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Tree Farms: Virginia

Friday, November 26, 1999; Page N38

These farms will sell you a Christmas tree that you have selected and cut yourself. Many also offer live, balled-and-burlapped trees that can be planted after they have served holiday duty (dig the hole before the ground freezes). In addition to their trees, some farms also sell wreaths, greens, cider, ornaments and other seasonal products. Most are small family operations, so call before you visit and ask about hours, prices and availability. Many farms will set up an appointment with you if you can't drop by during their regular hours.

A few more tips:

Prices typically range from around $15 to $40, depending on size and variety. Some farms sell by height (around $3 to $6 per foot).

Trees look smaller under the sky than under your roof. Measure your living room before you go and the tree before you cut it.

Dress for winter in the woods. (Your designated primary tree-handler will probably want to wear work gloves.)

Bring your own handsaw (quicker, neater and safer than an ax) to avoid waiting for one at the farm, plus rope and a tarp to carry the tree home on your car roof (more comfortable than in your lap). Chain saws are prohibited at most farms.

At home, to keep the tree fresh longer, saw an inch off the trunk just before you stand it in water.

Maryland, Virginia and Loudoun County publish annual guides to choose-and-cut farms, which can often be found in public libraries and tourism offices. For future guides, contact the Maryland Christmas Tree Association, 826 Springdale Rd., New Windsor, MD 21776 (800/935-6282); the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Marketing, 1100 Bank St., Richmond, VA 232198 (804/786-5867); and the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development, P.O. Box 7000, Leesburg, VA 20177 (703/478-8434 or 703/777-0426).

Clarke County

ASHCROFT FARM - Near White Post. Open Fridays through Sundays 10 to 5. Scotch and white pine, Colorado spruce, concolor fir. U.S. 50 west past U.S. 340 to Gun Barrel Road (Route 644), left -mile to Kitchen Lane and farm on right. 540/837-1240.

HAPDOG FARMS - Near Berryville. Open Saturdays 8 to 5, Sundays noon to 5. Scotch and white pine. Route 7 west to Business Route 7 into Berryville, north on First Street 1.1 miles to farm signs on right. 540/955-2144.

KILKEE FARM - Three miles west of Berryville. Open weekends 9 to dark. Scotch and white pine. Route 7 west past Berryville to Route 632, north 3.5 miles to farm on right. 540/877-1996 or 540/955-2091.

OAKLAND PLANTATION - Near Berryville. Open daily 9 to 5. Scotch and white pine; Norway and blue spruce. Route 7 west to U.S. 340, north through Berryville four miles to farm on right (-mile south of West Virginia line). 540/955-4495 or 800/727-9627.

SIPE'S FARM - Near White Post. Open daily 8:30 to 4:30. Scotch, white and Austrian pine; Fraser fir. I-66 west to U.S. 340, north to White Post, east on Route 628 one mile to farm sign on left. 540/837-1496.

Culpeper County

GLEN GARY FARM - Near Viewtown. Open daily dawn to dark. Scotch, Austrian and white pine; Colorado spruce; Douglas and Fraser fir. From Warrenton, Route 211 west 10 miles to Amissville and Route 642 (Viewtown Road), left one mile to Route 611 (Waterford Road), left two miles to Route 626 (Korea Road), right one mile to farm on left. 540/937-4751.

GREAT HICKORY FARM - Near Rixeyville. Open weekends 10 to dark. White pine; Norway and blue spruce. From Warrenton, Route 211 west across the Rappahannock River to Route 229, left to Route 726 (Little Fork Road), left -mile to farm on right. 540/937-4508.

HINTER BENEDICTEN CONIFERS - Near Viewtown. Open Fridays 2 to dark, Saturdays and Sundays dawn to dark. Norway and blue spruce. From Warrenton, west on Route 211 to Amissville and Route 642 (Viewtown Road), left one mile to Route 611 (Waterford Road), left two miles to Route 626 (Korea Road), right one mile to farm on right at Point of View Drive. 540/937-6062.

OAK SHADE FARM - Near Warrenton. Open daily 9 to 5. White pine, some Norway spruce. From Warrenton, U.S. 211 west across Rappahannock River to Route 229, left six miles to Route 611 (Waterford Road), right one mile to farm on right. 540/937-5062.

"PEPER" MINT FARM - In Culpeper. Open daily 9 to dusk. Scotch, Virginia and white pine; Norway spruce. From Culpeper, Route 229 (Main Street extended) north to Route 729 (Eggbornsville Road), left 4.5 miles to farm on right. 540/825-4693.

