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ead Stone died at Noble Horizons in Salisbury, CT on April 10, 2013. He was 92. Born and raised in Garden City, New York, he was the son of the late Mead and Lily Stone. He graduated from the Kent School and Cornell University. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army during World War II, was wounded in France and received the Purple Heart. In 1949 he joined the College Division of the McGraw-Hill Book Company, later was named executive assistant to the president, and in 1964 became an executive in the Book Company’s International Division finally assuming the presidency of the International Division, a position he retained
until his retirement in 1979. He served on the Board of Recording for the Blind for many years. After retiring from McGrawHill, Mead moved to Middleburg, Virginia to pursue his life-long interest in horses. He was a member of the Orange County, Virginia Hunt. Mead lived in New York City and Millerton, New York in his final years. He is survived by many life-long friends and by eight nieces and nephews and their families. Funeral services are private. Arrangements are under the direction of the Scott D. Conklin Funeral Home, 37 Park Avenue, Millerton, NY 12546. To send an online condolence please visit www.conklinfuneralhome.com 
MARY SOUTHWELL HUTCHISON July 29, 1947 – April 4, 2013
Mary South Hutchison, a veteran real estate specialist with Washington Fine Properties (WFP) – formerly Armfield Miller & Ripley Fine Properties in Middleburg, passed away April 4 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Her esteemed colleagues, clients, members and visitors of the Orange County Hounds and Virginia Foxhound Club will miss Hutchison’s powerful presence in both Virginia hunt country real estate and in the world of Virginia foxhunting. An accomplished horsewoman in the hunt field, hunter trials and show hunters and jumpers, Hutchison built a lifestyle and career where her passion for horses was the centerpiece. From her devotion to enriching the Virginia countryside community that she called home for most of her life -- to her intimate dinner parties with the closest of friends -- to her long, successful, and enviable career in real estate -- Hutchison lived each day to its fullest. And somehow, her avid love for the horses, and her commitment to the Orange County Hounds, were always front and center. “Mary South’s dedication to her 40 year career in real estate was unparalleled,” stated Gloria Armfield, Associate Broker of Washington Fine Properties and former Owner of Armfield Miller & Ripley Fine Properties. “Mary South was a fixture of this firm, a pillar of strength in our tight community, and an irreplaceable Member and Honorary Secretary of the Orange County Hounds.” “Mary South leaves us with a legacy of achievements, accomplishments and community contributions, but it’s her journey that we must covet,” continued Armfield. “We cherish her warm and effectuous smile, compassion for others, but most importantly, the strong principles by which Mary South lived her life.”
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ong-time Middleburg resident Ed Patterson, who had a long career in retail business and sales that took him to locations around the country, passed away peacefully at his home on April 4. He was 82. Mr. Patterson was an avid tennis player who played regularly at the Middleburg Tennis Club. He also was an enthusiastic fisherman as well as a passionate sports fan, and enjoyed a decades-long retail career that included his own group of stores in Maryland. He retired at age 78 from a second career in optical sales. Born in Indianapolis on Oct. 13, 1931 to Martin and Ethel Shanault Patterson, he grew up in Linden and Wingate, Indiana, and attended high school in Lafayette, IN. He earned a B.S. degree from Evansville College, where
he was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954-57. Mr. Patterson was preceded in death by both his parents, three brothers and two sisters. He is survived by Eleanor Callahan, his long-time companion, and by four children from previous marriages: Lisa Morledge, Susan Patterson, Markham Patterson and Matthew Patterson, and eight grandchildren—Tyson, Taylor, Tess, Tanner, Matthew Jr., Michael, Lindsey and Mia. Donations may be made in Mr. Patterson’s memory to the Disabled Veterans Memorial Program, Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH, 46250-0301 or the Wounded Warriors Project, Box 758518, Topeka, KS, 66675.
1. Tell us a little about where you grew up, went to school, etc.
businesses on their iPhones, iPads and other devices these days, and so many people are researching professionals (therapists, real estate agents, doctors, pet services, etc.) online that you want to be promoting your website and services on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social networking sites to catch that audience as well. And for many people, Facebook and Twitter are actually how they communicate with clients and customers—much more so than phone, text and email. Blogs are in the same boat. Because Google and other search engines put frequently updated sites higher in search rankings, you want a component of your site that can be easily updated, which is what a blog can do. Search engines also crawl for keywords, so updating your blog with information that’s relevant to your businesses also attracts customers. I help businesses set these components up and advise them on how to update them. However, Facebook and Twitter are just the tip of the iceberg. There are many social networking platforms. Businesses with profiles on Google and Yelp, for example, also have to deal with gathering client reviews and addressing negative reviews of their products and services. The web is now a wideopen word-of-mouth network, and you want to stay in that loop.
I was born in Cambridge, England, while my father was studying there, and then we spent a few years in D.C. before moving to Arkansas. I went to a boarding school (St. Stephen’s) in Austin, Texas, so I guess you could say I grew up in Austin and Little Rock. I went to Sarah Lawrence College, where I studied creative writing and literature with Grace Paley among others.
2. How did you get to Middleburg?
I moved to Middleburg with my family after relocating here to work at AOL in Dulles back in 2000. I’ve lived in Upperville for the last 12 years.
3. Before starting your business called B. Brandon Barker in which you consult on pubic relations, marketing and web design, what was your experience in media? While at AOL I was the editor for the Business, News & Sports section of the Welcome Screen, which was at the time one of the most-visited sites on the web. My team and I were responsible for choosing the best news stories to promote, in addition to coming up with campaigns to promote our advertisers’ websites, promotions and products. And when the web 2.0 phase began (i.e. when the web became a more open and user-generated community), we helped transition the AOL community and members into sharing their own interests and content in blogs and social networking sites.
4. What prompted you to start this new venture?
Starting this business came from wanting to work in the Upperville/Middleburg area while staying in the same field. When I launched, most of my clients were located in D.C., New York and San Fransisco, but I still like working directly with people and wanted to do services with businesses and professionals where I live. It’s fun and fulfilling to help a local profes21688 Middleburg ad.ai 1 4/23/13 PM sional or business launchingLife their web strategy from the2:50 ground up.
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To help businesses and professionals increase revenue by transitioning their storefronts and communications online.
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5. What sort of services do you offer your clients? Web design and development, graphic design, public affairs and public relations, messaging campaigns, feature articles, content strategy and social media strategy.
Understanding where your customers/clients are and what they’re looking for is the key to any business, organization or initiative. Establishing a communications plan is key for creating a lifelong clientele.
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In my spare time I write fiction. I’ve had several short
6. How much does social media enter into your stories published, including in an anthology with Stephen King and Ray Bradbury and in Dave Eggers’ journal McSweeneys. work? Quite a bit. Having a website is a must for any business, but it must be socialized and updated frequently to stay relevant, timely and rank high in search results. So many people are searching for
Also, I sang in a world premiere opera with the Arkansas Opera Theater when I was 14.
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Commemorating 150 Years Plaster Works To Pull It All Together By Leonard Shapiro For Middleburg Life At 85, Henry G. Plaster admits he’s never been busier in all his life than trying to coordinate so many moving parts associated with the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the 1863 cavalry battles of Aldie, Middleburg and Upperville to be staged near all those hallowed grounds from June 14-16. A “retired” systems engineer with the CIA who has lived in Bluemont since 1995, Plaster is also the ebulliently enthusiastic chairman of the event as well as the head of the Snickersville Turnpike Association, one of five sponsoring organizations along with the Aldie Heritage Association, the Mosby Heritage Area Association, the National Sporting Library and the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority. First and foremost, he emphasized at the start of a recent interview, “This is a commemoration, which is the politically correct word. We want to avoid using the word celebration, for all the obvious reasons.” Plaster is eminently qualified to head up the three-day series of events in June that will all be open to the public. It will include several re-enactments of the series of skirmishes between Union and Confederate forces in the area, as well as lectures by several prominent historians and the even the dedication of a plaque to a Northern newspaper correspondent who died while trying to cover the action near what is now Gilberts Corner. Plaster’s grandfather, Dr. George E. Plaster, was born in Unison in 1826 and founded the Sixth Virginia Cavalry. He was captured twice by Union forces, the second time in 1865 when his horse was shot out from under him. He spent several months in a POW camp at Johnson Island, Ohio, and when the war ended, actually walked back from Ohio to Virginia to resume his medical practice. His grandson grew up in Washington, attended St. Albans and Duke University and lived in Bethesda until he retired in 1995 and moved out to the family farm in Bluemont. His home, built in 1823 and chock-full of antiques and many Civil War artifacts actually discovered on his property, also includes the same office where his father, also Henry G. Plaster, once practiced medicine.
“Without these re-enactors, there ain’t no commemoration. Why do these people do it? They do it for the heritage and the history. It’s important to them.” Henry G. Plaster
“Between the two of them (his father and grandfather), they practiced medicine out here for a hundred years,” Plaster said. “I’ve always been interested in my family heritage and local heritage. It’s just great history all the way around.” Childs Burden of Middleburg, who will speak on the history of the battles at the National Sporting Library Sunday morning, June 16, along with Betsee Parker, said Plaster was the ideal choice to head up organizing the commemoration. “He’s just a great guy and he’s had a lot of experience in putting these things together,” Burden said. “He has a real dedication to seeing that this commemoration goes well. He did one in Bluemont ten years ago that was very successful. He knows how to run a meeting, and he’s got some great stories to tell.” The battles in Aldie, Middleburg and Upperville are collectively known as “The Prelude to Gettysburg.” According to “The Pike Packet,” the Snickersville Turnpike Association’s newsletter, “following the June 9, 1863 Battle of Brandy Station, Union General Alfred Pleasonton was ordered to move his 8,000 men across the Loudoun Valley to determine where General Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia was located. “Lee had ordered his cavalry commander Major General J.E.B. Stuart and his 9,000 troopers to screen his forces that were moving up the Shenandoah Valley, ultimately to Gettysburg. On the morning of June 17, Stuart planted his headquarters flag next to what is now the Red Fox Inn in Middleburg and directed one of his brigades to press on to Aldie to hold the gap against approaching Union cavalry and to picket the road beyond. “The Union cavalry, after skirmishing with their Confederate counterparts, moved to where Snickersville Turnpike
Henry G. Plaster is coordinating the 150th commemoration of the battles of Aldie, Middleburg and Upperville. Photo by Leonard Shapiro
branches off from Ashby Gap Turnpike (now Rt. 50) and split their forces. One component of the Confederate cavalry dismounted and their sharpshooters positioned themselves behind a stone wall at the Dallas Furr farm at a blind curve on the Snickersville Turnpike. The approaching First Massachusetts cavalry was devastated by the withering fire. The First Maine recaptured the battleground later in the afternoon. Stuart’s forces withdrew that evening to Middleburg. “On June 19, a number of cavalry encounters occurred, including one at Mt. Defiance just west of Middleburg. On the morning of June 21, fighting began at Bittersweet Farm and continued throughout the day at Goose Creek Bridge, Vineyard Hill and finally at Trappe Road. After five days of battles, the Union cavalry forces withdrew, having achieved neither Ashby or Snickers Gap, nor their objective of locating Lee’s army.” During the commemoration activities next month, there will be about 100 re-enactors from the First Maine and the Valley
Light Horse Cavalry, including their horses. “Without these re-enactors, there ain’t no commemoration,” Plaster said, with a broad smile. “Why do these people do it? They do it for the heritage and the history. It’s important to them. I think they also enjoy the interaction with the spectators. They all know the history, and they want to share it with people. A war that was so divisive is now also remembered with mended fences. It’s not cramming the flag down your throat.” Plaster said he has no idea how many spectators will attend, but “we’re prepared for as many people who come out. We’ve got plenty of parking at all the sites and a number of volunteers to help any way they can. “This has been a lot of work, but it’s good work and it keeps me young. I get a personal warmth from all of this, and I think people really appreciate what we’re doing.”
