Community College in nearby Sterling. Satellite campuses for George Mason University, Marymount University, George Washington University, Strayer University, Shenandoah University, and Old Dominion University are also located throughout Loudoun County.
Residents of Aldie are fortunate to live in an area where the economy is strong and the workforce is abundant. High tech companies such as Telos Corporation and Verizon Business provide residents with ample employment opportunities. Other industries that contribute to the area’s overall economy include the equine industry, agriculture, and service.