Fairfax County

CLIFTON PLANTATION - Near Clifton. Open weekends 11 to dark, Tuesdays through Fridays noon to dark. Scotch and white pine; Fraser fir. From I-495, Braddock Road west to left at Burke Lake Road (which becomes Clifton Road at Route 123), continue 3.7 miles past Route 123 to Henderson Road, left 1.1 mile to No. 12360 on left. 703/830-2863.

FOX RIDGE FARM - In Great Falls. Open Saturdays 9 to dark, Sundays noon to dark, weekdays except Mondays 3 to dark. Scotch and white pine; Norway spruce. From I-495, Route 193 (Georgetown Pike) west to Springvale Road, right to Milkweed Drive, left to Cream Cup Lane, left to end at No. 10712. 703/759-9623.

KROP'S CROPS - In Great Falls. Open daily 10 to 7. Scotch, Austrian and white pine; Douglas fir; Norway and blue spruce. At 11110 Georgetown Pike (Route 193), eight miles west of I-495 Exit 13 and one mile east of Route 7. 703/430-8955.

Fauquier County

COLLINE FARM - Near Orlean. Open Saturdays 9 to 5, Sundays noon to 5. Scotch and white pine; Norway spruce. From Warrenton, Route 211 west five miles to Route 688 (Leeds Manor Road), right five miles to Route 743 (Bears Den Road), left to signs on right. 540/341-7342.

J.B.'S TREES - Near Midland. Open weekends 11 to dark. Scotch and white pine. I-66 west to Route 28, south 25 miles to Midland and Route 610 (Midland Road), left to Route 602 (Rogues Road), right 1.5 miles to farm on right. 540/788-4035.

K&K TREES - Near Marshall. Open weekends 8 to 4. White pine, Norway spruce. I-66 west to Exit 27 and Route 721 (Free State Road), south about six miles to farm on left. 540/364-1130.

STRIBLING'S TREES - Near Markham. Open weekends 10 to 5. Scotch and white pine; Norway spruce; Fraser fir. I-66 west to Exit 18 (Markham) and Route 688 (Leeds Manor Road), left three miles to farm on right. 540/364-1206 or 703/978-3418.

Frederick County

PINETOP FARM - Near Gore. Open Dec. 4-5 and Dec. 11-12, Saturdays 9 to 4, Sundays noon to 4. White pine. From Winchester, U.S. 50 west 10 miles to Gore, left at Route 751 (Gore Road), left at Route 704 (Back Creek Road), six miles to Route 617 (Pinetop Road), right -mile to white house on ridge top. 540/858-3381 or 540/662-8356.

SHERWOOD FARM - Near Winchester. Open Fridays through Sundays 9 to 5, Wednesdays and Thursdays noon to 5. Scotch and white pine; Douglas and Fraser fir; Norway spruce. From Winchester, U.S. 522 north through Gainesboro to Route 694 (Reynolds Road), right to Sherwood Pines Lane, left to farm signs on right. 540/888-3597 or 540/888-4396.

Loudoun County

ARLESA VINEYARD - In Lovettsville. Open daily 9 to dark, starting Dec. 6. Scotch pine. From Leesburg, west on Route 7 to Route 9, west to Route 287, north to Route 693 (Ash George Road), right one mile to Route 691 (Rehobeth Church Road), left to end of Snow Lane at No. 39355. 540/882-3711.

BADLANDS FARM - In Waterford. Open weekends 9:30 to 4:30. Scotch and white pine; Norway spruce; Douglas fir. Route 7 west to Route 9, west 4.5 miles to Route 698 (Old Wheatland Road), right -mile to farm sign on left. 540/882-3218 or 703/777-6010.

CHANTILLY FARM - Near Chantilly. Open weekends 9 to dark. Scotch and white pine. From I-66, U.S. 50 west six miles past Route 28 to Route 659 (Gum Spring Road), left 0.8-mile to farm on left. 703/327-6441.

CHRISTMAS TREE PLACE - In Purcellville. Open weekends 8 to 5. Scotch and white pine; Norway spruce. From Leesburg, west on Route 7 to Purcellville, north on Route 287 to Allder School Road, left to one mile to farm sign on left. 540/338-2947.

CREEKVIEW FARM - Near Aldie. Open weekends 8:30 to 4:30, weekdays 1 to 5. Scotch, white and red pine; Norway and blue spruce. U.S. 50 west to Gilbert's Corner, U.S. 15 south 2.2 miles to Route 600 (New Road), left -mile to driveway on left. 703/327-4765.

