- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 9, 2001

Directions:

Melody Farm is in the southernmost part of Loudoun County, near the Manassas Civil War Battlefield. The mailing address is 42555 Sweetwater Lane, Chantilly. From the District, take Route 66 west and take the Route 234 exit north for about three miles. Turn right onto State Road 659 (Gum Springs Road). Travel about two miles to the signs on the right.

Parking and Admission:

Admission and parking are free. Fresh-cut trees white and Scotch Pine are $30. The farm also features Grandma's Craft Shack, which sells custom wreaths, jams and jellies, herbs and holiday decorations made by Melody Farm owners Jim and Eleanor Clarke.

Hours:

The farm is open from 9 a.m. to dark on weekends and from noon to dark on weekdays.

Information:

Call 703/754-7905. For an extensive list of area choose-and-cut tree farms, check the Web site of the Christmas Tree Farm Network (www.christmas-tree.com). Following are just a few of the listings.

Virginia:

• The Christmas Tree Place, Purcellville, 540/338-2947.

• The Family Tree Farm, Leesburg, 703/243-5725.

• Ticonderoga Farms, South Riding, 703/327-4424.

• Chantilly Christmas Tree Farm, Chantilly, 703/327-6441.

Maryland:

• Tanner's Enchanted Forest, Brandywine, 301/579-2238.

• MG Tree Farm, Damascus, 301/253-2636.

• Brandy Farms Choose & Cut, Gambrills, 410/923-3453.

• Butler's Orchard, Germantown, 301/972-3299.

• Ithaca Farm, Germantown, 301/216-2500.

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