Spend the day exploring the many historic towns in Loudon County.
Leesburg is located at the crossroads of Route 7 and Route 15 and is the county seat of Loudoun. Leesburg is a shoppers dream with antique dealers, art galleries, and other specialty shops located within its charming historic district and beyond, and it also offers bargain shoppers the Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets. Dining options range from casual atmospheres to local favorites to fine dining featuring local specialties. Historic attractions include the Loudoun Museum, Balls Bluff Battlefield Regional Park, Oatlands Plantation, and Morven Park/Governor Westmoreland Davis Mansion.
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Middleburg, the nation's horse and hunt capital, is the home of many horses and equestrians. The horse theme carries through its retail establishments with names such as Cuppa Giddyup, a local coffee shop. Middleburg offers unique shopping including tack stores, art galleries, and antique and specialty shops. The Red Fox Inn, a popular inn and a restaurant, is one of the region's oldest. Many celebrities have chosen Middleburg as their home because of its charm, and celebrity sightings are not uncommon. Middleburg is located along Route 50, John Mosby Highway, named after the Confederate Colonel who used Middleburg as a base camp during the Civil War.
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Founded in 1757 by Quakers, the National Historic Landmark village of Waterford is as much a part of the landscape as the surrounding rolling fields. For years, village residents have diligently toiled to preserve not only the settlement's historic structures, but the surrounding open land. Today the charm of this small, historic settlement has drawn Pulitzer Prize-winning writers, government officials, well-known artists, and lovers of history seeking a quiet haven among old homes, narrow streets, and friendly neighbors. In 1944, the Waterford Foundation started a small fair to raise funds for the village's preservation. Today, the Waterford Homes Tour & Crafts Exhibit, or Waterford Fair, attracts thousands of visitors every October to enjoy views that haven't changed for hundreds of years, tours of private residences, the sale and demonstration of traditional and juried crafts, educational exhibits, military reenactments, and much more.
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