The first day of Autumn is Wednesday, September 23rd and we cannot wait to celebrate fall at some of these great Festivals in Loudoun County! There truly is something for everyone on this list!

JS Realty Fall Fest Pumpkin VillageOpen: Now – November 3rd

Leesburg Animal Park
19270 James Monroe Hwy
Leesburg, VA
Enjoy lots of fun fall activities including: Hay rides, Moon bounces, Pony rides, Camel rides, Petting zoo, Exotic animals like Lemurs, Zebras, African Serval Cats, Giant Aldabra Tortoises & more!
Admission Fee: Fee Varies depending on date – visit the website.

JS Realty Fall Fest Great Country FarmsOpen: Saturday, September 26 thru Saturday, October 31
Great Country Farms
18780 Foggy Bottom Road
Bluemont, VA
Visit the largest u-pick pumpkin patch in Northern Virginia and pick your pumpkin right off the vine! Cheer on the swine at the Infamous Oinkintucky Derby Pig Races. Play on the 2800 sq ft. Pumpkin Jumpin’ Pillow, The Double Barrel 60′ Slide, or Rubber Ridge – a tractor tire mountain.
Admission Fee: weekdays: $8 child, $10 adult, weekends and Columbus Day: $10 child, $12 adult

JS Realty Fall Fest Temple HallOpen: Friday, September 25 – Tuesday, November 3
Temple Hall Farm Regional Park

5855 Limestone School Rd
Leesburg, VA
Loudoun County’s BIGGEST Fall event! Use the Pumpkin Blasters to launch a pumpkin 100 yards through the air! Try your hand at the Paintball Shooting Gallery! And don’t forget about the corn maize!
Admission Fee: Visit website for pricing.

JS Realty Fall Fest OktoberfestSaturday, September 26 – 10AM to 10PM

Town of Lovettsville
6 East Pennsylvania Ave

Lovettsville, VA
Celebrate Lovettsville’s rich German heritage with authentic German cuisine, live music performances, street performers, beer, wine and more. Take the kids to Kinderfest for FREE games and activities. Over 120 art, crafts, and service vendors lining the streets.
Admission: FREE, parking is FREE, trolleys are FREE, and the all day entertainment is FREE!

JS Realty Fall Festival Pumpkin PatchSaturday, October 10 – 1PM to 7PM

Brambleton Town Center
42395 Ryan Road
Brambleton, VA
Brambleton’s largest event of the year! Find rides, moon bounces, food vendors, beer, a chili-cook off, cornhole challenge and live music.
Admission: Free to attend, unlimited ride wristbands are $15 per person

JS Realty Fall Fest Joshua's HandsSaturday, October 10 – 10AM to 5PM

Guthrie’s Farm
8327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, VA
Food, Fun, Kids’ Crafts, Games, Petting Farm, Lunch, and Live Entertainment! A Fall Festival for all!
Admission Fee: Free

JS Realty Fall Fest LansdowneSunday, October 11 – 11AM to 4PM
Pavilion at Lansdowne Resort
44050 Woodbridge Pkwy
Leesburg, VA
Lansdowne Resort will be hosting the first ever Lansdowne Fall Beer Festival, featuring 12 brewers and craft beer lovers from Loudoun County and the surrounding area. Jumpin’ Jupiter – a local “rockin” band, will keep your toe tapping all afternoon! Enjoy delicious food from our chefs, several local food trucks, beer, wine, and sweets!
Admission: Purchase tickets through the EventBrite site.

JS Realty Fall Fest AldieSaturday, October 17 – 9AM to 5PM
Village of Aldie
39401 John Mosby Hwy

Aldie, VA
Vendors will feature antiques, crafts, jewelry, food, and collectibles. Historic and civic organizations will highlight notable events and people in Aldie’s history. Tour the Aldie Mill which will be open for milling! The famous Aldie Duck Race winds up the day at 4:00!
Admission Fee: Free to attendees; $5 parking

JS Realty Fall Fest Oatlands Tractor RideSunday, October 18 – 1PM to 5PM
Oatlands Historic House & Gardens
20850 Oatlands Plantation Ln
Leesburg, VA
Celebrate Autumn at Oatlands!!  Enjoy an exciting day of family fun activities. Music by the Shenandoah Travelers. Food by Pauly’s Rib Shack, Pop Pop’s Kettle Corn, Shenandoah Juice and Java. Bake Sale, Antiques, Hayrides, Crafts, Games and more!  Beer, wine, and hard cider available for purchase.
Admission Fee: $20 per family/$10 individual ticket

