Willard, Virginia

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Willard, Virginia
Unincorporated area
Willard & surrounding area, circa 1940
Willard & surrounding area, circa 1940
Willard, Virginia is located in Virginia
Willard, Virginia
Willard, Virginia
Location within the Commonwealth of Virginia
Coordinates: 38°56′25″N 77°27′2″W / 38.94028°N 77.45056°W / 38.94028; -77.45056Coordinates: 38°56′25″N 77°27′2″W / 38.94028°N 77.45056°W / 38.94028; -77.45056
Country  United States of America
State  Virginia
County Loudoun
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)

The former unincorporated community of Willard (also known as Willard Crossroads) was located in what is now a part of Washington Dulles International Airport in the U.S. state of Virginia.

The village was named after Joseph Edward Willard, a delegate to the Virginia General Assembly from 1893 to 1901, then Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. Even though Willard lived in Loudoun County, he represented Fairfax County, due to the village's location, only 1,500 feet (460 m) from the county border. Willard owned a 50-acre (200,000 m2) estate in Fairfax. His father was Joseph Clapp Willard, the owner of the famed Willard Hotel, located in Washington, D.C.

Willard was located at the intersection of Willard Road (now Stonecroft Boulevard) and Sterling Road (now Horsepen Road). This intersection was surrounded by extensive farmland, housing, schools, places of worship, the Willard store (until 1907), and Blue Ridge Airfield (1938–1951). Willard stood west of Floris, north of Pleasant Valley, and south of Farmwell (now Ashburn). Willard was regarded as a crossroads and a distinctive community until construction of Washington Dulles International Airport commenced in 1958.

Approximately 26 square miles (67 km2) of Virginia land from Willard, Chantilly, Pleasant Valley, Sterling, and Ashburn was purchased for construction. By the airport's completion, all remains of civilization prior to 1958 on this land had virtually disappeared, with the only exceptions being a stretch of Willard Rd (used as a service road), as well as three storage outbuildings located between Runways 1C/19C and 1R/19L.

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