Loudoun County’s historic Quaker village of Unison will hold its annual Unison Heritage Day Saturday, Oct. 29, 1-5 p.m.
This fall’s fair features the Willow Branch Bluegrass Band, Civil War reenactors (commemorating the National Register of Historic Places 1862 Battle of Unison), walking tours of the village with audio tour, barbecue and sides, fresh-shucked oysters and clams, and homemade desserts of the historic Unison United Methodist Church.
It also includes live and silent auctions, featuring a week long stay for 5 in a beautiful apartment in Paris near the Arc de Triomphe, chauffeured Rolls Royce picnic luncheon drive, guided Virginia trout fishing and canoe trips, more than 100 donations from local merchants, restaurants and vineyards and well known local artists.
Then there is the popular annual visit by and mingling with the friendly hounds of the Piedmont Fox Hounds (c. 3 p.m.), the nation’s oldest foxhunting club, kenneled just down the road in Unison. The Piedmont Driving Club will also drive to the festival with its antique carriages and well turned out horses and drivers. Foxhunting has been popular here for more than 250 years since George Washington and Lord Fairfax (before the Revolutionary War) galloped together over the Virginia countryside.
The Heritage Day festival is held by the nonprofit Unison Preservation Society, in its 19th Century Unison Store (now Unison Community Center) and on the adjacent Village Green, northwest of Middleburg at the intersection of Routes 626 and 630. Tickets are $30, $25 in advance (www.unisonva.org), and include food and imported wines and beer and beverages Children 12 and under are free. Free parking. All profits go for the continued restoration of the community center and preservation of the village and surrounding countryside. Silent auction is from 1-4:30 p.m.; live auction c. 3 p.m.
One of Loudoun’s first 18th Century settlements, the Quaker village is in three overlapping federal, state and county historic districts, and has been called one of the best preserved historic villages in Virginia by federal and state agencies.