JS Realty Fall Fest Doukenie
Saturday, October 24 – 10AM to 6PM
Doukenie Winery
14727 Mountain Road
Purcellville, VA
Celebrate the harvest with a barrel tasting event open to the general public. Enjoy delicious BBQ from Monk’s BBQ. Rain or shine!
Admission Fee: $15/person

JS Realty Fall Fest LoCo BrewFest
Saturday, October 24 – 1PM to 6PM
Lost Rhino Brewing Company
21730 Red Rum Drive #142
Ashburn, VA
Head over to the first ever LoCo Brewfest at Lost Rhino Brewing Company, presented in conjunction with Visit Loudoun. This will be the first festival to feature breweries from Loudoun County exclusively!
Admission Fee: $30 VIP Ticket/$20 General Admission


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If you’ve been driving down Route 7 in Ashburn these past few months, there’s no doubt you have been wondering what those huge, sky-reaching posts were that were installed right next to One Loudoun. Well we finally have an answer for you. Behold… TOP GOLF! This “ultimate venue for fun” is like a driving range on steroids, where experienced and novice golfers can enjoy the game together.JS Realty TopGolf logo

Located at 20356 Commonwealth Center Drive in Ashburn, Top Golf take the driving range concept to a whole new level – 3 levels, in fact! The new location in Loudoun features more than 100 driving range bays over 3 floors, a rooftop terrace and bar, 200+ HDTV’s, and free WiFi.

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Photo credit: WTOP/Michelle Basch

Gone are the days of driving golf balls out into the distance over and over again. 15 years ago, the Jollifee brothers set out in improve not only their golf swing, but the entire experience as well. Enter Top Golf, with it’s combination of competition and entertainment, complete with high-tech golf balls that can instantly tell you the distance and accuracy of your shot!  The invention of these “smart” golf balls lead to the development of several golf ball hitting games. Players compete against each other while enjoying some quality food and drinks (including brunch & gluten free options!), in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.JSRealty4U

Open 7 days a week, and with over 20 locations across the US & the UK, this ultimate combination of sports & fun is a great place for a date, a guys night out, or even a corporate event. In fact, The JS Realty Team will be having a team function at Top Golf in the very near future, and we cannot wait!

Did you know that there are homes just minutes from this family-friendly sports venue? Contact us today and we can help you find an amazing home in the area.

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Labor Day is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. This year, Labor Day falls on Monday, September 7th.

Several local, and quite a few “not-so-local” events are sure to have you enjoying some of the last days of the summer.

JS Realty Labor Day Apple BasketEvery weekend in September, from 9AM – 6PM!
18780 Foggy Bottom Road
Bluemont, VA

Live demonstrations and music, a corn maze, freshly pressed cider, freshly picked apples, and more! It’s a great way to end the summer and get ready for fall. For ticket information, visit the Great Country Farm website.

JS Realty Labor Day DiscoSaturday, September 5th
9PM – 2AM

Mick’s Restaurant & Sports Lounge
2866 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Stafford, VA

Food, drinks, and fun! Grab your go-go boots and tie-dye shirts, and get to groovin’ & shakin’ at the disco in honor of their 6th Anniversary!

JS Realty Brambleton Dog LaborSunday, September 6th
2PM – 6PM
Community Center Pool
42645 Regal Wood Drive
Brambleton, VA
Registration Required

Bring the pups out for a swim! The Community Center Pool will be open for the dogs (sorry humans, you have to sit this one out!) as the last swim session of the season. All dogs are welcome to splash in the water for up to 2 hours. $5 Entrance Fee Per Dog, or donation from the FOHA Wish List 

Sully Historic Site Plantation Labor JSRealty4USunday, September 6
11AM – 4PM
3650 Historic Sully Way
Chantilly, VA

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the restoration of Sully Historic Site! Enjoy FREE tours, exhibits, activities, and refreshments, along with a ceremony at 1PM.

JS Realty Labor Day Herndon LogoMonday, September 7
11AM – 5PM
Herndon Town Green
777 Lynn Street
Herndon, VA

Labor Day Festival on the Town Green in Historic Downtown Herndon. Presented in collaboration with the Herndon Woman’s Club, the event features nationally and regionally known entertainers on the main stage, unlimited Virginia wine tasting, gourmet food, a Fine Arts show and Virginia microbreweries! For admission and a schedule of events visit their website.

va lovers sign js realtyIf you don’t mind a bit of travelling, there are a number of events in the Shenandoah Valley, Blue Ridge region, Coastal Virginia, and more. For a list of events, visit the Virginia is for Lovers website and enjoy some Labor Day fun!

