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By Leonard Shapiro tions for filming, Hasselberger believes the state would make an ideal site for behind-the-scenes For Middleburg Life Dr. William Hasselberger likes to think of pre- and post-production work because of the himself as “an oil guy, an investment banker/ technical expertise talent pool available. private equity guy.” And these days, he can add His own talents are quite evident. With a on “part-time Hollywood guy,” as well. doctorate in psychology and philosophy from Hasselberger, who owns two Middleburg the University of Miami, he’s traveled the counhorse farms and has spent much of his business try and around the world looking for promising life in Europe working with the Carlyle Group, investment opportunities for himself and other has recently joined forces with a Los Angeles- clients. The entertainment industry, he said, based television and film production company, can be a risky business, but also represents the Mark Sennet Entertainment, in an effort to possibility for significant yields for potential raise $100 million in capital to produce televi- investors. sion programming and feature films. A native of upstate New York, Hassel Just as significantly, he and Sennet also berger said he decided to settle in Middleare working to convince the Commonwealth of burg because of the beauty of the surrounding Virginia, and particularly the new administra- countryside, as well as its easy access to Dulles tion of governor-elect Terry McAuliffe, to make Airport. He teamed with Sennet, a long-time the state far more user- and financially-friendly Hollywood producer, on the recommendation toward the entertainment business. of his friend, the late Michael Deaver, White “I’d like to see Virginia become more House deputy chief of staff and long-time adviactive,” Hasselberger said in a recent interview. sor to President Ronald Reagan. “I’ve spoken to the governorelect’s people in the past, and they’ve expressed a lot of interest in Virginia stepping up its program.” A number of cities and states around the country already have programs in place to attract movie and television production. They offer tax breaks, rebates and other subsidies as inducements to lure such projects to their particular locations. In return, those cities and states receive other financial benefits in terms of increased tax revenues and more visibility. Hasselberger and Sennet believe Virginia would be an ideal place to make screen magic, particularly because of its proximity to the nation’s capital and other desirable locations and its highly educated work force. They say that providing the incentives would certainly pay off in many ways Actress Bo Derek and Dr. William Hasselberger for the commonwealth and Photo by Leonard Shapiro many of its citizens. “In Northern Virginia, just as an example, Sennet and Hasselberger are constantly you’ve got an area that has a large creative class, in the process of acquiring the rights to books, a real talent pool to draw from,” Hasselberger scripts and other intellectual properties that said. “I think there would be a surprising could eventually be developed into made-fornumber of people that you could attract. The television programming or feature films for the whole state has a varied climate and topog- big screen. raphy—beaches to the south, the farms, the Sennet Entertainment currently has sevhorses, the mountains, historical areas. I think eral projects in development, including a posVirginia has so much to offer that a lot of other sible television series called “Drivers,” focusing states just can’t match, if Virginia can get the on the competition between the Ford Motor incentives right.” Company and Ferrari during the 1950s. Sennet Once the governor takes office and his also is producing a film, “Reykjavik,” starring administration is settled in Richmond, Has- Michael Douglas, the story of the 1986 conselberger and Sennet plan to meet with state ference between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail leaders to make their case. They may even Gorbachev that helped jumpstart nuclear bring along other potentially valuable lobby- disarmament. ing assets—perhaps actresses Gwyneth Pal- Another potential project, “Capital trow and Bo Derek, among others. Derek is Crimes,” would be based on a fictional series being considered for several roles in upcoming of works written by best-selling Washington Sennet productions. author Warren Adler and featuring his fictional Derek recently spent a long weekend in private detective, Fiona Fitzgerald. Middleburg for talks with Hasselberger. She “The exteriors would be shot in Washingstayed at the Goodstone Inn and toured the ton,” Hasselberger said. “Since it’s centered in area with Sennet and Hasselberger. Clearly, she D.C., it certainly would make sense to do the liked what she saw. production work in Virginia. If we don’t do it in “This is just a beautiful place,” said Derek, Virginia, we’d probably have to go to Georgia, who has a lifetime passion for horses and cur- South Carolina or Louisiana. And that makes rently serves on the California Racing Board. “I no sense to me.” think Virginia would be an ideal location for a Hollywood hard by the Potomac? Stay wide range of projects. I’d love to come back.” tuned. In addition to providing excellent loca-

By Leonard Shapiro For Middleburg Life Yes, it’s always Hump Day at the bustling Bar C Ranch near Berryville. That’s where Will and Jennifer Caton and their children, Brody, 10, and Morgan, 12, call home, along with two dogs, four camels and a whole menagerie of critters and creatures, furry and feathered, large and small, that comprise the living, breathing inventory of one of the area’s more unique businesses. There are sheep and goats, donkeys and llamas, pot-bellied pigs and porcupines, ferrets and even a kinkajou or two. In all, more than 100 animals, including a tarantula and a full flock of pretty parakeets, also share the property. Still, of the 42 species living on the ranch, the camels are definitely the big jaw-dropping draws on these grounds, and pretty much wherever the Caton family might wander up and down the East Coast for seven months every year. Most of their income comes from fourminute camel rides supervised by Will and admission into a traveling petting zoo and parakeet aviary that is Jennifer’s domain. Starting in April, they will gas up their two pick-up trucks, attach large trailers to each, load up the birds and 40-50 animals and caravan to state and county fairs and a variety of festivals or farm shows stretching from upstate New York to Florida. One of the trailers has just enough room for the family to sleep in, and they also must find space for a 40-by-40 tent with an 18-foot high pole at the center, the better to keep the animals comfy and cozy in familiar surroundings, even if they must move the whole show every seven to 10 days. How do you get into the camel business in the first place? Will Caton grew up in the Ashburn/Sterling area and met a girl, Jennifer to be precise, who happened to be working at the Reston Animal Park. When she went to Virginia Tech to study (what else?) animal science, he took a job in Knoxville, Tennessee, working on a farm that supplied camels for the Knoxville Zoo and other facilities. After she graduated, they married and, said Will, “I needed to get a real job.” He worked for a while on a crew that helped maintain the W&OD Trail, while she took a job at a veterinarian’s office in Ashburn. About a year later, in 1999, Will got a call from a friend in California

At Bar C Ranch near Berryville everyday is hump day

wondering if he might want to relocate out west and take the man‘s two camels on the road. “When I told Jen about it, she said ‘when do we leave?’” Will recalled. “We were based near Sacramento and we had 36 weeks of fairs booked in Washington state, Oregon and California. That year we also started doing some Nativity scenes. We had a lot of fun, but it was definitely a different kind of lifestyle.” After a while, he said, “I was kind of getting tired of seeing everyone else reap the rewards of our hard work. We decided to go out on our own.” They moved back east and bought their first camel, Buzz, in 2001 and started training him to accept riders. There was only one problem. Buzz adored Jennifer but didn’t want to work for Will. Camels can be like that, don’t you know, and the Catons were forced to sell him to an animal park in Pennsylvania.

Not long after that, they purchased Eli, then only five weeks old, and began bottle feeding him right from the start. Before long, they had added a six-year-old they named Samson and a 2 ½-year-old they called Delilah. A few years ago, along came another baby, Gabriel, from a herd in Tennessee, a bottle-fed beauty not at all shy about walking up to a stranger and nuzzling his nose up against his face. The Catons have six acres and lease another 27 from a farmer next door. Camels have generally been associated with life in the desert, but Will said they can get along just about anywhere, as long as the land is mostly flat. They eat grass and hay and some sweet feed. And when it snows, they’ll go into the barn and get their feet warm and dry before venturing back out into the cold. And those humps? Contrary to conventional wisdom, they’re not there for water stor-

Feeding time at Bar C Ranch

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just keeps walking. Asked if he ever used a pedometer to measure his daily mileage, he laughed and said, “people have given them to me but I won’t do it. Can you imagine seeing that you did 27 miles and the next day you have to get up knowing you’ve got to do 27 miles again. I’d rather not know.” Still, by the time their seven-month tour is done, he usually loses between 25 and 30 pounds a season. No gym is necessary in his line of work, and he and his family would have it no other way. “Every day is a learning experience,” he said. “And sometimes you have to remember how neat it is. I’ve had people come up to me after a ride and say it was the greatest thing they’d ever done, something that was always on their bucket list. I’ll never turn anyone down who wants a ride. I’ve carried people up there from a wheelchair, disabled kids, anyone who wants to try it. “I’ve had kids who are sight-challenged. They’ll stick their hands out and feel the camel’s fur, and you should see them just light up. That’s what you always remember. It’s just awesome that I can walk a 1,400-pound camel around and then you let him eat animal crackers out of your hand when it’s done.” Hump Day? For the Caton family and their camels, it’s usually just happy days.

