Heritage Farm Museum

Heritage Farm Museum

Preserving the past and educating the future! Located within Claude Moore Park in Sterling, Virginia, the Heritage Farm Museum lets you explore over 250 years of Loudoun County agriculture history through traditional, as well as, family friendly interactive exhibits.

The Waxpool General Store and Farm Kitchen exhibits allow visitors to experience first hand what rural life was like 100 years ago. The Museum's Gift Shop also offers a variety of unique and Virginia-made items. The Heritage Farm Museum also offers a variety of school, scout and family programs. Special seasonal events are scheduled throughout the year such as our Autumn Apple Festival and Tractorpalooza.

Operating as usual

A remarkable piece of Loudoun County’s history is one that is not well known. Our country’s fifth president, James Monroe, owned land here from 1794 until his death in 1831. Read about his farm in our latest blog. https://heritagefarmmuseum.org/blog
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Happy Friday and American Cheese Month. @GeorgesMillFarmArtisanCheese raises dairy goats and use their milk to make goat cheese, caramel, and gelato! They sell at their Farm Store and farmers markets.
https://www.georgesmillcheese.com/
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Come join our latest class offering! Learn and practice your cursive letters and explore "Writing Through History". Geared towards 2nd-6th graders. Can join one week, several weeks, or all six weeks.
https://heritagefarmmuseum.org/cursive
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It was wonderful to have Girl Scout Troop 70131 earlier today in the museum. They came to get their Gardener Badge. We opened the museum early so that we could keep them socially distant and safe.
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Getting ready for our Historic Encounters Day tomorrow! We still have spaces available. Pre-register today!
https://heritagefarmmuseum.org/historic-encounters-day
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Have you had locally made cheese, yogurt or butter? #blueridgedairy of Sterling, VA started out with 1 cow and a farm. They are now a small artisanal producer of handcrafted fresh and applewood smoked mozzarella, burrata, fresh ricotta, aged feta, cream cheese, whole and lowfat yogurt, and lowfat greek-style yogurt in various flavors. The Blue Ridge Dairy Company processes over 1,000 gallons of fresh Virginia Jersey breed cow's milk a week during peak Summer production. You can purchase their products at the Leesburg Farmers Market on Saturdays.
http://www.blueridgedairy.com/
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Milkie has found some more butter churns - this time glass churn jars. Millions of glass butter churns were manufactured and in use from the early 1800s until the 1950s or 1960s when people started purchasing butter from the grocery store instead of making it at home. The churn on the left was manufactured by Sears, Roebuck & Company and make butter with a hand crank turning a paddle. The churn on the right has an electric cord!
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Historic Encounters Day is coming up on Monday! Don't miss out on this fun event and register today. @ClaudeMoorePark @PiedmontHeritageArea

Join us for Historic Encounters Day. There will be a variety of stations including costumed interpreters teaching about spinning, clothing, blacksmithing, soldiering, and cooking. Visit with live farm animals. To ensure social distancing, pre-registration and pre-payment required. @ClaudeMoorePark @PiedmontHeritageArea

Perfect for both Homeschoolers and Public School Families.
https://heritagefarmmuseum.org/historic-encounters-day
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Do you like goat cheese? Check out @catoctincreamery They sell at local farmers markets.
https://www.facebook.com/catoctincreamery
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Planning for the weekend? Come visit our museum and other Loudoun Farms virtually. The Loudoun Fall Farm Tour is an annual tradition dating back to 1993, designed to connect farmers and consumers in celebration of harvest season. The Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum has participated in the Fall Farm Tour since its inception. Sign up for an email reminder - https://loudounfarms.org/take-loudoun-home/virtual-farm-tours/
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This dog powered treadmill is in our Workhorse Collection and would would have been used to churn butter. The treadmill would have had a long piece of wood connecting the churn to a wheel on the treadmill.
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NOVA History Remembered

Information about this late 1800's photo from the author's collection is from The Story of Loudoun's Dairy Industry by William H. Harrison, Carol S. McComb and George A. Miller.

"The Kingsley Brother's Loudoun Valley Creamery was located in Hamilton. Farmers brought milk to the creamery in horse drawn wagons. They took the washed and steam sterilized milk cans back to the farms from which they came."

"At the plant, efficient and precise methods were followed. It started with the milk on the farmer's wagon and ended with butter, a quality product that commanded the highest price. The procedure was:

-A pair of hooks received the cans of milk from the wagon (visible in the photo)
-The can was quickly hoisted to the second floor and carried to the weigh area by machinery
-The milk was emptied into a large can where it was weighed and recorded
-The milk then descended to a lower floor and emptied into a large vat, where a separator divided the cream from the milk.
-The cream was brought to proper temperature then put into a rectangular churn where the buttermilk was separated from the butter. This was achieved by agitation with the entire revolution of the churn.

Eventually creameries were opened in more communities throughout western Loudoun with their own separators and each sent cream to Loudoun Valley Creamery.