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The Loudoun County Fair has been a place for the community to celebrate the agriculture of the area since 1936. Originally established for 4-H members to have a fair of their own, the Loudoun County Fair has provided a place for the children to exhibit their animals, home economics projects, and produce. In 1957 a livestock auction was added, and since then, an auditorium has been built, and new barns have been erected. So come out and enjoy one of Loudoun’s longest-running events – the Loudoun County Fair!JS Realty Fair Logo

Located at 17558 Dry Mill Rd in Leesburg, this year’s Fair runs for 6 days – from Monday, July 27th through Saturday, August 1st. There is something for everyone JS Realty Fair opento enjoy between the animal shows, live music, carnival games, and more! Here’s a sample of what you’ll find each day:

Monday, July 27th
Gates and Carnival open at 4PM
Fair Dedication & Opening Ceremony at 6PM
Corn on the Cob Eating Contest at 7PM
Stoney Roberts Demolition Derby at 8PM

JS Realty Dean Fair Dunn BandTuesday, July 28th
Gates open at 9AM
Dairy Show at 10AM
Agri Puppets at 1PM & 3:30PM
Reggie Rice – Comedy Hypnotist at 2PM, 4:30PM & 6:45PM
Carnival Opens at 4PM
Dean Crawford & The Dunn’s River Band at 7:30PM

JS Realty Hansen Spectacular FairWednesday, July 29th – Children’s Day!
Gates open at 9AM
Hansen’s Spectacular Acrobatic Thrill Show at 12:30PM & 6PM
Carnial Opens at 1PM
Oreo Stacking Contest at 3:30PM
The Reagan Years Band at 7PM & 8:45PM
Please note the carnival will be closed from 5 – 6PM.

JS Realty Fair PuppetsThursday, July 30th – Senior Citizen’s Day!
Gates open at 9AM
Senior’s Bingo at 10AM
Horse Demonstration at 3PM
Carnival Opens at 4PM
Pie Eating Contest at 6:15PM
Professional Bull Riding at 7:30PM

JS Realty contest loudoun fairFriday, July 31st
Gates open at 9AM
Bunny Dress Up at 10AM
Heritage Tinsmithing Show at 3PM
Carnival Opens at 4PM
Watermelon Eating Contest at 5PM
Livestock Auction at 6:30PM

JS Reatly pig fairSaturday, August 1st
Gates open at 9AM
Wildlife Ambassadors – Wild Virginia at 11AM
Carnival opens at 1PM
Karaoke Contest at 6PM
Professional Bull Riding & Rodeo at 7:30PM
Kiss-a-Pig Contest at 7:30PM

And all that is just the beginning! Check out the full schedule of events on the Loudoun County Fair website. Purchase tickets online here to receive a 15% discount!

We can’t wait to go to the fair!

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If you love history and historical homes, Loudoun County is rich in it. There are currently more than 50 homes that are still preserved and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. These are a testament to the past history of Loudoun – some of them are still occupied, some are museums, and some just simply exist.

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Morven Park – Davis Mansion, built ca. 1780

History tells us that Loudoun County constitutes part of the five million acre Northern Neck of Virginia Proprietary granted by King Charles II of England to seven noblemen in 1649.

In 1757, by act of the Virginia House of Burgesses, Fairfax County was divided. The western portion was named Loudoun for John Campbell, Fourth Earl of Loudoun, a Scottish nobleman who served as Commander-in-Chief for all British armed forces in North America and honorary Governor of Virginia from 1756 to 1768. Leesburg has served continuously as the County Seat since 1757.

JS Realty Waverly Loudoun VA
Waverly, built ca 1890. Photo courtesy Eric Strawser.

Settling in Loudoun began in 1725 to 1730. The lower portion of Loudoun was being established as large tobacco plantations.

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Woodgrove Stone House, built ca 1785

Loudoun was known for its agricultural business and an area where the rich came to vacation (away from the hot city, DC), however in the 1960’s a shift began. Dulles International Airport was built and the airport attracted new businesses, workers and their families to the area. Roads began to be built and the rest is modern history!

Loudoun is now home to more than 363,050 people (2014 Census) and our history will only continue to grow. We can only hope to leave a piece of history for those looking back on us 300 years from today.

JS Realty Janelia Loudoun County
Janelia Farm, built 1936. Photo courtesy Rexignis.

As you can see, Loudoun’s history is almost 300 years old, and we are fortunate enough to have homes that still exist to tell the story of settlers that started what we call home today.

