Waterford Foundation Inc.

Waterford Foundation Inc. Our mission is to preserve historic Waterford by educating the public on early American rural life.
The Waterford Foundation is one of America's first grassroots historic preservation organizations. Largely through our efforts, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior designated Waterford, Virginia as a National Historic Landmark District in 1970 because of the balance between the buildings of this intact early American village and the unspoiled agricultural setting that surrounds it. Waterford is well-known for its celebrated Homes Tour & Crafts Exhibit, held every year during the first weekend of October, as well as the Second Street School Living History program. Find out more at www.waterfordfoundation.org.
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Shared with us by longtime supporters Eric & Linda who saw this article about Waterford, VA 30 years ago...in Austria!! ...
05/09/2019

Shared with us by longtime supporters Eric & Linda who saw this article about Waterford, VA 30 years ago...in Austria!! Read their blast from the past story below! #throwbackthursday

""National Geographic Guide to America’s Hidden Corners.” The photo dates from about 1982, and we saw it first in a 1994 issue of the Geographic’s Traveler magazine in a kiosk just west of Vienna, Austria. We were filming for our PBS documentary, stopped for gas, and saw an article on Loudoun with this photo. The photographer was a local professional photographer and did some work for the Geographic; wish we could remember her name."

Thank you to all our wonderful supporters who donated during yesterday's Give Choose fundraiser! Your generous gifts wil...
05/08/2019
Waterford Foundation, Inc. - GiveChoose

Thank you to all our wonderful supporters who donated during yesterday's Give Choose fundraiser! Your generous gifts will go towards our $2 million campaign to strengthen the Waterford Foundation for the next 75 years of Preservation and Education.

https://www.givechoose.org/WaterfordFoundationInc

We preserve the historic buildings and the open spaces of the National Historic Landmark District of Waterford, Virginia; and, through education, to increase the public's knowledge of life and work in an early American rural community.

Wow! We won prizes for Most Donors and Most Dollars raised during the 8pm - 9pm hour in #GiveChoose2019! Thank you to In...
05/08/2019
Waterford Foundation, Inc. - GiveChoose

Wow! We won prizes for Most Donors and Most Dollars raised during the 8pm - 9pm hour in #GiveChoose2019! Thank you to Inova Loudoun Hospital and Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce who sponsored the prizes and to the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties for organizing this great day of community philanthropy! Donations plus prizes now equal $3355.09!

It's not too late to make your gift! Visit www.givechoose.org/WaterfordFoundationInc before midnight to help us reach our goal!

Give Choose Update! As of 2:33pm today - $1,726.21 has been raised for the Waterford Foundation's preservation efforts.T...
05/07/2019
Waterford Foundation, Inc. - GiveChoose

Give Choose Update! As of 2:33pm today - $1,726.21 has been raised for the Waterford Foundation's preservation efforts.That means we are nearly a quarter way to our goal! We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to those of you who have donated!

If you haven't donated and would like to help us reach our goal, you can view our real-time progress and submit your gift at the link: https://www.givechoose.org/WaterfordFoundationInc

The Give Choose Community Fundraiser is happening now! Our goal is to raise $7,500 for the 75th Anniversary of the Water...
05/07/2019
Waterford Foundation, Inc. - GiveChoose

The Give Choose Community Fundraiser is happening now! Our goal is to raise $7,500 for the 75th Anniversary of the Waterford Foundation. We are currently up to $1,442.02!

Help us reach our goal! Donate any amount to: https://www.givechoose.org/WaterfordFoundationInc

Thank you for your continued support!

We preserve the historic buildings and the open spaces of the National Historic Landmark District of Waterford, Virginia; and, through education, to increase the public's knowledge of life and work in an early American rural community.

#GiveChoose is tomorrow, May 7th! We are participating along with over 80 nonprofits in the Loudoun/Fauquier area. Be a ...
05/06/2019
GiveChoose

#GiveChoose is tomorrow, May 7th! We are participating along with over 80 nonprofits in the Loudoun/Fauquier area. Be a part of this fun 24-hour campaign by making a donation at www.givechoose.org.

Help us reach our goal of raising $7500 in 24 hours in honor of our 75th anniversary! And please share to help others learn about Give Choose!

