If you want a chance to get inside some homes that were built before George Washington was President, this is the weekend to do it in the old Quaker town of Waterford, Virginia. Then you can go check out beautiful homemade furniture, ceramics and all sorts of crafts from area artisans, as well as some who travel from all around the country to display and sell their wares. And, of course, there is food.
There are twelve historic homes that will be open to the public. The home that dates back the furthest, Old Acre, was built in the early 1700's, then a large addition was constructed about 100 years later. The old brick and stonework on the exteriors of these buildings is fascinating - they really don't build them like this anymore. And pretty much the entire town is an historic district, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The crafts festival is just pure fun. There is furniture that is of astonishing quality - both the wood used in the construction and the workmanship. And many of the crafts people are there demonstrating how they the create their wares. To the left is Steven Zoldak decorating a reproduction serving bowl.
If you love to knit, there is yarn that was made from the coats of really pampered animals, and I'm guessing they are not all sheep. The colors were rich, and some of the stalls also sold hand made scarves and hats.
And, of course, there was jewelry. Natures Creations was perhaps some of the most imaginative display, with everything thing from parsley to 4-leaf clovers that were encased in various metals. This pin would make a great Christmas gift or a good luck talisman for myself at just $18!
And if you are looking for real estate that costs less than the hefty price tags that would go along with one of the beautiful historic homes, there are plenty of those as well. Laura Wailes, of Thistledown Farm Pottery, was demonstrating her construction techniques at her display of ceramic homes and churches and schools. You could actually put together an historic town of your own!
And of course there were cows. This pretty lady below is the work of Paige and Larry Koosed, And they do a lot more than just cows. The had some just wonderful watercolors and wood carvings, and they were really fun to talk to.
These are just a few of the hundreds of crafts people who will be at Waterford this weekend. The fair goes through tomorrow, and to get there is a little more than an hour's ride from DC (if you take the Dulles Toll road and the Greenway). For more information, and directions from DC or Leesburg, check the Waterford web site.