Comfort Inn & Suites Airport Dulles-Gateway
45515 Dulles Plaza
Sterling, VA 20166
Phone: (703) 471-5005
Fax: (703) 471-5001
Trailside Park is a nice place to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon with the family. The park has a spacious playground for kids, a skate park and several wooded trails, midst which you can wander peacefully.
Merrybrook is the only known house of American Civil War Confederate spy Laura Ratcliffe. The group called 'Friends of Laura Ratcliffe' conserve this home that featured in the National Historic Register in 2007.
Enjoy a fun day-out with your loved ones at Arrowbrook Centre Park. This park features basketball court, bocce ball court and multiple tennis courts for your recreation. In addition to this, it houses a playground and sheltered area for your outings.
Located within the Frying Pan Farm Park, this structure was built as Baptist church in the late 1700s. The building was left abandoned over the years and in 1984, Fairfax County Park Authority took control over maintaining the property. The Frying Pan Spring Meeting House was enlisted in the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. The property includes a cemetery, baptismal pond and springs. Call ahead for tour of this Virginia landmark.
Located within the Claude Moore Park is the Lanesville Heritage Area. A nationally recognized heritage district, it houses several interesting places to visit for the entire family. These include the Vestal's Gap Road, Frogshackle Nature Center, Tenant House and Lanesville House.
While the original construction date of Lanesville House is not known, it is believed to date back to the 18th Century. The house and land on which it was built, as well as the surrounding 1000 acres belonged to a local family, the Lanes. The first post office in the area was managed by Keturah Lane and John Keene.
Completed in 1870, the schoolhouse is the first instance of public education Loudoun County. Built to school the farm children in the neighborhood, it was operational for a short period of five years. During that time, the school teacher was provided housing on the upper level and classes held on the ground level. The entire structure was restored in 2014.
The Vestal's Gap Road has always played an important role in the economic history of the town of Sterling and the state of Virginia. A major trade route, the road was the main artery through which north Virginia was connected to Ohio via the Blue Ridge Mountains and traders transported tobacco to Alexandria. The route was originally used solely by American Indians, but following the signing of a treaty with colonists to settle in Piedmont, the road became an important passage for the movement of goods.
Frogshackle Nature Center is a beautiful attraction housed inside the Claude Moore Park. The center is home to an wonderful assemblage of unique plant and animal species. The nature center also hosts several interactive programs for learning about the various species on display.
Claude Moore Park, spanning over 357 acres (144.473 hectares) of green land, is a great recreational park. On one end, that facing the Vestal's Gap Road, the park consists of the hiking trails, ponds and the historic district of Lanesville. On the other side is the entrance to the magnificent Sportsplex.
Frying Pan Farm Park is a historic park which is still in a fully functional condition. Along with exploring the farm itself, you can also opt to go for a hay-ride across the country or buy some products from their country store.
Gwen Thompson Briar Patch Park covers an area of 5 acres (2.02 hectares) and remains a picturesque recreational spot. Nestled on Stering Boulevard, this park is home to several amenities like picnic areas and a large playground. Volleyball and basketball courts are also found here.