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“Go back in time”

Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run
Ranked #6 of 19 things to do in McLean
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Owner description: The Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run is a living history museum that portrays family life on a small, low-income farm just prior to the Revolutionary War. This privately funded and operated National Park, located in McLean, Virginia, has served more than 2 million visitors since it opened in 1973, and is host to increasing numbers each year. The popularity of the Farm is due in large part to its continuing focus on authenticity and its ongoing encouragement of both child and adult visitors to participate in the daily activities of an 18th century family farm. Experiential learning is a growing trend with most museums and the Farm has been a leader in this —-for over 40 years. The Farm has achieved national recognition for its innovative educational programming that uses the 18th-century Farm as an authentic representation of colonial agricultural history to provide perspective and context for present day life. Each year, thousands of students visit this working class farm, which recreates the life and times of a tenant family living in northern Virginia in 1771.
McLean, Virginia
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Go back in time”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

Enjoy the only National Park run by a non-profit organization. Go back in time at this living history farm to 1771 and learn how life was for a farm family growing tobacco, raising livestock and much more. Wonderful for children of all ages!

Visited October 2013
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McLean, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Colonial life comes alive”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

A working colonial farm in the close-in Washington suburbs. Resident docents live and work the farm and act in character, telling about the life and work and times of the original settlers. Great family outing, especially on the special events. Added bonus: Clemyjontry Park, a playground designed for children of all ages and abilities. Real carousel operates in the summer and some weekends. Wonderful!

Visited September 2013
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Arlington, Virginia
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Don't bother”
Reviewed 25 August 2013

My wife is from China and always lived in the city. She wanted to visit a farm. I took her to Claude Moore Colonial Farm, which I visited about 15 years ago, and was nice.

This time we saw a dozen stocks of corn in an over grown weed field. Some rotted falling down split rail fences, some empty sheds, a tobacco barn, an empty house with one chicken, 3 geese and two turkeys and 4 people in costume dress outside at a picnic table next to the house having a lunch at 1:30PM.

If there was less than one star, I would give it that rating. This place seems to be as unmanaged and unsupervised as the weeds.

Don't waste your time and money; there are much better places to visit in northern, Virginia.

Visited August 2013
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New York City, New York
Level 6 Contributor
170 reviews
61 attraction reviews
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“Ha ha ha”
Reviewed 1 August 2013

The best thing about the Claud Moore farm is the brown and white sign on the George Washington Parkway. We paid our three dollars which I thought was very cheap (there is a reason for that) and walked along a very long path. There are a lot of fences all over the place. There is a patch of corn, a patch of tobacco, and finally the farm, or at least I think it was the farm. It's a shack about 10 feet by 15 feet with nothing in it but a woman in a long dress to tell you about killing animals and spreading the blood around to keep the deer out. There were also a few chickens, a turkey, and two pigs. Oh, on the way back to civilization we saw an A frame log building that looked like a boys scout project. We spent a total of 15 minutes at this place. Needless to say I don't recommend it. On a positive note they have a very nice gift shop with a nice young lady working there.

Visited July 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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“You will learn as much as your kids!”
Reviewed 23 January 2013

The highly trained "colonial" actors show you what it was really like in those times to operate and live on a real farm. Even the animals are authentic species from that time. There are many special activities appealing to children. This is a National Park that is a real gem, lost up against the CIA, whose fence is the northern boundary of the park! There are also great covered picnic areas with tables and barbecues.

Visited October 2012
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