Regarding the May 2 Metro article “Claude Moore Colonial Farm may close this year”:

Claude Moore Colonial Farm is a living history museum that shows life on a small farm during the 18th century. It is special in so many ways. It focuses on authenticity and education. It is the only privately funded national park. It sits on 77 acres of beautiful land. It has tobacco fields and a wonderful little farmhouse. It is an amazing part of Virginia.

For six years, the National Park Service and the Friends of Claude Moore Colonial Farm had been on good terms and negotiating. Then recently, the Park Service said it would close the farm in December.

I have been going to the farm since I was a little girl. I found out the farm was closing the day I put in my dress order to become a dressed volunteer at the farm. Claude Moore is a true gem of Virginia. There are so many great programs at the Market Fair. In an area full of history, the farm provides a great hands-on educational experience for people of all ages. I love the farm, and many other people do, too. I want to do whatever I can to help the farm. 

Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) is introducing a bill to help save the farm, but the farm is worried it will not be enacted in time to save it. We need all the help we can get to keep the farm open.

Michele Mickelwait, Falls Church