A Weekend in Virginia: Waterford Colonial Art Fair
When we asked people on social media what they wanted to see more of from us, one of the resounding answers was "more Virginia". And I totally get it. It's beautiful here in Loudoun County. Honestly sometimes I don't even believe it. But it's true. It is like a landscape painting... but with traffic.
Being from here, and even attending this very fair for as long as I can remember, I've found social media has weirdly helped to remind me how lucky we are to live here. It's beautiful. There's cool quaint things going on that people travel from different states to come and do. Hence: this post on the Waterford Fair.
Now whether or not you're super brushed up on your US state history, I'll just preface all of this by saying Loudoun County, and specifically the village/town of Waterford are OLD and HISTORIC AF. Homes from the 1700's old. So if you're a kid from a Loudoun County school system you've 100% been to the one room school house, dressed in colonial America garb. I will also tell you, this seemed incredibly normal to me because I also have parents are two of the estimated thirty remaining (honestly I bet less at this point) American pewtersmiths in the country. And they do many colonial art shows, dressed in said apparel. Which was very embarrassing as a middle schooler (like everything is as a middle schooler). So again, colonial art has always been part of my life. The number of shaker boxes and folk quilts in my parents' house is museum worthy.
If you love folk art and truly handmade heirloom things, you should absolutely attend a colonial art fair (say hi to Mom and Dad). Having a handmade pottery bowl or leather mask or wood carved chair made my an artist that you'll will to your kids is a million times better than some shelf thing you buy at Target and toss next season.
And if you love old homes....I'm telling you. You have to come visit Waterford and to the home tours during the fair. You can go inside many of the homes on a tour and hear about the history and architecture.
Mark it in your calendar next year for October!
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