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The Waterford Foundation is excited to announce the class schedule for the 2017 season of the Waterford Heritage Crafts School. The school seeks to teach and preserve heritage crafts and trades by offering classes to the public taught by experts in each field.

Visit the Heritage Crafts School page for class descriptions and registration information. Enroll early as class size is limited.

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Thank you!

Thank you to all our supporters who donated on Facebook and brought us to qualify for the maximum matching funds from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

A few quick facts about how your donation makes a difference:

  • The Waterford Fair: 13,000+ people came to unplug from our increasingly virtual world and connect with living history and each other during the annual Waterford Fair.  And many more visitors, throughout the year got the gift of a trip back in time because you support the preservation of this 18th-century village we call Waterford.
  • Second Street School: More than 1,000 school children experienced a day as an African-American student in 1880, as part of our Second Street School Living History Program.
  • The Waterford Heritage Craft School one of the coming year’s major initiatives, will be expanded to offer classes throughout the year that we hope will inspire succeeding generations of artisans and hobbyists alike.
  • Developing a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program at the soon-to-be-restored Old Mill.
  • Preserving the Foundation’s 13 historic properties and Waterford’s breathtaking open spaces. In 2017, we’ll spend $20,000 to maintain just three of our historic structures.  Then there is the iconic John Wesley Church, which needs tens of thousands of dollars in restoration work.

Waterford Heritage Crafts School: A Great Success!

Thank you so much to our dedicated instructors and industrious crafters – you made the first session of the Waterford Heritage Crafts School a truly wonderful and memorable weekend! Here is what our crafters had to say:

“Great instructor! Personable, patient, knowledgeable and Informative!”

“I am extremely impressed, and I look forward to the next offering!”

“The location was perfect. Lunch and snacks were very good and plentiful!”

“All terrific. It was exactly what I hoped to learn!”

“It is wonderful that the Foundation is offering instruction in these old crafts.”

For those of you who did not have a chance to attend, you can view a few photos here. The next session of the Crafts School will be held in spring 2017 – topics and dates will be announced very soon.

Waterford Foundation survey results

The results from our Stakeholder Survey survey have been compiled, and a summary of the results is now available. We appreciate the time that so many took to provide thoughtful responses to our questions about the future of our organization. We are carefully considering all of your input as we create our strategic plan.

We plan to share our progress during a community potluck on September 10, 2016 in the Old School Auditorium.  Please mark your calendars and make plans to join us.

Waterford is living history

The Waterford National Historic Landmark is a treasured connection to America’s past, present, and future. The Waterford Foundation not only preserves the Landmark’s historic buildings and beautiful green fields and landscapes, but presents exciting programs that “connect” all of us to our heritage and help us understand our past. Watch a video about the village and Foundation history here.

Walk with us through time

Walk with us through Waterford today and discover what makes this place so memorable. Hear the stories of ordinary people who did extraordinary things. They built a thriving town from wilderness; they endured a long and bloody war that threatened to destroy their homes and their lives; and in good times and bad they held tightly to their vision of a special place. Today their 18th and 19th century homes, mill, forge, corner store, Quaker meeting house, the one-room schoolhouse that served the African-American community, and the surrounding 1,420 acres of farmland, compose a National Historic Landmark. Waterford’s ongoing preservation is the work of the nonprofit Waterford Foundation. Download our Self-Guided Walking Tour Booklet of Waterford, Virginia and check our our Things to Do in Waterford page.

Explore America’s history

Since its creation in 1943, this grassroots organization has raised millions of dollars to rescue and preserve numerous historic buildings, to save neighboring farms and open spaces from development; and to share its history through educational and cultural programs and an archives and local history collection. And from its first year until today, the Foundation has produced the award-winning Waterford Homes Tour & Crafts Exhibit, best known as “The Waterford Fair.

Enjoy music, art and celebrations

The Foundation’s most recent challenge has been funding and rebuilding the Waterford Old School, severely damaged by fire in 2007. In spring 2012 the beautifully restored classroom building and its new auditorium reopened for Waterford’s acclaimed classical Concert Series, Old Schoolhouse Rocks concerts, book talks, and art and photography exhibits. The Old School and other historic properties are also available to rent for meetings, weddings, and special events. And if you are visiting Waterford on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, be sure to  stop into the Waterford Corner Store where you will find crafts and food goods made by local artisans.

Donate now

Thanks to Foundation members, residents, sponsors, donors, concert audiences, fair goers, and friends, Waterford is here for you to discover today. We invite you to join us in preserving this special place for future generations and continue making history.

We Thank Our Corporate Sponsors

Loudoun Mutual Insurance Middleburg Bank
Brookfield Residential Carrington Homes
FBB Capital Partners