Loudoun County is filled with magical little secrets and special places that only locals may know about. Here are a few of what we believe are Loudoun’s best kept secrets! Have you been to any of these? What else would you add to this list?
Aldie Mill can be found in Aldie, Virginia. Aldie Mill is a 200 year old Grist Mill that was once the largest factory of it’s kind. The restored mill is an imposing four-story brick structure with tandem metal waterwheels. Aldie Mill offers tours, both guided and self-guided, as well as events and more. Admission is free. To check hours and directions visit this link.
The Marshall House
As you head into downtown Leesburg you may notice a beautiful yellow colonial home on the right hand side of the street, The Marshall House. You might also notice a statue of John Marshall himself just a few feet away from the street. General George Marshall was considered one of the greatest Modern-Day American Hero. The Marshall House, formerly known as Dodona Manor, was the Marshall’s beloved home in Leesburg, Virginia for many years. George Marshall lived there during the period of his greatest achievements. The Marshall House is open for public tours on Saturdays from 10 to 4 and Sundays from 1 to 4. Check their website before deciding to schedule a tour to confirm they are open during the winter.
It sounds a bit deceptive but it really is a secret place. You may know the famous coffee shop on King Street in Leesburg called Shoes. But did you know there was a secret garden behind the coffee shop? Just left of the entrance into Shoes is a black ironed gate that leads you down a narrow path between two buildings. Once you travel down this path a beautiful and welcoming patio and restaurant await. The Secret Garden offers the same menu as Shoes but in an outdoor wonderland of lights, lush foliage, and even bocce ball! You can hear live music on the patio during the weekend and fresh homemade ice cream is a must! Visit their website to learn more!
Featherbed Lane bridge
There is a historic truss bridge over Catoctin Creek in Loudoun County called the John G. Lewis Bridge. The one-lane bridge was built in 1889 and is a rare example of a wrought iron truss bridge. Many have been fighting and working to preserve this bridge for as long as they can. The bridge needs extensive renovations and is currently being reviewed by the Virginia Department of Transportation. Go see it while it is still a very historic landmark!
Trinity House Cafe
The Trinity House Cafe is a newer addition to Leesburg and Loudoun County but has gracefully become one of our most popular places to meet with friends, co-work, and have brunch or dinner. Trinity House Cafe is an outreach of the John Paul II Fellowship, a Christian non-profit dedicated to renewing community and culture. Trinity House offers a wide selection of sandwiches, salads, coffee, and more. Roam through the many rooms and find that special nook just for you! There is even a small space for kids to play while their parents enjoy a hot beverage. Check out their menu and hours here!
What other secrets and little known locations would you suggest for Loudoun County?