Commemoration Of The 1863 Cavalry Battles Of Aldie, Middleburg And Upperville In June of 1863 Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, screened by the Blue Ridge, moved north through the Shenandoah Valley to its ultimate destiny at Gettysburg. Union Brig. Gen. Alfred Pleasonton with his 8,000 cavalrymen was ordered to move across the Loudoun Valley and locate Lee’s army. The task of Confederate Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart with his 9,000 troopers was to prevent that. The Battles of Aldie, Middleburg, and Upperville covered the five-day period June 17-21, but the Union forces withdrew before they could attain Snickers or Ashby Gaps to detect Lee’s marchers.
The Battle Of Aldie, June 17, 1863
Following the skirmish in the village of Aldie, the cavalry fighting spread up the Snickersville Turnpike with the 2nd Virginia defeating the 4th New York in the surrounding rolling fields. Then, sharpshooters from the 2nd and 3rd Virginia dismounted and deployed behind the Furr House stone wall, supported by Lt. Johnson’s cannon. Successive charges by a 1st Massachusetts cavalry regiment resulted in two thirds being killed, wounded, or captured. Later, the Virginians were driven from their positions by the 1st Maine Cavalry, concluding the Battle of Aldie.
The Battle Of Upperville At Trappe Road, June 21, 1863
Four brigades of cavalry, numbering about 6,000 troopers, battled each other across the farms known today as Ayrshire and Kirkby. In addition, Confederate Captain Chew’s four cannons shot devastating canister at Union Colonel Gamble’s three cavalry regiments, but ultimately, continuing charges by the Federals caused J.E.B. Stuart’s forces to withdraw to safety on the slopes of the Blue Ridge near Paris.
Civil War Sites Today, including this watercolor of Ebenezer Church by Mary MacDonnell (above) and Antonia Walker’s oil of Paris Valley (below), will be on display in the Carriage House at Oatlands through May 31. The exhibit draws specifically from the area’s history where, across Loudoun and beyond, almost every town paid the price of war. Members of the Loudoun Sketch Club have visited these towns over the past three years, painting the landmarks and scenery nearly 150 years later. In addition to viewing the paintings, visitors will be able to learn more about these historic sites, as there are written histories of the seven major areas that were focused on for this project. Oatlands Plantation is a property of the National Historic Trust and open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. More information about the exhibit is on the Sketch Club website: www.loudounsketchclub.com/.
Civil War Drawings Featured At The National Sporting Library & Museum
An Artist’s Story: Civil War Drawings by Edwin Forbes, will be on display at the National Sporting Library and Museum in Middleburg through June 24. Like thousands of young men, 23-year-old John Edwin Forbes went to war in 1862—but he did not shoulder a rifle or carry a saber. The classically trained Forbes joined a group of artists and reporters, known collectively as the Bohemian Brigade, sent south by Northern newspapers to feed a home front population hungry for information about the war and the men engaged in it. For two and a half years Forbes documented the Union and Confederate armies—in camp, on the march and in battle. Accompanied by Forbes’s own descriptions, this exhibition features original pen-and-ink drawings based on his wartime sketches and used to illustrate his memoir, “Thirty Years After: An Artist’s Story of the Great War (1890).” All of these images are part of a collection of 156 drawings donated to the Virginia Historical Society in 2008 by the William R. Berkley family. This traveling exhibition was organized by the Virginia Historical Society.
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Mt. Zion Old School Baptist Church Saturday, June 14—Evening at Mt. Zion Church in Aldie for overview of the five-day battles. Dedication of plaque to the Northern correspondent buried there in 1863. Overview of the Battles of Aldie, Middleburg and Upperville by Robert O’Neill. In the graveyard adjoining this church, June 23, 1863, Harpers Illustrated Weekly’s Alfred R. Waud, one of the Civil War’s most renowned artists, dug the grave for the burial of his friend, Lynde Walter Buckingham, the chief cavalry correspondent for the New York Herald. Buckingham had spent the day of June 21 covering what would become one of the largest cavalry battles in U.S. history, in and around the villages of Aldie, Middleburg and Upperville. At the front with Union General Kilpatrick throughout the June 21 fight, Buckingham was on his way to Washington with his account of the fighting when Confederate Partisan fighters under Mosby’s command overtook him and caused his horse to dash down a steep hill and throw its rider powerfully to the ground. Buckingham later died of injuries to his skull in a makeshift Union Army hospital within this church. After burying his friend, Waud rode on to Gettysburg, where July 2 and 3 he sketched scenes of the fighting there that continue to shape Americans’ views of that epic battle. It is not known if Lynde Walter Buckingham still lies in the Mt. Zion Church graveyard, or if his family claimed his body some time after the burial. The Society of Professional Journalists hereby designates Mt. Zion Old School Baptist Church and Graveyard a Historic Site in Journalism. For as long as they exist, they will recall the devotion to duty and fellow man that embody the best qualities of America’s war correspondents.
Morning Village of Aldie 10 a.m. Cavalry Skirmish Behind Aldie Mill Aldie Mill – miller, Union infantry, Exhibit on the Civil War in Virginia Presbyterian Church – Union hospital Berkeley House – Civilians in residence Afternoon Furr Farm on Snickersville Turnpike 1 p.m. Battle of Aldie along Turnpike Narrated by Robert O’Neill 3:30 p.m. Wreath-Laying Massachusetts Monument Evening Caleb Rector House 1461 Atoka Road Marshall, Virginia 20115 Cavaliers, Courage and Coffee Program by the Gray Ghost Interpretive Group and Company C of 20th Maine
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Morning National Sporting Library 102 The Plains Road, Middleburg 9 a.m. Horses in the Civil War Edwin Forbes Exhibit Mount Defiance 35945 John Mosby Highway Middleburg, Virginia 20117 10 a.m. Action at Mount Defiance Goose Creek Bridge Lemmons Bottom Road West of Middleburg Company C, 20th Maine storms Goose Creek Bridge Afternoon Buchanan Hall 8549 John Mosby Highway Upperville, Virginia 20185 Noon Tuscarora Brass Band Concert Trappe Road, Upperville Battle of Upperville Calvary
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passionately in their cause and stood by their beliefs. The sheer number of deaths tells you that to fight and die for those beliefs was for many the primary purpose of their lives. Their history, their passion and their dedication ended for many in deaths with almost inhumane burials. Thousands were reburied when time allowed. Evidence of these human losses can be found in small local cemeteries, on the battlefields themselves, and in the numerous National Cemeteries originating in the late 1800s. Often soldiers were buried in unmarked graves and to this day no one knows where they are. More often large areas of the battlefield itself were used to bury the dead soldiers. Some soldiers were reburied and laid to rest in designated Civil War cemeteries like the Stonewall Jackson Cemetery in Lexington. As part of the preserved land that commemorates the battles of Manassas, there is the Groveton Confederate Cemetery. There are also National Cemeteries in Richmond, Winchester, and Culpeper and throughout the state. Poplar Grove National Cemetery in the Petersburg National Battlefield is where 5,000 Union soldiers from 95 different battlefields were buried after the war ended. To walk through these cemeteries, to see the age of the trees that shade these tombs, is to literally step into a history book itself. This war claimed the most American lives in our history. It will provide a level of understanding that might be missed by only pursuing battlefield maps, strategies and who won or lost a battle. Reading a tombstone is a very real and passionate act of reverence inspired by those who gave their lives. The true essence of their sacrifice can be felt when you read the words of one dying Confederate soldier. “Tell my mother I died for what I believed was a glorious cause.”
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By Marcia Woolman For Middleburg Life Spring and early summer are wonderful times for just being out of doors, and what better way than to walk or hike our “hallowed ground,” right here in the Middleburg area where constant reminders of the Civil War are everywhere. Knowledge and understanding of the human elements of this war bring into focus the strength of character and level of loyalty to country seldom seen in modern times. And where better to do it than in the historic cemeteries of that period? While the museums and battlefields are filled with visitors, for a really personal and emotional time of reflection consider walking through a Civil War cemetery where the history is written plainly on the inscriptions of each tombstone. Suddenly the names and ages of these young soldiers will allow you to feel as if you know them. When you subtract the date of birth from the date of death etched into those barely discernable headstones, the impact also can be personal. Perhaps you have a son or neighbor that age, and the full impact of our loss as a nation is suddenly much more real. It happened to me as I walked through the old cemetery in Middleburg. It is not known specifically as a Civil War cemetery, but there was a Battle of Middleburg where soldiers died, and of course were buried nearby. I am sure many small town cemeteries are final resting places for some of the thousands who perished. In the Middleburg cemetery, along a perimeter road, lays a circle of tombstones that tell the story of the lives lost during fighting in and near Middleburg. Since Virginia is the heart of Civil War country, we see reminders of that nearly every day in our travels. It is a proud history, but also a very tragic one as the loss of life and farms and villages would have turned Virginia into a wasteland were it not for the determination of its citizenry. Reflecting on our Civil War history brings the realization that these young men believed
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Artist Becky Parrish Finds Inspiration From All Angles Betsy Burke Parker For Middleburg Life “Fruits…like having their portrait painted. They seem to sit there and ask your forgiveness for fading. Their thought is given off with their perfume. They speak of the field they have left, the rain which has nourished them, the daybreaks they have seen.” —Paul Cezanne Artist Becky Parrish is a modern-day master specializing in still life. But her art, like her life, is anything but still. The Orlean-based Parrish yearns to raise the genre, dignifying the sometimes staid— safe—renditions of artfully arranged, but usually static, objects with light and life, even liveliness. Parrish’s work, which she’s produced since taking up a brush at age 8, will be shown beginning May 18 at Berkley Gallery in Warrenton. Each piece invites the viewer into a story of imagination, at once entrancing, charming, even nostalgic. You almost can smell the tumble of peonies overflowing a chipped vessel—textured oil on linen—that she’s set atop a worn farm table. It evokes memories, a recent visitor to her home studio said, of summers spent at his grandmother’s farm. That’s exactly the literal that Parrish seeks to evoke from her figurative. “It’s all about light and color,” said the “50-something” artist. “I think in color. I dream in color. Sometimes I wake up at night with an idea, and scribble it down on the back of an envelope or something so I don’t forget the next morning. “As an artist, I find inspiration everywhere.
