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Old 01-21-2010, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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very nice! I just love all three towns. Main Street Round Hill is quite fun from a quaint small town perspective, with Tammy's Diner, the tiny post office, firehouse and two town groceries that date back generations. I also love the drive out of town north on Woodgrove to route 9, just the most beautiful countryside.

Thanks for sharing, especially my mystery house

Oh I do have to correct you on one thing when you said that most people who live here work in Leesburg/Purcellville/Ashburn. Most people I've met also have worked in Herndon or Reston. The commute from out here is really not bad, it's not until you get to Leesburg that it backs up.
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Old 01-21-2010, 07:33 PM
 
Location: In the woods
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What great photos! Thanks for sharing. I bet these towns are even more beautiful in the spring!
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Old 01-21-2010, 11:08 PM
 
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Normie,
These are fabulous! This is my neck of the woods, and you have done and extraordinary job of capturing what we love it about it. Did you know that Arthur Godfrey was a farmer in Waterford? He owned a couple thousand acres at what is now Beacon Hill development. Driving out Rt 7, past Leesburg, just before rt 9, look to your right, that beautiful development is Beacon Hill. That was the name of Arthur Godfrey's farm/ranch.
Radio: Oceans of Empathy - TIME
>>>Mrs. Godfrey, a longtime resident of Leesburg, was born in Galveston, Tex. She moved to the Washington area during World War II and was an executive secretary at NBC radio in Washington when she met Godfrey. They married in 1941 and were divorced a year before he died in 1983.

For decades until they sold the property in 1979, the Godfreys lived at Beacon Hill, a 1,970-acre Leesburg estate where they raised horses and entertained dignitaries.

Mrs. Godfrey rode in the Loudoun Hunt. Past her 70th birthday, she continued to participate in 100-mile rides over the Virginia countryside.

She had done volunteer work at Leesburg Hospital.<<<
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The house is still there. They also owned another farm, Meadow Hill, or something like that, over in Hillsboro. In total, the Godfrey's owned nearly 4,000 acres in western Loudoun.

On top of that, Patsy Cline was born on Short Hill Mountain!

Chris Cooley lives in Hamilton but I won't tell you where since I'm sure he can live without the drivebys. His neighbors too. Can't see his house from the road anyway.

We're just knee deep in celebrities out here. Hahaha
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Old 01-22-2010, 06:33 AM
 
Location: Jefferson County
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My wife grew up in Lovettsville and her grandfather worked for Mr. Godfrey at the ranch. She and her brother went out a few times and fished in the ponds with their grandfather. From what I understand it was more of a zoo than a ranch. I think her cousin still has an elephant stool that was used there.
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Old 01-22-2010, 06:35 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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Normie,
These are fabulous!
Thanks for the compliment, but I'm just the messenger. Caladium took these. She asked me to post them because she wasn't able to do it.

Love the historic notes. It's alway interesting to post these photo threads and then read the comments and notes from you guys. BTW I understand a mystery movie was recently shot in Hamilton--how cool is that! I'm looking forward to seeing that in the theaters, it'll be fun to see how the town's portrayed.
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Old 01-22-2010, 06:39 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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Chris Cooley lives in Hamilton but I won't tell you where since I'm sure he can live without the drivebys. His neighbors too. Can't see his house from the road anyway.

We're just knee deep in celebrities out here. Hahaha
Now you're what I call a good neighbor! Protecting privacy--that's something I didn't see when I lived in LA. It's one thing I really like about Nova.
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Old 01-22-2010, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Oh I do have to correct you on one thing when you said that most people who live here work in Leesburg/Purcellville/Ashburn. Most people I've met also have worked in Herndon or Reston. The commute from out here is really not bad, it's not until you get to Leesburg that it backs up.
Thanks, I forgot about Reston/Herndon. My point was that you wouldn't want to commute to DC from those towns, but you're absolutely right that Reston/Herndon is a very reasonable commute.
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Old 01-22-2010, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Ashburn, VA
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These are wonderful pictures. They really capture the essence of these towns. I've lived in Loudoun County for almost ten years and I never realized there was actually a town in Round Hill-I always thought it was just a residential area...
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Old 01-22-2010, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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These are wonderful pictures. They really capture the essence of these towns. I've lived in Loudoun County for almost ten years and I never realized there was actually a town in Round Hill-I always thought it was just a residential area...
You're still doing better than Google. When you try to find Round Hill on Google Maps, they show you an area down near Richmond. They won't acknowledge Hamilton exists at all. And these are actual towns that have been around for more than 100 years, it's not a matter of them being new HOAs!

Sometimes Loudoun County is like Brigadoon--the amazing secret towns that nobody knows exist.
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Old 01-22-2010, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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You're still doing better than Google. When you try to find Round Hill on Google Maps, they show you an area down near Richmond. They won't acknowledge Hamilton exists at all. And these are actual towns that have been around for more than 100 years, it's not a matter of them being new HOAs!

Sometimes Loudoun County is like Brigadoon--the amazing secret towns that nobody knows exist.
Google Maps switched its data provider from Navteq to TeleAtlas in late 2008, and the TeleAtlas data is HORRIBLE. Brambleton used to show up in Google Maps - now it points you to Norfolk. Streets in our neighborhood that have existed since 2003 just disappeared off the map. It's very frustrating. Google Maps used to be very reliable, but now when I'm mapping an unfamiliar route I will double-check a Navteq source as well.
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