Photo by Janet Hitchen

age. It’s about 97 percent fat, even if Will still has customers who stubbornly and mistakenly insist otherwise. Camels do not come cheap. They range anywhere from $10,000 for untrained youngsters to $40,000 for seasoned veterans of the camel-walk brigade. They can mostly be purchased from private breeders or through auctions and Will estimated there are now 5,000 to 6,000 camels located around the country. Ideally, the best scenario is to get them young enough to bottle feed, the better for these one-humped dromedaries to acclimate both to the people holding the bottle as well as their surroundings. “Camels have awesome memories,” Will said. “Once you teach them something, they have it forever. The easiest thing is to teach them to do rides. It’s all about building blocks. You go one step at a time. They also have to get used to a whole range of things when you’re on the road. You might be set up next to an 80-foot Ferris wheel. There are lights everywhere. We once were next to a tiger and when we passed by, he would jump up in his cage like he was stalking them. But they didn’t know what a tiger was, and they didn’t even care.” The rides are generally $5 per person, and Samson and Eli are fitted with a special apparatus that can hold four or five children or a couple of adults. Will tries not to burden them with more than 300 pounds of human bodies, and the camels generally alternate giving rides for 60 to 90 minutes. Will, on the other hand,

Jennifer Caton shares a moment with one of her camels

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By Leonard Shapiro For Middleburg Life When Don Owen, executive director of the Land Trust of Virginia, begins his PowerPoint presentation at workshops he conducts in Loudoun and Fauquier counties, the first photograph he flashes on the screen shows an old country store in the 1950s. The next image then provides a jarring juxtaposition. It’s an aerial view of the same general area, more than half a century later— Tysons Corner after the mega-development that is still sprawling out and up. So much for the Tysons Corner country store. Clearly, those two pictures drive home his point right from the start. Without the conservation easements the LTV and other organizations Carole Taylor support, the same sort of unchecked growth could endanger many of this area’s cherished small towns, battlefields, open spaces and other signifiDon Owen cant natural and historic resources. “A lot of people may not realize that western Loudoun and northern Fauquier already have more than 15 percent in easement,” Owen said. “It’s why this place is so special.” And it keeps getting better. Since late October, LTV accepted four new easements totaling 325 acres, including 103 acres of the Amberwood Farm property west of Upperville, 115 acres at Dresden Farm four miles north of Middleburg, a 70-acre property near Lincoln and a 38-acre tract just outside Hillsboro. As an example of a conservation easement’s immediate impact, the Amberwood Farm property preserves portions of the core battlefield areas for two Civil War cavalry actions—the Battle of Unison and the Battle of Upperville. It also protects a half-mile of Pantherskin Creek, a major tributary to Goose Creek. The addition of those parcels was the cherry on top for what Owen described as “an incredible year” for LTV. It included 1,300 acres placed in conservation easement during 2013, bringing the organization’s total to more than 13,000 acres since it began pushing the program in 1998. “There are so many things people can do to help,” Carole Taylor of Warrenton, the new LTV president, said. “Conservation easement is part of it. One of the interesting things we’ve done is a series of rural village studies. We’ll look at what’s protected in places like Lincoln, Taylorstown, Buckland, for example, and what’s zoned. We’ll then give community briefings that have really been well-received.” “We’ll research the area for water resource values, available farmland, Civil War and other historical sites,” Owen said. “We’ll provide aerial photographs and show them on a grid what’s really significant about their

The old Tysons Corner Store

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Aerial view of Tysons Corner now

community…The goal is to give them as much information as possible, and that information often leads to follow up conversations. I think it really becomes an eye-opener.” Owen and LTV do not actually target specific properties or recruit landowners to get with their program. Instead, the organization believes its workshops, informational outreach programs and ensuing word

“I’ve always had an interest in this area, but I never knew what I could do about it until I got involved with the Land Trust.” Don Owen Executive Director Land Trust of Virginia

of mouth spread the message, along with an actively engaged board of directors. Owen, with an office next door to the Atoka Store, estimates more than a third of LTV easements have been a direct result of the workshops. “If someone has a significant property, we are always open to a conversation,” Owen said. “It’s up to them to make the decision.

I will immediately respond to a phone call or any correspondence. But I wouldn’t go knocking on their door. We are one of the best organizations to go to, and I think most people know that.” “Why us?” Taylor said. “We are nationally-accredited. People can be assured that the easement will be done properly. We know how to do it…we’ve built a solid foundation in terms of our capabilities, our institutional knowledge and the ability to work through the whole process with landowners. And we are well-poised for growth.” Owen, a Boston native with a master’s degree in national resource administration from Colorado State, joined LTV in 2008 after a long and distinguished career that included the previous 23 years with the National Park Service. His wife, Amy Owen, is executive director of the Middleburg-based Piedmont Community Foundation. A native of Idaho, Taylor, a realtor now living in Warrenton, has lived in these parts for 40 years and been on the LTV board the past four years. “I’ve always had an interest in this area,” she said, “but I never knew what I could do about it until I got involved with the Land Trust. It’s a wonderful opportunity for people to know more about where we live and how to get engaged if you want to do conservation easement.” For further information, contact Don Owen at 540-687-8441 or

In The Pink With Mary Kay Garwood ML later shared in the responsibility of the day-to day-operation and keeping the place going. When Cissy retired, I fell into the role of primary caretaker, a position I much enjoy.

Q: Tell us what brought you to Middleburg?

do you have, how many more do you need?

A: My late husband was a foxhunter and we have been patrons of the Middleburg Races for over 50 years. Jim and I have enjoyed many friends in the community. My daughter Robin rode, too, and had her 16th birthday party at the Red Fox. Following a long teaching career with Fairfax County Schools and many weekends looking at properties, we settled here for good in 1983.

A: There are 35 dedicated and loyal volunteers. Without them, we could not operate. Many have been at it for several years. We have married couples, retirees, and professionals, all blessed with positive attitudes and a genuine concern for the preservation of this beautiful and historic area.

Q: What’s the purpose of The Pink Box?

A: The first order of business is to let the public know we are open and make the place comfortable. Visitors from around the globe can be expected on any given day. A docent may field questions about the Kennedys, Elizabeth Taylor, Tab Hunter, Willard Scott, area wineries and restaurants. Questions regarding Civil War history and the Mosby Trail also are common. We average over 800 visitors per month.

A: In 1985, Mayor Loyal McMillan and a group of citizens formed the Historic District Review Committee in the interest of tourism. The concept of a visitor’s center in town was much discussed and possible locations were scouted. The current early 19th century building was known as the “Bishop’s Cottage” after gunsmith John Bishop, who owned it after the Civil War. It had served over the years as a law office, blacksmith shop, the offices of The Middleburg Chronicle and a ladies boutique. The town leased the building from Gerber Properties and undertook an extensive renovation. The Pink Box formally opened in the spring of 1991 after having been restored in all its historical detail. The Pink Box name came about because when the building was a dress shop, items were packaged in a pink box. The Dream Garden was created in 1993, surrounding the Pink Box with glorious flowers. The following year, the old carriage house next to the Pink Box underwent renovation into a public pavilion, dedicated to the memory of Jacqueline B. Kennedy Onassis in 1995.

Q: How did you first get involved? A: Mayor McMillan recruited me as a docent when I attended a meeting at the community center during the planning period. Fritz Hutchison, who was on the Town Council, was another original, along with Salome Musk and Cissy Bunn. Cissy and I

Q: I know you rely on volunteers. How many

Q: What’s a typical day like?

Q: Any strange requests?

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Mary Kay Garwood has been both a docent and, for many years, the volunteer director of The Pink Box visitor’s center on North Madison Street. She oversees a group of 35 fellow volunteers who help keep one of the town’s most unique attractions running seven days a week.

A: I had a gentleman who wanted to know if there were any eligible, rich women in town and how he may go about meeting them. In one case, a woman wanted to know where she could buy a Jack Russell terrier right away. A lot of folks inquire about Wexford, the Kennedys former home, and ask if it is open for guests. We have had people who want to “see a horse” and ask if they can drive onto local farms for a self-tour.

Mary Kay Garwood

Q: How is the Pink Box funded?

Mars has been one of our biggest supporters.

A: It’s now owned by the National Sporting Library and leased to the town. The late George Ohrstrom was a former owner. Several years ago there was some concern that the town may not be able to continue to fund the operation of the Pink Box. The Pink Box Advisory Committee had been formed and a fundraising drive was held. Many generous donors later, a fund was established to assure that the Pink Box would continue in perpetuity. Jackie

Q: If someone wants to volunteer at The Pink

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Box, what’s the best way to go about it?

A: Folks can call the Pink Box at 540-687-8888 and leave their name and number. I’m in the Pink Box about every Sunday and welcome any potential volunteers to stop in and have a look at what we are doing.

WANTED: Independent thinkers. (Your parents are welcome too.)

Open House Independent thinkers thrive at Highland, in the classroom and beyond. Our students have access to the very best teachers and facilities, including our newly renovated Middle School, state-of-the-art academic center and Harkness teaching room. If you are looking for new challenges and opportunities for your pre-K to Grade 12 child, we invite you to our Open House on February 9. Pre-K - Grade 12 coed, independent day school

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You’ll explore our campus, speak with our educators and learn more about what sets Highland — and Highland’s students — apart.