Friends’ houses, antique stores, the supermarket. Really, there’s something inspiring about being able to see some peaches in the store and envisioning a painting. I buy them, write off the inventory [on my taxes], paint it, then eat it for dinner. That’s a little funny, when you think about it.” So much more than paint smeared on canvas hanging on a wall, Parrish’s work shows reaction to a moment in time, a statement of being that rises above the here and now to produce something lasting and enduring: a legacy. Be still and…look. A sudden gust of spring wind ruffles the tangle of bamboo fronds growing tall to the bank of second-story windows in her upstairs studio. Down the hill at the edge of the wooded property, you can hear the rushing river, headwaters of the mighty Rappahannock, here little more than a babbling brook. Great shafts of light fall through the open French doors at the southeast end of the vast space; midday sun illuminating the quiet of the messy yet impossibly organized workspace, still somehow redolent with movement. Amid tumult and disarray, your eye picks out neatly stored pots of brushes, tidily stacked light cards, rows of paint pots. Outside, a fireengine-red cardinal, chipping incessantly, lands on the deck railing, quickly [need verb] away, but leaving an impression of a living beam of poker-hot energy. Fingers of morning fog linger in the hollow behind the house—a turn-ofthe-century barn, weathered board-and-batten reworked into a handsome living space. A pile of oranges spills out of a broken bowl on one tabletop, while a messy scrum of
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accredited university programs, she said. It gave her the push she needed to take art to the next level. She attended Pratt in New York then the Corcoran in DC. Parrish completed her bachelor’s in fine arts at George Mason University and earned a MFA from The George Washington University. She turned away from art briefly to start a family, but soon after the birth of her son and two daughters, Parrish “got down to business” and returned to the Art League School in Alexandria, where she lived at the time. “I think what I learned from having so many influences was that there’s not a single approach to art,” Parrish said. Parrish began painting professionally in 1988, taking commissions—some still life, some portraits—and building a portfolio that soon put her in demand for group and solo shows at galleries around the region. Right now she’s working on 15 pieces; the theme is “Silence of Light” for an upcoming Annapolis show. She wedges work at the home studio between classes she teaches in Warrenton and work as associate professor of fine arts at Lord Fairfax Community College. Parrish’s muralist husband William Woodward is world-renowned for his enormous “Greatest Show on Earth” piece for Ringling Brothers, “The Great Odyssey of Medicine” for Inova and a special silver dollar designed for the U.S. Treasury. Woodward is professor emeritus at The George Washington University, and runs the William Woodward School of Fine Art in old town Warrenton. Parrish’s bold, decorative lines of composition, richness of color and texture draw attention of collectors who’ve made Parrish’s work a hot commodity. Paintings range from $100 to $10,000 and up. Parrish has won many art awards, including the international Artavita competition for her “old chair series” that paired rustic wood chairs with live flowers. “I love the contrast,” Parrish said. See Parrish’s work at www.berkleygallery. com.
flowers drapes across a chair in desperate need of recaning. Another broken table is propped against the wall. Parrish wipes her hands on her jeans’ pockets and smiles. She pats the attendant yellow Labrador retriever absent-mindedly. A black Lab snoozes nearby. Everything about the space inspires creativity. “Sorry for the mess,” she said, needlessly apologizing. “I’m afraid to throw anything away. Ever. I’m getting ready for a big show and you never know where inspiration strikes.” Welcome to Parrish’s Virginia, the busyness of business; hers a vision of art and life intersecting just south of the tiny village of Orlean. It’s an impressionistic, inspiring neighborhood to be sure, this rural woodsy enclave of farmers clinging to the old ways—working fertile fields along the river bottoms but leaving the hardscrabble rockiness as it rises toward the Piedmont—living beside postmodern urbanites who’ve fled tumultuous city life for the quiet of the countryside. The eclectic mix suits Parrish, her solitary work artifying everyday objects. “Oil is very forgiving,” Parrish was saying, mindlessly pushing back a stray lock of light brown pageboy that keeps falling across her eyes. She re-adjusts her glasses and turns to the linen propped on a tall easel. She’s painting lilacs in blue carnival glass. “Scrape off, paint over, and change it around. The movement in the still. Not so much literal translation but overall impression.” Parrish is a classically educated artist with a natural feel. A beloved aunt—who just recently died at age 94—sparked her inner artist with the gift of a set of oil paints. “I’d gone to 11 schools by the time I was in high school,” Parrish recalled, saying her father’s railroad job took them around the country, ending up in Washington, DC. “I think that’s how I learned to see things as a progression.” Parrish attended Lee High School, and the Fairfax County school’s art department rivaled
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ture lilacs, blooming pear trees, a small grove of apple trees and, lining the road frontage, dense fir trees. The overall effect provides a verdant, spectacular introduction to the property. The home itself retains many of the original features of the 19th-century barn, including the stone foundation, original hand-hewn beams and original oak flooring on the main level. The authentic barn implements convey, and for those with a creative bent, there is an attached silo. Yet the home also is very modern in its outlook, with creative rooms designed both to entertain in style and provide warmhearted living for family. The formal rooms – living room, dining room, updated kitchen and library – share the main level with a master retreat and an additional bedroom, showcasing the versatility of the layout. Three additional bedrooms, along with a sitting room, are found on the
7 and an easy amble to Middleburg and Upperville. The award from the Preservation Society of Loudoun County accurately sums up the creative spirit that, 30 years ago, took a classic barn and turned it into a showstopper of a residence. Then, a decade ago, the addition of the horse barn provided further amenities for the serious equestrians in our midst. The combination is a visual, aesthetic and functional delight, ready to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of the next owner. Well worthy of consideration. 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.
Our quest for the best in local real estate this month brings us to “Two Barns,” a classic, renovated home and equestrian facility that has been honored by the Preservation Society of Loudoun County for excellence in adapted use. In the early 1980s, the original, ninebay bank barn, which dates to the 1820s, was renovated into a stylish and welcoming four-bedroom home. Then, in 2002, an accompanying horse barn was designed by equestrian professionals to top-quality specifications. The result is an estate set on 15 acres just south of Snickersville Turnpike, with easy access to Middleburg and Leesburg, and the home is in the heart of Piedmont Hunt territory. The property currently is on the market, listed at $1,299,999 by Kathy Chovnick of Long & Foster Real Estate. Located just a stone’s throw from the historic “Mosby Lost Field,” the property is bathed in natural beauty, with ma-
upper level (an area that includes a delightful loft with horseshoe balcony), while the basement is home to a large recreation room. The lower level offers the opportunity for conversion into an apartment with a separate entrance, showcasing the versatility of the design and the number of options that await the next owner. The 2002 horse barn features eight 14x14, fully divided stalls with water and electric close at hand, along with a heated wash stall, heated feed room, tack room, lounge with half bath and an asphalt center aisle lined with concrete. There also is a large, 40x40 indoor round pen/machine shed with storage for up to 500 bales of hay. Additional equestrian amenities include a 150x125 sand and bluestone riding ring with stucco retaining wall; two large paddocks with run-in sheds; and one stallion paddock. The estate benefits from a fully stocked and recently dredged pond, a spring house and new stone walls, fencing and wall jumps. With 15 acres of land, the property offers exceptional amenities and everchanging scenic opportunities. Plus, you have good ride-out access to Route
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Circa 1878 s Exquisite brick Victorian on 52 open acres near Middleburg s Elegant Dining Room s Formal Living Room s12' Ceilings s 4 Levels sGreat Mountain Views s Beautiful Stable with 1 Bedroom Apartment s Run-In Sheds s Out Buildings and more. $3,750,000
Handsome 5 bedroom Manor home with heated pool on 48 acres on Atoka Road. 1 bedroom Guest Cottage complete with kitchen, 2 Barns: Hunter barn with 4 stalls & tack room, Broodmare Barn with 5 stalls and tack room. 225’x137’ Show Ring with sand footing. Board fenced fields and paddocks, 3 ponds. In VOF easement. $3,200,000
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This Virginia Country Estate with historic manor home on over 80 acres with more land available. Parts of the home date back to 1725. 7 Bedrooms offer great charm & character. Guest cottage, farm manager’s residence, stable and paddocks with run-in sheds for over 20 horses, 3 miles west of the Town of Warrenton. $2,995,000
c.1845 listed on National Register of Historic Places. Exquisite stone and stucco Greek Revival country estate surrounded by beautiful gardens on 98 acres sGrand entrance foyer opening into double drawing room s Pool with 2 Bedroom Pool Houses 2 Bedroom Guest Cottage s Magnificent views $2,900,000
Overlooking a serene pond, this magnificent European style manor home is on 115 acres surrounded by thousands of protected acres and the Bull Run Mountains. Custom built in 2001 using Olde World craftsmanship and materials this stunning home offers five bedrooms, 6 baths, 10’ ceilings, wide plank flooring, pool and geothermal heating and cooling. $2,750,000
The 26 acre estate sits in magnificent horse country approx. one mile west of Middleburg just off the much desired Zulla Road, this estate includes the 1½ story white brick manor home w/2 car attached garage, 4 car detached garage, heated pool, 3 stall barn with run-in shed, 2 large paddocks and offers tremendous ride out potential. $2,450,000
90 acres w/approx. 45 fenced acres and 45 acres in woods with trails. 3 bedroom manor home, Indoor and Outdoor Arenas ,2 barns open into the indoor arena, Main barn has 20 stalls, Show Barn- 5 oversized stalls, 3 tack rooms, office, 2 wash stalls, 2 bathrooms, laundry room, 14 paddocks. Manager’s cottage. 2 add’l DUR’s and is in land use. $2,359,000
Elegant custom manor home sited on 28 acres. The exquisite home features 4 Bedrooms, 4 ½ Baths, 12’ ceiling height, 5 fireplaces, extensive mouldings, wide width flooring, and advanced air filtration system. Heated pool within formal garden. Equestrian facilities include a 7 stall barn and arena. Minutes from I-66 and convenient to Dulles International Airport. $2,499,000
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Upperville/Middleburg-Unique Italianate-Palladian inspired villa sNestled on a ridge above Goose Creek s4,600+ sq ft stucco home s4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 2 master suites, terra cotta tile floors, fireplace, and gourmet kitchen sExtensive landscaping sFormal gardens s Courtyard sPool with pergola sGuest housesBuilt by architect/owner. $2,250,000
Historic circa 1845 home on 32 acres in Orange County Hunt s1st floor Master sDen sDramatic Grand Salon sEnglish Kitchen slarge Dining Rooms Billiard Room sSmall 2nd Kitchen/Bar leads to Patio, Pool & charming Guest Cottage s7 Stall barn adjoins 3 bedroom, 2 bath Managers house. $1,895,000
Main house, c. 1790 with later additions, is stucco over log and frame, has heart of pine floors, beamed ceilings, 5 Fireplaces, 6 Bedrooms, 5 Full Baths, 2 Half Baths, gardens. Stone guest cottage, c. 1770, is 3 floors with 1 Bedroom, 1Full Bath. Poolhouse has flagstone floors, pickled walls, 2 Fireplaces, 1 Bedroom, 1 Full Bath. 2-car garage, barns, sheds, 12.5 acres. $1,550,000
From a quiet lane, just west of historic Middleburg, this lovely home with 4 bedrooms, 4 ½ baths was built in 2008, on 18 acres. The welcoming front porch overlooks the riding ring whereas, the wide covered deck, on the back of the home, offers a private retreat overlooking the heated pool and pond with its boat house. $1,290,000
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 $625,000
Delightful Virginia Farmhouse on 1+ acre in the village of Rectortown s3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths sFormal Dining Room s Living Room with Fireplace s Paneled Den with Fireplace sLarge Kitchen with eat-in area s Original hardwood floors s Front Porch and Terrace sSweeping lawns, stone walls sIdeal country living s Fenced back yard. Private yet convenient. $598,500
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A complete turn-key equestrian estate on 27+ level acres in impeccable condition; expertly designed and easily maintained. The manor home with beautiful heart pine floors, includes five bedrooms, 4 ¼ baths, and a European style kitchen. Facilities include a 6 stall barn , tack room, office and bath, covered and lighted arena approx. 200’ x 100’, 5 verdant paddocks, manicured cross-country trails and jumps. Convenient to local hunts. Located minutes from the prestigious Foxcroft School and historic Middleburg. $2,150,000
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51+ acre farm with a beautiful 5 BR home with gourmet kitchen, wine cellar, great views, pool, flagstone terrace and carriage house - extensive horse facilities - 9 stall barn, covered arena, outdoor arena, 7 paddocks, 4 stall shed row barn, machine shed. $2,350,000
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
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 Beautiful rolling farm land with pastoral and mountain views, stone walls. 54 acres includes 3 bedroom farm house, 1-bedroom tenant house, two barns, 8-stall barn and 6-stall barn, easy access to I-66. $950,000
PRIVACY & More 76+ acres on Sage Road in Markham. Fantastic Sunsets & Mountain views and Pond. 2 level Cape Cod home with 3 Bedrooms, 1 full bath, 1 half bath & fireplace. Could be used as a main house or Guest House. Fenced. Convenient to I-66 and Route 17. $895,000
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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SAGE ROAD - 76+Acres in Markham fenced and with Mountain Views. $895,000
MIDDLEBURG - 26.12 acres convenient to Middleburg, additional parcels available. $410,000 MERSEY/DOVER ROADS - 5 parcels, 3+ acres each, just on the outskirts of Middleburg ranging in price. $257,250 - $350,000 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. Options for purchase include: 50+ acres for $588,000 71+ acres for $995,000 (with a clapboard 3 BR home 2 parcels)
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199 acres in the heart of the Orange County Hunt Territory s 5 Bedroom Georgian Manor sFormal living and dining rooms s Solarium s Pools c.1801 Patent house, 2 tenant houses Horse facilities include an indoor arena with 13 stalls, paddocks and fields with run-ins. & apartment and pond. In VOF Conservation Easement. $4,900,000
Exquisite details throughout this incredible 12 bedroom Georgian Revival manor home built in 1936. Situated on over 191 acres. This lovely home boasts a Reception Hall and a white Carrara marble Flying Staircase accessing 3 levels. Over 1/2 mile of Rappahannock River frontage, spectacular views, springs, ponds and rolling pasture $9,750,000
Comprised of 4 farms this magnificent 2426 acre horse property consist of 3 Main homes, 11 tenant houses, 8 horse barns with 174 stalls including a 32 stall foaling barn, 72 gently rolling fields & paddocks with miles of white board fencing, interior private roads, 11 Run-in Sheds, beautiful lake and bold stream. The largest contiguous acreage on the market in Northern Virginia. $25,000,000
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All Penned Up By Leonard Shapiro For Middleburg Life The horse sport of team penning is hardly for the faint of heart, as Tommy Magaha once learned the hardest way possible. He was in a competition in Harrisburg, PA, playing on a team with his daughter, Chelsea, when a calf he was trying to separate from a herd ducked under his mount and took the horse’s legs out. “I went airborne with my foot stuck in the stirrups,” Magaha recalled in a recent interview. “The only thing that saved me was some loose stone dust where I landed. My horse’s hip hit my back. I broke three or four ribs, had a torn rotator cuff and one hell of a headache.” Still, Magaha was soon back in the western saddle and remains an enthusiastic supporter of a sport that has its roots in 1940s California and is now contested coast-to-coast. There are close to 100,000 participants nationwide. Magaha, 66, still competes every now and then in local events and conducts team penning clinics at the 170-acre Rockin’ M Acres farm just outside Berryville. The events take place each month at Walkers Arena on Pierce Road in Berryville. Horses are clearly a family affair for the Magahas. His wife, Alice, gives lessons to students in all stages of the hunter/jumper discipline, teaches Western riding and also does gorgeous equine and canine sketches on the side.