DAYSTAR FARM - In Leesburg. Open Saturdays 9 to dark, Sundays 1 to dark. Scotch pine, Norway spruce. U.S. 50 west to Route 606 (Old Ox Road), right one mile to Route 621 (Evergreen Mills Road), left 6.5 miles to Route 861 (Reservoir Road), right to third house on left. 703/327-6603.

FRAZIER FAMILY TREE - In Leesburg. Open daily 10 to 5, starting Saturday. White pine. From Leesburg, U.S. 15 south 2.5 miles to Harmony Church Road, right 2.2 miles to Loudoun Orchard Road, left 2.1 miles to Leighfield Lane, right to farm. 703/243-5725.

HERON POND FARM - Near Leesburg. Open Saturdays 9 to dark, Sundays 10 to dark, starting Dec. 4. Scotch and white pine, Norway spruce. From I-495 to Route 267 to Dulles Greenway to Leesburg and U.S. 15, south 3.9 miles to 20124 James Monroe Hwy. 703/777-3807.

HIDDEN BROOK FARM - Near Purcellville. Weekends noon to dark. White pine. From Leesburg, Route 7 west to Purcellville, left at Route 287 (Berlin Turnpike), right to Business Route 7, left at Route 690, left to Route 734 (Snickersville Turnpike), left to fourth building on right. 540/338-3540.

JACOBSON FARM - In Leesburg. Open Fridays through Sundays 9 to 4, through Dec. 5. Scotch and white pine; Douglas and Canaan fir; some blue spruce. From Leesburg, U.S. 15 north 10 miles to Route 658 (St. Clair Lane), left to signs. 703/777-9534.

JOE'S TREES - In Chantilly. Open weekends 9 to dark, weekdays noon to dark. Scotch and white pine. I-66 west to Route 234, north three miles to Route 659 (Gum Springs Road), right 2.3 miles to Sweetwater Lane, right to farm signs on left. 703/754-7825.

JAYNEHILL FARM - In Round Hill. Open Saturdays 9:30 to 4, Sundays 11:30 to 3 (11 to 2 on Dec. 19), starting Dec. 4. Scotch and white pine; Norway and blue spruce; Douglas and balsam fir. From Leesburg, Route 7 west about 15 miles to the Round Hill exit, right into Round Hill to Route 719 (Newcut Road), south about four miles (Newcut becomes Airmont) to Route 734 (Snickersville Turnpike), continue -mile to farm on right at second driveway past bridge. 540/554-2009.

LOUDOUN NURSERY - Near Purcellville. Open weekends 9 to 4:30. Scotch and white pine; Norway and blue spruce. Route 7 west to Purcellville, north on Route 690 (Hillsboro Road), left on Route 711 (Allder School Road), right on Route 716 (Short Hill Road) to third driveway on left. 540/338-4635 or 888/997-4635.

LOUDOUN VALLEY FARM - (Morrisonville field). Near Leesburg. Open Fridays 2 to 5, weekends 10 to 5, through Dec. 19. Scotch pine, Douglas fir. Route 7 west to Route 9, west five miles to Route 287, right 2.4 miles to Morrisonville Road, left 2.3 miles to farm on left. 540/882-3394.

LOUDOUN VALLEY FARM - (John Wolford field). Near Leesburg. Open Mondays through Thursdays 2 to 5, through Dec. 21. Scotch pine; Norway and Colorado spruce; Douglas fir. Route 7 west to Route 9, west five miles to Route 287, north one mile to John Wolford Road, left 0.4-mile to No. 38286 on right. 540/882-3394.

LOWELANDS FARM - Near Middleburg. Open weekends 9 to 5 through Dec. 12. Scotch and white pine; Norway spruce. From I-66, U.S. 50 west 16 miles to Aldie and Route 734 (Snickersville Turnpike), right five miles to Route 733 (Lime Kiln Road), right one mile to Route 763 (Steptoe Hill Road), left -mile to sign on right. 703/777-7746 or 540/687-6923.

MELODY FARM - Near Arcola. Open weekends 9 to dark, weekdays noon to dark. Scotch and white pine. U.S. 50 west to Route 659 (Gumspring Road), left four miles to Sweetwater Lane, left -mile to sign on right. 703/754-7905.

MIDDLEBURG FARM - Near Middleburg. Open weekends 9 to dark. Scotch and white pine; Norway and blue spruce; Douglas fir. U.S. 50 west to Middleburg, north at Route 626 (Foxcroft Road) 6.2 miles to Route 630 (Unison Road), right 0.1-mile to farm on left. 540/554-8625.

