Waterford Virginia is perhaps the most iconic town I have been through. It is located in Loudoun County about 50 miles from DC. You won’t find any franchises or many other businesses for that matter. Nor will you find cars speeding by.
Here is a little about Waterford from Wikipedia:
After falling into disrepair in the early part of the 20th century, the Waterford Foundation was formed to help save and preserve Waterford and its history. In 1974, the Waterford Foundation helped create an innovative land preservation program in which the historic properties of Waterford are protected through open space and façade easements.
The town today is largely residential, although a number of businesses are based in the village. The Loudoun Mutual Insurance Company has been located in Waterford since 1849.
The village was listed as a Virginia Historic Landmark in 1969. Waterford and a significant portion of its surrounding countryside was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970. The designation was made in recognition of the town’s well-preserved 18th and 19th-century architecture and landscape. Significant buildings include the mill (circa 1750), Arch House Row (circa 1750), Camelot School (circa 1800), the Hague-Hough house, which is Waterford’s oldest house (circa 1740), and the 1882 Presbyterian church.
I’m sure you can see from the pictures below it is almost like you were somehow sent back 200 years when you tour the town. I don’t remember exactly why we made the detour into the town during our history trip through Virginia six years ago. But I am glad we did.