Loudoun County's Goose Creek Historic District, the second largest historic district in Virginia, has been placed on the State Landmarks Register and nominated to the National Register of Historic Places.
The 10,000-acre district contains more than 80 historic structures, most of them farms, and the tiny town of Lincoln, south of Purcellville.
Goose Creek was a major Quaker settlement in the 18th and 19th centuries and contains many of the original fieldstone farmhouses, with their stone and wood barns still intact. The area was renowned not only for its handsome farms and industrious farmers but for its antislavery sentiments. The original 1817 Quaker meeting, which expelled members for buying or hiring slaves, is still attended by descendants of some of the original Quaker families. The town of Goose Creek was renamed Lincoln after the Civil War.
Approved by the county board of supervisors in 1977, Goose Creek is the county's seventh historic district. The others are Waterford, Leesburg, Aldie Mill, Oatlands, Taylorstown and Hillsboro.
Listing on state and national historic registers is an honor, placing no legal restrictions on the properties, though it does make them eligible for federal tax incentives for restoration of historic buildings. Under county zoning regulations, however, changes to properties within historic districts must be approved by an architectural review board.