County Historic Districts
Formation of the Historic & Cultural Conservation Districts
The county's existing Historic and Cultural Conservation (HCC) Districts were formed at the request of property owners. The first districts were the Aldie, Oatlands, and Waterford districts, formed in 1972. Residents in these areas recognized the unique historic character of the communities in which they lived and sought to preserve the historic buildings, landscapes and viewsheds. The newest district, the Beaverdam Creek Historic Roads District, was established in 2002 with the intent to protect the historic rural character of a network of roads that evolved from Colonial paths and trails.
The Historic District Program enables Loudoun County to be a Certified Local Government. This gives the county standing with the State Preservation Office to comment on nominations of property to the national and state registers and allows the county to apply for grant money specifically allocated for local preservation efforts. Find out more information, or determine if your property is located withing one of the county's seven districts.
Historic & Cultural Conservation Districts
Since 1972, Loudoun County has protected its unique historic assets through the designation of local historic districts. There are six Historic and Cultural Conservation Districts in Loudoun County:
- Goose Creek - the only rural Historic and Cultural Conservation District. Encompassing over 10,000 acres of land, this district was formed to protect and enhance the rural landscape of the area.
- Waterford - the Village of Waterford and the surrounding rural area is also a National Historic Landmark, the highest honorary designation bestowed by the U.S. Department of the Interior. The National Historic Landmark boundary is larger than the county-administered district, which is limited to the central village area.
The county has also designated one Historic Roadways District. The Beaverdam Historic Roadways District comprises a network of 32 rural roads located in the southwest corner of the county generally bounded by Snickersville Turnpike (Route 734) to the north and John Mosby Highway (Route 50) to the south. Leesburg, Middleburg, and Purcellville comprise historic districts which are under the jurisdiction of their respective towns. All of these districts, with the exception of Beaverdam, are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.