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Safe Ports And A Safer Haven In Middleburg By Leonard Shapiro For Middleburg Life It was one of the more terrifying moments of Lucy Duncan’s life, sitting there in the breakfast room of her Kabul, Afghanistan quarters when “the building literally shook,” she recalled. That frightening day in September, 2012, a female suicide car bomber had detonated an explosive device, killing a dozen South

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Africans outside and ending any chance that Duncan could leave for a flight back home any time soon. Her cell phone wasn’t working anyway, so she went back to her room, resigned to the notion that getting to the airport might be days away. Then, at 3 a.m., the phone jangled her awake, and Duncan was rather surprised to actually be fielding a call from Middleburg. “My friend Jennifer Rich wanted to tell me that my two terriers had gotten loose and were running around outside,” Duncan recalled. “I said to her ‘you can’t be serious.’ She had no idea I was in Afghanistan and under lockdown. I now call them my terrier-ists.” More than a year later, Duncan can laugh about it as she talks about her all-consuming

work in a field that takes her around the globe, sometimes to very dangerous places. A native of Charleston, S.C., who splits time between Middleburg and her home town, Duncan is president and CEO of Safe Ports, a Charleston-based firm that focuses on port security at home and abroad, as well as providing logistical support to private industry, the military and other government agencies. She started the company shortly after the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington and, according to a recent story in the Charleston Post and Courier, she helps countries “improve police and military operations, secure their ports and transport equipment from continent to continent …. Safe Ports is working with the U.S. military to pack up and transport equipment and supplies as the U.S. ends its lengthy presence in Afghanistan.” In October, the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency honored Duncan and Safe Ports with two prestigious Business Alliance awards, for outstanding services provided by a small business and as a female-owned business. “That was a very big deal for us,” she said. “It’s the kind of award you work your whole life for.” Duncan has been doing exemplary work since childhood. The daughter of a physics professor at The Citadel, she started taking physics and calculus courses at 14. After studying at the College of Charleston and the University of Houston in the 1970s, her plan to join the space program “took a sharp turn to New York,” where she started working for a major technology company. Eventually, she became a business development and communications specialist in Miami, working on the city’s port during a major push to improve tourism, entertainment and infrastructure at the facility. Duncan also spent several years in Caracas, and for most of the ‘90s, she was back in Washington consulting with major companies—Oracle, Tyco, Cisco among others— looking to expand to emerging foreign markets. These days, Safe Ports has been heavily involved in developing inland ports. “Most ports are in densely populated areas,” she said. “A ship comes in and longshoremen get the containers off the ship. But what happens if it’s radioactive? What does port security do? We should be building inland ports far away from dense population areas. Put the cargo on trains or get them on the highways.” One of Safe Port’s first projects was in South Carolina, where she helped establish an inland port in Orangeburg. “Lucy is a very, very bright creative entrepreneur,” former South Carolina Gov. Dick Riley said of Duncan in 2006. “She’s trying to bring the whole state into the port activity through barge and rail. It’s a very excitingsounding thing.” Duncan gets excited herself when speaking about her work. She’s also equally enthusiastic about getting away from it all on frequent sojourns to Middleburg. She’s an avid rider and occasional foxhunter, with two Hanoverians and a thoroughbred that move between Virginia to her farm in Charleston. “My passion is to stay fit, and also relax,” she said. “The world can be very stressful, but horses could care less. It’s a fantastic way to balance work and play. In my mind I’m a three-day eventer. In my dream world, I guess.” She found Middleburg through her equine passion and said “the longer you stay here, the longer it stays in you…I feel like I belong to the community and I feel like I’m part of the community.” No terrorists around here. Just those terrier-ists.

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Fashion Illustrator Inslee Haynes Visits Middleburg Academy By Caroline Greer Middleburg Academy Class of 2014 All eyes were on Inslee Haynes when the successful New York City fashion illustrator recently arrived, poised and polished, back

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on the campus of Middleburg Academy. The alumna had returned to her high school home to spend an afternoon discussing her art and her uncommon career path with a group of eager ninth through 12th graders. Following her 2004 graduation from what was then Notre Dame Academy, Haynes, a Leesburg native, went on to major in studio art and art history at Washington and Lee University in Lexington. During her sophomore year in college, she founded a small student-run business as an outlet for her love for illustra-

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tion. Her project, Inslee By Design, sold stylish and adorable stationery, which became widely popular, first among her sorority sisters, then all across the small liberal arts campus. What began as a student sideline has since blossomed into her full-scale business venture, all along retaining its original name. After college, Haynes went on to establish herself as a freelance fashion illustrator, first in Washington, D.C., and later in New York. Today, most of her work is on a commissioned basis for both private clients and for high-end retailers and designers including Elizabeth Arden, Jacques Levine, Rachel Zoe and Piperlime. Her work has been featured in People and Washingtonian magazines and extensively across the Internet. “It is a gift to have an alumna like Inslee come back and encourage our students, especially those interested in fashion, art and entrepreneurship,” Jan Healy, Middleburg Academy’s Dean of Studies and Director of College Counseling, said. “It all began here, in high school,” Haynes told her audience. “I always had an interest in both art and style,” she explained, “but had never realized I could make a career out of the two subjects.” She cites her former art teacher, Wayne Paige, as “the person who first connected the dots for me. He saw my illustrations and knew what I was most interested in, and encouraged me to apply for a summer program in fashion illustration at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. That was when I began to see the possibilities.” Today, Paige, who chairs Middleburg Academy’s Art Department, could not be more proud of his former student. “The first time Inslee shared her fashion sketches and figure drawings with me, I saw incredible potential. Twelve years later, with a thriving small enterprise, Inslee has proven that talent, skill and determination can lead to a career in art that is both rewarding and fulfilling.” As Haynes recounted exactly what it is she does as a fashion illustrator, students were struck by her glamorous vocation. Students particularly loved learning about one illustra-

Inslee Haynes was delighted to discover one of her award-winning pieces from her high school days still hanging in the hallway of Middleburg Academy.

tion she did of an unusually dramatic pair of spiked seven-inch heels. It was a “secret” proj-

ect she worked on for high-end shoe designer Stuart Weitzman, which, it turned out, was for Beyonce’s “Mrs. Carter’s World Tour.” Asked what advice she would offer aspiring young entrepreneurs and artists, Haynes said that the single most important starting point is a website: “mine has been the legs that have carried my business forward.” By establishing her website ( in college, she was able to promote her work and expand her business exponentially. She also has harnessed the power of social media. When she discovered one of her award-winning student pieces hanging in the art-filled hallways of Middleburg Academy, she quickly pulled out her iPhone and shared it on Instagram. In the loft-like art studios of Middleburg Academy, Inslee Haynes also took the time to review student creations. She was delighted with the level of talent in the school’s current crop of young artists—and was as inspired by their work as they were by hers. Haynes plans to feature some of the student art on her blog. Although Inslee Haynes’s professional path has been one-of-a-kind, she demonstrated to students that they, too, can find success in their chosen fields. “If you decide to become a doctor or a lawyer, there is generally a road map for you to follow. If you decide to become a fashion illustrator, the path isn’t really charted for you. You just have to hold fast to your passion, remain confident, and be open to unconventional means to reach your goal. It is all within your reach.”

Franklin Payne: A Wonderful Middleburg Life Payne’s life also has taken some incredible twists. In 1943, at 17, he tried to enlist in the Army, but was told to wait a year. He took a job at the old B&A grocery store, joined up 12 months later and became a flight engineer in a C-47 in the Army Air Corps, serving mostly in post-World War II Europe. After the military, it was back to B&A for a while, a stint selling insurance and another job working the front

“He had a saying—‘Make yourself useful as well as ornamental.’ To me, that meant don’t just stand around and look pretty.” Franklin Payne

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the benefit of his brains and brawn. “One weekend there was a terrible snowstorm, and the airport closed just as my bus drove in from D.C.,” Thuermer continued. “I didn’t expect to see Franklin, but by God, there he was. We inched our way in whiteout conditions—including 360-degree spins on the road. He did not give up until we reached our destination and made sure my folks were OK. Incredible.”

counter at the old Middleburg Pharmacy. In 1957, he was approached by a local Republican politician who asked if he’d be interested in the Aldie Post Office. Back then, postmaster jobs were political appointments, and was told because he was a veteran, he had a good chance to get it. “I thought it had a darned sight more future than the pharmacy,” said Payne, nominated for the position by President Dwight Eisenhower and taking over in September 1957. The original post office was in the front of what is now the Aldie store, then moved to its current location in a building Payne helped plan a year later. “I had the lobby designed so the building could stay open all night,” Payne said with a sly smile. “A lot of people came down there to rent boxes from us, and Middleburg (post office) didn’t think much about that.” Payne retired in August 1986. “I was single at the time and didn’t see any reason to keep someone else out of a good job. I was 60 and ready for it,” he said. And these days, he’s happy to keep working and continue his good works. “I always have some reason to get up in the morning,” he said. “That’s a good thing.”

