The Waterford Fair is the oldest--and best!--juried crafts fair in Virginia. Four-time winner of the county's "Best Event of the Year," the historic village of Waterford welcomes fairgoers from around the world each October for three days of living history, food, handicrafts, and just plain fun.
Friends and families, adults and children all delight in lively performances of traditional music and dance; reenactments by Colonial and Civil War-era militia and cavalry; art and photography exhibits, hands-on demonstrations of traditional American crafts by 155 renowned artisans (many nationally known) plus the ever-popular tour of private historic homes.
Young visitors join many of our artisans in making their clay pots and candles, or other early crafts. They are invited to take a lesson from a sword-master, be enchanted by a magician, or charmed by an organ grinder, ride on a country wagon filled with hay, or join the students in a real one-room schoolhouse (used from 1871 until 1957).
A Revolutionary War militia camps in Waterford for the weekend. A fife and drum corps marches through the narrow streets. Civil War soldiers reenact a past battle and demonstrate cavalry training. And there is music everywhere--string bands, troubadours, barbershop, gospel, classical, folk, and traditional.
It is entertainment with a purpose: the historic crafts demonstrated, the music played, the military reenactors, and, of course, the setting in this beautifully preserved National Historic Landmark District--all bring alive the history of an early American village for children of all ages.