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The story of Loudoun County farms is one of perseverance and ingenuity. Likewise, the story of Loudoun’s black villages is one of tenacious common purpose. The Nokes manure spreader provides a glimpse into the lives of the Nokes family and other residents of Nokesville, an unincorporated hamlet populated by black Loudouners during the Jim Crow era. . .
This exhibition features the Nokes Manure Spreader, named one of 2022's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts by the Virginia Association of Museums. Now restored, the manure spreader is joined by other Nokesville artifacts to tell the story of this historic Sterling community.
Sunday, February 19, 1:00pm
This opening event includes a tour of the new exhibition led by LHFM staff and members of the Friends of Thomas Balch Library Black History Committee (BHC), followed by a reception. Free of charge, please RSVP to reserve your space.
Snow Date: Sunday, February 26, 1:00 pm
C. 1880 Nokes farmhouse before demolition. The manure spreader was recovered form this property. Rick Martin Photography
Carrie Elizabeth Nokes (1913-2008), the last resident of the Nokes’ farmhouse, conducted an oral history with the Friends of the Thomas Balch Library Black History Committee in 2002. Listen to her oral history or read the full transcript below.
Special thanks to the Thomas Balch Library for making this resource available during the exhibition.
Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum
21668 Heritage Farm Lane Sterling, VA 20164