Most of Waterford's houses were built in the first quarter of the 19th century when the town grew rapidly as a commercial center. Many of the structures that survive today now serve as residential dwellings; before that they began as stores and shops. The architecture from this "Federal Period" dominates the town, but examples from other periods appear here as well.
Waterford has retained much of its pre-Civil War charm. In 1943, some village residents began the Waterford Homes Tour and Crafts Exhibit, an annual event that continues today and is held the first weekend in October. In 1970, Waterford and 1,420 surrounding acres were designated a National Historic Landmark.
Some local attractions in Loudoun County include nearby vineyards, a number of magnificent bed and breakfast inns, plenty of world-class golf courses, historical homes and farms, equestrian facilities and many Civil War sites. A number of historic battlefield parks are within a short drive including Manassas, Fredericksburg, Wilderness, Chancellorsville, Antietam and Harper's Ferry.
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