Pull-off area planned for Phillips Farm
Visitors to the 144-acre Phillips Farm soon will have a dedicated interpretive pull-off area at the edge of the farm for parking and enjoying the landscape of the Waterford National Historic Landmark.
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The educational interpretive area will be situated on four acres of the farm along Old Wheatland Road (Route 698), near its intersection with Milltown Road. Construction of the area is funded by a grant from the Virginia Department of Transportation, which was secured when the Foundation purchased the property in 2003. The remaining 140 acres were placed under a conservation easement in 2005.
Great care has gone into planning the pull-off area, with materials and landscaping chosen to blend with the existing landscape, reflecting the historic and rural character of the farm and Landmark.
The the pull-off area (which will accommodate a limited number of cars) will be surfaced with gravel reflecting the colors and look of the Farm’s naturally occurring rock. Visitors can park and walk to an area of low-profile signs overlooking the rural landscape, which will detail the agricultural activities and the transportation links that characterize the history of this Farm and the rural area around it. Visitors then can walk along Old Wheatland Road toward the village, across Catoctin Creek, and walk the mile-long interpretive trail that begins at the Old Mill on the east side of the creek.
During construction of the 125-foot-long area, a portion of the existing hedgerow must be disturbed, but native shrubs and trees will be used to restore that landscape. Woven wire fencing along that new hedgerow will provide a natural border between the working farmland of the Phillips Farm and the interpretive area. Grading will be kept to a minimum.
Construction is underway, and will be completed in autumn of 2012.
Project Funding – Transportation Equity Act; VDOT
Project Sponsor – Loudoun County
Project Engineers and Landscape Architects – Timmons Group
Pull-Off Area Dimensions – 60 X 125 feet
Disturbed Area – 0.6 acres
Interpretive Signage – Waterford Foundation, Inc., Phillips Farm Committee
To see existing plans or to obtain more information on the interpretive pull-off area, please contact the Foundation Office at 540-882-3018, ext. 111.
Open the pull off area design plan and the planting list [This is a large PDF file].