Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum

Historical Significance

The Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum is the first in Loudoun County to display the history of farming from 1720 to the present. The museum opened in 2000 to present the 250 year history of rural life and farming in Loudoun County, including the history of slavery and free blacks in the region.

In 1820, a quarter of the population of Loudoun County was enslaved Africans. With the decline of wheat prices in 1830, many slave owners sold their slaves, while Loudoun's Quakers opposed slavery and lobbied for the return of enslaved people to Africa, specifically Liberia.

The Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum is dedicated to "collecting, housing, researching, and exhibiting objects, documents and photographs related to the history of agriculture and rural life in Loudoun County." The museum uses public programs and exhibitions to inform the public about its research and collections.

Physical Description

The Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum is located at Claude Moore Park. The museum is part of the 11-acre Lanesville Heritage Area. The site includes a section of the old Vestal's Gap Road and a late 18th century house / tavern.

Geographical and Contact Information

21544 Cascades Parkway
Sterling, Virginia
Phone: 703-421-5322
Fax: 703-421-4907