Announcing our new Daily Program for the fall: Pumpkin Parade! Come visit us and learn all about pumpkins. Take home activity bag will be provided. Book your spot today.
https://heritagefarmmuseum.org/visitor-registration
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Happy American Cheese Month. Did you know that Loudoun County has several creameries? Every Friday for the rest of the month, we will be featuring a LoCo creamery. This week it is Locksley Farmstead Cheese. They currently produce six types of cheese from their Brown Swiss, Jersey, Black and Red Holstein, and American Milking Devon dairy cows. Check out their website to learn more about the creamery.
https://www.theagdistrict.com/locksley-farmstead-cheese-co

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For the month of October, admission is free for a self guided tour of the Museum Gallery on the weekends (hands-on exhibits are closed). Come learn about the history of farming in Loudoun County. We can only accommodate 20 visitors total in the museum at a time and we ask that you pre-book your visit in order to ensure your spot (cut off time is 24 hours prior). You can still walk in without a reservation but we cannot guarantee that you can enter if we are full.
https://heritagefarmmuseum.org/visitor-registration
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Milkie found another butter churn hidden in our collection! This is a Davis Butter Churn manufactured by the Vermont Farm Machine Company of Bellow Falls, Vermont. This design was patented on May 1, 1877 and September 9, 1879. There are no paddles inside the churn. Butter was made when the churn box rocked on the cradle and the cream rolled over itself. These came in twelve sizes ranging from 4 gallons to 300 gallons. The large 300 gallon churn was made to be suspended from the ceiling of a creamery. The small churns were typically on a home farm and it would have been the chore of a child to rock the churn back and forth. Another unexpected family member may have also rocked the churn - an animal! The Vermont Farm Machine Company also sold a treadmill attachment that would allow a dog, goat, or sheep to supply the power to swing the animal.
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Join us for Historic Encounters Day. There will be a variety of stations including costumed interpreters teaching about spinning, clothing, blacksmithing, soldiering, and cooking. Visit with live farm animals. To ensure social distancing, pre-registration and pre-payment required. @ClaudeMoorePark @PiedmontHeritageArea

Perfect for both Homeschoolers and Public School Families.
https://heritagefarmmuseum.org/historic-encounters-day
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Loudoun Farms

We've reimagined our Fall Farm Tour in a virtual, interactive format! Visit your favorite local farms and explore educational activities.

Come on out today for our Buzzing with Bees Program! Talk with one of the beekeepers that take care of the hives in Claude Moore Park. The program runs from 10am-2pm.
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Happy National Apple Month! This is a perfect time of year to go apple picking! Loudoun County has it's own Century Farm (est. 1740)- @CrookedRunOrchard located in Purcellville that is open for apple picking! Check out their page.
https://www.facebook.com/CrookedRunOrchard
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This week Milkie wants to share a collection piece that is currently in storage. This cylinder butter churn was one of the earlier designs of butter churns as most villages had a cooper who made barrels. This was also an efficient shape and there were no areas where the cream was not churned. There is a paddle inside that is turned by crank to agitate the cream.
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Come enjoy our Katie's Apple Farm Program today and see our apple cider press in action! Learn all about apples.
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We are all ready for our Historic Encounters Day! Come on out, we are here until 12pm.

This week is National Farm Safety & Health Week. The 2018 data for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the agricultural sector is still the most dangerous in America. Fall harvest time can be one of the busiest and most dangerous seasons of the year for the agriculture industry. During your weekend visit to the local farmers market #thankafarmer
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Milkie wishes you a happy Wednesday! In 1909, the population of Loudoun was 21,167 and the dairy industry produced 4,439,045 lbs of whole milk! Much of this milk was produced for the Washington DC market.
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Come join us at our next Life on the Farm Program this Saturday. Learn all about apples and watch our apple cider press in action! Includes a museum gallery walkthrough. Pre-registration and prepayment required. Cut off time is 24 hours prior to the program time (Friday at 10am or 1pm).
https://heritagefarmmuseum.org/visitor-registration
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Our Historic Encounters Day will take place this Friday. Don't miss out. We will have stations to rotate through including our Blacksmith Forge and Apple Cider Press along with live bunnies and food trucks. Perfect for Homeschoolers and Public School Students (schedule permitting). We require pre-registration and prepayment. @ClaudeMoorePark @PiedmontHeritageArea
https://heritagefarmmuseum.org/historic-encounters-day
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Admission: LAST ADMISSION 4PM Adults - $5 Seniors/Military - $4 Children (2-12) - $3 Children under 2 - FREE School and Scout Programs ALL PROGRAMS - $5 per child, $1 per chaperon/teacher/leader Parties BIRTHDAY PARTIES - $150 (price on website is incorrect) Farmer's Tea Party - price of regular admission All programs and parties MUST be scheduled in advance. Call 571-258-3800 to book.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 09:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 09:30 - 16:30
Thursday 09:30 - 16:30
Friday 09:30 - 16:30
Saturday 09:30 - 16:30
Sunday 11:30 - 16:30
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