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By Leonard Shapiro For Middleburg Life In a lifetime distinguished by his relentless work ethic and plenty of good works for the betterment of the Middleburg community, Franklin Payne counts among his proudest accomplishments once being named an honorary member of the Ladies Board of Loudoun Hospital. “I give them a week every year,” said Payne, who has volunteered at the Ladies Board’s annual rummage sale the past 27 years. “They put me in charge of sorting all the donations we get. There’s a lot of lifting, but I’ve been lucky. Never had a backache.” Payne also likes to tell people, “I hope that everyone who lives to be 87 years old feels as good as I do right now.” And his busy schedule indicates he has no intention of slowing down any time soon. Payne also serves as a docent at The Pink Box, belongs to the Aldie Ruritan Club and is a 63-year lifetime member of Middleburg’s American Legion post. He operates his own shuttle service to and from Dulles Airport and for years has organized valet parking services all around the area. He’s often asked to handle other odd jobs, and if he doesn’t feel competent to properly do it himself, he’ll find someone else who can. Payne credits his father, Lucien Payne Sr., a dairy farmer who moved to the Middleburg area from Round Hill in 1938, for pointing him in all the right directions. “He had a saying—‘Make yourself useful as well as ornamental,’” Payne said. “To me, that meant don’t just stand around and look pretty.” Payne, who attended the old Aldie High School in the 1940s, has a huge throng of local admirers. Many still remember his days as postmaster at the Aldie Post Office, as well as his stint as a volunteer fireman. Some days, he’d go right from a fire to the post office, his face and clothes covered in soot. “I want to be Franklin Payne when I grow up,” said Kitty Thuermer, whose late parents, Angus and Alice Thuermer, were long-time Payne friends. “Franklin is a busier, more productive member of his community than most folks half his age. There isn’t a charity or cause within miles that hasn’t had


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nearly to your doorstep. Set in a picture-perfect locale and featuring all the amenities needed for modern living, this month’s featured property represents showplace living at its finest. Articles are prepared by Middleburg Life’s real estate advertising department on behalf of clients. For information on the home, contact the listing agent. For information on having a house reviewed, contact the Middleburg Life real estate advertising department at (540) 687-6059.

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Address: Whirlwind Farm, Middleburg. Listed at: $3,500,000 by Mary Ann McGowan, Thomas and Talbot Real Estate (540) 687-5523.

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gas fireplace. The fourth bedroom currently serves as a sewing and laundry room, but the space can be configured as you see fit. A full basement area showcases plentiful opportunities for future expansion, limited only by your imagination. You will enjoy entertaining in season out by the heated, saltwater pool, perhaps highlighting culinary skills on the outdoor barbecue or simply sitting back and surveying your domains. A charming, sun-filled apartment is located above the three-bay carriage house, again showcasing the property’s versatility and flexibility. It would be perfect for guests or an au pair. With easy access to Middleburg, you are just minutes from shops, dining, the community center and other amenities. Washington Dulles International Airport is just 40 minutes away, bringing the world

highlighted by cherry cabinetry, a center island, Corian countertops and top-of-theline appliances. There is an informal dining area and a butler’s pantry to be found adjacent. A charming sitting room offers soaring ceilings, a gas-log fireplace and a wall of windows over the rear terrace. A showplace solarium/family room showcases exceptional views of the grounds, and a main-level master retreat is exceptional, with a private, covered terrace to go with his-and-hers master baths, separate sitting room and plentiful closet and dressing spaces. Two staircases bring us to the upper level, which includes a surprise: a superlative family room with vaulted ceilings, extensive custom cabinetry and glass doors leading to the covered rear porch. Two additional bedrooms here feature en-suite baths, one of which with a cozy

Inspired by the classic homes of the French countyside, this month’s featured property – Whirlwind Farm – is a testament to gracious living and thoughtful, elegant design. Set in a Virginia Outdoor Foundation open-space easement amid 55 acres of manicured lawns, lush woodlands and rolling meadows, the property is a standout among the classics of Hunt Country. Constructed in 1994, the manor house presides over its domains in stately splendor, showcasing extraordinary craftsmanship and inviting all who visit to enjoy that amenities it has to offer. The property currently is on the market, listed at $3,500,000 by Mary Ann McGowan of Thomas and Talbot Real Estate. Impressive stone pillars and a winding, tree-lined drive welcome us from the main road into the magnificent estate, which, while just minutes from Middleburg and in the heart of Orange County Hunt Territory, is nestled back in its own world of security and serenity—a true storybook setting. Towering trees and mature landscaping are found throughout the park-like grounds. Pear, dogwood, maple and magnolia trees are among nature’s bounty on the property, which borders Cromwell’s Run. The circular drive deposits us at the entrance to the stucco residence, which features 9,000 square feet of uncompromising luxury. From the moment you enter the soaring foyer, you are surrounded by top-quality features, from the Frenchlimestone floor to the sweeping curved staircase. The formal living room is elegance personified, with a hand-carved fireplace and French doors that access the rear terrace, while the formal dining room is gracious, with a stunning brass chandelier and a bay window overlooking the gardens. The gourmet-ready country kitchen is

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LOGANS MILL - Extraordinary, private estate area on 179+ acres with frontage on Little River, Open Space Easement, rolling fields with mature hardwood forest, Orange County Hunt Territory, great ride out, very private, less than 10 minutes from Middleburg, views in all directions. $3,500,000

MELROSE: 12 parcels (none in easement), comprise the 591 acres, some of the finest managed land in the country. Part of the 2400 Acre estate of Spring Hill Farm. One can purchase additional property from the 2400 Acre estate of Spring Hill. Currently on the property are 2 tenant homes and 3 barns. Part of this land also backs to a game preserve. $3,750,000 RECTORTOWN: 107.76 acres Spectacular views from this highly desirable estate location within the Orange County Hunt Territory. Board fenced with frontage on Atoka Road and Rectortown Road. Stocked, approx. 4 acre, pond w/island, spring fed from tributary of Goose Creek. Open Space Easement allows for building of main dwelling, garage or barn with apt. and appropriate farm structures. Zoned RA. $1,250,000



SPRINGS ROAD - Sought after Springs Road location. Spectacular, verdant 182 acres with Rappahannock River frontage and pond. Beautifully protected views of the mountains, charming 3 bedroom, 1 bath cottage with living room, library/study, kitchen and breakfast room. Access road to be shared. $3,640,000

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POTTS MILL - on 137+ acres with frontage on Little River, Open Space Easement, rolling fields with mature hardwood forest, Orange County Hunt Territory, great ride out, very private, within 5 miles of the village of Middleburg, views in all directions. $2,800,000 Offers subject to errors, omissions, change of price or withdrawal without notice. Information contained herein is deemed reliable, but is not so warranted nor is it otherwise guaranteed.



THE PLAINS - 82.99 acres with access to either The Plains Road or Hopewell Road, nice elevation with several options for House site.






59 Acre portion of a 118 Acre parcel, being sold subject to division. Includes 2 charming cottages, plus 16 stall barn with apt., practice polo field, 6 paddocks, fields, pond and separate equipment barn. Wonderful horse property and wonderful location, convenient to I66, Warrenton and Middleburg. Backs onto Wildcat Mountain with expansive scenic views.


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Elegant custom stone and stucco home on 12+ acres close to Zulla Road. Grand rooms with exquisite details, reclaimed heart pine floors, antique chandeliers, high ceilings, beautiful moulding, four marble and stone fireplaces.Large screened porch opening to covered stone terrace. 4 bedrooms, 4 full and 2 half baths with master bedroom on main level.

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Beautiful rolling farm land with pastoral and mountain views, stone walls, and riding trails. This 54 acres is ideal for your horse farm. Property includes 3 bedroom farm house, 1 bedroom tenant house, 8-stall barn, and 6-stall barn. Near The Plains with easy access to I-66, 1 hour to Washington, 45 minutes to Dulles.

Just off the Atoka Road surrounded by stone walls & protected farmland. 3 barns totaling 8/9 stalls & 150 x 220 riding arena on 10 manageable acres. 5 bedroom brick home with 1st floor master suite. Home office, lots of storage & a pool. Located in Orange County Hunt territory. Exceptional views.

BLUEMONT LAND - 2 parcels in Piedmont Hunt Territory ~ Mostly open, rolling and fully fenced land and accessed from 3 roads. 1 home of clapboard enhance this beautiful property. 50+acres:$588,000 /71+acres: $995,000

Historic Chadwell House (c1780) located in the heart of the Orange County Hunt territory. Picture perfect 3 bedroom, 3 bath farmhouse in lovely setting with pond, rolling land and woods. Well maintained. Log, stone & wood. Extra log building, garage, stone patio & lovely landscaping. A first time offering. Full house generator.

