The Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum’s motto, “We Preserve The Past—We Educate The Future” says it all. Located within the Claude Moore Regional Park in Eastern Loudoun County, the Museum is governed by a public/private partnership between the LHFM Board of Directors and the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.
The Museum was designed and built to showcase the more than 400-years of agricultural history in Loudoun County, Virginia. “We preserve, promote and bring to life Loudoun’s rich agricultural history and the history of rural life through educational programs and exhibits,” said Su Webb, President of LHFM.
The programs implemented at the museum involve all levels of education from elementary to high school, and meet SOL standards. In addition, programs are provided for adults interested in the history of not only Loudoun County, but our museum artifacts.
“As we like to remind people, many of our early agriculturalists were also national leaders; just as they are today. Roots run deep here at the Museum,” said Bill Harrison, President Emeritus/Historian and LHFM board member.
Some of the museum’s exhibits include, “It’s Just a Way of Life,” which showcases 10 generations of Loudoun County Residents (including Elevation “the Holstein Bull of the 20th Century”) that built the County and left their mark on the land.
Another exhibit, “Claude Moore Children’s Farm” allows the visitor to be a “farmer for a day” in an interactive exhibit area for children and their families. You can milk a life-like cow, collect eggs from the play chickens, and ride Equiponies in the Kentucky Derby race that former Loudoun resident, Genuine Risk, won.
The “Waxpool General Store” exhibit is like a time capsule of days gone by. Visitors can tour the store and play shopkeeper, shopper, or postmaster. The display is reassembled from the actual Waxpool Store formerly located in Eastern Loudoun County.
There’s also an interactive exhibit called “Grandma’s Kitchen.” It features furnishings and appliances from farm kitchens in the decade before World War I, prior to electrification.
A new addition to the museum, the “Enos Victor Jenkins Indian Collection” exhibit, is collection of Indian arrowheads and tools gathered by E.V. Jenkins and his family from fields plowed by their draft horses in the Lucketts area of Loudoun County.
The Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum is open six days a week, Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm; and Sunday from 11:30 am – 4:30 pm.