Waterford Fair

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Thank you, to all who joined us for the 70th Waterford Homes Tour & Crafts Exhibit! We appreciate your support, and hope to see you at next year’s Fair, October 3, 4, and 5, 2014. 

The Waterford Fair is 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 4-6, 2013, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Here is a map of the village for the 2013 Fair: 2013 Fair Map

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; art and photography exhibits, hands-on demonstrations of traditional American crafts by 155 renowned artisans (many nationally known) plus the ever-popular tour of private historic homes.

A child gets a hands-on lesson about pottery. Image by Jim Hanna

A child gets a hands-on lesson about pottery. Image by Jim Hanna.

Young visitors join many of our artisans in making their clay pots and candles, or other early crafts. They are invited to take a lesson from a sword-master, be enchanted by a magician, or charmed by an organ grinder, ride on a country wagon filled with hay, or join the students in a real one-room schoolhouse (used from 1871 until 1957).

A Revolutionary War militia camps in Waterford for the weekend. A fife and drum corps marches through the narrow streets. Civil War soldiers reenact a past battle and demonstrate cavalry training. 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 village for children of all ages.

A drum and fife corps performs on the street.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.

Frequently asked questions–and frequently provided answers—are here.

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.

Entertainment includes many kinds of music, historical reenactments, a musician, and other exhibits. And then there’s the food.

It’s hard to see it all in a day—here’s where to stay overnight.

Want to exhibit your craft, fine art, photography, or join our legion of volunteers?

Here’s how to enjoy the Fair if you have mobility issues.

All about Fair tickets: where, when, and how to purchase them.

Need more Fair information? Phone us. 540-882-3018 x 117.

Download a Fair brochure: fair_brochure_2013

The proceeds from the Fair are used to carry out the Waterford Foundation’s mission of education and preservation.

Thank you to our 2013 Fair Sponsors:

Loudoun Mutual Insurance Company  •  Middleburg Bank

Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative  •  Loudoun Insurance Group LLC

Valley Energy  •  Tuscarora Restaurant Group 

Morningside House of Leesburg


And thanks also to all of our Corporate Members.

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