GiveChoose

This weekend at Waterford Craft School students are making traditional Appalachian brooms and hand hewn wooden treenware...
05/04/2019

This weekend at Waterford Craft School students are making traditional Appalachian brooms and hand hewn wooden treenware spoons! Visit craftschool.waterfordfoundation.org to see upcoming June & July classes!

We are so happy to work with groups like Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy in our preservation efforts!
05/03/2019

We are so happy to work with groups like Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy in our preservation efforts!

We want to thank the Waterford Foundation Inc. for recognizing us and JK Moving Services as 2018 Community Partners of the year. We are honored to receive this award.

We look forward to continuing our partnership with the foundation at Phillips Farm. And, we are excited for the future of JK Black Oak Wildlife Sanctuary and other lands near Waterford that Chuck Kuhn is working to help protect.

Thank you to all the volunteers, sponsors, and 300+ runners who attended the 3rd Annual Historic Waterford Trail Run/Wal...
04/30/2019

Thank you to all the volunteers, sponsors, and 300+ runners who attended the 3rd Annual Historic Waterford Trail Run/Walk such a success! We had a wonderful time hosting this event and are already looking forward to next year's run! For more upcoming events, check out our events page at https://www.waterfordfoundation.org/events/

Thank you Loudoun Museum for hosting the Waterford Craft School! Come out to see Jessie Baker tomorrow (Sunday) to learn...
04/27/2019

Thank you Loudoun Museum for hosting the Waterford Craft School! Come out to see Jessie Baker tomorrow (Sunday) to learn more about herbal medicine and her Backyard Medicine class coming up in July!

Flower and Garden Festival is the biggest weekend of the year in Leesburg, so obviously we want in! Stop by on Saturday and Sunday for demonstrations by the Waterford Craft School and look around the museum and log cabin.

Early giving has begun! Follow the link to participate!The Waterford Foundation will join countless other Loudoun nonpro...
04/26/2019
GiveChoose

Early giving has begun! Follow the link to participate!

The Waterford Foundation will join countless other Loudoun nonprofits for an online day of giving on the first Tuesday in May. Mark your calendar for May 7th to support the Waterford Foundation and other nonprofit participants in Give Choose, sponsored by the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties!

#givechoose

https://www.givechoose.org/

GiveChoose

Do you know what all is included in your #waterfordfairva ticket? #fairfactsfriday
04/26/2019

Do you know what all is included in your #waterfordfairva ticket? #fairfactsfriday

What is included in the ticket price? Parking, admission, historic homes tours, traditional and contemporary artisans demonstrating their craft with items for purchase, fine art exhibit and sale, photography show and sale, all entertainment, living history exhibits and re-enactments and hand’s on children’s activities (kids 12 and under attend for FREE).

Not included in the ticket is food and drink but food vendors abound and "Beer and Wine in the Meadow" is set up next to the main stage so you can do a tasting and hear some great music at the same time!

No charge for the great memories you and your family will share from spending a day (or 3) at the Fair!

Ticket will be available online this summer or join the waterfordfoundation.org and receive free member tickets that can be used any of the 3 days, Oct. 4-6. Watch for details about our special 75th Anniversary ticket and our early-bird ticket (Friday only)!

#fairfactsfriday #waterfordfairva #madebyhand

04/25/2019
Colonial Camp

Colonial Camp June 24-29, 2019 for 8-10 year olds

Sign-Up at:
https://craftschool.waterfordfoundation.org/colonial-camp/

• Discovering daily life 245 years in the past!
• Vegetable gardening and handling of farm animals
• Period dance
• Writing with a goose-feathen pen
• Creating and using a hand-stitched journal
• Preparing a harvest feast
• Discovering local archaeological treasures

Colonial Camp

*INFO ABOUT REGISTRATION, PARKING & ROAD CLOSURES SAT. 4/27Today is the last day to register in advance for the 3rd Annu...
04/24/2019
2019 Historic Waterford 5K Run/Walk and 10K Trail Run

*INFO ABOUT REGISTRATION, PARKING & ROAD CLOSURES SAT. 4/27
Today is the last day to register in advance for the 3rd Annual Historic Waterford Trail Run/Walk on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Sign up now at the link!

https://potomac.enmotive.com/events/register/2019-historic-waterford-5k-trail-run-walk

(You can also register as a walk-on at the event. All walker/runners, please park at the Phillips Farm.)

