Unless resting is your thing, there’s never a need to have a dull moment in Loudoun. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington D.C., this area is rich in historical attractions, traditions, recreation opportunities, and lots of things to do that will engage outdoor enthusiasts, foodies, and history buffs alike.
This itinerary is suggested for those history and architecture buffs.
Historic Morven Park: Home of Westmoreland Davis, progressive farmer and governor of Virginia from 1918-1922, this 1,000-acre property includes his Greek Revival style mansion, boxwood gardens, replica Confederate log huts, and Equestrian & Event Center. Two museums are also located at Morven Park. The Museum of Hounds and Hunting, which houses art, artifacts, and memorabilia of the centries-old sporting tradition of foxhunting. The Winmill Carriage Museum is a collection of more than 50 restored 19th century horse-drawn carriages, including Tom Thumb's coach.
Oatlands Plantation: A National Trust site, encompasses 360 acres in scenic easements and features a Greek Revival mansion, circa 1804, rare 19th century brick dependencies including America's oldest restored propagation greenhouse, circa 1810, and a magnificent four acre English terraced garden. Oatlands offers guided tours of the mansion, and self-guided tours of the grounds and garden. The gift shop features unique gift and gardening items.
The Marshall House: The home of General George and Katherine Marshall from 1941 through 1959. Marshall is best known as the author of the Marshall plan which laid the groundwork for post World War II European recovery. Beginning in the late 1990s the manor house underwent extensive restoration and re-opened to the public in 2005. Ninety percent of the furnishings and memorabilia are original to the Marshall period of residency.
Aldie Mill: Built in 1807-09 and survives today as Virginia's only known grist mill powered by twin waterwheels. For more than 150 years the mill ground for markets along the East Coast and overseas. President James Monroe was an early customer while living at nearby Oak Hill. The mill provided grain for soldiers and their horses during the Civil War. Milling demonstrations when water level permits.
For group tour and travel information please contact Wendy Ferrigno, Tourism Marketing Manager with Visit Loudoun