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Arch Month: Historic Waterford Foundation Walking Tour - Black History Sites (CE)
April 17
4:00-5:30p


Offered as part of Virginia Architecture Month.

Organized by the Historic Waterford Foundation, this in-person walking tour will focus on the history and architecture of the village of Waterford, focusing on Black History Sites. Waterford was within the part of Loudoun County known as the Underground Railroad route. It was also a haven for free Blacks. Settled by Quakers, the village offered more opportunities for African Americans than most other places in the south. Black historic sites in the village are numerous, and include Second Street School, a one-room school funded by Quakers; a Freedmen's Bureau which served Black residents from 1867 to 1957; and the John Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church, a Gothic Revival church built by and for African Americans in 1891. The town has many other well preserved homes and workplaces where free and enslaved African Americans lived and worked.

The tour is organized and conducted by the non-profit Waterford Foundation, which has played an important role in revitalizing Waterford and providing information and tours for the public. Tours will begin at the Waterford Old School at 40222 Fairfax Street, Waterford, VA 20197.

Open to the public.
1.5 LU|Elective. Tickets $20, $15 for Children ages 12 and under. Registration required.