Ashburn is a scenic, suburban town located in Loudon County, just 30 miles west of Washington D.C. It is the 20th largest community in Virginia with a population of about 49,000 residents. Nearly two thirds of the households in Ashburn are families with children who choose this area for its plentitude of safe subdivisions, good schools, and friendly neighbors.
Ashburn has experienced a lot of growth in the last few years, in large part due to the presence of many telecommunications and IT companies that are located in this area, which is considered part of the Dulles Technology Corridor. Ashburn is conveniently located within 10 miles of Dulles International Airport with easy access to Route 7, Route 28, and Dulles Toll Road. The Silver Line Metro will soon connect to Ashburn, but until construction is complete, residents of Ashburn can take a Loudon Commuter Bus to the current nearest Metro station, West Falls Church.
As longtime residents know, Ashburn originated as Farmwell in the early 1800s. The name Farmwell came from the nearby mansion of George Lee, great-grandson of Thomas Lee who was a leading political figure in colonial Virginia. In 1841, a section of the Farmwell plantation was purchased by John Janney, a Quaker lawyer who was once nominated to be the vice presidential candidate of the national Whig party. Janney ultimately lost the nomination to John Tyler by just one vote (his own), and therefore lost out on being Vice President of the United States and President of the United States by that tight of a margin. Janney settled down on the property he bought and named Ashburn Farm until 1870. According to local lore, the name Ashburn came from an incident in which lightning struck an ash tree. The tree burned brightly and continued to smolder for several days which caused quite the stir in town. A couple of decades later in 1896, confusion existed between the well-known town of Farmville and the area known as Farmwell, so the town decided to rename itself Ashburn, after Janney’s famous farm.
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