Waterford Foundation Inc.

Waterford Foundation Inc. Our mission is to preserve historic Waterford by educating the public on early American rural life.


The “snowman building” fairy struck outside the office this morning.


Happy National Ag Day!

Did you know that we have a mini-farmer's market set up in the barnyard at Schooley Mill during the Fair? Don't miss our local producer's products when you visit and if you can, support your local farmer(s) today!

Waterford Fair

Woo-whooo, Waterford has made the list!
Vote daily through April 16th and help get Waterford recognized in the Arts & Craft world.

#waterfordcraftschool #waterfordfair #waterfordvirginia

We've made the list. Now, let's show the Arts and Crafts world how much we love Waterford!

Mark your calendar or set an alarm and vote daily through April 16th.


#waterfordfairva #waterfordcraftschool #waterfordvirginia

Ps - ignore the date in their header. The link takes you to the 2018 ballot.


The AmazonSmile triple donation promotion starts today!

Amazon is tripling the donation amount to 1.5% when customers make their first eligible smile.amazon.com purchase from March 12 - 31.

This is a great opportunity to support the Waterford

#waterfordfoundation #loveloudoun #waterfordva #amazonsmile

American Craft Week

Please vote to get Waterford on the list. Thanks!!
#waterfordfairva #waterfordcraftschool

Here's a heads up folks!
Voting for the Top Ten Craft Towns starts March 15... and there's room on the ballot for a couple more. Do you think your town should be listed? Go to the American Craft Week page, add it to the poll and start voting. Time is short.... it is a great boost for your town, travel writer's follow the competition every year.

But you have to vote! Round up your town's fans and vote....and have fun.


Discounted early registration for our May two-day classes ends March 9th. Register today for Learn to Hand Spin Wool, Working with Metal Clays in Jewelry, or Introduction to Lime Mortar and save $15 on tuition. Also in May: Splint Seat Weaving and Introduction to Knitting.
#waterfordcraftschool #makebyhand #waterfordva #loveloudoun #create #inspire #lifelonglearning


Spotted on Phillips Farm today by Charlotte Burnett!

Forensics Camp in Waterford

Sign up your child for this amazing opportunity to learn about the fascinating world of forensics with Dr. David Clark!

July 30 - August 3, 2018 in nearby Waterford, VA.


The instructor, Dr. David Clark of Catholic University of America and NVCC, will introduce:
• Keeping a Forensic Journal
• Working with the human skeleton
• Identifying human bones
• How to age a skeleton
• Hands-on projects every day
• Graveyard Investigation
• Distinguishing human from animal bones
• King Richard III remains discovery….

#waterfordfoundation #waterfordva #summercamp #stemeducation #forensics

This exciting week of Forensic study is designed for rising 6th - 8th grade students interested in forensics, archaeology and STEM EDUCATION.


The Waterford Fair has announced the jurors for this year's demonstrating artisans...
#madebyhand #waterfordfairva

We are pleased to announce the following three professionals have agreed to jury our 2018 Demonstrating Artisans:

• Linda Eaton, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library: Linda is the John L. & Marjorie P. McGraw Director of Collections and Senior Curator of Textiles at Winterthur Museum and teaches in the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture and the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation.

• Kristin Muller, Peters Valley School of Craft: Kristin is the Executive Director of Peters Valley School of Craft, Adjunct Faculty at Hood College and specializes in wood fired ceramics. She maintains a studio with an Anagama hybrid kiln in Pennsylvania and wrote “The Potter’s Studio Handbook: A Guide to Hand Built and Wheel-Thrown Ceramics” Quarry 2007.

• Corwyn Garman, Museum of the Shenandoah Valley: Cory is the Director of Exhibitions. Since he began his career with the MSV in 2004, he has focused most of his efforts toward fostering the Museum’s role as regional center for arts and culture. Through the years, he has logged thousands of miles traveling the Valley and beyond to bring stories and treasures from the Valley’s artisans and people to the MSV galleries.

#waterfordvafair #madebyhand #visitloudoun #waterfordva


Know an artisan who you think is amazing and should be at Waterford? Share this now! Applications accepted for Demonstrating Artisans through 4/13/18.
#madebyhand #waterfordfairva #visitloudoun #loveva #virginiaartisantrail

Call for Demonstrating Artisans!
Its that time of year. Applications are due 4/13/18. Apply by 2/20 and save $15 off the application fee. Visit waterfordfairva.org for details.
#madebyhand #loveloudoun #loveva #amazingartisanswanted
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Support us when you shop for your Valentine . Go to smile.amazon.com/ch/54-0755457 and Amazon donates to Waterford Foundation. #waterfordfoundation #loveloudoun #loveva #waterfordva


What are these ladies doing at the Steer-Divine house in Waterford? What year could it be?

Read more about this house and comment if you have any ideas. https://www.waterfordfoundation.org/steer-divine-house/

#waterfordfoundation #loveloudoun #blackhistory #preservation #visitloudoun

Noah Haynes Swayne - Wikipedia

Did you know...

President Abraham Lincoln’s first Supreme Court appointee attended school in Waterford?

Noah Haynes Swayne (1804-1884) a Frederick County, Virginia, Quaker, was sent to Jacob Mendenhall's Academy in Waterford in 1817 because of the school reputation for excellence.

Swayne left Virginia in 1824 for the free state of Ohio because of his deep opposition to slavery. Supreme Court records indicate Swayne’s appointment “satisfied Lincoln's criteria for appointment: commitment to the Union, slavery opponent, geographically correct.”

Courtesy of the Waterford Foundation Archives and Local history collection. #waterfordva #history #archives #supremecourt #abrahamlincoln

Read more at: https://waterfordfoundation.org

Noah Haynes Swayne (December 7, 1804 – June 8, 1884) was an American jurist and politician. He was the first Republican appointed as a justice to the United States Supreme Court.


Two images of the Waterford Corner Store - both dated ca. 1900 in the photo file name. #waterfordva #loudouncounty

What is a Quaker gun?

Used in warfare to fake out an enemy, a Quaker gun is a dummy piece of artillery, typically constructed of wood and sometimes painted black....


An editorial excerpt from the Waterford News, SEVENTH DAY, 1st Mo. 28th, 1865: Edited by SARAH, LIZZIE AND LIDA.

"Our first paper of the New Year is ushered into existence, amid brighter prospects than was the first of the last year. Both at home and abroad our situation is improving, and under the continued wise rule of our noble President, and his able assistants, every where we trust we shall soon see the dear old Flag waving over an undivided Union, and the Sweet Angel of peace, rendered doubly dear by her lengthened absence from our midst, again fold her pinions lovingly over the land, redeemed for us by our immortal Washington.

The changes have been wrought in our midst by orders of our military authorities, which have made our County present a more desolate and devastated appearance, yet we should remember we are in a Seceded State, and our County is still highly blessed in proportion to many other sections."

The Library of Congress

Today in History: President George Washington proclaims a Day of National Thanksgiving, 1789; President Abraham Lincoln makes it permanent in 1863.

Virginia ranks third on 2017 Champion Trees national register

Virginia gained 21 new champion and co-champion trees this year, more than any other state. Much of this change can be credited to the efforts of Eric Wiseman, associate professor of urban forestry and arboriculture in the College of Natural Resources and Environment and coordinator of the Virginia…

Leesburg Lawyer Has Written the Book on Virginia Wine

Andrew Painter is a Virginia guy who fell in love with Virginia wine. Painter, a Northern Virginia native and land use specialist at a Leesburg-based law firm, caught the wine bug as a graduate student at the University of Virginia. Since then, immersing himself in the roots—and fruits—of wine in


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