As residential neighborhoods go, Waterford – located in the extreme northern section of Loudoun County with a population of less than 2,000 – is an secluded splendor. Though located within 50 miles of the nation’s capital, Waterford is known for its beautiful fields that spread throughout the landscape.
For those familiar with the world-famous Waterford Crystal, they may be interested how the town got it got its name. Originally, it had a few different names, but eventually was renamed by an Irish immigrant after Waterford, Ireland – known as the birthplace of its namesake crystal. Designated a “National Historic Landmark” district in 1970, Waterford has also been designated a Loudon County “Historic and Cultural Conservation Site.”
Waterford is influenced greatly by its Quaker heritage. It was actually founded by Quakers (Amos Janney) in the 1700s and Quakers during the Civil War were pacifists and helped runaway slaves escape to the North. Many of Waterford’s buildings still used today were built before 1840 and much of it looks the same as it did in the 1800s. It has been the home to the annual “Waterford Homes Tour and Crafts Exhibit” since 1943 and is known for its historical demonstrations, classical concert series, art and photography exhibits as well as its nearby vineyards and wineries.