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Old 06-11-2022, 01:03 PM
 
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There seems to be a lot more historic towns within 1 hour drive of DC in Maryland than there are in Virginia. From Annapolis to Ellicott City to Frederick, Maryland has good number of places. Outside of Old Town Alexandria, Northern Virginia seems to lack towns that were founded before the 20th century let alone 19th century.
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Old 06-12-2022, 10:44 AM
 
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One and a half hours from D.C. are Fredericksburg Va, Winchester Va, and Harpers Ferry WV, all of them with charming walkable historic downtowns. Fredericksburg has 2 city blocks full of antique dealer malls downtown, and a mini tour bus from the visitors center. The guide points out battlefield trenches, and cannonballs lodged in building walls. Chatham Hall there is worth a visit...... Winchester has a 4-block pedestrian.only zone, lined with boutiques...... Harpers Ferry is a unique Victorian former industrial town with National Park Service guides, steep hills, hiking trails, and river sports.

Waterford, VA looks like something out of a western movie set, although theres nothing to do, per se, except during their big annual Fall craft fair...... Occuquon VA (next to Woodbridge VA on I.95) i have only seen once, but it seems to have boutique shops in old homes.
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Old 06-12-2022, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Spartanburg, SC
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One and a half hours from D.C. are Fredericksburg Va, Winchester Va, and Harpers Ferry WV, all of them with charming walkable historic downtowns. Fredericksburg has 2 city blocks full of antique dealer malls downtown, and a mini tour bus from the visitors center. The guide points out battlefield trenches, and cannonballs lodged in building walls. Chatham Hall there is worth a visit...... Winchester has a 4-block pedestrian.only zone, lined with boutiques...... Harpers Ferry is a unique Victorian former industrial town with National Park Service guides, steep hills, hiking trails, and river sports.

Waterford, VA looks like something out of a western movie set, although theres nothing to do except during the annual Fall craft fair...... Occuquon VA (next to Woodbridge VA on I.95) i have only seen once, but it seems to have boutique shops in old homes.
Don’t forget Leesburg, Manassas and Warrenton.
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Old 06-12-2022, 11:04 AM
 
Location: The Triad
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There seems to be a lot more historic towns ...
ON or in close proximity to the water routes traders and travelers used? That would be correct.
At least until AFTER the Rev War and the advent of RAIL
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Old 06-15-2022, 03:48 PM
 
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Don’t forget Leesburg, Manassas and Warrenton.

And Middleburg.
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Old 08-16-2022, 07:22 AM
 
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After seeing all the neat stuff about Virginia (and I agree with them!) I'd like to put in a plug for Maryland!
Western Maryland (Garrett County), just west of Cumberland, has 12-mile long Deep Creek Lake and great skiing at Wisp Resort. Not historic, per se, but an easy, and fun getaway from big-city stresses and hassles!
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Old 08-16-2022, 08:48 AM
 
Location: On the Chesapeake
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You see historic towns with classic architecture. Others see areas ripe for redevelopment, condos and gentrification.

Last edited by North Beach Person; 08-16-2022 at 09:05 AM..
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Old 08-16-2022, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Cumberland
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Plug for Deep Creek in a historic towns thread???

There is nothing historic about Deep Creek except for the old towns of East and West Vindex that were submerged when the dam was built in the 20th century.

Cumberland has a nice historical core, but it is more late 19th/early 20th century. We have a few pre-Civil War parts of town that are left, but not that many.
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Old 08-17-2022, 11:10 AM
 
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There seems to be a lot more historic towns within 1 hour drive of DC in Maryland than there are in Virginia. From Annapolis to Ellicott City to Frederick, Maryland has good number of places. Outside of Old Town Alexandria, Northern Virginia seems to lack towns that were founded before the 20th century let alone 19th century.
Downtown Leesburg is pretty historic. Also Occoquan historic district is pretty nice. Similar to Ellicott City. There’s also Charlottesville about an hour and a half to the south.
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