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.

There is a deep connection between African American history and farming history, from the horrific time of slavery through segregation to modern day farming. The Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum is committed to documenting and sharing these stories and telling a full history of Loudoun’s agricultural past. One of the stories is about Pidgeon Hill Farm in Sterling, Virginia. In this blog, you will learn about the Edds and Fitts family who ran a successful dairy during a time when laws and other forces worked against them.
https://heritagefarmmuseum.org/blog
Photo courtesy of Joan Martin Smith
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Who doesn't love to receive a letter from a friend or a package in the mail? Learn about the history of mail in our new education program.
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Happy National Dairy Month! Follow along this month as Milkie the Cow shares some fun dairy facts.
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June is National Dairy Month. These are some images from our 4-H case pertaining to dairy.
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The Loudoun Spring Farm Tour is an annual tradition dating back to 1993, designed to connect farmers and consumers at the start of the growing season. In the face of the COVID-19 health crisis, Loudoun Economic Development has re-imagined the tour in a virtual format and will launch the interactive map today at 10am with 14 farms. For the best touring experience, please access it on a desktop device. Each featured farm submitted photos and videos, along with a brief description and links to their websites and online stores. Educational and interactive activities will also be added to the map on a rolling basis to further engage all audiences.
https://loudounfarms.org/take-loudoun-home/virtual-farm-tours/
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Did you know that farms use windmills to pump water or grind grain? Check out our new lesson on windmills.
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As Loudoun County enters Phase 1 of gradual re-openings, the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum will remain closed to visitors during Phase 1, as per the governor's executive orders covering museums. At some point this summer, the Farm Museum will re-open on a limited basis. In the meantime, visit our "virtual museum" for downloadable education programs and fun activities. Although we will be closed during Phase 1, our employees will be working on more virtual opportunities to learn about farming and farm life. Please check our web site and social media posts throughout June for updates on virtual activities and re-opening plans.

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Milkie has been shopping in the Waxpool General Store this week. Did you know that in addition to the store itself, we have over 5,000 documents from the store.
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It's strawberry season here in Loudoun County, VA. Check out our new blog post on Wegmeyer Farms.
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Claude Moore Park

Sunday is National Scavenger Hunt Day and this is a perfect opportunity to find the frog!

Update: Thank you all for participating in this weeks hunt. We will be posting more in the future so stay tuned!

It is time for the Virtual Claude Moore Fest Scavenger Hunt! We have hidden this frog somewhere on our trails. Come take a hike and see if you can find it. If you do please post photos in the comments section. Don't say where it is though so others can find it. Please remember to practice social distancing while you are on the trails. Good Luck!

Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum virtual tour

As part of the Virtual Claude Moore Fest, enjoy this brief tour of the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum so you can see what we have to offer. In addition, we always participates in the Loudoun County Farm Tour but this year's Tour had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 health crisis. In its place, farmers and other participants are posting virtual tours! Claude Moore Park

The Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum always participates in the Loudoun County Farm Tour but this year's Tour had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 health cris...

By land, sea, or air, here come the ducks! Check out our new lesson on ducks.
https://heritagefarmmuseum.org/virtual-education
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Claude Moore Park

We love tractors at the Heritage Farm Museum! You can see the back of the museum at the end of the museum.

Today on Virtual Claude Moore Fest we go on a tractor ride! If you want to learn more about the equpiment we use here at the park stay tuned for our upcoming series Vehicles of Claude Moore Park. For now enjoy the ride!

Claude Moore Park

More from the Virtual Claude Moore Fest.

Virtual Claude Moore Fest continues with this weeks Creature Feature. Here we have our new resident Green Frog who grew up from a batch of rescued tadpoles that we planned to show off durring the event. There are still more in the froglet stage and we hope many will make it to adulthood but for now here is our early arrival enjoying some lunch!

The mission of Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum is to preserve the agricultural history of Loudoun County. This includes windmills used on farms. While the museum is closed, the park is open and you can visit the outside windmill that was built for the museum.
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Something to do with your toilet paper rolls!

Next stop on Virtual Claude Moore Fest is the Craft Table! Click the links below and find out how to turn some of those old TP rolls into awesome aquatic creatures!

Large Mouth Bass - https://www.loudoun.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/9633

Funky Frog - https://www.loudoun.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/9632

Fantastic Fish - https://www.loudoun.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/9631

Channel Catfish - https://www.loudoun.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/9630

Who knew an owl ate all that!

Continuing from yesterday's owl pellet post here are the before and after photos of what we found. As you can see there was a lot of fur and a lot of rodent bones. Based on the skull pieces we found we would have to say around 3 rodents.

Claude Moore Park

Meet Bobby, the Naturalist at the Claude Moore Park.

For our first Virtual Claude Moore Fest post we are demonstrating a hands on activity that was planned for the day. Owl pellet dissection. While you may not be able to try in person we did find an online simulation at http://kidwings.com/virtual-pellet/. Thanks for watching and Discover your Outdoors!

