Purcellville: Not Your Everyday Country Town

Family and friends on a bike trip

Wheel estate: Stretching from Purcellville to Shirlington, the W&OD Regional Park trail offers 45 miles of bucolic bicycling for area residents.

As of July 1, 2009, the town of Purcellville in Loudoun County, Va., had 5,309 residents. The town bills itself as “the economic hub of western Loudoun County.”

At nearly 50 miles away from Washington, D.C., the renter could commute, but it would be tough, to say the least.

But if you live in Purcellville, Washington, D.C., (and Fairfax County, which is a bit closer) is probably the last thing on your mind.

In fact, another fermented pursuit may be bubbling up in your cranium if you choose to live here: the drinking of fine wine. There are four vineyards in Purcellville where you can taste and buy wine to your heart’s content.

With roots planted way back in 1764, Purcellville was first called Village of Purcell Store, named after the area’s first postmaster. It was officially renamed Purcellville in 1852, and was finally incorporated in 1908.

Not your everyday country town, Purcellville actually has a Go Green Initiative, so both the environmentally conscious and out-and-out eco-weird can feel a level of comfort among the working and bourgeoisie middle classes.

There are two unique attractions in Purcellville, and they kind of go together. The first is the Purcellville Train Station, which was acquired by the Purcellville Preservation Association in 1993 and is presently being restored. When completed, the renovations will include rest room facilities for users of the Washington & Old Dominion Regional Park, which is the town’s other unique attraction. Washington & Old Dominion Regional Park is kind of a misnomer, as it’s actually a 100-foot-wide, 45-mile paved trail for bikers, walkers, runners and skaters. There is also a 32-mile adjacent gravel trail for horseback riding. The trail – or park – actually ends (or begins) in Purcellville. Another attraction in town may not be unique, but it’s an attraction nonetheless, especially for students who attend school there: Patrick Henry College.

Here is a great guide for future and current citizens. It includes information about the town’s teen center; a restaurant guide (El Rancho Plus, Al’s Pizza, Anthony’s Restaurant, Main Street Wings: Classic American Grill); a shopping guide (Twigs, Our Shop in Toyland, Irene Mary Antiques & Collectibles); and a list of churches.

For grocery shopping, the town houses both a Giant Food and Bloom: “A different kind of grocery store.” We want you to check them out for us when you move here, and let us know if Bloom is telling the truth, or even why it’s so darn different! Don’t forget to check out Apartment Showcase for apartments and neighborhood profiles!

Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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