Beautifully renovated Historic Unison Schoolhouse, circa 1870. s Pine flooring, high ceilings, mouldings and perennial gardens s The horse facilities include a recently built 4 stall barn w/excellent tack room & feed storage, open to 4 paddocks with automatic waterers. Great rideout in prime Piedmont Hunt

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SEW BE IT: Karen Ewbank at work By Dulcy Hooper For Middleburg Life Designer Karen Ewbank has carved out a creative niche for herself, one that combines a love of horses with a professional background that includes modeling, fashion design, patternmaking and the creation of fine clothing. Along the way, she also studied riding instruction in France and has trained and boarded horses and taught riding for more than 25 years. As a young woman, Ewbank obtained a degree in fashion design from Wellington Polytechnic in New Zealand, the country’s flagship design school. She had a particular interest in costume design and, following graduation, worked as a costume designer for the Mercury Theatre in Auckland. For several years in the 1980s, Ewbank worked as an international fashion model, primarily in France and Italy. While her professional training in fashion design gave her the ability to make patterns and to know the flow and drape of fabric, her experience as a model taught her what it felt like to wear finely tailored, well-made clothing. “When I was modeling, I got to wear a lot of beautiful clothes,” she said. “It was a privilege to learn what that felt like.” A large notebook of preserved magazine pages from Vogue Italia, Vogue Australia, Elle and Paris attest to Ewbank’s modeling success. Although Ewbank did not have the time during her years as a model to pursue fashion design, she never lost her interest in it, nor the ability and talent she had developed through her training. “Even while modeling,” she said, “I never stopped drawing. I was always creating designs of things I would one day want to make.” Design boards throughout her Berryville shop detail Ewbank’s creations and her vision for future projects. “I want what I make to be classic, original and beautifully finished,” she said. “I like to think that what I make will pass the test of time.” Indeed, Ewbank has a particular affinity for vintage clothing and displays in her shop items that had once belonged to her mother. “I studied classic design,” she said, “and the biggest benefit with classic training is that the clothing is never trendy. Classic styles are the looks that last through the ages; they go beyond trends. Classic styles are always a demonstration of truly refined taste.” Ewbank had long toyed with the idea of having a boutique in the Middleburg area. “I wanted to specialize,” she said, “but thought it was better not to specialize too much. In short, what we do at Ewbank Clothiers is what people want us to do.” Currently, this includes equestrian apparel, evening wear, bridal gowns and even items of interior decoration. Ewbank Clothiers offers custom made clothing designed and made to each individual’s taste. She prefers to use natural fabrics and silk linings, and does all of the cutting and pattern making herself. She works with seamstresses

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at her workshop, including Ximena Aguirra Stroubakis, to make quality tailored garments For evening wear, Ewbank said that she looks at the individual’s personality, shape and coloring in offering her recommendations. “I try to guide them to what will suit them best,” she said. Ewbank Clothiers also does hunting waistcoats, vests, riding shirts and kennel coats. “I love to be out in the field with the Blue Ridge Hunt,” she said. “It’s nice now to see my coats in the field.” In putting together her designs for hunt coats, she studied what she considered to be the best hunt coats she could find. For wedding dresses, Ewbank tends to focus a great deal on texture along with visual lines, which are aesthetically beautiful and figure-enhancing. Ewbank believes that the advantage of having a bridal gown customdesigned is that it will suit the bride’s particular figure, coloring and personality, and will also fit better than a gown purchased off the rack. After battling Lyme disease for several years, Ewbank is slowly getting back to riding. “I used to ride in the master’s pocket,” she said. “But now I am mostly hilltopping, building myself up slowly and trying to make up for lost time. My truest love in life is my passion for nature and animals. I love living in the country. I love being here.”

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Middleburg $349,000 Marci Welsh 703.906.5802

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Middleburg, Virginia • $2,950,000

Stone manor house in spectacular setting • 86.81 acres • Highly protected area in prime Piedmont Hunt • Gourmet kitchen • Wonderful detail throughout • 5 BR • 5 BA • 3 half BA • 3 fireplaces, classic pine paneled library • Tenant house • Stable • Riding ring • Heated saltwater pool • Pergola • Full house generator

A pastoral 5 bedroom c. 1830 farmhouse and a grand stone pavilion • Elegant but unfussy • 103 acres of open farmland • The pavilion serves as a pool house, greenhouse, banquet room, and guest quarters • The result is refined, but maintains its understated sophistication

Gracious home with 5 BRs • Gourmet kitchen • Two-story floor-toceiling window display of the Blue Ridge Mountains • 3 FPs, coffered ceilings, random width rustic cherry floors • Large home office, gym, rec room, multiple porches and patios. Three finished stories, approx. 10,000 sf. • Carriage house • Privately situated on 27 acres

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October Hill

Marshall, Virginia • $1,650,000

Middleburg, Virginia • $1,379,000

Purcellville, Virginia • $1,325,000

Historic property on 32 acres in Orange County Hunt • 1st floor master, den, grand salon, English kitchen with large dining room & billiard room • Patio, pool & guest cottage • 7 stall barn adjoins 3 BR, 2 BA farm manager's house

Custom home on 10 well maintained acres • Beautifully decorated • Hardwood floors, high ceilings, 4 fireplaces, gourmet kitchen • Large screened porch • In-ground pool and spa surrounded by brilliant garden • 4 stall barn/3 paddocks • Full house generator • Irrigation system for garden

Beautiful farm on 55.24 acres • Lovely views • Contemporary home with 4 bedrooms • 2 1/2 baths • 3 fireplaces • 2 car garage, very private • European style stable with 6 stalls • Tack room • Office, wash stall & apartment • Owner licensed real estate broker in Virginia

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Keepsake Farm

Turkey Roost


The Plains, Virginia • $1,195,000

Middleburg, Virginia • $1,179,000

Leesburg, Virginia • $700,000

Quintessential Virginia farm house • Storybook setting amid large parcels of protected land • Older log cabin with 1800's clapboard farm house attached • Master bedroom with updated en suite bath with handsome upgrades • Charming gardens among peaceful 7+ acres • Perfect for horses • Two stall barn with water and electric

Large 4/5 BR home • Generous room sizes that accommodate extended family & entertaining • Lovely updated kitchen with granite+marble countertops • Notable sun-filled family room with exposed timber frame and 2 sided fireplace • Hardwood floors • 3 fireplaces • Finished LL w/ in law suite • 2-car garage w/1 BR Apt • 4-stall Barn w/paddocks

Circa 1760's stone farm house on 6.45 acres • Beautiful wood floors, 4 wood burning fireplaces, country kitchen with granite countertops, bathrooms all updated • Fenced paddocks, two stables and a machine shed

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Western Cottage

Meadowbrook Court

Locust Street

Middleburg, Virginia • $575,000

Middleburg, Virginia • $399,000

Middleburg, Virginia • $240,000

Just west of Middleburg • Shows like a new home but built like an old house • 3 to 4 bedrooms • Updated kitchen • 3 full baths • Open living room w/ wood burning fireplace • Hickory floors • Lower level is fully finished w/ a family room, space for 4th bedroom & full bath • Upstairs bedroom has whole floor & private bath • New septic

Immaculate end unit town home feels like a private cottage • Completely renovated • New kitchen & baths • New roof • Elegant living room with wood burning FP • Built in book shelves • Private terrace & landscaped garden • Perfectly turn key • No maintenance

Charming stucco cottage • Heart of Town of Middleburg • Hardwood floors throughout • Two bedrooms, 1 bath, living room, dining room & galley kitchen • Great potential

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do well on a wide variety of birds. The squirrels also love them, so try to find a feeder that has a squirrel guard. I’ve seen these little guys do amazing things to get into that feeder, including chewing the plastic. Rabbits can be given leftover greens from the refrigerator. We often find lettuce and other things discoloring or wilting, and these can be

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By Marcia Woolman Middleburg Life Outdoor Columnist If winter continues the frigid way it’s begun, wildlife in our area will be facing hard times. It’s almost too late to help the deer herd; the only thing we can do is to thin it by allowing hunters access to private lands. If you own a farm, you probably already have farm help or friends who do come and help control the herd size, but usually they only take one deer. (Killing, removing, and butchering or transporting to a butcher takes a lot of effort. Very few people take multiple deer.) Therefore, consider the size of the herd and contemplate the number of hunters you should encourage to come and hunt. I know that privacy and safety are two serious considerations, but requiring permission to hunt your land and conducting a short interview with the hunter should allow you to decide if they’re appropriate for your situation. This year there were virtually no acorns. Because of the summer drought, foliage was pretty well decimated. This past fall, few deer could be found in the woods after October. They now stay in the fields, fencerows, creek bottoms and on our lawns. They’ve already begun to feed on my ewe bushes in front of the house, something I’ve only witnessed once in 20-plus winters. All this is just food for thought because there is little we can do except to understand that there will be a high level of starvation if this that once you start to feed and attract the birds, icy mix continues through the winter. It’s nearly it should be continued until spring. It would be impossible for deer to find food through two almost the same as if suddenly we had to find inches of ice, exactly what covered our property our own food when all the grocery stores had in December. closed. On a positive note, there are things we can There are many types of birdseed and doGoodstone for the rest ofJan. the wildlife. Birds in particular 2014 Ad Middleb. Ecc. _Layout 1 12/23/13 5:52ofPM 1 be most inform you of the type birdsPage that will can be fed on seeds. It’s important to remember attracted to it. I’ve found black sunflower seeds

put out on the lawn or pasture. The rabbits usually find them if a possum or raccoon doesn’t get there first. Our little wild friends need help in bad weather conditions, so be thoughtful of them in the new year, especially if this winter continues as it started.

