SENIORS ENJOY VIRGINIA



Seniors Pay a Visit to Ashburn

managed_hosting_datacenter_ashburn Ashburn, with a population of over 50,000 inhabitants, is in Loudoun county, a part of Virginia’s Hunt Country where senior travelers will find a number of horse farms.  Ashburn is 30 miles northwest of Washington, D.C. and part of the Washington Metropolitan Area.

The city was originally called Farmwell (variant names include Old Farmwell and Farmwell Station) after a nearby mansion of that name owned by George Lee III. The name “Farmwell” was used to describe the 1,200 acre  plantation he inherited from his father, Thomas Ludwell Lee II.

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Today Ashburn is home to many high-tech businesses. Loudoun County is called “DC’s Wine Country”.

Major attractions in Ashburn include the Washington Redskins football team, the National Crash Analysis Center and the Old Dominion Brewing Company.  Both George Washington University and Cordoba University call the city home.

Ashburn has premier golf courses and is conveniently located between Washington Dulles International Airport and Loudoun County Hospital. Furthermore, Ashburn is home to AOL, Verizon, Equinix, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Janelia Farm, and a variety of other hi-tech firms.

 Seniors Walk Washington & Old Dominion Trail

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Part of the 45-mile Washington & Old Dominion Trail goes through Ashburn. The 100-foot-wide trail makes a comfortable path for senior walking, biking and skating. Horseback riders find 32 miles of adjacent gravel trails available for riding.

Historically, Ashburn was a railroad town and the town was a busy and prosperous area. Ashburn’s beginnings trace back to the 1720s, when Thomas Lee and Robert Carter tried to outwit each other by buying up strategic pieces of the Virginia countryside. Each sought to control the commercial destiny of the colony. Belmont, Lee’s grandson’s Ashburn estate, is situated near the Potomac River and Goose Creek.

Senior visitors are invited to check out a number of favorites in town, including day tours, the Alamo Cinema Drafthouse and several classic parks. The town also offers golf courses, scenic and historic attractions, museums and galleries.

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Grandparents and Grandkids…

Bring the grandkids along and discover 34 different types of family-friendly things to do with youngsters in or near Ashburn. The most popular types of activities for kids and families include: Amusement Parks, Performances, General Tours and Hiking.

Trailside Park is located off of Claibourne Parkway in the Ashburn Farm Community. Many natural areas were preserved and some turned into parks including Trailside Park. This Loudoun County park includes 3 baseball fields, in-line skating rink and a big playground.

Ashburn Farm was once known as Gray Dairy Farm. In 1986 construction began on the planned community of homes, town homes and condos. So drop by Ashburn when you are in northern Virginia or visiting DC. You will find it friendly and inviting all year long.  -jeb

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