Snickersville, the original name of the Village of Bluemont lies on the western edge of Loudoun County at the base of Snickers Gap between Loudoun and Clarke County. Snickers Gap is actually a wind gap which is a valley where a stream or river once ran through. Snickersville, Snickers Gap and Snickersville Turnpike were all named after the Shenandoah Ferry Operator, Edwards Snickers. These historical names were well known in the late 1700’s through the Civil War Era.
In the late 19thcentury, the W&OD railway was extended to Snickersville and the town soon became a resort community for the Washington DC residents. In order to promote the town which is at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the name was changed to Bluemont. There was a period of time where Bluemont was considered the summer getaway to spend vacations.
Bluemont is one of the few communities in Loudoun that still holds the charm of the 19thcentury. It has a small town feel and is very community oriented. The Friends of Bluemont was organized in 2002 so that the charm and beauty of the original Snickersville was preserved.
Bluemont has many wonderful attractions to attend such as:
- The Bluemont Fair which is the third Saturday of September every year – You will find arts and crafts, bands and wine tasting
- Great Country Farms – well known for its pumpkin patch, petting farm, a variety of kids activities and pick your own fruits and veggies – WWW.GreatCountryFarms.com
- Bluemont Vineyards – located across the street from Great Country Farms on Foggy Bottom Road is Loudoun County’s newest vineyard. This lovely vineyard sits 1000 feet up on the Blue Ridge Mountains with views of Tysons Corner. Leashed dogs are welcome. www.bluemontvineyard.com
- Dirt Farm Brewery – owned by the same family who owns Bluemont Vineyard, this popular brewery is right next door to the winery. Enjoy some great views of the eastern parts of Loudoun and beyond
- Bear Chase Brewery – this is one of the newest breweries in Bluemont and is an extremely popular brewery on Blueridge Mountain Rd. It also has some great views although not quite as good as the views from Dirt Farm.
- Bears Den Hiking Trail – check out the article about Bears Dean in Bluemont, VA.
In addition, Bluemont is also home to many equestrian properties and small farms. It is a great community for the rider with miles of trails and local boarding farms.