Their adult daughters, Chelsea and Megan, are both accomplished riders and have competed in team penning with their father and their grandfather, Wilson. According to the Texas-based U.S. Team Penning Association’s website, the sport was “created to preserve the traditional skill sets of working cow horses and handlers. Penning challenges modern riders and mounts to compete in a timed event to identify, move and pen specific cattle from a herd in a limited amount of time. Penning involves speed, precision and strategic planning to quickly and accurately cut and pen the cattle. “In penning, teams of three horse and rider combinations use their combined athleticism, horsemanship and general ‘cowiness’ to humanely separate particular cows and herd them into the penning area in under 60 seconds. In seconds, the most skilled horses and riders can find their specified cow, separate it from the herd and move it in the penning area without ever touching the animal.” Tommy Magaha grew up on a Maryland Arabian breeding farm and learned to ride and show as a youngster. He started playing polo at age 13 and after a stint in the U.S. Army, returned to play the game at a high level, often travelling to competitions in polo-mad Argentina. He moved to the Leesburg area in 1990 to manage a 54-stall boarding facility at Hedgeland Stable, and a few years later, a friend, Buddy Yonkers, called him and asked if he had any interest in learning about team penning at a farm off River Road in Potomac. “I ventured out there with no horse,” Magaha said. “I had sold him a polo mare, and that’s what I rode. It was an exhilarating experience, and I really got into it. The horse I started
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off with we still have. He’s a ranch horse. He wasn’t that handy, but he was fast, zero to 60 in a nano-second and then stop and turn on a dime.” Magaha said team penning “just came kind of naturally to me, and I’ve broken a lot of horses to the world of penning. I don’t do it as much as I used to. Older players have quit because of health reasons and money. Money is definitely a big factor.” Team penning players enter events at the cost of about $50 per rider, or $150 for a team, and prize money comes from that supply of cash. Any breed of horse is allowed in the competition, and men and women can compete on the same team.
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“First place was $600 in an event we did in Lexington (KY),” Magaha said. “If you were lucky, and good, you’d get your money back.” Magaha has been both good and occasionally lucky, he admits, and when he does compete these days, it’s usually at Walker’s Arena in nearby Berryville, which holds penning events about once a month. He also has staged penning exhibitions at the Washington International Horse Show over the years and also teaches the sport to beginners, using a huge indoor ring on the farm. “I’ve been around horses and cattle my entire life,” Magaha said. “It was the perfect sport for me.”
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8344 Settle School Road, Rixeyville, VA. Come home to this private 25 Acre horse facility! All Brick 3 Bedroom and3 Bath home with many upgrades, including gourmet Kitchen, Finished Basement, In-ground Pool, Gazebo off the large back Deck. Immaculate 13 stall Barn , Indoor Riding Arena, Observation Office/Building, Multiple Paddocks, Wash Stall, and to top it off -- Mountain Views! Contact me today to set up a time to see this fabulous property! $645,000 CU8001959
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Middleburg - "Locochee Farm" is a gorgeous 95 acre equestrian property. The exquisite manor has been meticulously updated to include a 1st floor MBR suite, sunroom, and state-of-the-art kitchen. This property also features a 4-car garage, beautifully constructed 18-stall center aisle barn, indoor arena (100’ x 200’), outdoor arena (150’ x 180’), large paddocks, riding trails, ponds, cottage, and much more… $3,400,000 Marci Welsh 703.906.5802
Bluemont - "Two Barns" is sited on 15 gorgeous fenced ac w/sweeping views, ride-out, and easy access to Rte 7. The 4BR/3BA home has original hand-hewn beams, oak and poplar flrs, custom local cabinetry, and a loft w/horseshoe balcony. The c.1820 converted bank-barn was honored by the Preservation Society of Loudoun County for Excellence in Adapted Use. Superior 8-stall barn, indoor riding arena and outdoor ring. $1,299,999 Kathy Chovnick 703.340.5716
Leesburg - Magnificent all brick home in River Creek. Lovely view of the pond from the back of the house. Grand 2-story foyer entrance with sweeping staircase. Spacious kitchen w/island and granite countertops. Luxurious master bedroom with sitting room and gas fireplace. Custom lower level with large recreation room, bedroom and even a media room. Photos and floor plans are available. $1,225,000 Lilian Jorgenson 703.407.0766
Paeonian Springs - Perfect for country living! Low maintenance yard. A beautiful site w/two historic homes - the huge barn was dismantled, piece-by-piece, then reconstructed and joined w/house to create a one-of-a-kind residence. Colonial in every way; towering ceilings, double -hung windows, hand-crafted details. And modern in every way; new technology, gourmet kitchen, ultra BAs, and a media room. $1,029,000 Lilian Jorgenson 703.407.0766
Leesburg - Enjoy resort style living at home! Light-filled well designed residence built around restored historic log cabin. Scenic 13+ acres, stocked pond, pool, hot-tub, sauna, barn, paddock and run-in shed. Separate guest house. Updates throughout include recent kitchen and baths. Flexible floor-plan offers additional bedrooms. Just 8 miles to Leesburg. Close to Dulles. Includes two adjoining lots. $939,000 Michele Stevens 703.568.0721
Leesburg - Fantastic Kingsmill Model on three finished levels. Two-story family room with FP. Gourmet kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Breakfast area overlooks private yard backing to common area. Newly finished lower level features rec room w/FP, full BA, game room, custom bar and walkout to patio. Brick/slate walkways and landscaping. Extended oversized garage. $799,000 Lilian Jorgenson 703.407.0766
Middleburg – Sought after charming hunt-box/ farmette on 6.75 ac w/5-stall barn, 3 paddocks, 2 run-ins, and incredible ride-out. Completely restored circa 1800 farmhouse. Stainless steel appliances and country porcelain sinks. Wood floors, antique wood stove, newer wiring & plumbing. Public sewer. Peaceful and private setting. Backs to Middleburg training track. Conveniently located, approx 30 mins to Dulles. $434,900 Joyce Gates 540.771.7544
Middleburg - Beautiful and well maintained 3BR/3BA brick end-unit townhouse. Four bright levels with hardwood floors on three levels. Lovely gourmet kitchen w/stainless steel, Miele appliances, granite countertops and center island. Recessed lighting throughout. Finished lower level with 1BR/1BA and gas fireplace. Great quiet location close to village, shops, restaurants. Great price! $399,999 Kathy Chovnick 703.340.5716
Rectortown - The Georg Mann House, c1795. Fabulous historic stone country cottage with metal roof, 3 bedrooms plus finished attic, 2.5 baths, 5 fireplaces, beamed ceilings, wood floors, slate terrace and pergola, detached one car garage with room above. Lovely mature landscape. Includes small adjoining lot at 8432 Maidstone Rd. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places. $599,900 Michele Stevens 703.568.0721
Middleburg - Rare opportunity! 5BR home in the village. Enjoy in-town living with beautiful space both inside and out. MBR on the main floor with walkout to private stone patio. Walk to a host of amenities including Salamander Resort. Many upgrades and renovations including MBA, kitchen, and detached 600 square foot 2-story studio. Extensive hardscape and mature gardens. A must see. $699,990 Shellie Womelsdorf 703.862.1799
Round Hill - Well-crafted custom home with exquisite details throughout, set atop 8.5 gorgeous acres with endless views. Attention to detail including sand-in-place floors, custom window treatments, 3 fireplaces, grand chef's kitchen, main floor BR suite. Luxury MBR with extended dressing room, luxury BA, FP. Extensive hardscape, waterfall feature, terraced patio, wrap stone porch, generator. Horses ok. $1,050,000 Kim Hurst 703.932.9651
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Upperville - Historic estate renovated and enhanced to include top shelf facilities, while maintaining its 1850’s architecture and original handcrafted details. Georgian manor house, stone cottages, barns, paddocks, and pool. 60 acres in easement. Views and endless ride-out in the sought after Piedmont Hunt territory. Close to horse show grounds and polo fields. Minutes to Mburg. Convenient to Airports. $4,950,000 Andy Stevens 703.568.0727
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127 +/- acres on the Rappahannock River in Orlean, this Timeless Farm-Estate Property has been Naturally Farmed throughout Its History with Heritage Breed Livestock Present Today. The Main Residence is Truly a Spectacular Melding of Form and Natural Beauty of Its Surrounding Countryside. Designed by Albert Hinckley Jr., the Main House and the Studio Capture all the Pastoral Views and Showcase the Extensive Gardens perched by the Springfed Pond. A Manager’s/Guest Log Home, along with Charming Structures and Purposeful Outbuildings including a Center-aisle Barn complete this Rare Find. Extensive Trails and Long River Frontage provide Ample Space to Roam and Enjoy this Lovely Property. Vineyards or more Equestrian Facilities could easily be Established in the Fenced Pastures. This Property has been featured on Numerous Garden Tours and in Architectural Publications.
