- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 30, 2001

Directions:

The Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run is at 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean. From the George Washington Memorial Parkway, take Route 123 south toward McLean. At the fourth light, turn right on Georgetown Pike, Route 193 west. Turn immediately right on Colonial Farm Road. Park in the small gravel lot.

Parking and admission:

Parking is free. If the gray gatehouse is closed, fees should be paid into the orange pipe to the right of the path after you walk past the gatehouse. Admission prices are $2 for adults and $1 for senior citizens and children ages 3 to 12. Although there are no physical barriers, paths are rough gravel or dirt, with gradual to moderate inclines.

Hours:

The farm is open April 4 through Dec. 9, Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The farm is closed during inclement weather and on Thanksgiving Day. Staff say the best times to visit the park are weekdays after 2 p.m. (school groups attend until 2 p.m.) and Sunday mornings until noon or 1 p.m. We visited on a Sunday at about 10:30 a.m. and essentially had the Tuttle family to ourselves.

Operating history:

The farm was established by the National Park Service in 1972. When federal budget cutbacks threatened the welfare of the farm in 1980, a citizen's group raised funds to keep it open. An endowment and a federal grant keep it operating today. The farm now is managed by the nonprofit Friends of the Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run Inc. and is a privately operated national park serving 50,000 visitors annually.

Information:

Call 703/442-7557. Information about the farm can be found on the Web site at www.1771.org.

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