Claude Moore Park

Our Workhorse Museum would have been open to visit during the Claude Moore Fest. Enjoy these posts from the Virtual Claude Moore Fest.

Join us this week for our Virtual Claude Moore Fest! Last Saturday the Heritage Farm Museum, Claude Moore Recreation & Community Center, and ourselves had planned for a large event that encompassed the entirety of the park. Many free activities were planned such as moon bounces, tractor rides, live animals, interactive nature activities, free museum admission, community organizations, local food vendors, and more. Unfortunately, we were unable to hold it this year, but that does not mean you will be missing out completely. All this week we will be posting some of the activities that were planned for the event. We hope you all enjoy a small taste of Claude Moore Fest!

Check out our new blog post on George Bodmer, German Wheelwright and learn about the connection to farming.
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Claude Moore Park

Here we have a slightly smaller snapping turtle than the previously posted. Keep in mind these creatures are a lot faster than you would imagine so it is best not to approach as they can bite if threatened. This one decided it didnt like our singing and headed back to the pond. Let us know if you see your own "dinosaur" this weekend!

Today's Museum Week theme is about hopes and dreams for the future. Before quarantine, the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum was in the process of planning for the opening of a new exhibit in our middle barn. Construction has been completed and is waiting for the big unveiling. Can you guess what it is? We look forward to the day when we can have the opening!
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Today's Museum Week Theme is about how technology create bonds between people! As we went into quarantine, the Loudoun Heritage Museum is using various platforms to stay connected. Check out our website and our virtual museum pages with fun activities and lesson to do at home. We are also on Vamonde, a platform to take a small virtual trip inside our museum. Also follow us on Instagram!
Virtual Museum: https://bit.ly/2VNpzqX
Instagram: https://bit.ly/2xQykIK
Vamonde: https://bit.ly/2XTa9nS

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Today's Museum Week Theme is about the climate. Climate change affects farmers and ultimately our food security.
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Today's Museum Week theme is all about Museum Moments. What are you memories of our museum? We are going back to the beginning of the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum. The groundbreaking took place in 1999 and construction was finished in 2002. We opened to the public in 2003.
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Today's theme is all about collectivity, community and joint efforts. "Alone faster, together further!" The Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum is now a pick up location for the Loudoun Made Loudoun Grown Marketplace, an online marketplace connecting consumers with local products and open to all Loudoun farms and rural businesses. https://loudounfarms.org/marketplace
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Today's theme for Museum Week is all about culture. Take at the Allis-Chalmers and John Deere Tractors outside our museum. Use what you have in your house and recreate a tractor. We recreated our own version! You can also learn more about tractors in our Virtual Museum. Reply with your own creation! https://heritagefarmmuseum.org/virtual-education
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Today is the beginning of Museum Week. The Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum is participating with 7 days, 7 themes, 7 hashtags. Today is the day to honor the front line workers. We are honoring the Loudoun County farmers who provide everyone with what we all need - food! This is just a small sampling farmers. @wegmeyerfarms @endlesssummerharvest @georgesmillcheese @fabbiolicellars @newagschool
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Long Stone Farm

Best Mother’s Day present.... is a trailer load of Registered Red Angus Mother’s to-be!

It took us two years to get here, but we finally made the investment in grass-based Red Angus genetics and purchased some fall calving heifers. Looking forward to caring for these beauties and see how they help elevate our cattle and beef production goals.

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

The Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum is now a pick up location for the Loudoun Made Loudoun Grown Marketplace. We feel it is important to support our local farmers and to connect people to them. It is important to us that eastern Loudoun residents have easy access to the fresh foods that Loudoun farmers provide, especially during this time of food shortages and concerns about where food comes from. We are very fortunate to have access right here in Loudoun to a variety of meats, eggs, and produce. If eastern Loudouners can’t get to the farm, the Take Loudoun Home Marketplace can bring the farm to them! https://loudounfarms.org/marketplace
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Strawberry season @wegmeyerfarms is almost here! In the meantime, check out our new lesson on strawberries. Learn about the lifecycle of a strawberry, try out a strawberry preserve recipe, and conduct a science experiment on extracting DNA from strawberries. https://heritagefarmmuseum.org/virtual-education
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biz.loudoun.gov

Loudoun’s New Online Farm Marketplace Adds Two Pick-Up Locations - Loudoun County Economic Development, VA

We look forward to being a pickup location starting tomorrow!

biz.loudoun.gov Loudoun Economic Development, Visit Loudoun and the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce have an important call to action for consumers: Take Loudoun Home.

Loudoun County Economic Development

The Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum is now a pick up location for the Loudoun Made Loudoun Grown Marketplace!

Want to shop directly from Loudoun Farms?

The online Loudoun Made Loudoun Grown Marketplace now has three convenient pick-up locations:

The National Conference Center
Heritage Farm Museum
Chrysalis Vineyards

Milkie is going to @wegmeyerfarms to pick strawberries. She wants to make strawberry syrup so she can have strawberry milk! For a listing of farmers who grow strawberries https://loudounfarms.org/local-produce/loudoun-strawberries/.

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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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