Waterford Fair

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The (many!) pieces are falling into place

for the 71st Waterford Homes Tour & Crafts Exhibit! 

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The Tour Houses have been selected, entertainment lined up, food purveyors chosen, and artisans’ locations put on the map. Get ready for the oldest–and best!–juried crafts fair in Virginia.

The historic village of Waterford welcomes fairgoers from around the world each October for three days of living history, food, handicrafts, and just plain fun.  This year’s Fair is October 3-5, 2014, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

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A youngster tries his skill at tooling leather with 19-century tools.

Friends and families, adults and children all delight in lively performances of traditional music and dance; reenactments by Colonial and Civil War-era militia and cavalry and historical interpretations of historic village life; hands-on demonstrations of traditional American crafts by 155 renowned artisans (many nationally known), art and photography exhibits, plus the ever-popular tour of private historic homes.

Waterford sat at the burning edge of the Civil War 150 years ago, and each side maintains camps in Waterford for the weekend. A fife and drum corps marches through the narrow streets. Civil War soldiers reenact a past battle. And there is music everywhere—string bands, troubadours, barbershop, gospel, classical, folk, and traditional.

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The U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps returns to the Fair this year!

It is entertainment with a purpose: the historic crafts demonstrated, the music played, the military reenactors, and, of course, the setting in this beautifully preserved National Historic Landmark District—all bring alive the history of an early American village for children of all ages.

Explore these Fair Pages by clicking on the links below (which you also see on the pull-down menu when you click on “Fair” on the bar at the top of this page), and on items on the menu in the right-hand column. And if you don’t find what you seek, phone or email us, and we’ll be happy to help.

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There are private homes on tour each day of our three-day Fair.Jacob Mendenhall House.

Horwitz bowl raffle item lo resHeritage crafts from premier artisans, who demonstrate their skills (and often offer hands-on opportunities for adults and children), fill the village. Nearly 150 of them.

dannyknicelycropEntertainment includes many kinds of music (and some outstanding performers), historical reenactments and interpretations, a magician, and antique farm equipment. And then there’s the food.  Oh, the food!

When dquestionmark woodo I…  When can we…  How do they…  Where can I… Frequently asked questions–and frequently provided answers—are here.

wheelchairWaterford is an old village; there are uneven sidewalks and some gentle and some steeper slopes. But don’t let that slow you down. Here’s how to enjoy the Fair if you have mobility issues.

Iris-RoomYou can’t really see it all in a day—here’s where to stay overnight. Bed and breakfast, hotels fancy and simple, in town or city–’tis all here!

basket makingWant to demonstrate your craft and exhibit your work? Have hand-made items to consign, or dried flowers to market? Have you fine art and photography to enter in a judged exhibit? Here is the page to see for more information.

A seasoned and tireless volunteer.

A seasoned and tireless volunteer.

Want to join our legion of volunteers? There is a task for every talent, every skill, every interest or inclination, and every time commitment. Find out more here.

phone operatorNeed more Fair information? Phone us. 540-882-3018 x 117, or send an email to oldschool[at]waterfordfoundation.org.


The proceeds from the Fair are used to carry out the Waterford Foundation’s mission of education about, and preservation of, the National Historic Landmark village of Waterford.

Thank you to our 2014 Fair Sponsors:

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Loudoun Mutual Insurance Company  •  Middleburg Bank

WAMU-FM  •  Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes

   Tuscarora Restaurant Group •  Dulles Greenway

Dominion Electric Supply •  Harris Teeter

And thanks also to all of our Corporate Members.

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