The Waterford Homes Tour and Crafts Exhibit Oct. 5-7 will celebrate the town's 20th anniversary as one of only three National Historic Landmark villages in the United States.
To commemorate the event, the Waterford Foundation commissioned artist Antonia Walker to paint a portrait of the village's buildings and surrounding farmland and has had a limited edition of 1,000 prints of the painting made into posters. Walker has signed and numbered 300 posters that will be sold at the fair for $25 unsigned and $40 signed.
For the first time in the festival's 47-year history, a Civil War military ball will be held Saturday night in the village, which was founded in 1733 by Pennsylvania Quakers. Many of the homes and buildings stand relatively unchanged from that century.
A Civil War battle reenactment by soldiers of the 28th Massachusetts Regiment and the Confederate 8th Virginia Regiment will be held on Saturday and Sunday. The 54th Massachusetts Volunteers black reenactment unit featured in the movie "Glory" will also appear.
Sixteen private historic homes and buildings will be opened for the tour, the largest number of any recent fair. New this year is Huntley Manor House and Quaker School.
All three floors of the Old Mill will be filled with crafts, handmade by more than 300 juried exhibitors who use only natural materials. More than 100 nationally recognized craftspeople chosen for their ability to demonstrate and instruct audiences in 18th- and 19th-century crafts will be on hand.
There will also be dance and music, including gospel, Appalachian bluegrass, Irish American, barbershop, autoharp, dulcimer, classical and folk, and two fife and drum corps. Clog dancers and the Bluemont Morris Dancers will also perform.
Other activities include the Iron Men of Loudoun County, who crush rocks, split logs and bale hay aboard antique farm steam equipment, children in costume reenacting a day in a one-room school in the 1880s, authentic foods from the 1800s and 1900s, homemade jams, jellies and baked goods.
Admission is $10 per person at the gate. Children under 12 are admitted free. Advance tickets at $8 per person are available through outlets in Loudoun and national Ticketron (1-800-543-3041). Fair hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
For more information, call the Waterford Foundation at (703) 882-3018.