In Our Backyard: A History of Waterford Schools

Early 19th century education in Virginia was largely organized by religious groups or private individuals; in Waterford, the Society of Friends (Quakers) established an education program around 1805. According to the late historian John Divine, during the 19th and 20th centuries, the village of Waterford supported at least 10 schools, some housed in purpose-built schoolhouses and some in private residences. Many of these structures are still standing. The relatively large number of schools in this small, rural community is testimony to the value the Quakers placed on equal education for all children.

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Working for You: Loudoun Habitat for Humanity

No matter who we are or where we come from, we all deserve to have a decent life. We deserve to feel strength and stability every day. We deserve to know we have the power to take care of ourselves and build our own futures. At Loudoun Habitat for Humanity our vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Because you, me, we—we’re all humans. And every single one of us deserves the opportunity for a better future.

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A View From the Gap: Sharing the Way

Despite the growth in residential development across much of western Loudoun in the past two decades, vast swaths of the landscape retain their bucolic beauty of rolling farmland and verdant wooded mountainsides, laced with hundreds of miles of country roads. Through the efforts of staunch advocates for conservation and innovative thinking among old-line farm families and young rural entrepreneurs, the banal tide of sprawl has, at least momentarily, receded, replaced by a refreshing revival of a sharing communitarian spirit.

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