Local residents, please note the following road closures and plan your Saturday morning activities accordingly:

Road Closure Start Closure End (approx.)
Main Street (upper and lower) 8:45 am 11:30

First Street / Old Wheatland from the Mill to Milltown Rd. 9:00 am 9:15 am
Water Street 8:45 am 10:30 am
Second Street (from Factory to Patrick) 8:45 am 10:00 am
Second Street (from Patrick to Main) 8:45 am 10:30 am
Factory Street 8:45 am 9:45 am
Janney Street 8:45 am 9:45 am
Patrick Street 8:45 am 10:00 am
Fairfax Street 8:45 am 10:15 am
Old Waterford Road (from Loyalty to 15730 Old Waterford) 9:00 am 10:30 am
Browns Lane (from Loyalty to Waterford Run Ct.) 9:00 am 10:30 am
***US. Postal Service Delivery Truck will be permitted through road closures.

We appreciate your patience during these road closures. Throughout the event, drivers will be able to get
through the village on High Street. Other roads will reopen as the last runner/walker goes by. If you anticipate
needing to drive out of the village during these closures, please move your car either to the Phillips Farm lot or
the parking lot at Catoctin Presbyterian Church prior to 8:45 am

Do you or family/friends need lodging during the #waterfordfairva? Check this out!
04/23/2019

Do you or family/friends need lodging during the #waterfordfairva? Check this out!

Need a place to stay while here for the #waterfordfairva? We have rooms blocked at Embassy Suites Dulles North and Leesburg Best Western. There are also several B&Bs in the area and the Inn at Oatlands Hamlet, on the grounds of Oatlands Historic House and Gardens, is currently available (sleeps 11).

Links to all of these can be found on our website: https://www.waterfordfairva.org/lodging/

Waterford Fair
04/19/2019

Waterford Fair

In addition to our invited #WaterfordLandmarkArtisans we also accept new artisans, who's work is judged for inclusion in the Fair.

We were please that the following experts agreed to jury this years applicants:

Cory Garman, Director of Exhibitions, Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

Elaine Valletta, Wood Carver and Retired Waterford Fair Artisan

Christy Broy, Artist Liason and Program Manager, #ShenandoahArtsCouncils

Sarah H. Cho, Curatorial Assistant American Painting & Sculpture & Decorative Arts, #TheBaltimoreMuseumofArt

Thank you for your time and effort, helping us select the best artisans to present during our 75th #waterfordfairva!

#madebyhand #fineartsandcrafts #americancrafts

Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 9am to 5pm, Waterford Craft School is hosting a Hand Hewn Treenware class. Students will lear...
04/17/2019
Hand Hewn Treenware

Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 9am to 5pm, Waterford Craft School is hosting a Hand Hewn Treenware class. Students will learn the proper way to carve treenware from green cherry wood and create their own treen ware to take home! Register at:

https://craftschool.waterfordfoundation.org/class/hand-hewn-treenware/

In this one day class, students will split out blanks from a section of green cherry wood, which will be used to create functional treenware to take home. May 5, 2019

Keep Loudoun Beautiful will be at the Trail Run on Saturday, April 27th! Be sure to stop by their booth and bring your o...
04/16/2019

Keep Loudoun Beautiful will be at the Trail Run on Saturday, April 27th! Be sure to stop by their booth and bring your old sneakers for their collection box. Your old sneakers will go to GotSneakers, a group that recycles shoes to provide to people in impoverished nations. Meanwhile, Keep Loudoun Beautiful will receive $1 for every pair of sneakers you donate!

Register for the Trail Run at the link (and bring your old sneakers!)
https://potomac.enmotive.com/events/register/2019-historic-waterford-5k-trail-run-walk

The Waterford Foundation is now accepting registrations for "Colonial Camp" for 8-10 year olds! Colonial Camp is June 24...
04/10/2019

The Waterford Foundation is now accepting registrations for "Colonial Camp" for 8-10 year olds! Colonial Camp is June 24-28, 2019 and centers on colonial history and adventure! The instructor, Brett Walker, is a history scholar/artisan. Mr. Walker will lead campers in activities such as:

• Discovering daily life 245 years in the past, before
America was independent of Great Britain
• Practicing skills of the time including vegetable gardening
and handling of farm animals
• Performing arts of colonial times including period dance
and writing with a goose-feather pen
• Creating and using a hand-stitched journal
• Preparing a harvest feast
• Discovering local archaeological treasures

