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053-6509 Philomont Historic District

Philomont Historic District
The Philomont Historic District, pictured facing west along JEB Stuart Road. Photo credit: Jane Covington, 2022.

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VLR Listing Date 03/16/2023

Nestled in western Loudoun County, the Philomont Historic District is a rural village located at the crossroad intersection of Snickersville Turnpike and JEB Stuart Road. The general store, community center, and fire station anchor the village. The earliest Philomont house were built in the late 18th century. Philomont and its sister communities, Airmont and Mountville, drew economic vitality from developments along the Snickersville Turnpike. The completion of the Turnpike and Hibbs Bridge fueled Philomont’s building boom of the 1830s and 1840s, two decades that saw the peak of the village’s growth. While early dwellings also functioned as retail outlets, services, or workshops, purpose-made commercial establishments became more common in the village in the 1840s and 1850s. Philomont’s second building boom occurred during the decades of 1870 and 1880, coinciding with repairs made to the Turnpike after the end of the Civil War. Despite modern intrusions such as the completion of the village’s Horse Show Grounds in 1972 and Dulles Airport’s increasing impact on Loudoun County’s agrarian character, the Philomont Historic District continues to retain much of its pristine and rural setting today.

Many properties listed in the registers are private dwellings and are not open to the public, however many are visible from the public right-of-way. Please be respectful of owner privacy.

VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated: March 16, 2023