MILLTOWN CREEK FARM - Near Lovettsville. Open weekends 9 to 4, Fridays 2 to 5, starting Saturday. Scotch and white pine; Norway, blue, white and Engelmann spruce; Douglas and concolor fir. Route 7 west to Route 9, west five miles to Route 287, north 4.7 miles to Route 682 (Householder Road), left -mile to farm on left. 540/822-5428.

OAKSWORTH FARM - Near Leesburg. Open weekends 10 to 4. Scotch and white pine; Norway spruce. From Leesburg, U.S. 15 south 4.5 miles to signs on left. 703/771-1134.

RIGHT IN MY BACKYARD FARM - Near Centreville. Open Mondays through Saturdays 8 to 5, Sundays 9 to 5. Scotch and white pine; Douglas fir; Norway spruce; red cedar. U.S. 50 west to Route 621, left two miles to end, right -mile to farm on left. 703/327-2407.

SHERPER FARM - In Paeonian Springs. Open weekends 10 to 5. Scotch and white pine; Norway spruce. From Leesburg, west on Route 7 Bypass to Route 9, west -mile to farm on left. 540/955-3975.

SNICKERS GAP FARM - Near Bluemont. Open daily 9 to dark. Scotch and white pine; Douglas and Fraser fir; Norway and Colorado spruce. From Leesburg, Route 7 west 16 miles to Route 711 (Williams Gap Road), north -mile to farm on left. 540/554-8323.

SOUTH FORK TREES - Near Leesburg. Open weekends 9:30 to dark. White pine. From I-495, Route 7 west to first entrance to Leesburg bypass, west 5.5 miles to Route 9, west 2.5 miles to farm drive on left; or Dulles Toll Road to Dulles Greenway to Exit 1A to Leesburg bypass, west 4.3 miles to Route 9, west 2.5 miles to farm drive on left. 540/338-4925.

THOMPSON'S FARM - In Aldie. Open weekends 9 to 5. Scotch and white pine, Norway spruce. U.S. 50 west to U.S. 15, south one mile to Route 705 (Braddock Road), left 2.2 miles to farm on left. 703/327-4296.

TICONDEROGA FARM - Near Chantilly. Open Mondays through Saturdays 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sundays 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Scotch, Virginia and white pine; Douglas and Fraser fir; Norway spruce; red cedar. From I-66, U.S. 50 west 10.5 miles to Route 621 (Elk Lick Road), left two miles to end, right -mile to farm signs. 703/327-4424.

VINE AND BRANCH FARM - In Lovettsville. Open Fridays and Saturdays 9 to dark, Sundays 1 to dark, starting Dec. 3. Scotch and white pine; Norway spruce. From Leesburg, west on Route 7 to Route 9, west to Route 287, north to Route 692, left 1/3-mile to first driveway on left. 540/882-9658.

WHITE OAK FARM - West of Middleburg. Open weekends 9 to 4:30, weekdays 1 to 4:30. Scotch and white pine, Norway spruce. U.S. 50 west to Route 611 (St. Louis Road), north 1.7 miles to Route 790 (Newlin Mill Road), left 1.1-mile to farm on right. 540/687-6121 or 540/270-3635.

Madison County

STONEHEARTH FARM - Near Culpeper. Open daily 8:30 to dark. Scotch, Virginia, red and white pine. From Culpeper, south on Route 29 eight miles to Route 631 and Prince Michel Winery, west -mile to farm on left. 540/547-2576 or 301/384-6215.

Orange County

ELYSIUM FARM - Near Rapidan. Open Fridays and weekends 8 to dark. Scotch and white pine. From Fredericksburg, Route 3 west to Route 20 south to Route 617, right to Route 627, three miles to farm signs on left. 540/672-4512.

HNF TREES - Near Unionville. Open Wednesdays through Sundays 8 to dark. Scotch and white pine, blue spruce. I-95 south to Route 3, west 15 miles to Route 20, left 15 miles to Route 522, right one mile to farm on right. 703/323-7731.

Page County

SHENANDOAH COUNTRYSIDE FARM - Near Luray. Open daily 10 to dark. White pine. From Luray, south on Business U.S. 340 to Route 642 (Stony Man Road), east to Route 689 (still Stony Man Road) through Stony Man to Route 670 (Somers Road), left 0.1-mile to driveway at left. 540/743-6434.

Prince William County

EVERGREEN ACRES - In Nokesville. Open weekends during daylight, weekdays 2 to dark. Scotch and white pine; Colorado spruce. From I-66, west to Route 28, south through Manassas to Nokesville and Fitzwater Drive, left one mile to Aden Road, right 1.5 miles to Carriage Ford Road, right 2.5 miles to Hazelwood Drive, left -mile to farm on right. 703/594-3330.