JS Realty Carlheim Historic Mansion
Carlheim (Paxton Campus), built ca 1872

We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of most of the Historic Homes in the Loudoun area. If you’re looking for a fun “stay-cation” adventure, pick out your 3 favorite homes to drive by and/or visit. Maybe you will be able to step back in time and learn about the daily lives our fore-founders were living, making history and supporting how we got here today.

Download the list of Historic Homes in Loudoun County here.

We love historic and even just “older” homes. If you’re looking to move to Loudoun County, contact us today to set up a tour of homes to see – we will customize the tour to suit your taste and needs!

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It’s Independence Day weekend and what better way to kick it off, than with some great info on visiting Jamestown! We took an impromptu trip two weeks ago and headed south towards Williamsburg. We ended up spending a day exploring both sites. The Jamestown Settlement and Historic Jamestowne sites are minutes apart, and while each one is quite unique and has fun and interesting features, you can easily spend an entire day visiting just one location. However, if you’re traveling with younger kids, like we were, it worked out well to hit both places in the same day.

Historic Jamestowne
This is the actual site where 104 settlers arrived on May 14,1607. After checking in at the Visitors Center (which has many artifacts and lots of information), you are free to walk the grounds and explore. Signs and information boards are set up at different points to let you know where you’re standing and what happened there.JS Realty Jamestown Site Map

Another way to explore the site is to take a free tour, guided by an archaeologist.

JS Realty Jamestown Excavation
Current Excavation

As you visit the different sites and spots, you will get a wonderful account of all that has been found, along with details about the current excavation. Our Guide actually jumped right into a pit and showed us the possible cellar of the building they were excavating!

If you’re ready for lunch or a quick snack, stop by the historic Dale House Café near the water’s edge. It’s a scenic spot to rest up before continuing on to the Archaearium – a museum that houses the most impressive of the two million artifacts uncovered since the Rediscovery Project began in 1994. There are even several places where the flooring is made of glass, so you can see down to the original stones and foundation of the building under the Archaearium.

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Looking out at the James River.

Jamestown Settlement
After spending a good 2-3 hours exploring the archaeological site, we headed over to the Jamestown Settlement, which is a re-creation of the original and a “living/working museum”. You could spend hours just wandering through the museum itself.  Our first stop was actually the Cafe for a quick lunch! The food is cooked to order and they have a decent selection of items to satisfy even the pickiest eaters – and we had 3!

JS Realty Old Virginia MapAfter lunch, we wandered through the gallery exhibits learning about Jamestown’s beginnings and viewing hundreds of objects and artifacts from 17th-century Europe, Africa, and Virginia. The items are integrated into the museum, which features three-dimensional structures and small theaters. The best part was that almost every placard or information board featured an item to touch – linen, wool, deer skin, iron cuffs, etc. so you really got a sense of what the settlers were using or wearing.

JS Realty Jamestown Powhatan Village
Powhatan Houses

After learning more about life in the 1600’s, it was time to explore the three outdoor-living, hands-on history areas. First was the re-created Powhatan village featuring reed-covered houses, crops and a ceremonial circle of carved wooden posts. You can walk in the houses, sit on the deerskin covered beds and even use a chunk of a log and rock pestle to grind corn into meal (we had a hard time dragging one of the little ones away from that!). We were quite fascinated to watch a Powhatan Indian interpreter make a log canoe by burning the inside of a tree trunk and then scraping it out with an oyster shell.

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Ships at Jamestown

Our next stop was checking out The Ships – re-creations of the Susan Constant, Discovery, and Godspeed that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607.  The ships are moored at the pier and are completely hands-on! Once aboard the ships, you can explore the tight conditions, try steering with a whip-staff or tiller, tie sailors’ knots, and even climb into a sailor’s bunk. Costumed interpreters are on all 3 ships and give a great account of what it was like to sail from England in 1607 and can answer pretty much any question you might have.

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The armor was heavy!

Our last stop was the James Fort. The re-created 1610-14 fort contain structures topped with thatch roofs depicting dwellings, as well as an Anglican church, a court of guard, a storehouse, a cape merchant’s office and a governor’s house. Historical interpreters even forge and repair metal objects in a blacksmith’s forge and show how matchlock muskets are fired (warning: the muskets are loud!). You can even try on armor and play games! 

Overall, visiting both sites was a fantastic way to learn about Virginia and American history. Children have plenty to see, handle, and explore, while Adults can enjoy learning new facts about the area and even feel like a kid again! Williamsburg and Jamestown are only about a 3-hour drive from the Northern VA area and is definitely something you could do over a long weekend.

The JS Realty Team prides ourselves on helping our clients through the entire buying and selling process, from the first search for a home, to closing and beyond! Contact us today – we’d love to help you find your dream home!

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