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Waterford in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Mill to Market

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, December 1, 2019
1. Mill to Market Marker
Inscription.  Beginning in the 1730s, Waterford's residents developed productive farms, a series of mills, and a transportation network. By the early 1800s, Thomas Phillips, an enterprising Quaker, farmed the land in front of you.

To ensure access to the village and its mills, he and fellow farmers petitioned for a covered bridge over nearby Catoctin Creek. The bridge washed away in the same storm that caused the 1889 Johnstown Flood. For more than 200 years, Waterford's flour fed families near and far. The last mill closed in 1939.

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For many decades Waterford produced flour, cornmeal, leather, iron goods, furniture, and caskets. Wagons drawn by oxen or horses carried the goods to regional markets.

Roads carved out of the wilderness in the 1700s radiated from Waterford like the spokes of a wheel—and are still in use today. British General Braddock's troops rode down Old Wheatland Road (behind you) on his ill-fated expedition against the French and Indians in 1755.

Waterford's farmers and manufacturers hoped to have their own canal or railroad. However, when the B&O Railroad and
Mill to Market Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 1, 2019
2. Mill to Market Marker
C&O Canal came to Point of Rocks, Maryland, in the 1830s, that river town became Waterford's link to Eastern seaboard markets. Not until after the Civil War did a railroad come to Virginia's Loudoun Valley.

 
Erected by Waterford Foundation.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O), the Braddock’s Road and Maj. Gen. Edward Braddock, and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal marker series.
 
Location. 39° 11.412′ N, 77° 37.063′ W. Marker is in Waterford, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Wheatland Road (Virginia Route 698) and Milltown Road (Virginia Route 681), on the right when traveling east on Old Wheatland Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 40024 Old Wheatland Road, Waterford VA 20197, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Phillips Farm (here, next to this marker); The Waterford Mill (approx. 0.2 miles away); How it Works (approx. 0.2 miles away); Waterford - An Old Mill Town (approx. 0.2 miles away); Independent Loudoun Virginia Rangers (approx. ¼ mile away); Mutual Fire Insurance Company of Loudoun County (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Tin Shop (approx. 0.4 miles away); Waterford (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waterford.
 
Categories.
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By Devry Becker Jones, December 1, 2019
3. In Harmony with Nature
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Bridges & ViaductsChurches & ReligionColonial EraIndustry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsWar, French and IndianWaterways & Vessels
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 1, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 1, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 39 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 1, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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