Washington DC – Day Trip 2 – A Colonial Farm

This day trip from Washington DC could be done in coordination with a trip to Virginia Hunt Country, or it could be a stand-alone visit. The Claude Moore Colonial Farm is north of Arlington, Virginia, but you will need a rental car or taxi to get you there, as public transportation is sparse. It is the closest choice to downtown, for a Colonial farm, along with Mt. Vernon.

This is a seasonal experience, as all farms are, and it re-opens in early April.

Along with demonstrations of Colonial life, there is also a farm store where you will be able to purchase replicas of everyday type Colonial goods.

I have always felt that life-skill education has real value and being able to talk to well-trained guides helps history become real again, whenever they are available. Most tours at this Farm are self-guided.

As Colonial Williamsburg is much further away, this simple farm, along with Mt. Vernon estate, President George Washington’s home, are great choices for those who don’t have time for a longer trip.

Strangely enough, you might be able to combine it with a drive past the CIA which is located nearby, in Langley, Virginia, near McLean, where many US senators and congress-people also live (it’s been a very ritzy area for decades — all the Kennedy’s lived there when working in Washington, DC).

Such simple places as Claude Moore Colonial farm are what America was built on, so it is a wonderful chance to see early America. It is the world of an 18th Century family living on a small, low-income farm just prior to the Revolutionary War. Those familiar with the novels of Diana Gabaldon will find this of great interest.

You can learn more at:
Claude Moore Colonial Farm
6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean, Virginia 22101
Phone: 703-442-7557

The 1771 farm is open for self-guided visits from 10am – 4:30pm, Wednesday through Sunday, April through mid-December.

The farm is closed Mondays, Tuesdays, Independence Day & Thanksgiving Day.

Regular admission:
$3.00 for adults
$2.00 for children (aged 3 – 12) and seniors (60+)

Market Fair & Special Event Admission:
$5 for adults
$2.50 for children (3-12 years old) and senior citizens.

Some driving directions: (more online)

To the 18th Century Farm, GateHouse Shop & Market Fairs:

From the Capital Beltway (I-495)
Take exit 44, Georgetown Pike, Route 193 east, towards Langley. Go about 2 miles, and turn left onto Colonial Farm Road. The Farm parking lot is the third left turn off Colonial Farm Road.

From the George Washington Memorial Parkway
Take the exit for Route 123 south towards McLean. At the 4th light, turn right onto Georgetown Pike, Route 193 West then turn immediately right on Colonial Farm Road. The Farm parking lot is the third left turn off Colonial Farm Road.

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