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Betsee Parker Donates Historic Unison Store By Paul Hodge For Middleburg Life Preservationist Betsee Parker has bought and donated the historic Unison Store, located in one of Loudoun County’s oldest villages, to the nonprofit Unison Preservation Society as a community and history center. Parker is the owner of the historic Huntland estate less than a mile from Unison. She has given the restored store, which has been for sale for two years, to the nonprofit preservation society to make it a village community/history center and the land around it a village green. Preservation society president Harry Bigley said, “Dr. Parker’s generous gift will guarantee that the store and its half acre of open space will continue to be the center of village and area life and activity, as it has been for more than 140 years.” A celebration of Parker’s gift, and transfer of the keys to the store, was held Sunday, April 21, at the Unison Store. Settled in the 1730s, one of the first five Quaker settlements in Loudoun, the Unison area is today considered one of the best-preserved places in Virginia. The store is at the center of the Unison Village Historic District and the new 8,000acre Unison Battlefield Historic District. Both are on state and national historic registers. The village is also at the center of Loudoun’s Bea-
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Enclave of Finished Lots Ready for Your Dream Home in the Country to be Built…4 Lots Available from 2+/- Acres to 8+/- Acres. Spectacular Rolling Pasture with Protected View Shed of Blue Ridge Mountains & Surrounding Countryside. Paved Roads and Convenient to Middleburg & Upperville. Potential Build-to-Suit by Established Local Builder or Bring Your Own Plans and Builder.
Historic circa 1890 Stone Manor on 40+/- Acres Overlooking the Village of Linden. Incredible Stone Construction with Solid Walls; Original Staircase, Moulding and Windows. Several Outbuildings Need Rehab & 2 Car Detached Garage. A Great Opportunity to Restore and Use for a Private Retreat, Country Inn or potential Winery. Completely Private with Quick Access to Interstate along State Roads.
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Great Farmhouse on 4.5+ Acres in Village of Orlean w/ Original Moulding, Floors, Staircase & Doors. Silo, Barns & 3-Stall Horse Stable w/Electric & Water. Multiple Paddocks w/ Water & Recent 4-Board Fencing. Nicely Restored Home Awaiting Personal Touches. New Foundation; New 2-Zone HVAC System - Dual Fuel; New Electrical Service; New Extensive Stone Walkways & Large Patio; Charming Front Porch w/ Scenic Vista of Preserved Rolling Pastures. Village Zoning--Division Potential.
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verdam Creek Historic Roadways District, the only one of its kind in the nation. More than half of the Unison area is under conservation easement and more than half its roads are still unpaved. Loudoun has more dirt roads than any county in Virginia. Other Unison neighbors are rallying around Parker’s $400,000 gift by starting an endowment to help create and maintain the new community/history center and the new village green. To support the gift of the store, neighbors already have pledged more than $50,000 to start the endowment. The store and the half acre around it are in the center of the village northwest of Middleburg, at the intersection of Unison and Bloomfield Roads (Routes 630 and 626).
Today’s quiet country crossroad sees little traffic, except for some local commuters, horse trailers and tractors, walkers and bicyclists and many neighbors on horseback, including members of the Piedmont Fox Hounds, the nation’s oldest active fox-hunting club which has its kennels just outside the village. The annual Unison Heritage Day fall festival is held at the store, which last October commemorated the 150th anniversary of the 1862 Battle of Unison with a two-day Civil War reenactment. This is the second time in 12 years that the 19th century Unison Store has been saved. In 2001, when the store was in near derelict condition, bankrupt and slated to be sold at public auction within the year, neighbors founded the Unison Preservation Society to help save it. They did that by creating the village historic district, which made all historic buildings eligible for state and federal rehabilitation tax credits. Local builder Coe Eldredge, working with the UPS, bought the store at auction on the Leesburg courthouse steps, outbidding two developers who planned to demolish it. Eldredge restored the store to National Park Service standards, considered the gold standard of historic preservation, using state/federal rehabilitation tax credits. Parker, philanthropist, civic benefactor, educator and patron of the arts, bought and restored Huntland and its stables, kennels and buildings and put them under conservation easement to protect them permanently. She is an avid owner and competitor in hunter jumper shows and last fall she broke the record for the number of horse show championships won by a single owner at Pennsylvania’s prestigious Devon Horse Show. Her Huntland team of hunters then won numerous championships at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show and seven championships at the Upperville Colt and Horse Show. The connection between Unison, the Unison Store and Huntland goes back a century to a meeting around the store’s pot-bellied stove by the area’s avid foxhunters, members of the historic Piedmont Hunt and the smaller Unison Farmers Hunt, which had a well-known pack of foxhounds. The two joined forces and Unison’s hounds joined the Piedmont Hounds at the newly built Huntland and its kennels, owned by Joseph B. Thomas, master of the Piedmont Hounds and president of the American Foxhound Club. After restoring those kennels in 2011, Parker, a strong supporter of the Piedmont Fox Hounds, presided over the 100th anniversary celebration of their construction. The Unison Store, like many rural country stores, went bankrupt because it could not compete with supermarkets and had few customers. Among the last, before it went bankrupt, were actor Robert Duvall, who lives in the area, and singers Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, who arrived one day, in bill caps and blue jeans, for coffee.
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Upperville, Virginia • $4,900,000
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450 acres in Piedmont Hunt • Improvements include 4 tenant houses plus many farm structures • VOF easements with 100 acre restrictions • Property is to be sold in its entirety. Ann MacMahon (540) 687-5588
Stone manor house in spectacular setting • 86.81 acres • Highly protected area in prime Piedmont Hunt • Gourmet kitchen • Wonderful detail throughout • 5 BR • 4 BA • 2 half BA • 3 fireplaces, classic pine paneled library • Tenant house • Stable • Riding ring • Heated saltwater pool • Pergola • Full house generator Paul MacMahon (703) 609-1905
Near Foxcroft School • 5 BR c. 1830 Virginia farmhouse • Grand stone pavilion • Built of native field stone & antique mahogany floors • Extraordinary structure serves as a banquet room, pool house, green house & guest quarters • Large spring fed pond • Beautiful setting • 103 acres Ann MacMahon (540) 687-5588 Paul MacMahon (703) 609-1905
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Marshall, Virginia • $1,895,000
Excellent opportunity to purchase this bank owned office building in historic Middleburg • Lovely architecture of 2006 buildings compliment the original 1930 stone cottage • 3 separate buildings • Total 12,000 sf of office space • 19 parking spaces in garage • Beautiful courtyard • Great location Helen MacMahon (540) 454-1930
160 acres terracing the Bull Run Mtns. • Stone walls through entire property • Views across the entire region • Stone & cedar carriage house with 3 bay garage and top of the line finishes • 1/2 acre pond • Gated entrance • Complete privacy • Rare find - great escape Helen MacMahon (540) 454-1930
Historic property on 32 acres in Orange County Hunt • 1st floor master, den, grand salon, English kitchen with large DR & billiard room • 2nd kitchen/ bar leads to patio, pool & guest cottage • 7 stall barn adjoins 3 BR, 2 BA farm manager's house Ann MacMahon (540) 687-5588 Walter Woodson (703) 499-4961
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Marshall, Virginia • $990,000
NEW PRICE • Protected location in Orange County Hunt • 5 BR with master suite on first floor • 3 1/2 BA • 2 fireplaces • Mountain views • Pool • 10 useable acres • 150 x 220 riding arena • 3 barns totaling 8-9 stalls • Run-in shed • Stone walls Helen MacMahon (540) 454-1930
Great opportunity for commercial C-2 building • Excellent visibility • Great parking and multiple uses allowed • Town Zoning allows for Restaurant and retail to name a few • Rare find in the historic town Helen MacMahon (540) 454-1930
Own your own valley between Marshall and Delaplane • 100 private and secluded acres • Views • Fenced • Barn • Restorable frame house circa 1800 Paul MacMahon (703) 609-1905
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Charming farm house • Minutes from town • 3 bedrooms • 2 full baths • Southwest mountain views • Fenced yard Margaret Carroll (540) 454-0650
REDUCED! • 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 Helen MacMahon (540) 454-1930
Village of Middleburg • Walk to everything • 3 bedrooms • Hardwood floors • Large carport • Fenced back yard • Freshly painted • New kitchen cabinets Paul MacMahon (703) 609-1905
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By Vicky Moon For Middleburg Life It’s all about the life and work of the late British artist Sir Alfred J. Munnings at the National Sporting Library & Museum from now until Sept. 15. Let’s call it a tribute, launched with a gala and preview of the film, “Summer in February.” It’s based on the 1995 book written by Jonathan Smith. As often happens with writers, this
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it’s often jolting how life presents such twists of fate because Smith had directed Stevens in three school plays at Tonbridge. Smith has said that Stevens was an “exceptional actor as a boy” and many will recognize him as Matthew Crawley in the highly successful “Downton Abbey” television series on PBS. The stunning Munnings exhibition includes almost 70 pieces, the largest collection gathered in the United States in the past 30 years. There are 50 fabulous paintings in the museum and a second exhibition in the library called “Sir Alfred Munnings in Print.” The exhibition explores the artist’s openair works painted t hroug hout his career. While Munnings is best known as an equine artist, a more Impressions of Cows in a Stream, 1912, oil on canvas. Private Collection, Castle House Trust (Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum)complete representation of story of a heartbreaking love triangle between his varied subjects emerges here in Middleburg, Munnings, his then-wife Florence, and their including vibrant scenes of gypsy life, rollfriend Gilbert Evans, came to Smith by chance. ing landscapes of the English countryside and Set in the breathtaking region of the Cor- bucolic images of livestock. nish coast in southwest England, waves crash One such work is “Impressions of Cows in and rumble against the cliffs and horses canter a Stream,” 1912, oil on canvas. Smith’s book is along the ocean as the three lives become inter- written in the genre of creative nonfiction based twined. Smith, who I met before the gala, has upon facts, diaries and meticulous research. noted, “I did not write the novel with a film in There is a passage in which Munnings rumimind, but I could see that it was not only com- nates about how he prefers to paint cows and pelling and dramatic, but also stunningly visual. the best cow he ever had was a cross between a Yes, of course it had to be a film.” Friesian and Jersey bull. But the backstory of Smith and the pro- “No doubt about it, give me a cow. They ducers is what I find most fascinating. Smith stand still, they have no ambition, they don’t taught English at the boys’ boarding school want to be petted or patted, you don’t have to Tonbridge School, founded in 1553. Among his say ‘poor thing’ or ‘thank you,’ they don’t require students during the 1970s was Jeremy Cowdrey, any knowledge of their character, they’re not the son of the late Michael Colin Cowdrey, disdainful like some people I know, they don’t Baron Cowdrey of Tonbridge, CBE best known want intimacy, you don’t pay homage to a cow, as Colin Cowdrey a celebrated cricket player. they never complain of headaches, yes, they’re Formerly a stockbroker, Jeremy Cowdrey now my models….” is a producer and was instrumental in bringing If only it were all so simple. Smith’s book to the big screen along with his co- Best of all admission is free. Library hours: producers, Pippa Cross and Janette Day, who Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday both have an armful of credits. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Museum hours: Wednesday Actor Dan Stevens was also a student of Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon Smith’s at Tonbridge and he plays the role of to 4 p.m., www.nsl.org, 540-687-6542, 102 The Munnings’ close friend Gilbert Evans. Indeed, Plains Road in Middleburg.
