Capturing History: Colgrove Farm - Old Houses and Barns and Silos

1926 Map courtesy of loudoun.gov

The map dates back to the early 1900s and research from the Balch Library shows this may have only been part of the Colgrove family’s farm land. 

In 2013, during the kid’s spring break we ventured into the overgrown wooded area for the first time after seeing the top of the silo from the highway.  The day was chilly and there was very little green, except some very determined little daffodils growing in patches near the stamped down path we helped create with our high boots.

 

The barn stood tall, towering over us to the left.  It had several exposed walls into its interior and showed some levels, with stairs still intact.  We did not dare go into any of these structures, by the way!

The main house with its two chimneys indicated this may have been where the kitchen was and convenient to the barn.  It is now decorated with peeling walls and graffiti.

The silo stood just behind the barn… tall and proud.  Its neighboring windmill blades rested nearby, rusting through the weathering seasons.

Though its history was hidden for years, there was evidence of inexpensive parties and even a makeshift house in the back area.

Photos above: Photos 1, 4  and 5 taken in 2013 during spring break... photos 2 and 3 taken in 2015 by Denise Silva when we ventured there again!  

As of today, in November 2016, the trees are all gone, leveled for future production.  Within a week, the bulldozers and bobcats have been working to remove the foliage and exposed the structures to the world again.  I drove by one morning this week and my heart sank that “our house” will be gone within days.  I stopped to take some photos from the road and wished I could ask when to expect the silo and house to fall.  Most of the barn was already collapsed.  But instead I snapped a few photos and continued on to work. 

I am so glad we went on our adventure so many years ago and got some photos to capture the memories of history soon removed.  The maps are all different… the cement will soon be poured and the future commuters of this area will never even know this was ever here.