Jan. 14 lecture will detail Vint Hill’s role in WWII
Working in a former barn at Vint Hill, male and female soldiers monitor enemy radio communications during World War II.
A free lecture Tuesday, Jan. 14, will examine “The Life and Times of the Soldier Spies at Vint Hill Farms Station during World War II.”
Mike Bigelow, a former Army intelligence officer and current historian for the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, will discuss the important work done at Vint Hill through the eyes of the men and women who served there in the 1940s.
The presentation will begin at 2 p.m. Jan. 14 in the Warrenton-Fauquier Visitor Center at 33 Calhoun St.
Established in 1942, the 700-acre base near New Baltimore served as a crucial center for U.S. Army’s signals intelligence during the war. Resting on what essentially served as a natural underground antenna, Vint Hill’s proximity to the Army’s nerve center in Washington, D.C., also made it an ideal location.
But, the men and women of Vint Hill made this former dairy farm in rural Virginia into one of the Army’s most important sites of intelligence activity. Those soldiers manned a critical monitoring site of enemy coded communications that contributed to the Allied success against both German and Japanese forces. They also trained others in cryptography and ensured readiness in other signal organizations.
The Army closed its base at Vint Hill in the mid-1990s.
The Warrenton Antiquarian Society, which owns the Weston Farmstead at Casanova, where hundreds of Vint Hill soldiers came for meals and respite from 1942 to 1945, will host Mr. Bigelow’s presentation.