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Goose Creek: Minor-Bartlow House
Photograph courtesy of Virginia Department of Historic Resources

The Quaker influence in this region began in the 1730s with the English Friends who came into the area from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey. The community's distinctive cast is still reflected in the region's small farms, many of which are yet defined by their 18th-century land patents. The Goose Creek Historic District is a scenically cohesive rural area of some 10,000 acres in central Loudoun County that sustained Virginia's largest concentration of Quaker settlers. Worked without slave labor, Quaker farms were limited in size to what could be run by a family unit. The district, which centers on the village of

Goose Creek: Hughesville
Photograph courtesy of Virginia Department of Historic Resources

Lincoln, preserves a rich collection of 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century rural vernacular architecture, much of it incorporating the superb stone masonry peculiar to Quaker settlers. Though threatened with creeping suburbanization, few other areas of the region retain such a high degree of unspoiled pastoral beauty.

The Goose Creek Historic District's location is roughly bounded by Purcellville, Rtes. 611, 728, 797, 622, 704 and 709, and Lincoln. The Goose Creek Friends Meeting House, within the district, is located in Lincoln, on Lincoln Rd; call 703-777-5979 for further information.


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