Virginia’s Hunt Country — which includes the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, Rappahannock, and Warren — is filled with history and tradition. For centuries, residents have participated in fox hunting, dressage, and other equestrian activities. Even as communities in Virginia have modernized, historic districts and conservation easements have preserved the countryside scenery and unique way of life.
Where to Experience Virginia’s Rich History
Rich history and equestrian culture are just two reasons why home buyers are searching for their dream homes in Virginia. If you are eager to take a step back in time, here are five ways to experience Virginia’s history today.
Of all the towns in the Virginia countryside, Middleburg has maintained its centuries-old appearance through conservation easements and strict zoning regulations. In fact, many of the buildings in Middleburg’s historic downtown have remained virtually unchanged since the late 1700s. Old brick walkways still line the narrow streets.
Read more about Middleburg’s rich history here.
2. Tour These Local Historic Sites
Since Washington, DC is located just an hour away from Virginia’s Hunt Country, there are countless historic sites throughout this area, some of which even date back prior to the founding of our country. Make sure to visit these Virginia landmarks:
- Burwell-Morgan Mill, built in 1782 in Millwood
- Davis Mansion, first constructed in 1780 in Leesburg
- Chapman’s Mill, built in 1742 in The Plains (as of writing, the mill is closed temporarily for road improvements)
3. Visit Antique Shops in Historic Towns
Love to shop local? The Virginia countryside offers plenty of places to hunt for antiques. Visit Antiques at Middle Street in Washington, Virginia; Crest Hill Antiques & Tea Room in The Plains; and Middleburg Antique Emporium in Middleburg, to name a few.
Country stores, such as Philomont General Store and Locke Country Store, have been landmarks of Virginia’s rural communities for generations. While many of Virginia’s shops offer modern products and services, the old-fashioned buildings and store owners’ personal service remains unchanged.
5. Purchase a Historic Home in Virginia
Did you know you can purchase a property that dates back to the 1700s? In fact, there are several historic homes for sale in Virginia. 20597 Furr Road in Round Hill, for instance, is a 1750s manor home that has been restored to its former glory.
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