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Raised for Local Nonprofits
3027 gifts
Totaling $620,033.29
Raised for Local Nonprofits
3027 gifts
Totaling $620,033.29

Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum

Goal: $2,500.00

Specific Need

The Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum has been impacted by the covid-19 shutdowns.  The school and Scout programs scheduled for the spring were canceled and the ability to hold in-person summer camps is in question.  Our popular Bunny Bonanza event was canceled, and Dairy Day, normally held in June, could meet the same fate.

 

To continue our mission of education, we launched a “virtual museum” to provide downloadable educational materials and fun activities about farming.  We started a blog and have plans for other activities in order to stay connected to our community. 

https://heritagefarmmuseum.org/virtual-museum 

 

https://heritagefarmmuseum.org/blog

 

Your gift, no matter the size, will help the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum provide educational programs and other activities for our community while we are temporarily closed and beyond.

 

Mission

The Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving, promoting, and bringing to life the rich agricultural history of Loudoun County and educating people about farming today. We do this through hands-on activities, exhibits, school and Scout programs, history programs, the annual Apple Festival and Dairy Day, and other family-friendly programs.

Profile

The Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum is located in Claude Moore Park in eastern Loudoun County. We are surrounded by open space, nature trails, two ponds, and historic buildings.  The Museum’s collection and archives contain a variety of materials related to farming and farm life, many of them rare, including an original Yardley Taylor map of Loudoun County; the contents, ledgers, and invoices from the Waxpool General Store; and the papers of James Smith.  The Workhorse Museum, open to the public during special events, houses a unique collection of equine agricultural materials.  We fulfill our mission and serve the community in a variety of ways as we have been doing for almost 20 years.

 

Interactive Exhibits

Visitors learn about farming and farm life through our hands-on exhibits.  The Waxpool General Store and Post Office was reconstructed in the Museum, complete with its sales counters, cash register, meat scale, shelves, and other fixtures from the store.  Visitors of all ages can “shop” in the store with plastic fruits and vegetables or be the shop keeper and postmaster/postmistress.  Once the groceries have been purchased, they can be taken to Grandma’s Kitchen, which replicates a farm kitchen from the early 1900s.  In the circa 1909 one-room schoolhouse, visitors can sit in period desks and use the McGuffy readers, slates, and chaulk.  In the equestrienne area, children can pretend to ride Genuine Risk and groom a horse in its stable.  Perhaps the most beloved hands-on activity is “milking” Milkie the Cow. Visitors can gather wooden eggs from the chicken coop inside Milkie’s barn. 

 

A new living history exhibit – an operational blacksmith forge – will open this year.

 

Permanent and Rotating Exhibits

The Farm Museum tells the story of Loudoun’s agricultural past through permanent, three-dimensional exhibits covering the county’s 18th century farming practices, slavery, wheat production, bee keeping, apple orchards, farm equipment, and dairy farming.

 

Rotating exhibits allow the Museum to partner with outside organizations on displays, such as local quilt guilds for a temporary quilt show, and local photographers for photography exhibits.  Interpretive panel exhibits can be rotated periodically and transported outside the museum for display elsewhere.

 

School Programs

The Museum offers a number school programs about farming and farm life, such as All Around the Farm, Grandma’s Kitchen, Katie’s Apple Farm, Pumpkin Planet, Simple Machines, Plant It, and Farmin’ Fever.  All are interactive and meet the Virginia Standards of Learning.  The Museum’s week-long summer camps incorporate crafts, experiments, and educational play while learning about farming and farm life.

 

Events and Programs

Each year the Museum holds family-friendly outdoor festivals that bring farming to life.  During the Apple Festival in September, visitors can taste heirloom apples, watch apple cider pressing, and enjoy games and activities from the past.  Dairy Day highlights dairy farming and its products.  Bunny Bonanza and Barnyard Babies, held during spring break, gives visitors the opportunity to learn about bunnies, chicks, baby goats and other farm animals.

 

The Museum supports community gardening by providing sixteen beds to rent so people can grow their own vegetables and herbs. 

 

The Museum periodically hosts talks and seminars about the history of farming in Loudoun County and vegetable and herb gardening techniques.  The Museum believes in community partnerships for strengthening bonds and more effectively reaching and educating the public. 

Photos & Videos

A John Deere tractor at the entrance to the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum.
A John Deere tractor at the entrance to the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum.
The Waxpool General Store
The Waxpool General Store
Grandma's Kitchen
Grandma's Kitchen
Milkie in her barn.
Milkie in her barn.
The Legard family exhibit and the evolution of farming.
The Legard family exhibit and the evolution of farming.
$421.01 received
in 5 gifts
16.84%  of  $2,500.00 Goal

Contact

21668 Heritage Farm Lane
Sterling VA 20164
Phone: (571) 258-3800

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