Aldie is an unincorporated village located on the John Mosby Highway (U.S. Route 50) between Gilbert’s Corner and Middleburg in Loudoun County. It is located in a gap between the Catoctin Mountain and Bull Run Mountain, through which the Little River flows.
The village of Aldie enjoys a rich, 200 year heritage, and occupies a unique place in the history of northern Virginia and Loudoun County. Few places in the region pack so much history
into such a small space.
The village grew up in the early 1800s around the Aldie Mill. It occupies what was then a strategic location at one of the gaps in the Bull Run Mountains. Travelers and commerce could move west to Middleburg, Upperville and the Blue Ridge along the Ashby’s Gap Turnpike; east to Fairfax and Alexandria along the Little River Turnpike; or northwest towards Bluemont along Snickersville Turnpike. The mill is powered by water from Little River, diverted upstream into the mill race. Aldie Castl is the ancestral home of the Mercer family in Scotland. Mercer himself never operated the mill, although the income from its operations allowed him to pursue his career in public service. Mercer left day-to-day operations to Cooke, his business partner. He bought out Cooke’s interest in 1816 (for $11,250), then sold the mill in 1835 to a family that operated it for six generations until it closed in 1971.
Today, the village of Aldie has an historical district with buildings dating from as early as 1775. Most were built from early 1800s to mid-1800s. There are many points of interest in addition to the Aldie Mill, which is operating again. Mt. Zion Church has tours, reenactments, and other events. Aldie Harvest Festival, held the third Saturday of October each year, is a reminder of when Aldie was a farming community.
Aldie holds an annual village-wide Harvest Festival. The entire village participates, with vendors featuring antiques, crafts, jewelry, sterling, and collectibles. Historic and civic organizations highlight notable events and people in Aldie’s history.
The Festival celebrates our rural heritage and provides local non-profit organizations (village churches, Aldie Mill, PTA, Ruritan and the Aldie VFD) with an opportunity to raise funds to support their work. Vendor tents line the village from one end to the other along Rt. 50. Fine vintage items, special antiques, quality crafts, food items, jewelry, arts & treasures.
Visitors can tour the historic Aldie Mill and see the waterwheels grind corn; stroll thru the village from one end to the other enjoying live music. There is food, entertainment and fun for the kids