Consider calling Aldie home and join a community rich in American history. Located just under 45 miles from Washington D.C. and in one of the gaps in the Bull Run Mountains, this spot has been bustling with activity since the early 1800’s. The village sprang up around the Aldie Mill and people came from all around to take advantage of the mill’s work. This is Virginia’s only known gristmill that is powered by twin overshot water wheels and today everything has been restored to working order. This would be a great place to start to learn more about local history if new to Aldie real estate. Come for a tour to learn how the mill operated to support the people in the region and even see the mill in action.
This prime location also caused Aldie to be the location of a Civil War clash. A confederate cavalry brigade was stationed at Aldie to prevent Union soldiers from gaining control of the access roads over the Blue Ridge Mountains and discover the intentions of General Robert E. Lee. Several fights ensued, but Lee was able to move his men across the Potomac into Mayland, which led to the battle of Gettysburg just a few weeks later. There are many historical markers in the area that tell the whole story.
Today, there is plenty to make life in this beautiful place comfortable. The village of Aldie has some great boutiques to visit and find wares for your Aldie home. The most popular stop by far is the Aldie Peddlar. The owner, Wally, is a wealth of information and would also be a great resource when new to the area. Stop in for wine, Amish made furniture, a bite to eat, and much more. Wine and beer enthusiasts should also make a stop at Quattro Goomba’s Winery and Quattro Goomba’s Brewery.
Families in the area take advantage of the very well rated schools, parks, and community events. The most noted community event is the Annual Aldie Harvest Wine and Food Festival and Duck Race. This event is held the third Saturday of October each year. Residents are taken back to the times of when Aldie was mostly a farming community and have a great time taking part in the activities and meeting other residents.