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Extraordinary equestrian estate approximately 186 acres sContemporary residence and extensive dependencies sPark-like setting, fabulous mountain views sMinutes to Middleburg sGorgeous stone and frame 12 Stall Stable s3 Tenant Houses s2 Stone Guest Cottages sStable Apartment sIndoor Schooling Ring sRiding Ring sPolo Field sHuge Equipment building and Workshop. $4,750,000
Exquisite country French manor with over 9000 sq. ft. of spectacular living space on over 55 gorgeous acres just minutes from Middleburg.Grandly scaled rooms. Extraordinary detail and the finest quality. Beautifully decorated. Impeccably maintained. Includes fabulous pool surrounded by terraces and brilliant gardens. Fabulous apartment over three bay carriage house.Ideal for horses. $4,250,000
100+ gorgeous acres, sited at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains s2 center aisle Stables, 2 Tenant Houses and several Storage BuildingssHistoric Main Residence circa 1840 with several modern additions built in the years after sPaneled Library sFormal Dining Room sNew Kitchen sTennis court and several ponds sLand in Easement. also available for rent. $3,400,000
Elegant English Manor House beautifully sited on approximately 40 acres of magnificent woodlands sSpectacular views and total privacy sBuilt with superior quality and craftsmanship, superbly detailed FireplacessGleamingWood moldingss5 Floors sMahogany paneled Library and French doors opening to the flagstone verandah sWine Cellar s14’ ceilingssDetached 3 Bay Carriage House. $2,555,000
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Extraordinary country estate on over 17 acres of manicured grounds, with over 7000 square feet of spectacular living space. Stone & stucco manor has been exquisitely updated & features soaring ceilings, 5 BR’s, 5 Baths, elegant rooms & heated floors. Gourmet kitchen & sun room overlook the free form pool & brillant gardens. 2 spacious Guest houses, 8 stall center-aisle stable. Private & secluded in a storybook setting. $2,490,000
Stunning 5 Bedroom Cape on 10 gorgeous acres. Wonderful floorplan, sun filled rooms, high ceilings & hardwood floors. Living & dining rooms open to fabulous gardens, pool & terrace. Master suite with sitting room, gourmet country kitchen opens to breakfast & family rooms. 2nd level has 3 bedrooms and 2 Baths; Seperate Office/Guest Suite over 3 car garage. $2,295,000
Exquiste all brick colonial on 23 gorgeous acres just minutes from Middleburg. High ceilings, hardwood floors, spacious rooms on 4 finished levels. Library, family room with vaulted ceilings, 5 fireplaces and fabulous rear covered veranda, separate guest quarters over garage, 3 bay garage. Spectacular gardens and manicured grounds in an idyllic setting. Orange County Hunt territory. $1,950,000
Stunning Williamsburg brick colonial on 52+acres with lush woodlands, verdant pastures & spectacular mountain views. Constructed with extraordinary quality & beautiful detailing,this charming 3 level residence boasts high ceilings, gleaming wood floors,5 fireplaces & a gorgeous gourmet kitchen. The rear brick covered terrace is surrounded by brilliant gardens. Ideal for horses in Piedmont Hunt Territory. $1,750,000
A historic 10 acre farm circa 1787, beautifully sited in the foothills of the Blue Ridge MountainsGracious Manor House, recently updated 3 finished levels, 5 Bedrooms sCharming 2 bedroom Guest House sLog Cabin s3 Bay Garage with wonderful Recreation Room and Storage Building sAdditional acreage available sStocked Pond and Magnificent Views $1,500,000
Beautiful custom Colonial, built with handsome Flemish bond style brick, encompasses over 11.5 acres just 10 minutes from historic Miiddleburg. Ideally located in the Piedmont Hunt Territory, this home boasts over 4500 sq.ft. of spectacular living space with hardwood floors,4 fireplaces, 10" ceilings, library with custom bookshelves. Attached 3 bay garage.Land is perfect for horses or pool. $1,495,000
Charming 9 room Cape Cod on a gorgeous 10 acre parcel with privacy and seclusion in an idyllic setting. Hardwood floors, main floor Master with vaulted ceilings, fabulous Family/Sun room with walls of windows overlooking the pool and decks, 2 fireplaces, gazebo, pool house and brilliant gardens. Library with custom bookcases, formal living and dining rooms, ideal for gracious entertaining! $1,150,000
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Beautiful parcel of almost 16 acres of rolling land in a private setting on sought after Zulla Road. Includes open pasture & flowering trees, plus a barn/runin shed and paddock. A modular office has been improved & features a bedroom, bath, kitchen & spacious conference room overlooking a rear terrace & pergola. Ideal as office, studio or temporary quarters while building. $565,000
Beautiful setting on approximately 1 acre with towering trees and stone wall. Great location just minutes from Middleburg. Three Bedrooms with two full Baths, spacious Living Room and country Kitchen all on one level. New wood floors and carpeting throughout. Freshly painted, updated Baths. Move in condition. $329,000
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Beautiful 4 Bedroom Colonial on 5+ acres in lovely setting sApproximately 3,700 square feet (plus unfinished walkout level)sHardwood floors, high ceilings, lovely décor in pristine condition sFabulous barn, paddocks and ride-out in excellent location sLocated in a wonderful area of Waterford within minutes of Leesburg and the Toll Road sFabulous price! $650,000
Charming 4 bedroom colonial on 3.2 acres with 3 finished levels and just 5 minutes to Middleburg. Spacious sunfilled rooms with multiple French doors on each level, beautiful decor, pristine condition. Two fireplaces, Hardwood floors, screened porch, wonderful kitchen/center island, terrace with wisteria covered pergola overlooking a gorgeous pool. Two stall stable & paddocks in a private and idyllic setting. $789,500
Outstanding equestrian property on 16+ acres sFabulous custom colonial sApprox. 5600 square feet of stunning living space on 3 levels sBuilt in 2002 sOpen contemporary flair s Sun filled rooms s Beautifully decorated sPristine condition sSoaring ceilings sWood floorssGourmet KitchensHuge Rec.Rm./bar sWine cellar & exercise rm. sFabulous 5 stall show barn/riding ring & paddocks $1,175,000
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V2 Soirées: A Father’s Day Brunch By Victoria Ingenito For Middleburg Life No matter how many soirées I have under my apron, nothing matches the thrill of a new project. As a young soiréepreneur, I constantly look for inspiration that will bring a creative and fresh approach to every occasion. Some of my all-time favorites are summer porch parties at stately Victorian-era homes in Saratoga, private business dinners in Georgetown, themed birthday celebrations in Middleburg, ladies garden brunches in Upperville and sophisticated Virginia tailgates. For June, I’m doing a display of white chocolate-coated lemon cream cheese cake pops for a lavish Father’s Day brunch for 30 guests. This stylish and
entertaining event is in honor of a sportsobsessed dad who has a particular knack for golf. The cake pop dessert presentation is my piece de resistance and will be nothing short of extraordinary. Sticking with
the golf theme, the white pops will go into a foam wedge covered in moss so that they resemble golf balls on a freshly mowed putting green. With great care and lots of finesse, I’ll wedge a few real Master’s golf balls and tees in between the cake pops and voila, done! Cooking is in my genes. My kitchen endeavors began more than 20 years ago, sitting propped up on a pillow at the kitchen table with my grandmother, Nonie, carefully hand making cappelletti into their traditional hat shapes. She imparted generations of culinary wisdom through daily lessons in shaping pastas, infusing broth and prepping meats or vegetables. My mother, a kitchen apprentice of her grandmother, also tutored me in the art of entertaining and more refined baking techniques. So, I literally grew up in the kitchen honing my soirée expertise. For Father’s Day I will be up at 6 a.m. Two hours later, a freshly baked brown butter Bundt and a chocolate tweed pound cake will be situated on wire racks to cool. The polished sterling silverware will be neatly rolled inside pressed white linen napkins and arranged on the dining room table next to the china plates. This will mark the beginning of the brunch procession with greens next, followed by baked goods, then egg dishes, and finally dessert on a separate side table. To whet guests’ appetites, I’ve planned for refreshing yogurt parfaits to be served as people arrive, mingle and say their hellos. These little delights are layered with my own blend of homemade granola, strained honeyalmond yogurt for extra creaminess, orange segments bursting with juice, and freshly chopped mint. To jazz them up even more, I
put them together in crystal goblets to see all those beautiful layers of deliciousness. The salads and respective dressings just needed tossing together within five minutes of the 12:20 p.m. serving time. Although the custom coordinated brunch invitations said the soirée would begin at noon, slightly delaying the serving time lets people get settled, relax with a cocktail or two and chat for a bit. It also gives those inevitably late stragglers a little cushion. About the cocktails. I plan a whimsical Bloody Mary bar around a stylish silver ice bucket and geometrically arranged highball
Victoria Ingenito creates a Father’s Day Soirée.
glasses rimmed with a zippy sweet-salty blend of goodies from the spice cabinet. (This is achieved by dipping the rim of glass in lemon juice first and then into the spices.) Now, any mouth-watering Bloody Mary bar requires serious accouterments because the peppery fresh tomato mixture triggers taste buds to seek texture and complementary flavors. I’ll have a
pile of tall crunchy celery stalk stirrers ready and four-inch skewers of think cut pepperoni, wedged sharp cheddar, peperoncini, mozzarella stuffed green olives and mini gherkins. The final brunch items will be timed to make sure they are piping hot straight out of the oven for the brunch procession. Dozens of eggs and cream are whipped for three fluffy quiches. The egg mixture combined with various fillings such as caramelized balsamic onions and Andouille sausage or fire roasted asparagus and white cheddar reveals beautiful hints of these ingredients in the cooked quiches. These will be placed on glass pedestal stands to add an element of height and lightness to the brunch display in contrast to the polished pine dining room table. The layered and soaked cinnamon French toast is generously stuffed with macerated apples baked to a lovely golden hue. Knowing it would be impossible to remove and plate this without ruining the perfectly aligned rows of toast points, I will prepare it in elegant white ceramic baking dishes appropriate for serving. A drizzled a caramel glaze over the top with praline pecan crumbles and a wisp of sifted powdered sugar will complete this confection. The table décor will include column beeswax candles in shades reminiscent of oatmeal, dark chocolate and vanilla. The other elements of accents will include bronze trivets and brushed gold placemats peeking out from underneath the various platters and serving bowls, as it would have been a shame to hide that lovely pine drop leaf table. The guests will be dazzled. Every soirée begins as a challenge, but I’ve nailed down a meticulous system in planning and preparation that always delivers. This Father’s Day brunch promises to be yet another successful soirée: seamlessly smooth; highly professional; and smiling faces all around, especially for all fathers. See also, www.facebook.com/ vsquaredsoirees/photos_stream/.
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Remembering A Neighbor: Coach Pardee By Leonard Shapiro For Middleburg Life Jack Pardee’s tenure as head coach of the Washington Redskins lasted three years, sandwiched between two coaches—George Allen and Joe Gibbs—who would eventually be selected for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Pardee almost certainly will not be inducted into the game’s promised land of Canton, Ohio, but in my estimation, he will always be a Hall of Fame human being, one of the most decent men in the history of his game. Long-time Middleburg area residents often got to see Pardee up close and personal, mostly because he lived near Unison during his three years (1978-80) coaching the Redskins. He and his family loved the Virginia countryside and relished their time here. One
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kept me on hold for 45 minutes until his secretary picked up the phone and said he’d left the building 15 minutes earlier. Pardee was clearly a breath of far more friendly fresh air. In training camp at Dickinson College that first year, I set up an appointment to meet him at 12:45 p.m. in his office during the lunch break. I went back to my room in a school dormitory to work on a story, and at 12:30 there was a knock on my door. It was Pardee. He had already finished eating, he said that day, and wondered if I’d mind doing the interview a little early. That was typical Pardee, who actually was named NFL coach of the year in 1979 when his team went 10-6. The next year was 6-10, mostly because a quirky running back named John Riggins decided he’d prefer to hold out for a new contract and never did play that year. Another Middleburg resident, team owner Jack Kent Cooke, was not especially enamored with Pardee to begin with. And when his coach and his general manager, Bobby Beathard, clashed over personnel decisions, Cooke sided with the GM and fired Pardee. It turned out to be a momentous decision for the franchise, what with Gibbs coming in and winning three Super Bowls over the next 12 years. But Pardee also thrived, with highly successful head coaching jobs with the University of Houston and Houston Oilers. Pardee is also the obscure answer to a trivia question, as the only man ever to be a head coach in college, the NFL, the World Football league, the U.S. Football League and the Canadian Football League. Still, I’d prefer to remember him as a truly good man, maybe the best man I ever encountered in nearly 40 years covering pro football. Many thanks, Jack. Many thanks.