Sign up now at https://craftschool.waterfordfoundation.org/colonial-camp/

We're very excited about the 3rd Annual Historic Waterford Trail Run coming up on April 27th! Waterford Neighbors, pleas...
04/09/2019

We're very excited about the 3rd Annual Historic Waterford Trail Run coming up on April 27th! Waterford Neighbors, please take note of the following road closures during the race.
Main Street (upper and lower) 8:45 -11:30 am
First Street / Old Wheatland from the Mill to Milltown Rd. 9:00-9:15 am
Water Street 8:45 am-10:30 am
Second Street (from Factory to Patrick) 8:45 -10:00 am
Second Street (from Patrick to Main) 8:45-10:30 am
Factory Street 8:45-9:45 am
Janney Street 8:45-9:45 am
Patrick Street 8:45-10:00 am
Fairfax Street 8:45-10:15 am
Old Waterford Road (from Loyalty to 15730 Old Waterford) 9:00-10:30 am
Browns Lane (from Loyalty to Waterford Run Ct.)9:00- 10:30am
***US. Postal Service Delivery Truck will be permitted through road closures.

Loudoun Museum
04/04/2019

Loudoun Museum

Planning to be in downtown Leesburg for First Friday? Stop by the log cabin! The Waterford Craft School will be having demonstrations from 6-8pm.

Wow! Beautiful capture in the #nationalhistoriclandmark last evening. #lovewaterford Thanks for posting Inside Loudoun
03/31/2019

Wow! Beautiful capture in the #nationalhistoriclandmark last evening. #lovewaterford Thanks for posting Inside Loudoun

Last night’s sunset in Waterford. Whoa.

📷 Jessie Peterson

#FlashbackFriday - 40157 Main Street in Waterford, VA
03/22/2019

#FlashbackFriday - 40157 Main Street in Waterford, VA

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03/20/2019

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#waterfordlandmarkartisan Kathie Ratcliffe’s miniature quilts are not to be missed during the #waterfordfairva this ye...
03/20/2019

#waterfordlandmarkartisan Kathie Ratcliffe’s miniature quilts are not to be missed during the #waterfordfairva this year.

Kathie Ratcliffe, #waterfordlandmarkartisan and village resident, creates 19th century inspired quilts — in miniature on a 8” x 8” square! See her amazing quilts, like the one shown here, during the Fair. #quilting #waterfordfairva #madebyhand #quilts #fineartsandcrafts Nine Patch Studio

"Scientists found human DNA on the pipe, and used it to determine that it was smoked by a woman. And although the DNA co...
03/19/2019
Study of old slave quarters in Maryland leads to scientific breakthrough

"Scientists found human DNA on the pipe, and used it to determine that it was smoked by a woman. And although the DNA could not be linked to any living descendants, analysis did reveal something about the smoker’s ancestry."

A clay tobacco pipe discovered in slave quarters of a Maryland plantation, and the DNA that was found on it, lead to a scientific breakthrough. See photos of the plantation grounds and the pipe.

In recognition of St. Pat's Day started off right, enjoy the story of Thomas Moore, a person of note in Waterford (Virgi...
03/17/2019

In recognition of St. Pat's Day started off right, enjoy the story of Thomas Moore, a person of note in Waterford (Virginia's) Irish Connection!

Thomas Moore was born in Waterford, Ireland, one of seven children born to Quakers James and Amy Barnes in the year 1730. When Thomas was only around ten years of age, his mother and all his siblings fell ill and died. Shortly after, Thomas, his father, and an aunt emigrated to the United States. For many years,Thomas lived in the area of Philadelphia and later, Trenton, New Jersey.

In 1780, Thomas, his wife Elizabeth, and five adult children traveled to a little village known as Janney’s Mill in Loudoun County, Virginia. They persuaded the town to rename the village “Waterford” after Thomas’ birthplace. Evan and Amy Moore Taylor’s daughter, Rachel, married Waterford businessman Thomas Phillips, one-time owner of the Phillips Farm, part of which is preserved today by the Waterford Foundation and its supporters.

Thomas Moore died in 1799 at his home on Bond Street in Waterford, Virginia. That home is still standing, overlooking the Bond Street Tanyard.

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40222 Fairfax St
Waterford, VA
20197

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Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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