Bill and Val Tillett and the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties have provided a grant of $25,000 to the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum to support the museum’s programs and mission.
Bill Tillett was among the museum founders who two decades ago worked to preserve Loudoun’s agricultural history in the face of the county’s rapid development. Opened in 2003 as a public/private partnership between the founding members of the board and the Loudoun County government, the museum serves as a place where residents can learn about the rural history of the county and the importance of that heritage in today’s landscape. Today, the museum volunteers, staff, and board strive to preserve, promote, and bring to life the rich agricultural history of Loudoun through educational programming, community outreach, and exhibits.
The museum houses interactive exhibits for families, enabling guests to explore life in Loudoun over 100 years ago. The interactive exhibits center on the Waxpool General Store, a gift from the Tillett family that was taken apart at its original location on Waxpool Road and pieced together in the museum gallery.
The museum also houses many of the records and ledger books used by the Tillett and Munday families while operating the store at the turn of the 20th century. The Tillett family’s donation of the general store and the accompanying archives began the intergenerational approach that the museum takes in serving the public—to be a place where grandparents, parents, and children can learn about farm life.
The Tillett family’s latest donation will support new educational initiatives.
The museum is located at Claude Moore Park in Sterling. It is open Tuesday through Sunday. For more information, go to heritagefarmmuseum.org