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here in one of the most famous trades in the team’s history, joining several of his Los Angeles Rams teammates when their old coach, George Allen, took the Redskins head job in 1971. The new guys in town were called “Ramskins” and Pardee was among the most valuable additions to the team, a fierce and savvy linebacker who also called defensive signals on the field. Pardee was a legitimate tough guy, a man who had survived a scary bout with melanoma in his shoulder while still a player with the Rams in 1965. And many years before that, he was one of The Junction Boys at his alma mater, Texas A&M. That was the nickname he and several of his teammates were given after surviving a brutal preseason training camp in Junction, Texas, conducted by then A&M coach Bear Bryant. Close to 100 players reported to camp that summer, and by the time they headed back to campus for the regular season, only 35 were left standing, Pardee among them. Pardee retired as an active player after the 1972 season, when he played a major role in helping the Redskins make it to their first Super Bowl, a 14-7 loss to the undefeated Miami Dolphins. He spent the ’73 season as an Allen assistant in Washington before setting out to make a name for himself in the head coaching ranks. He came back as the Redskins head coach in 1978, and what a difference between Pardee and Allen, the man he replaced. During the Allen years, reporters used to cool their heels waiting for a post-practice news conference while Allen ran countless laps around the track at Redskins Park, then went into his prolonged sit-up routine. Save for post-practice and post-game sessions, the media-wary Allen mostly made himself inaccessible. He once
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of his sons went to the Hill School and two of his daughters waited tables at the old Coach Stop restaurant during their school summer vacations. Pardee, who died last month at age 76 after a long battle with bladder cancer, was totally approachable by one and all. He was polite, soft-spoken and yes, even humble, rare traits for an unpretentious man who had a long and distinguished career both as a player and a coach in the National Football League. If you met him on the street, he would stop and talk, neighbor to neighbor, precisely what he always considered himself to be in this verdant corner of the world. I first got to know Pardee as the beat reporter covering the Redskins for The Washington Post back in the 1970s. He arrived
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It’s no secret that the local food movement has picked up momentum in Virginia’s Piedmont. Yet, there are still a number of challenges local food producers and distributors face as they try to create a sustainable local food economy. The Piedmont Environmental Council’s “Buy Fresh Buy Local” work session in January allowed local food producers and distributors to come together and tackle tough issues. The PEC decided to try something new, hosting its first-ever event for the “Buy Fresh Buy Local” chapters in Loudoun, the Northern Piedmont and the Charlottesville area. The goal was to provide a space in which local food providers could bring up a topic of interest, meet others interested in a similar issue and then take part in constructive conversations and strategic planning centered around a plan of action. “Going into the workshop, we didn’t know what to expect,” said Jessica Palmer, PEC’s “Buy Fresh Buy Local” coordinator. “We wanted to facilitate these important conversations but were aware of how difficult it could be to tackle some of the topics. But it went really well. It was great to see our partners come together and really take on some of the challenges. Everyone was engaged—leaning in and focused on developing a plan.” The nine action groups at the workshop each centered around a different topic, ranging from coordinated feed buying to social media marketing. Each group then generated an action plan to guide its work together over the next twelve months. One group wanted to make non-GMO livestock feed more accessible for their operations. Non-GMO feed is often expensive and can be hard to find locally. With the help of the Culpeper CFC Home and Farm Store, the group is now successfully buying non-GMO feed collectively. Their next challenge is encouraging local farms to grow non-GMO grains that could be used in local livestock feed. Another group focused on educating consumers about the local food system in their region. Rebecca’s Natural Food (Charlottesville) is teaming up with Wolf Creek Farm and Brightwood Vineyard & Farm to organize a seminar series at Rebecca’s, starting this month. In their “Restoring Local Food Systems” series, a large variety of local producers and distributors will share their experiences in preserving and rebuilding the local food system. The group hopes that the series will help consumers better understand how the parts of their community fit together, and how they can feasibly make local food a part of their life. For more information, go to www.pecva.org/farmsandfood
2013 Jefferson Scholar University of Virginia Middleburg Academy senior Alex Rossi is a recipient of the highly coveted Jefferson Scholarship from the University of Virginia.
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akefield School held its annual auction Saturday, April 13, and it was an “Olympic” success. The auction was held in the school’s transformed gym. The theme of the evening was “A Greek Odyssey,” complete with a “Barthenon” and two Greek gods roaming the floor. Fund-A-Scholar donations, which go directly to financial aid, were made in honor of Peter Quinn’s 17 years of service and dedication to Wakefield School. Some exciting items offered up at the auction this year included Elizabeth Locke jewelry, paintings by Elizabeth Dunning and Teresa Duke, trips to Jamaica, England, and Bath County, visits to local wineries and vacations on the Chesapeake Bay, Hilton Head Island and Kiawah Island. Corporate sponsors included Virginia Rides,
Bartlett Tree Experts and Griffin & Errera Orthodontics. Amazon Web Services, Yount, Hyde & Barbour and Vision Design Studios also provided paddles, valet parking, and marketing and graphic design, respectively. The auctioneer was Sherry Truhlar with Red Apple Auctions. The auction coordinator was Ezie Junkala. Committee members and volunteers included Gray Carr Griffin, Cynthia Benitz, Marci Cesanek, Ginny Collins, Heather Dean, Rippy Gill, Whitney Petrilli, Georgiana Watt, Desiree Moore, Beth Gruneisen, Jim Junkala, Carolyn Parent, Betty Beamon, Jennifer Neff, Leslie Wise, Jennifer Dominick, Sandy Gilchrist, Karen McGinniss, Jennifer Miller, Cindy Vorder Bruegge, Natalie Edens, Daniela Bushara, Laura Floyd, Juanita Koilpillai, Ariane Solari, Lisa Winick, Gina Anderson, Debbie Peck, Laurie Arnold and Michelle LaRose.
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for me is to stay focused on the big picture, on the composition and the big shapes, and save the little details for the end.” Her paintings reflect her love for horses and the countryside. There are elements of realism and, at the same time, hints of impressionism. Her favorite artist at the moment is Andre Pater. Polish-born, he relocated in his late 20s to the U.S. in 1981 and eventually settled in the heart of the Bluegrass horse country in Lexington, Ky. “I love him, he’s my idol,” Duke said, also citing Valerie Hinz (Canada), Peter Howell (North Wales), Larry Wheeler (U.S.), Peter Williams (New Zealand) and the British great, Sir Alfred Munnings.
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Teresa Duke and an oil painting in progress of local point-to-point racing.
horses, dogs and people.” The Jacksons had been interested in featuring talented local artists in their store. “We think that Teresa is very talented and that her paintings of local hunts and point-topoint racing are lovely,” Jackson said. “Teresa really fits the bill.
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Duke, the art teacher, has been well trained as an artist. Under the mentorship of William Woodward, she earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from George Washington University where she received the Robert N. Alfandre award. In addition to several years painting “en plein air” in Rappahannock County, she also spent two years in northern New Mexico where she learned to work with the desert’s light and palette of color, while studying at the Santa Fe Institute of Fine Arts with Wolf Kann, the German-born American painter known for combining realism and color field. Duke spent the summer of 2009 under the tutelage of Daniel Greene, the master portrait artist who specializes in pastels and oils, at his studio in New Salem, N.Y. “Oils are lush, they’re forgiving—I love working with oils,” Duke said. “The hardest part
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By Lauren R. Giannini For Middleburg Life Teresa Duke’s studio in The Plains is all color and light, even on an overcast day. Paintings are stacked against walls, propped up on shelves, perched on the easel, fixed to the walls. It’s rather like walking into a diorama of her mind. Duke has been an artist since early childhood. She grew up in Chevy Chase, Md., drawing horses constantly and riding until she discovered boys in her mid-teens. Both parents were physicians by profession, and her mother was an artist, specializing in watercolors. “When I was younger, my mother worried about me,” Duke said. “She knew that it would be a difficult route to take and she constantly pushed me to get a job so I could support myself. She told me I needed to teach. It’s a wonderful combination. The two jobs inform each other. I didn’t know if I could teach and paint well, but because I do both, I think I’m a better teacher and a better painter.” Duke has taught art at Wakefield School in The Plains since 2004. Her paintings have been exhibited in Washington, D.C. at The Dimock Gallery, Colonnade Gallery and The Art Mill. Her work is available at Berkley Gallery in Warrenton and at ZigZag in The Plains. Duke’s biggest break to date took place in the fall of 2011 when her painting, “Paddock at Keeneland,” appeared on the cover of the 75th anniversary edition of Keeneland Magazine. “It was like a big door opening,” Duke said. “Keeneland commissioned a series of three paintings. After that, people around here started noticing my work. I went to see Bill Jackson of Tri-County Feeds in Marshall after Christmas. He said, ‘This is exactly what I’m looking for!’ and he is now representing my work. My goal is to keep getting my work out there. I am very busy. I have a list of commissions lined up—
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Teresa Duke’s 24 x 28 inch painting of the Paddock at Keeneland, chosen for the cover of the 75th anniversary commemorative issue of Keeneland magazine, opened a door for the artist.
“My big goal is to be a full-time painter, to be well-known,” Duke said. “I love teaching, but I also crave more time in the studio. My short term goal is to become an associate member of the American Academy of Equine Artists.”
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We begin with the latest news on Diana and Bert Firestone’s horse named Middleburg. The big chestnut, trained by that charming Frenchman, Christophe Clement, ran second in an allowance optional $75,000 claiming race on the day of the Florida Derby at Gulfstream.
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This was his third time out. Middleburg Life also has received word that Middleburg is an oldfashioned horse who prefers carrots to peppermints. Stay tuned here for more updates. And oh, thank you to photographer Dana Burns Wimpfheimer, a former Middleburg resident, for the lovely image. And kudos to James Alton MacLeod, the son of Karen Quanbeck and Colin MacLeod. A 10th grader, James recently was inducted into the National Honor Society at Rappahannock High School. (Go Panthers!) And speaking of high school honors...a big congrats to Alexi Rossi, a senior at Middleburg Academy who was the recipient of the coveted Jefferson Scholarship from the University of Virginia. It covers the entire cost of attending all four years at THE University. And also from Middleburg Academy… Caroline Greer captured first place in the 10th Congressional District Art Exhibition. Greer, a junior, returned from spring break to the happy news that her graphite pencil drawing, “Bloodline,” won first place in the exhibition held at the
Four members of the junior class have been invited to attend the 2013 Virginia Governor’s Summer Programs.
Here’s something that would be worth the drive to Culpeper…The historic State Theater will have a Grand Opening Gala with Lyle Lovett and his Acoustic Group May 11 at 8 p.m. A $9.3 million restoration was just completed on this 1938 art-deco treasure. The theater is listed on the national and state registers of historic places. It is a state-of-the-art entertainment and educational venue that will include: national touring artists and musicians, local and regional talent (theater, dance, musical concerts) and film/cinema with 35mm, independent, documentary and foreign films as well as highly anticipated film festivals in partnership with the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation.
George Washington University’s Science and Technology campus in Ashburn. And from Foxcroft, Middleburg Life has learned that four members of the junior class have been invited to attend the 2013 Virginia Governor’s Summer Programs. Alicia Holz of
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Delaplane and Lydia Bubniak, a Leesburg resident, were selected to the Governor’s Summer Residential School for Mathematics, Scienc and Technology, and the Humanities, respectively. Kate Eagen of Middleburg was named to the Foreign Language Academy for Spanish and
The Community Music School of the Piedmont in Upperville recently celebrated its eighth annual Strings Day. Students aged six to 13 unpacked their violins, violas and cellos for some serious playing mixed with great fun. The grand finale featured all students on stage playing selections from John Williams’ magical music from the Harry Potter films.
