Waterford makes history, every day.
WELCOME TO WATERFORD
“Well into the 20th century, most Americans lived and worked on farms or in small towns much like this one. Few of those places remain as they were. Waterford, miraculously, is one that has.” These words from the Waterford village website are a testament to the small town’s resiliency as well as its legacy. This is where ordinary farmers turned wilderness into a thriving commercial community. This is the village that survived a war that almost broke a country. This is the place where people still gather and celebrate history’s paint on the present canvas.
Waterford may only be about 90 buildings strong, but its connections to greater Loudoun County, Washington, D.C., and the country at large run deeper and wider than the Potomac. It’s not only a place to visit but a remarkable place to live–and make a little history of your own.
- Waterford was founded in 1733 by Amos Janney, and the village became the second largest town in Loudoun County up until the Civil War.
- Some of Waterford’s buildings are older than the country it calls home; the Mill, the Hague-Hough House, and the Arch House Row were built before 1750.
- In 1970, the entire town of Waterford, Virginia was designated a National Historic Landmark District, one of just three such landmarks in the entire country.
- The Catoctin Creek Bridge is one the longest metal truss bridges of the 19th century remaining in Virginia.
THE HOME STRETCH
Population: 1,667 (in 2016)
Distance to Washington, D.C.: 47 miles to the heart of D.C. (50 minutes to the Beltway at posted speeds).
Traffic Patterns: Commutes to D.C. average about 60-75 minutes in light to moderate traffic conditions via the Dulles Toll Road (267) for a $2.50 toll each way. Dulles International Airport is about 45 minutes away.
Community Support: Waterford is served by the Lucketts and Purcellville Volunteer Fire Department and Police Departments, both of which have partial staffing from the Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management.
Additional City Resources:
- Waterford Citizens’ Association
- Waterford History
- Waterford Foundation
- Loudoun Convention & Visitors Association
POPULAR COMMUNITY EVENTS:
History comes to life in Waterford in many ways throughout daily life and in its time-honored community events.
- Waterford Fair: This annual homes tour and crafts exhibit is held in October, as it has been done for more than 70 years. Explore history as it lived, worked, and played with strolling through the storied village, drinking local wine and beer, and witnessing artisanal crafts and trades.
- July 4th Celebration: Usually starting on July 3rd, this two-day event includes a potluck, an annual pie baking contest, a parade, a cake walk, and more. There are plenty of reasons to wear red, white, and blue, and this event is definitely one of them.
- Historic Waterford Trail Run/Walk: Every April, the Waterford community experiences the historic trails of their town to benefit the Waterford Foundation and other local nonprofit organizations. Through thick and thin (which sometimes refers to the mud), participants brave the rustic course through fields and unpaved paths and celebrate at the end with food, music, and family fun.
- Waterford Heritage Crafts School: Once a month, the Waterford Foundation hosts weekend classes that seek to teach and preserve heritage trades and crafts. Students of all ages can learn everything from fabric dyeing to veneering, rug hooking, herbal medicine, and so much more.
WHAT YOU’LL LOVE
A short drive on two highways to Leesburg, Waterford flows into Loudoun County’s wine country, where vineyards and farms happily lean into each season after season. Corcoran Vineyards & Cider and Village Winery are just a spin of a cork away from home, and they are a pleasant reminder that the best wine tells a story, and the best stories are the ones that ring familiar.
The town of Waterford is accessible and walkable, with local retail within a few steps and national brands just a few miles away in nearby Leesburg.
Surrounded by wide skies and green fields, it’s hard to believe that Washington, D.C. is less than an hour away, and soon to be accessible by the Silver Line of the Metro via the Leesburg stop.
The remarkable thing about Waterford is how preserved it is. It’s been said that Amos Janney would still feel quite at home in the town he built; so much of his legacy–including the house, the Mill, and the meeting house, remain intact.
“Waterford is a village full of history and memory, not just for our country, but for the people who live and learn and work in its buildings and countryside. A home here, even temporarily, will be one you remember happily for the rest of your life.” Naomi Hattaway
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