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The Waterford Foundation invites you, your friends and family to experience this unique trail run through a quaint, National Historic Landmark village and its surrounding fields and trails.
Find something for everyone, from food to live entertainment and rich history, including a docent-led walking tour through the once-Quaker village.
Waterford is special because it looks almost exactly as it did over 200 years ago, with its open fields and farmland intact. You’ll be running through some of those fields, so you may get muddy … but that is half the fun!
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We hope you have a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year!
Please note that the Foundation office will be closed from December 23 – January 2.
Vote for the Waterford Fair in the Best of Loudoun 2018.
Central Loudoun Christmas Bird Count 2017 registration now open! Join the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and participate in the National Audubon Society’s annual #ChristmasBirdCount on December 28th. Begun in 1899, these surveys are held all over North America, with the results used to better understand bird populations and dynamics. Our count circle has a 15-mile diameter and covers 177 square miles of Loudoun’s countryside; north to Waterford, south to Aldie, east to Ashburn, and west to Purcellville.
Everyone is welcome; amateurs are teamed with experienced birders. If you are interested in participating for just a couple of hours or for the entire day, register online here or contact Joe Coleman at [email protected] or 540-554-2542.
Read more at Audubon website.
Contribute to the Lantern Light Fund
and shine a light on Waterford’s African American Heritage.
Waterford’s unique history must be preserved and shared.
Some facts about African-Americans in Waterford and our efforts to preserve this history…
- Prior to the Civil War Waterford was the home of the largest free black population in Loudoun County
- African-Americans made up a quarter of Waterford’s households for more than 150 years
- Before emancipation, free and enslaved blacks lived side by side
- Segregation existed in schools, churches, and the cemetery, while homes and business were integrated
- Today, the village retains several architectural treasures related to the African-American community, including a one-room school and the John Wesley Community Church
The Lantern Light Fund honors the men and women of Waterford’s African American community, who worked by lantern light to build the John Wesley Community Church. The Fund will preserve and share the sites, stories, and artifacts of Waterford’s African American community, including:
- Restoration & maintenance of the John Wesley Community Church
- Restoration & maintenance of the Second Street School
- Operating the Second Street School Living History Program, (offered at no cost to regional elementary schools since 1984)
- Preservation of artifacts from the African American community
- Educational outreach including exhibits, publications, and programs
Donations will benefit the Waterford Foundation’s Lantern Light Fund to preserve and share our African American heritage sites, stories, and artifacts.