It’s a fair like no other! Join us for our three-day celebration of all things handmade. 140 juried artisans from across the country gather in the National Landmark of Waterford, Virginia to exhibit and demonstrate jewelry, clothing, furniture, and home décor craft. It’s your chance to touch, feel, and explore high-quality American craft and meet the makers behind the fabulous work.
The sleepy village comes alive with period re-enactors, live music, heritage farming exhibits, a wine garden, homes tours, art and photography exhibits, a good old fashioned country store and hand’s on activities for the kids.
Proceeds from the Waterford Fair benefit the preservation and education efforts of the Waterford Foundation whose mission is to preserve and protect the Landmark District, and through education, to increase the public’s knowledge of life and work in an early American rural community.
Watch this short video for a quick peek at what’s happening!
What is included in the ticket price?
Parking, admission, tour of historic homes and all exhibit buildings, all entertainment and re-enactments, craft demonstrations, and hand’s on children’s activities. Food and drink will be available for purchase.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
From the Beltway: Rt.267 (Dulles Toll road/Greenway) towards Leesburg, Virginia. Left exit onto Leesburg bypass (Rt. 7) west. Exit Rt. 9 west (Charlestown/Hillsboro). Right at the gas station onto Rt. 662 (Clarke’s Gap Road). 2½ miles into Waterford. You will be directed to parking.
From Baltimore and Frederick, MD: I-70 to Rt. 340W towards Charlestown, exit at 17 towards Brunswick, go through two round-abouts to continue on 17 South, at traffic light bear right to stay on 17 South (Berlin Turnpike), cross the Potomac river and continue on Berlin Turnpike. In Lovettsville, go around the “squirkle”, at the end of the road turn left on Berlin Turnpike, go 250 ft. and turn left on Berlin Turnipke, go 350 feet and turn right on East Broad Way, which turns into Milltown Rd. Follow Milltown Rd.for 6 1/2 miles. You will be directed to parking when you reach Old Wheatland Rd.
From West of Waterford: Rt. 7 to Rt. 287 to Rt. 9 Left on Rt. 704 (Hamilton Station Road) and follow to end. Left onto Clarke’s Gap Road (Rt. 662). You will be directed to parking. If you are coming in from West Virginia follow Rt. 9 east through Hillsboro, VA. Cross Rt. 287 at traffic light. Left on Rt. 704 (Hamilton Station Road) and follow to end. Left onto Clarke’s Gap Road (Rt. 662). You will be directed to parking.
Where do I park?
There are 3 large parking fields. As you enter the village you will be directed by Fair traffic personnel.
What do you do if it rains?
The Fair goes on rain or shine. All buildings and vendors are open. Please dress accordingly.
Is the Fair wheelchair accessible?
The Waterford Fair takes place throughout the village of Waterford and its surrounding fields. With its hills and uneven roads and sidewalks, it is not easy for physically disabled people to navigate. We offer limited handicapped access facilities and parking at each entry gate. Most of the historic buildings and private houses on tour are not wheelchair accessible.
A designated handicapped drop-off area is located at the Catoctin Church. After drop-off, please proceed to the Red Lot to park.
There are marked handicapped spaces at the entrance of the Blue Lot (Huntley) and the Red Lot (Water Street Meadow).There are no units at the Yellow Lot (Phillips Farm). Limited shuttle service will be provided by Road Yachts in the Village on Friday and Saturday.
May I bring my dog?
Please do NOT bring pets. The streets are crowded, and animals cannot be taken into buildings nor left unattended outside. There is no readily accessible water for thirsty pets.