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At the Wiseman and Associates, Middleburg Wealth Management and the Bank of Charles Town Christmas Parade party: Paul Dietrich, Tom Wiseman with Caroline and Dan Darby. Photo by Victoria Ingenito

As we pack away the garlands and wreaths, exchange and return a few gifts, we offer a kudos and shout out to Jim Herbert who produced yet another extravagant Christmas in Middleburg. Of course we also have a few more tidbits to offer. First up would be Virginia’s soon-to-be First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe. She was among the riders in the Middleburg Hunt Parade. And then, a shout-out to our office neigh-

And this news just in from Gulfstream Park in Florida. One of our favorite race horses, the aptly named Middleburg owned by Diana and Bert Firestone of Upperville, won an allowance claiming race Dec. 21. In other news of the horse, the Sallie B. Wheeler/U.S. National Hunter Breeding Championship—East Coast will take place Aug. 30 at the Warrenton Horse Show. Nancy and James Haynes Jr., of Leesburg, have announced the engagement of their daughter Inslee Austin Dietrich Haynes of New York to Buford Anderson Fariss II, also of New York. A May wedding is planned and will be held in Washington, D.C. at Christ Church, Georgetown. Miss Haynes, a 2004 graduate of

and the Bank of Charles Town entertained friends and clients from their expansive offices at the main intersection of the village. Over at Salamander, they celebrated the holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 3. The event, attended by more than 200 people, featured caroling from the Middleburg Elementary School Singing Club, entertainment from the Community Music School of the Piedmont and the Stafford Regional Hand Bell Society. General Manager Christmas at Salamander Resort & Spa. Photo by

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Middleburg Academy, is a fashion illustrator and founder of her company Inslee By Design. (See page 10 of this issue to read more about her career.) Hill alumna and current Mercersburg Academy student, Madison Johnson,

awarded the Regents Scholarship at Mercersburg. She continues to excel in her academics

Banneker School students Delaney Renehan (3rd grade), Kailey Renehan (1st Grade), Camden Craun (3rd grade) and Coy Craun (5th grade) after decorating the Banneker tree in Middleburg. Photo by Gloria Elgin as well as being a two-year varsity letter player in soccer and a varsity softball player. Upperville resident Bunny Mellon has generously released the remainder of her life estate of artwork, which was bequeathed to the National Gallery by her late husband, Paul Mellon, a philanthropist, art collector and founding gallery benefactor. The collection included Vincent van Gogh’s Green Wheat Fields, Auvers, 1890, which was likely completed just weeks before the artist ended his life.

Few of the many spectators at the Christmas in Middleburg Hunt Parade would have recognized Virginia’s new First Lady/equestrian Dorothy McAuliffe. Photo by Doug Gehlsen of Middleburg Photo

Madison Johnson Vincent van Gogh, Green Wheat Fields, Auvers, 1890 (Image: detail, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon)

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was named to the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) All-Academic Team for excellence in academics and soccer for the 2013 fall season. Madison graduated from Hill in 2012 and was


The Hill School float was a group effort. bor, designer and Hill School parent Jennifer Long, who produced a lovely float for The Hill School. The entire project was a group effort as parents Heather and Fred Briggs did the cut out of the Hill Lion and art teacher Linda Conti brought it to life with her artwork. The parties up and down Washington Street have taken on a must-attend status second only to the Macy’s event in the Big Apple on Thanksgiving. Tom Wiseman and Associates, Middleburg Wealth Management

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Trey Matheu served as the evening’s master of ceremonies and was joined at the podium by resort owner Sheila Johnson. Finally, special guest Santa Claus made an appearance to light the tree, using a candy cane lever. He then sat for photographs with children in the resort’s library. Banneker School students Delaney Renehan (3rd grade), Kailey Renehan (1st grade), Camden Craun (3rd grade) and Coy Craun (5th grade) did their tree up in high style.

Patty Nicoll, Alice Slater, Robin Keys and Dorothy Gow packing Christmas baskets for the Churches of Upperville. Photo courtesy of Mabel Chinn


Members of the Fauquier Loudoun Garden Club prepare for the Greens Show: Elizabeth Courts, Patty Warrender, Ginger Wallach, Susan Grayson and Missy Janes at the Greens Show. Photo by Kaye Nazarian Linda Young’s succulent adorned “Surprise Package” A Decorated Gift Box won first in the Class 3 Artistic Division on behalf of the Middleburg Garden Club.

Charlie in action “Music is a bridge between me and my students,” Miho explains, “I build a special relationship with my students through singing.” She can now pronounce that she takes a bath with her “ducks” and that it is a “star” that twinkles in the song she likes to sing..

A three-part equine health series at no charge to participants will take place at Morven Park Equestrian Center’s Hofmann Classroom Jan. 16, Feb. 20, and March 20 at 7 p.m. and led by Dr. Jay Joyce, owner of Total Equine Veterinary Associates of Leesburg. Call 703777-2890, ext. 0 or send an email to Friday, Jan. 31 at the Middleburg Community Center is the first Family Game Night from 6-8 p.m. with video games, game boards, card games for a $10 admission. Call 540-687-6375. Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Middleburg Community Center will be a chili dinner priced at $20 per family. Call 540-687-6375. Sunday, Feb. 9 will be the seventh Annual Candlelight Concert at Barton Oaks, home of Claude Schoch in The Plains. It will feature J. Reilly Lewis and members of the Washington Bach Consort, with tickets at $125. Call 540-5923040. Tuesday, Feb. 11 will feature a lecture, “Tendons, Ligaments & Imaging ‘No leg no horse’: Advances in diagnosis and treatment of tendon and ligament injuries” by Dr. Nathaniel White at 7 p.m. in the library of the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg. Call 703-771-6842 or speart@

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Berryville-based bloodstock agent Patrick Lawley-Wakelin recently attended the Tattersalls Foal and Mares sale in Newmarket, Suffolk. The auction is considered one of the most prestigious of the year in England. Lawley-Wakelin made several purchases on behalf of clients. The first was a colt foal by the No. 1 sire in the world Galileo (IRE), out of the mare Altana and has already been named Altissimo (FR) by his breeder. LawleyWakeland reports, “He’ s an exciting prospect.” His other purchase was the mare Eternal Bounty (IRE) 2009 by Galileo (IRE) out of Moments of Joy by Darshaan for an American client who intends to breed her to War Front at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky. Stay tuned. Happy New Year to Charlie Greene, now 18 months old, who has made steady strides as she copes with the challenges that come with being a preemie. One of her challenges is speech. Charlie has been having sessions with Community Music School of the Piedmont Music Therapist, Miho Sato, for the past six months. Through music, she’s finding her voice.

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have taken if he had simply stayed in Washington County and practiced medicine. He remounted Billy and had the bugler sound the call to move out. They reached Dover. He looked down the turnpike and suddenly saw a trooper galloping toward their location, dust spewing in all directions. “Captain Breathed, I’ve orders from Colonel Rosser. He has located a lion’s share of Yankee cavalry. You’re to deploy your guns on high ground in an eastern direction up the Little River Turnpike. I’ll relay this same information to Colonel Wickham and Colonel Munford,” the courier exclaimed as he gasped for breath. “Yes, sir. Give my regards to Colonel Rosser and his pickets.” A surge of adrenaline came from deep within his belly—that familiar charge that inspired him into a gallant mode. Any calm within was expelled from his soul, and he became blind to anything but getting his guns into action. He gripped his reins and turned Billy back toward his artillerymen. They knew the look on their commander’s face meant danger lay ahead; it was all too familiar to them. [This excerpt, the first of four, was adapted from the book, “The Broken Circle,” by David P. Bridges.]

