PROUDLY SPONSORED BY THE WATERFORD FOUNDATION

75 Years of the Waterford Fair

Thank you to all the participants and fair-goers for making the 75th so special!

2019 is the 75th year of the Waterford Fair. Started in 1944 as a means of supporting the preservation efforts of the newly formed Waterford Foundation as well as providing a venue for traditional arts, the Waterford Fair has earned a reputation as one of the country’s premier cultural events.

Since it’s beginning, visitors to the Fair have enjoyed touring historic homes, walking the National Landmark village and exploring the wealth of traditional arts, foods and entertainment. It is no different today! Come and see what the Fair is all about this October.

Join us next year! October 2 — 4, 2019 

Ben at the Waterford Fair
Quilt by Kathe Lyndsey

“Waterford: Celebrating 75 Years”
Quilt by Kathe Lyndsey

MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAMS OF

The Waterford Foundation

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE

Waterford Foundation

The mission of the Waterford Foundation is to preserve the historic buildings and open spaces of the National Historic Landmark of Waterford, Virginia and through education to increase the public’s knowledge of life and work in an early American rural community.

EXPLORE YOUR FAVORITE CRAFT

Waterford Craft School

You don’t have to wait until the Waterford Fair to explore your crafty side – take a class at the Waterford Craft School. Some of our instructors have been demonstrating artists at the Fair and all of them are experts in their field.

MASTER ARTISANS

Exceptional creations

Artisans who demonstrate at the Waterford Fair are juried by professionals in the field. Their work must be made with traditional methods and display the highest quality of their craft.

Many artisans return to the Waterford Fair year after year and every year there are new artisans. Several Waterford Fair artisans also teach their craft at the Waterford Craft School.

Waterford voted in the Top Ten of America’s Favorite Towns for Craft Lovers!

SEE THE LIST

SUPPORT ARTISANS

BUY MADE-BY-HAND

Thank you for supporting artisans who are keeping traditional made-by-hand arts and trades alive at the Waterford Fair. Not only do you help sustain artisans and natural food-producers by purchasing their products, you help them pass the torch to future generations by learning about what they do, watching their demonstrations, and taking classes from those who teach.

EXPLORE WATERFORD’S

AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY

Living history is always part of the Waterford Fair. From African-American interpreters and Civil War re-enactors to period-correct entertainers, you can experience history in an up-close and personal way.

VAFL Love Sign

GET SOME

LOVE

We are always excited to have the Virginia.org LOVE sign at the Waterford Fair! Check back next year to see if it will be at the 2020 Fair.

VISIT BEST DEMONSTRATING ARTISAN 2018

MICHAEL COMBS

The Waterford Foundation is pleased to recognize Michael Combs as the 2018 Demonstrating Artisan of the Year. Michael’s passion for his art, as well as the Fair, has been witnessed by fair goers for over 18 years. Stop by his tent to see his wonderful hand hewn bowls and wish him a hearty congratulations! He is located at the Loudoun Mutual Park area.

Ben at the Waterford Fair

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RESERVE LODGING BEFORE SPECIAL DEALS RUN OUT!

Accommodations

Thank you to our lodging partners for the 2019 Waterford Fair. These businesses offered special rates to Waterford Fair guests. We will update our lodging partners in 2020. Check back in advance of the Fair (October 2-4, 2020) as quantities will be limited!

what people love about the Waterford Fair

“I love the arts and crafts and my significant other loves the craft beer. Bonus, its a beautiful place!”

C FROM ASHBURN, VA

“This is how we get to see a little bit of America.”

M FROM SPRINGFIELD, VA

“We were told by a friend if we were ever on the East Coast the fair is a must and we agree!”

D & B FROM SANTA ROSA, CA

THESE ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORT PRESERVATION AND EDUCATION IN LOUDOUN COUNTY

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PET POLICY

We love your pooch too…

…which is why we don’t allow dogs at the Waterford Fair. Conditions at the Fair are not comfortable for pets for several reasons including lack of water, crowds, heat, and no bathroom areas for pets.  We ask that you leave them home so you can both have a more enjoyable day. Thank you!