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Sculptor Jean Clagett recently stopped by our offices to tell us she is leaving the area and moving over to Elkton, Md. While visiting, she stopped at the Steeplechase Association office at Fair Hill. While looking around, she spotted a familiar piece. “It turned out to be the model of Spend A Buck that I did for them,” she tells Middleburg Life. “It was one of my first pieces organized by Morrie Alhadeff and J.B. Faulconer.” And she concludes: “It will be great to get back to creating sculptures again.” interest in the uncommon avenues of the piano literature, Weber has performed at the White House and Carnegie Hall, appeared with the Boston Pops and Sarajevo Philharmonic, and has twice toured China. She is a member of the piano faculty at both Boston Conservatory and MIT and is a Steinway artist. Weber will perform an exciting and diverse program, including works by Beethoven, Liszt and Franck, as well as more recent compositions by Sowerby and Templeton. Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students and may be purchased in advance or at the door. For more information contact Buchanan Hall at 540-592-3455. All proceeds will support Buchanan Hall.
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Lilly MacDonald of Bluemont became the first Foxcroft student chosen for the Latin Academy. Friends, parents, grandparents, students and alumni at Hill School will gather May 10 to honor two all-time great and beloved teachers, Tal Mack and Yvonne Miller, who are retiring. From over in Warrenton, Middleburg Life has learned that Drs. Kim, Smith and Wise of the Blue Ridge Orthopedic and Spine Center received 2012 Compassionate Doctor awards in recognition of their exceptional patient care based upon patient reviews. Laura Cullinane sent a note asking, “Can we squeak into the next issue?” But of course… Buchanan Hall is excited to present a special performance Sunday, May 19, at 3 p.m. by renowned pianist Janice Weber. Known for her
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Catherine Bradford Bugg and Mary Vetrovec came up from Richmond for the Daffodil Show
he Upperville Garden Club celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Daffodil Show in April. Sanctioned by the American Daffodil Society, the show was held at Buchanan Hall and had 363 entries and 761 stems this year. There were two inter-club classes commemorating the Golden Anniversary. In the Crescent Design-Golden Horseshoe division, the blue ribbon went to Aldie Horticultural Society (President Karen Decker). Red went to Winchester-Clark Garden Club and yellow to Piedmont Garden Club. For the Expressive Abstract-Golden Memories division, the blue went to Leesburg Garden Club (President Gladys Lewis) No red was awarded and Middleburg Garden Club was presented with a yellow. Best in Show for the interclubs was Aldie Horti’s beautiful crescent design. Raffle items were generously donated by Middleburg Country Inn, Duchessa of
Middleburg and Barbara Sharp. Daffodil Boutique items also were offered for sale by Barbara Sharp and Scott Bally. The Janet Tayloe Ribbon and Virginia Gunnell Artistic Award Cup were of special significance this Golden Anniversary year. Janet and Virginia were beloved UGC members who were instrumental in the development and success of the Daffodil Show over the years. The Janet Tayloe Award is awarded to the novice exhibitor who has never won a blue ribbon for a vase of three in a show approved by the American Daffodil Society. This year, the award was proudly won by Elizabeth Courts, the daughter of Janet Tayloe. The Virginia Gunnell cup is awarded to the exhibitor who enters the arrangement which is judged to be “best in show” of the artistic classes. This year’s cup went to Pat SharpHyde, who created a beautiful illuminary design which depicted the “Bits Bytes and Cyberspace” theme of the class. Thanks go to the Gunnell Family for its generous donation of the Virginia Gunnell Cup.
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Pat McCann was chairman of this Gay Estin year’s show and Ginger Wallach is president of the Upperville Garden Club
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Of Note There are three BEST BETS for May and both involve the almighty horse. First, celebrate the Spirit of the Horse-Human Connection Saturday, May 18, from 4 to 7 p.m., Twin Oaks Tavern Winery in Bluemont. Celebrate the evening with equine photographer Tony Stromberg. Through his luminescent photography of horses, Stromberg works to bridge what he calls “modern life’s disturbing separation between people and nature.” Stromberg believes that horses can be profound teachers, bringing deep wisdom to a world dangerously out of balance. Through the power and mystery of the
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foals to jumpers to polo ponies, see how equine athletes are bred, trained, fed and cared for. Stops on the Hunt Country Stable Tour include the MARE Center for foal handling and equine treadmill demonstrations; Heronwood Farm, home to more than 60 alpacas, and Sunny’s Corner Foundation at Takaro Farm, featuring pony rides for kids. Also, at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 26, there will be a polo match at the Virginia International Polo Club, weather permitting. Call 540- 592-3343. And speaking of Upperville …since 1853, equestrians, horse breeders and spectators have gathered under the Grafton oaks in Upperville to admire some of the nation’s most talented horses and riders. The 160th Upperville Colt & Horse Show June 3-9 is the oldest horse show in America and benefits the Upperville Volunteer Fire Department and other area charities.
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Leave a Message at 540-216-1061 The work of equine photographer Tony Stromberg will be part of the presentation on May 18 for the Spirit of the Horse-Human Connection at Twin Oaks Tavern Winery in Bluemont.
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horse, Stromberg seeks to re-ignite qualities of freedom, spirit, power, grace and harmony in people’s souls. There also will be a photo exhibit by Laura Hume, “Capturing the Essence of the HorseHuman Connection,” and a wine tasting by award-winning Twin Oaks Winery. Tickets are $75 in advance, $85 at the door, to benefit Full Circle Farm Growth, Healing Center Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning Program Scholarship Fund. For more information, go to www.fullcirclefarmgrowthandhealing.org. Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 25, and Sunday, May 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, area farms and stables will open their gates to visitors for the 54th annual Hunt Country Stable Tour sponsored by Trinity Episcopal Church in Upperville. This self-driven tour includes 14 stops and provides a rare glimpse into horse breeding and competition in one of the most scenic regions of the country. From
Daily highlights: *Vendors & Shopping *Good Food *Hunter & Jumper classes starting at 8 a.m. Saturday highlights: *Leadline, WalkTrot & Family Classes *Ladies SideSaddle Classes *Jumper Stakes Classes *Upperville Hunter Derby Other Sunday highlights: *Pedigree Country Fair *Jack Russell Terrier Races *Carriage Driving Grand Prix *Hunter Breeding Classes For Information (540) 687-5740 firstname.lastname@example.org P.O. Box 239 Upperville, VA 20185 Go to www.upperville.com to view live webcast feed each day.
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Civil War re-enactors will be at Salem Stable as part of the Hunt Country Stable Tour, May 25 and 26. James MacLeod, shown here, will be featured in the program.
“This is our opportunity to recognize the many individuals and horses that have made this unique event so spectacular,” show manager Tommy Jones says. The week culminates with the $75,000 Upperville Jumper Classic, which draws top riders from across the nation. The Jumper Classic will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 9. Admission is $10 per person. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult. Details are at 540-687-5740. Friday, May 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. is the opening party for the 66th annual Piedmont Art Show at Grace Church in The Plains. The show continues Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday May 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For details, call 540-253-5177. At 7 p.m. Friday, May 17, New Driver Car Control Clinic will be held at Fauquier Hospital’s Sycamore Room for a behind-the-wheel session. Also Saturday or Sunday, May 18-19. Cost: $179. To register, call 800-862-3277. From 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, there will be Landscape oil painting class with Laura Clark at Lilla Ohrstrom’s Youngblood Studio in The Plains. Call 540 270-0404. Saturday, May 18—Get ready for the polo season at Virginia International Polo Club at Llangollen in Upperville and the opening night of Twilight Polo at Great Meadow in The Plains. At 7 p.m. Sunday, May 19, The Land Trust of Virginia will host “Steak at the Lake,” its 15th annual “Garden Party to Save Virginia’s Countryside” at the Arundel family’s Merry Oak Farm north of Warrenton. For tickets and information, call 540-687-8441. Sunday, May 26—A Garden Party to Benefit Our Wounded Warriors at Highland Spring Farm featuring the English—inspired gardens designed by Donna Hackman and guest speaker, The Honorable John Lehman Jr., former secretary of the Navy, national security expert and member of the 9/11 Commission. Catered by local volunteers, with music by 17-piece swing band. The Thomcats. Admission is $125 per person with proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project. Gardensforwarriors@gmail.com.
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Spectacular custom built home on 50 acres with gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountain views. Home has a European country feel with traditional Virginia details. Stucco, 3 Fireplaces, metal roof and flagstone porches. Open floor plan includes Main Floor Master Bedroom, Den, Living room, Chef ’s Kitchen, Sunroom, 3 bedrooms on 2nd level and full walk-out basement designed for Recreation Room & more. Heated pool, two-car garage with one bedroom apartment above. $2,499,000
Elegant, recently built 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. Four bedrooms, four full and 2 half baths with master bedroom on main level. The grounds are lovely with perennial gardens, pool, pond, stone walls, board fencing and 2 car garage. $2,100,000
Beautifully sited on a slope above Pantherskin Creek, with mountain views to the west, this charming 3 Bedroom, 3 Bath home provides peace and 44 acres of privacy on the outskirts of the village of Upperville. Light-filled rooms, high quality craftsmanship. Main level Master Bedroom & Bath. Lower level Sitting Room. Lovely pool and landscaping. Excellent weekend property. $1,375,000
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Lovely 3-level custom built Colonial on 10 acres with Blue Ridge Mountain views. Home offers an Open Floor PlanNew Chef ’s Kitchen with top of the line appliances, 11' granite island, adjoining sun-filled Family Room with cathedral ceiling & double fireplace to Den. Hardwood floors on 1st level, 3 fireplaces. Finished basement with Recreation Room & Guest Suite. 2-car garage with office space or workout room above. 4-stall center-aisle barn with tack room, wash stall, turn-out shed & fenced paddocks. $1,289,000
Beautiful all brick custom built home just North of Middleburg on 12 private acres in unparalleled tranquil setting . Main level Master with fireplace, Luxury Bath, Formal Living Room & Dining Room, 2 story Great Room, Library, 2nd Master Suite & 2 Guest Bedrooms, full basement with room for In-Law Suite, Game Room & Workout Room. Rear 1200 sq ft brick terrace overlooks stunning pool. Mature landscaping, gardens & attached 3 car garage. $1,150,000
Middleburg Commercial Property sIdeally located at the guest entrance of Salamander Resort and Spa opening in 2013 s2 parcels, totaling 12,800 square feet with town approval for C-1 zoning (Offices or Retail) sAmple space for expansion of exisiting dwelling or build new with room for onsite parking sPerfectly situated in the center of town for high visability sExcellent investment opportunity! $649,000
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Charming like new cottage on over 1 acre in the heart of the village of Upperville. Freshly painted, New windows, New carpets, New kitchen appliances and New roof. House sits back from road. Sweeping lawns in front and back. Parcel backs up to a large farm bordered by a stone wall. Great starter home or weekend Hunt Box. Walk to Hunter’s Head Tavern, churches & Post Office. Priced well below assessed value. Don’t miss! $305,000
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ZULLA ROAD - Build a 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. $299,000 COON TREE ROAD -Just Reduced! Located in Halfway, just minutes to Middleburg or The Plains. Almost 3 mostly cleared acres dotted with mature trees. Elevated building site with views. Ideal for hunt box or main house. Approved 4 bedroom perc. Orange County Hunt.New Price! $250,000
Wonderful commercial office condo available in established business complex located in the center of Middleburg. Convenient to banks, post office, restaurants and shopping. Features include spacious reception area, 3 offices or 2 offices and conference room, 1/2 Bath, Kitchenette, storage space, & built-ins. On site parking with 2 assigned spaces included. $229,000
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