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By Dulcy Hooper For Middleburg Life Greenhill Winery & Vineyards popped the cork Aug. 30, and already it is making a name for itself in Virginia’s ever-expanding wine industry. The 128-acre estate, formerly home to Swedenburg Estate Vineyard, is set against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge and Bull Run Mountain ranges and features 11 acres of vines, a tasting room, and a historic stone manor dating from the French and Indian War. The vineyards fall within the recently established Middleburg American Viticultural Area concentrated in Loudoun County. The Middleburg AVA’s granite soil is considered among the best in Virginia wine country. David Greenhill, the winery’s proprietor, has called Virginia home for more than 15 years and said he jumped at the opportunity to purchase the Swedenberg property, which he described as “a most serene and lovely place.” It also features Little River, which runs along the The tasting room at Greenhill Winery & Vineyards southeast property line, and a natural pond. ics from the University of North Carolina at Greenhill is a partner in a satellite com- Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in philosophy munications company providing services to and theology from Yale University. “We want to produce the finest wines possible,” Greenhill said, “joining the ranks of other Virginia wineries to ‘bottle shock’ California— and the rest of the world—with our quality and artful passion for wine-making.” In its first year, Greenhill is offering four wines: a Bordeaux blend labelled Philosophy; a vidal blanc, a syrah, and a rare Virginia Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine made of 100 percent Chardonnay grapes. In November, an internationally recognized wine competition held in Sonoma, announced the results of its The Greenhill Philosophy 2013 Grand Harvest Awards. Among more business aviation, military and government than 1,000 entries, all of Greenhill’s wines were aircraft worldwide. Originally from North Car- awarded a medal. olina, he has a bachelor’s degree in econom- Shortly after acquiring the property,


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Jacqueline Gibbs Dreyer passed away peacefully Dec. 17th with family by her side. Jackie was predeceased by her loving husband, William A. Dreyer Jr., and by her second husband, Julian Zuke. Jackie was a graduate of Kent Place School in Summit, N.J., and earned a nursing degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She was an avid foxhunter and rode for many years with the Essex Fox Hounds in Far Hills, N.J. where she and her husband, Bill, raised their four children, Darcey Dreyer Fisher, William A. Dreyer III, John Edmund Dreyer and Robert Arnold Dreyer. The family enjoyed both foxhunting and skiing together. Bill and Jackie started Driving in Far Hills with great enthusiasm for the sport. It became a passion for them. Jackie continued to Drive her wonderful horse, Honesty, after Bill Passed away. She was a member of the Middleburg Tennis Club and loved playing tennis. She was involved with the Middleburg Players and the Bell Choir of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Middleburg. She loved entertaining and always welcomed new faces to her dinner table or to her great tailgate parties. Jackie also had a special place in her heart for her two wonderful daughters-in-law, Stephanie Wight Dreyer and Megan Caldwell Dreyer. She adored her grandchildren, John Noble Fisher III, Courtney Brant Fisher, Hilary Stewart Dreyer, Megan Shanklin Dreyer, Lark Dreyer, John Edmund Dreyer Jr. and Yve. They all loved their GiGi and her sense of humor, which will live on in all of them. Always a proper lady, loving and kind, we will all miss her. There will be a service and a celebration of her wonderful life on April 12th at 11 a.m. at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church. We invite all her friends to join us for a great sendoff for our amazing, beautiful, loving Jackie. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Blue Ridge Hospice are appreciated.

Bay Crosby Cockburn, 57 A champion steeplechase rider and widely-respected horse trainer in the Middleburg area, died on Dec. 25 at the Loudoun Hospital Cornwall campus in Leesburg of complications from melanoma. Cockburn, who lived in Unison, was seriously injured in a fall in 1998 that left him a quadriplegic, but he continued to pursue his love of horses until his death. A natural horseman and raconteur, Cockburn was born at home on Glebe Farm in Shuckburgh, England on May 18, 1956. His mother, Anne Blaker Cockburn, and late father, Edmund Crosby Cockburn, were avid foxhunters with the Warwickshire Hunt as well as breeders of steeplechase horses.

After spending nine years in Ireland, he came to America and eventually landed in Hamilton, Virginia at Hillbrook Farm, owned by Dr. Joseph Rogers. Cockburn and Rogers teamed in the hunt field with the Loudoun Hunt and on the point-to-point circuit with Rogers’ stable of horses. A familiar face in the winner’s circle, Cockburn never failed to thrill many a race-goer with his driving finishes or his spectacular falls and re-mounts to win a race against all odds. He was married to Chrissy Keys in 1989 and they had two children. The couple later divorced. In 1991, Cockburn was named the Amateur Riders Club of America’s national champion race rider. He also won many local Virginia awards throughout his racing career riding horses he trained himself and for others. Before his injury, Cockburn raised and trained two highly successful horses originally owned by Gordie Keys of Middleburg. Both horses, later under different ownership, went on to win the Maryland Hunt Cup (Solo Lord in 2001) and the Virginia Gold Cup (Ironfist in 2001). Cockburn loved foxhunting and adored his hounds. He especially enjoyed listening to them as they worked a scent. Riders who trailed behind him always said hunting was rarely dull when Cockburn was in the saddle. He was huntsman to the Loudoun Hunt in Virginia and huntsman for the Goshen Hounds in Maryland for several years until he was made a Master-Huntsman of the Loudoun Hunt West.

Still, Cockburn lived a productive life from his wheelchair that was inspirational to anyone who knew him. He mentored many youngsters over the years and continued training and racing horses with much success. Survivors include his mother Anne and brother Kim, both of Warwickshire, England, his sister, Georgina Neil, of Hay, Australia, a daughter, Katie, 23, of Long Beach, Miss. and son, Sam, 21, of Starkville, Miss. Cockburn is fondly remembered by Amy Long, his devoted caregiver and friend of ten years, many supportive neighbors in Unison, as well as the entire Keys family and long time friends in England and Ireland. A celebration of Cockburn’s life will be held Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3 p.m. at Buchanan Hall in Upperville. Contributions in Cockburn’s memory may be made to the Hunt Staff Benefit Foundation (HSBF), P.O. Box 363, Millwood, VA 22646 or at

picnic on their farm. Holidays were spent on Mt. Desert Island, ME, which is not far from Schoppee Island, which was granted to her Revolutionary War ancestor. She loved spending winters at her home in Nassau, Bahamas She was an amazing mother to her immediate and extended family, and a loyal friend to so many. She lived life with great enthusiasm and always extended herself for family and friends. She was a bright light who left an indelible impression of grace on most who knew her. The world was a better place with her in it. Her presence will be sorely missed but her spirit will remain with all who knew her. There will be a private family burial, and a celebration of her life will be held this spring in Virginia.

Janet Grayson Whitehouse Janet Grayson Whitehouse, a long-time resident of the Middleburg area, who for 50 years was at the forefront of the conservation and historic preservation movements, died peacefully at home on Christmas Eve at the age of 87 after suffering from a long illness. Mrs. Whitehouse had a strong Christian faith which informed her lifelong devotion to serving others and being a steward of natural and historic resources. “She was dearly beloved to all of us and was the energy and spirit behind so much of the good that has happened in the Piedmont,” said Chris Miller, president of the Piedmont Environmental Council. “She was a woman of great kindness, dignity and grace who knew what was right. She never wavered in pursuing what was right, encouraging the rest of us to rise to her level of courage and commitment.” A master at involving others and energizing efforts on behalf of charitable organizations, she once described her approach as “advocacy is a team sport.” In 1993, in coordination with the PEC and as co-chairman of the Goose Creek Association, she spearheaded the first meeting--held at Grace Episcopal Church in The Plains--to rally opposition to Disney’s proposed theme park near Haymarket. “The meeting was organized to feel the pulse of opposition within our community,” Childs Burden, president of the Mosby Heritage Area Association has said. “Well, the pulse was not beating it was racing.” This was the opening salvo in the battle which ultimately led to Disney’s abandonment of the project. In 1995, she co-founded and chaired the Mosby Heritage Area Association, which through its “preservation through education” programs annually teaches over 5,000 Virginia students about local history. Through its many initiatives, MHAA serves as an advocate for the preservation of historic, cultural, scenic and natural resources of the Northern Virginia Piedmont. Its many educational programs seek to bring an awareness of the significant heritage of this unique area which in turn leads to an appreciation for its preservation. Her work in the field of conservation began in the 1960s working on behalf of the Audubon Naturalist Society, where her first husband, William Grayson, served as president. During this time, Mrs. Whitehouse helped to found “Concern,”’ a women’s environmental organization. She also co-authored the “Living Garden Calendar” in 1970 which gave practical advice about growing plants without the use of chemicals. The calendar was a huge success and was reprinted for many years. Her love of horticulture was reflected in her long commitment to the FauquierLoudoun Garden Club (1960-2013) and her work there as Conservation Chair. Her love of history was manifested in a 16-year tenure as a director of Stratford Hall-- the Lee Family ancestral home--where she was vice president and a member of the executive committee. She also dedicated significant efforts on behalf of Oatlands of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Garden Club of America, the National Gallery of Art and Trinity Episcopal Church in Upperville. She worked for two years at the World Wildlife Fund as a projects administrator and development officer in the early 1980s. Mrs. Whitehouse was born June 5, 1926, in Pittsburgh, the daughter of George and Thelma Patton Ketchum. She was a 1943 graduate of Chatham Hall and earned a Bachelors degree from Vassar College in 1946. In 1949 she joined the State Department’s Office of Intelligence Research as a political analyst for Belgium and Luxembourg. In April, 1951 she married William Cabell Grayson, program director for NBC, Washington, and later special coordinator for telecommunications for the Smithsonian Institution and president and chairman of the Audubon Naturalist Society. He died in April, 1980. Together they worked on preserving the C&O Canal, and in opposition to Potomac River dams and the Salem Church dam. They also helped spearhead funding for studies leading to the Virginia Scenic Rivers Act, the founding of the Conservation Council of Virginia, and support of the Virginia Outdoors Plan. They also wrote “Raising Wood Ducks in Captivity” and gave the National Zoo its first wood ducks. In October, 1984 she married Charles S. Whitehouse, a Yale classmate and friend of her first husband, who served as ambassador to Laos and Thailand in the 1970s. He was the first Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict in the Reagan administration, and later was chairman of the Piedmont Environmental Council when it opposed Disney’s planned theme park development. He died in June, 2001. Mrs. Whitehouse often said that she had “the two happiest marriages one could ever have.” She shared both of her husbands’ devotion to conservation, and her care of them during illnesses was inspirational. Mrs. Whitehouse is survived by three children, William Cabell Grayson, Jr. (Susan) of Upperville; Katherine Grayson Wilkins (Fraser Bryan) of Washington, D.C. and George Grayson of Upperville; three stepchildren, Sheldon Whitehouse (Sandra) of Newport, RI; Charles R. Whitehouse of Malibu, CA and Sarah Whitehouse Atkins of Newport, RI; five grandchildren, Paul Cabell Grayson, William Cabell Grayson, III, William Fraser Wilkins, Torrey Grayson Wilkins and Emily Payne Wilkins and five step grandchildren, Virginia Atkins, Helen Atkins, Charles Atkins. Mary (Molly) Whitehouse and Alexander Whitehouse. Memorial contributions can be sent to the Mosby Heritage Area Association (designated to “Janet Grayson Whitehouse Fund”) or the Piedmont Environmental Council.

