The Tour Houses are being selected, entertainment lined up, food purveyors chosen, and artisans selected. Get ready for the 72st Waterford Homes Tours & Crafts Exhibit, 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, heritage crafts, and just plain fun. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., October 2nd, 3rd, and 4th 2015.
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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 145 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.
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 to see why you will have a great time at the Fair. And if you don’t find what you seek, phone or email us, and we’ll be happy to help.
All about Fair tickets: where, when, and how to purchase them.
There are private homes on tour each day of our three-day Fair.
Heritage 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.
Entertainment 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!
Waterford 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.
You 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!
Want 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.
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.