SHADY GROVE FARM - Near Nokesville. Open weekends 9 to dark, weekdays 2 to dark. Scotch and white pine; Douglas fir; Norway spruce. I-66 west to Route 29 (Gainesville exit), west to Route 215 (Vint Hill Road), east seven miles to Reid Lane, right to signs on right. 703/754-8745.

Rappahannock County

BAUMGARDNER FARM - Between Sperryville and Washington, Va. Open Thursdays through Sundays 8 to 5. Scotch and white pine; Norway spruce; Douglas and Fraser fir. From Warrenton, Route 211 west 22 miles to farm opposite Rappahannock County High School. 540/675-3371 or 540/987-9017.

CHESTNUT HILLS FARM - Near Amissville. Open daily 9 to 4:30, starting Saturday. Scotch and white pine; Norway spruce. From Warrenton, Route 211 west 1.5 miles past Amissville to Route 611 (Seven Ponds Road), left 300 yards to farm on right. 540/937-5461.

MOOSE HILL FARM - Near Sperryville. Open Dec. 11-12 from 9 to dark. White pine, Norway spruce. From Culpeper, north on U.S. 522 nine miles to Route 707 (Slate Mills Road), left four miles to Route 607 (Quaintance Road), right one mile to farm on left at Jennie Dade Lane. 540/987-8271.

SPRING HILL FARM - Near Washington, Va. Open weekends 8 to 5. White pine, blue spruce. From Warrenton, Route 211 west 25 miles to Route 622 (Gid Brown Hollow Road), right one mile to blue house on right. 540/987-9414.

Shenandoah County

BLAIR FARMS - Near Woodstock. Open daily 9 to dark. Scotch, Virginia and white pine; Norway spruce. I-66 west to I-81 south to Woodstock, Route 42 west one mile to Route 605 (St. Luke Road), right three miles (bear left at fork) to Route 623 (Back Road), left -mile to Route 791 (Crider Lane), left -mile to farm on left. 540/459-2090.

DIETZ FARM - In Strasburg. Open Fridays through Sundays 9 to 5, starting Dec. 3. White pine, Norway spruce. I-66 west to I-81 south to Route 11 to Strasburg, right at King Street, left at Holliday Street, right on High Street to No. 393 on left. 703/750-2913.

MILL CREEK FARM - Near Mount Jackson. Open Fridays noon to dusk, Saturdays and Sundays dawn to dusk. Scotch and white pine; some Norway spruce and Douglas fir. I-66 west to I-81 south to Exit 273 (Bryce Mountain), Route 11 south four miles to Route 263, west two miles to farm on left at 10312 Orkney Grade. 540/477-2470.

PINE HILL FARM - Near New Market. Open daily 8 to dark. Scotch and white pine, Norway spruce. I-66 to I-81 south to New Market, west on Route 211 to Plains Mill Road, right across bridge to River Road, left to New Market Depot Road, left two miles to Flat Rock Road, left to second house on right. 540/740-8998.

Warren County

CALAMUS CREEK FARM - Near Front Royal. Open daily 9 to dark. Scotch pine; Norway and blue spruce. I-66 west to U.S. 340, south to Route 649, left 1.9 miles to Route 607, right -mile to farm on left. 540/635-7763.

GLEN MANOR FARM - Near Front Royal. Open weekends 9 to dark starting Saturday. White pine. I-66 west to Route 55 west to U.S. 340, south to Route 649, left 5.5 miles to farm on left. 540/635-6363 or 540/635-7695. HERITAGE PINES - In Middletown. Open daily 9 to dark, starting Saturday. Scotch and white pine. From I-66 Exit 6 (second Front Royal exit), south on U.S. 340 -mile to Route 637 (Guard Hill Road), right 2.5 miles to farm on right. 540/636-9296.

QUAIL HOLLOW FARM - Near Bentonville. Open weekends 9 to 5. Scotch and white pine; Norway and white spruce. From Front Royal, U.S. 340 south 10 miles to Bentonville and Route 613, left to Route 672 and farm signs on left. 540/635-9155 or 703/560-7421.

RUDACILLE FARM - Near Browntown. Open Mondays through Saturdays 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sundays noon to 5. Scotch and white pine. From Front Royal, south on U.S. 340 -mile to Route 649, left eight miles to Browntown, right at Route 613 to farm on left. 540/636-2149.

SKYLINE EVERGREEN FARM - Near Bentonville. Open daily 8 to dark. Scotch pine, Norway spruce. From Front Royal, south on U.S. 340 10 miles to Bentonville, east on Route 613 (Bentonville-Browntown Road) two miles to farm on left. 540/635-4366.



 
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