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On April 17, 1998, that pace came to a halt when he fell from his horse on the eve of the Middleburg Bowl point-topoint race. Cockburn was out schooling and took a fence. He then found himself regaining consciousness, lying flat on his back under a tree. Many days later, he said he knew he was in grave trouble when he could not push the helmet off his head as he was lying on the ground. He had permanently damaged his spinal cord and broken his C-5 and C-6 vertebra.

Inverneshire, Scotland; Suzanne Cooke of West Palm Beach, Fla; Mia Glickman of Marshall, VA, Julie Matheson of Markham, VA, Granddaughter Jacqueline Cooke of NYC and five grandchildren in Scotland. She was preceded in death by her husband John A. Martin, in 2001, and her son, John Nicholas Martin in 1970. Mrs. Martin was involved in a number of charitable endeavors. For several years, she served as co-chair for Washington’s International Eye Ball, and she worked with ‘So Others May Eat’, (S.O.M.E.). Mrs. Martin’s flair for entertaining made everyone feel special, whether they were foreign dignitaries visiting, or associates from E.C. Ernst enjoying a company

Most people would find it virtually impossible to hunt two packs of hounds in two different states while continuing to ride and train steeplechase horses. But to Cockburn, the pace was just perfect.


ong-time resident of Washington, DC and Middleburg, VA, Diane Grant Martin, 81, passed away peacefully, surrounded by members of her family, on Dec. 18th at the Washington Home, Hospice in the District.   Mrs. Martin was born August 30, 1932 in Bangor, Maine,  the daughter of Louis and Alana Landers Grant. She attended the University of Maine and relocated to Washington in the 1950s. She married John A. Martin of Fairfax County, VA, former president and CEO of E.C. Ernst, Inc., in Washington, DC. The Martin family spent time between their home in Washington, DC and “Old Whitewood” in The Plains, VA. She is survived by daughters Stephanie Noble of

Educated at Dunchurch-Winton Hall and Worksop College in England, Cockburn also had a great passion for racing and foxhunting. At 21, he moved to Ireland and worked for Arthur Moore and won many races under his tutelage. A few years later, Cockburn opened his own training facility on the Curragh and started working as a whipper-in for the Kildare Hounds.

August 30, 1932 ~ December 17, 2013

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Ed Wright’s Middleburg Memories Long-time Middleburg resident Ed Wright has collected a number of old photographs from the town and surrounding areas, many of them supplied by Jim Poston. Wright, now retired after many years as an executive at the Middleburg Bank, will take readers down memory lane with recollections of what used to be.

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ur first stop will be the old New York Cafe, originally opened in 1932 and owned and operated by Louis Dimos and his wife, Vicki Dimos, the parents of former Middleburg mayor and attorney Tim Dimos. It was always a breakfast, lunch and dinner place and in 1958, the name was changed to the Coach Stop when the restaurant was renovated by the Nelson Construction Company in Warrenton, the same people who also did the new Middleburg Bank in its current location. Tim Dimos told Middleburg Life that

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Brian and Loretta always gave you a nice greeting when you came in, and Loretta would go from table to table and say ‘Hi y’all.’ People loved to hear her say it. They even made a drink, kind of a mocha milkshake with a definite kick, they served for years. Mike Tate and his brother Mark also made it a very friendly place, but they finally decided to close in 2010. It’s now Lou Lou’s dress shop. For years, the Middleburg Safeway was next door to The Coach Stop, two doors east of the old Middleburg Bank building and right where the Wiley Wag and The Shaggy Ram are now. It was small by today’s

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his father, a “conservative type,� wasn’t initially thrilled with changing the name. That was his mother’s idea. “My father told my mother that ‘if we get the place all dressed up and change the name, we might lose some regular customers,’� Tim recalled. “She said ‘good, I hope you do.’� Mr. Dimos passed away in 1966, and the restaurant later changed hands three different times. The first new owner, John Bryan, didn’t last very long, but in 1968, Brian and Loretta Jillson bought it and they operated the Coach Stop until 1986, when they sold the business to Mike Tate.

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CoMMERCIAl in heart of historic Middleburg, VA.-Approx. 7800 sq. ft. Main level retail/restaurant space approx. 2600 sq. ft., Currently vacant. Three level, detached, mixed use building with parking. Upper level-3 one bedroom apts-leased. English Basement Lower level- leased, Main level small shop-leased. Leases are verbal, month to month. $1,700,000

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TURN KEY equestrian training facility on 14+ acres just South of Middleburg. Lovely 2 BR, 2.5 BA Main House w/updated kitchen, cathedral ceiling in Family Rm, stone fpls, wood & slate floors, front & back porches. Charming sep. 2 BR/1 BA Log Cabin. 7-stall center aisle barn w/1 BR Groom's Apt., 68' x 200' Indoor Arena w/auto spinklers & Observation Rm. Swimming pool, stream, pond, paddocks & great ride out! In Orange County Hunt. $995,000

Rare opportunity to own 7.0455 acres, recorded in 2 parcels, on Western edge of historic village of Middleburg. Partially within Middleburg Town Limits & partially within Loudoun County affording flexibility of zoning & uses. The Western most parcel has approved 4-bedroom drainfield. Must walk with Agent to truly appreciate value and beauty of this land. $795,000

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RIVER RoAD-Beautiful open, rolling land with panoramic views of the Shenandoah River and Blue Ridge mountains with almost 700 feet of river frontage. A private retreat just 4 miles from the Route 7 bridge in Clarke County. 34.51 acres $570,000

Charming c. 1909 traditional stucco farm house on almost 5 open & fenced acres near Rectortown. Lovely front porch, hardwood floors, 2-3 Bedrooms, full bath on each floor, country kitchen, sep LR & DR, rear screened porch & detached 1 car garage. Large fenced pasture with small shed/barn ideal for horses. Only minutes to Middleburg, Marshall, I-66 & Rte. 50. Great ride out! $447,632

ZUllA RoAD - Build your dream home on a rare 3 Acre Parcel on prestigious Zulla Road located just minutes to Middleburg. Board fencing installed. County approved 4-Bedroom Septic Field. $255,000 shEPERDs lANE - 5 acre mountainside parcel with beautiful mature trees and potential stunning views of the Shenandoah Valley. A secluded section of Shenandoah Farms in Clarke County; very private but with easy access to Route 50. Originally approved for a 3 bedroom septic, now expired. $100,000

Rare 3.5 acre parcel at base of Blue Ridge Mountains on road leading to SKY MEADOWS State Park! Build your dream home within walking distance to 1,800+ acres of preserved parkland with trailhead to the Appalachian Trail. Open, cleared land with stunning pastoral & mountain views. Stone walls. Minutes to Delaplane, Upperville, Middleburg, etc. EZ access to I66 & Rte. 50. 45 min. to Dulles, 1 hr to DC. $355,000

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