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a view of one of the farm fields, think that is a tobacco bar in the distance but not sure
Claude Moore Colonial Farm
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6310 Georgetown Pike McLean, Virginia 22101
The park is open April-December Wed.-Sun. 10am-4:30pm.
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The Claude Moore Colonial Farm is a living history site/farm set in the year 1771, and has the distinction of being the only privately run US park. It includes crops such as corn and wheat grown on approximately 10 acres as well as an 18th century cabin, some farm animals and a gift shop. The farm is near the Potomac River and is next door to the Central Intelligence Agency.
The farm opened in 1972 on a portion of the Turkey Run Park, which is in turn is part of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. The farm had only operated a few years when it was faced with closure in 1980 due to US Government budget cuts. It was kept afloat due to the efforts of local government leaders and volunteers. The farm later became known by its present name after Dr. Claude Moore made a sizable gift to help it keep operating. Funds are also generated from donated book sales and volunteers play an active role by helping with crop planting and harvesting.
The farm was surprisingly quiet on a Saturday morning in July. There were only a handful of other visitors. The main attraction is the small farm cabin, which is a short walk from the gift shop along some dirt paths. A couple of young and pleasant interpreters at the cabin represented a colonial family. They informatively answered some questions about the cabin and the farm in general. A brood of chickens were wandering around the yard and a nearby cage contained a pair of noisy geese that hissed whenever anyone walked by. There were various crops as well but they were not especially notable. An hour was plenty of time to see the place as there was quite little to see. The farm has a series of special events, including craft demonstrations and days for volunteers to help out. There is a schedule listed on the farm’s website. It might be a more interesting place during one of these events, but otherwise it had little if anything of interest to see or do, and therefore a visit is not recommended.
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