Not So Long Ago

old farm

1939 – Present

Over the next few years’ things changed for the Village. The Blue Ridge Inn burned to the ground in 1912 and the railway stopped its Bluemont operations in 1939. Once considered a thriving destination for the Washington wealthy, Bluemont now prospers from it’s fertile fields and agricultural resources.

Farming diversified, as corn replaced wheat as the main crop, and the dairy and beef industries gained importance.  In 1945, there were 2,015 farms in Loudoun County. Between 1909 and 1944, the whole milk production of Loudoun farmers increased more 1,200%, from 4.4 million pounds to 56.3 million pounds.

Bluemont was still a weekend destination for some and many others decided to make this quaint village home. Those that did formed the Bluemont Citizens Association, it was organized in 1955 and the Bluemont Fair in 1969 to celebrate these eras of our history.

Today, Bluemont has found a share of prosperity.  The village contains a mixture of lovely old homes, historic buildings, former schoolhouses, and a number of active businesses. The surrounding neighborhood stretches across the crest of the Blue Ridge (including a length of the Appalachian Trail) and down to the Shenandoah River. An industrious, innovative people, Bluemonters appreciate the contributions of those who found life close to idyllic here at the foot of the Blue Ridge.

 

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