Vint Hill, Virginia 20187

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Buckland Farm

Every day we drive through Buckland Farm without fully realizing its historical significance.  Early owners imported Arabian and European horses making it the first large-scale horse-breeding farm in Virginia.

The farm is the site of the "Buckland Races". Races which typically take place the last Saturday in February are sponsored by The Casanova Hunt races. The polo field is used from time to time.

The farm is the birthplace of "Pleasant colony" - 1981 winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. Secretariat is the only other Virginia-bred horse to win the Kentucky Derby. Pleasant Colony was buried on the farm in 2003.

Buckland Mills Village

Buckland is a 19-acre historic district, unique in that it boasts of an unusually high concentration of historical artifacts and has remained relatively undisturbed since the 18th century.

The town was chartered by the state legislature in 1798 and by the end of the 18th century Buckland was a thriving stagecoach town with a tailor, cooper, two taverns, an apothecary and a church.

A number of famous figures have passed through the town, including Thomas Jefferson, Gen. Lafayette, J.E.B. Stuart and Robert E. Lee. Due to its mills and proximity to the Alexandria-Warrenton Turnpike (which is now U.S. 29), the town was a major target during the Civil War, but emerged from the conflict surprisingly intact.

Currently, it is considered the best preserved example of an early Piedmont model town in the state, and its residents are determined to keep it that way.

The Buckland Preservation Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the town of Buckland Mills.

The Lawn

A historic private residence at 15207 Vint Hill Rd.
Journey Through Hallowed Ground

A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary along Route 15 in Virginia's Piedmont. Links to historic places in the area.

Friends of Vint Hill Farms

The Friends of Vint Hill is a group led by Helen Ross Ford, owner of Acorn Farm, which calls for the conservation and preservation of the Vint Hill green space. The group is in the early stages of a program to preserve the "Barns at Vint Hill" former home to intelligence gathering activities during WWII, Korea,Vietnam, as well as during the cold War.