Claude Moore Colonial Farm

Overview

Claude Moore Colonial Farm is a living history site that demonstrates the life of a poor farm family living on a small farm in northern Virginia just prior to the American Revolutionary War. Today, agricultural and household activities seen on the farm represent an earlier era when small farms were dispersed throughout the countryside; and, most Americans engaged in activities of an agricultural nature. The farmer's property includes twelve acres planted with corn, tobacco, wheat, flax, rye, barley, a kitchen garden and an orchard. The fields are tilled, planted and cultivated by hand, applying basic principles of hoe agriculture. The farmer allows his livestock to roam freely, protecting valuable crops with split rail fencing. The small log house is used as the family dwelling, where meals are prepared over the hearth fire using food raised on the farm. Clothing, furniture, tools, and equipment used by the Farm family are reproductions of 18th-century artifacts. Staff and volunteers dressed in reproduction period clothes, work the farm, and answer your questions about the farm, livestock, and family, as if you were actually an 18th century visitor. The farm is managed and operated by the Friends of Claude Moore Colonial Farm, at Turkey Run, Inc. through a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service, George Washington Memorial Parkway.

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Seasonality / Weather

Summers in the Southeastern United States are humid during the day. The best times to visit are fall and spring. The farm goes into hibernation from mid-December until April.

Directions

Driving: 

From Virginia:

Follow the Washington Beltway Interstate 495, take Virginia Route 193 (Georgetown Pike) east towards Langley; drive 2.3 miles and turn left onto Colonial Farm Road, just prior to junction with Route 123; follow signs to visitor parking lot.

From Washington, D.C.:

Take the George Washington Memorial Parkway north to the exit for Route 123 toward McLean; drive almost 1 mile and turn right onto Route 193; make the first right onto Colonial Farm Road and follow signs to visitor parking lot.