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Middleburg's Historical Buildings: At The Crossroads Part Two

By Pam Mickley Albers, AIA Director of the Middleburg Office of Anderson Cooper Group Architects

[Middleburg Life is pleased to present the second part of its series on the main intersection of town—the crossroads of our charming and lively village. And this is where architect, and now writer, Pam Mickley Albers continues her historic architectural journey around Middleburg and the surrounding area.] With the founding of the Orange County hunt in 1904, the Middleburg hunt in 1906, and the older Piedmont hunt, the crossroads again became the center of activity when the Colonial Inn (Nobel Beveridge House) in 1921 became a boarding house to accommodate the local interest in foxhunting and horseracing, which brought horse people to Middleburg. Middleburg thus began its resurgence and its reputation as a leading breeding, showing and racing center of thoroughbred horses for the next 20 years, bringing wealthy northern and mid-western industrialists to the “Capital of Hunt Country.” The town’s population began to increase, as did its commerce. In 1924, the Middleburg National Bank was built on the southeast corner of Washington and Madison streets after the old stone building burned down in 1919. The new bank, in the Beaux Arts

style of that period, was designed by Otho Harvey Miller, AIA, a Washington, DC, architect who also lived in Bridgewater. Built by William Nathaniel Hall, a local African-American who also built the firehouse and drug store on Madison Street, as well as numerous buildings in the area, the stone was taken from the Dover Mill donated by retired Navy Capt. Charles McCormick. The building cost a record $26,774 and opened in April 1925. Foxcroft’s Charlotte Noland laid the cornerstone, and at the 100th anniversary of the bank in 2024, the time capsule in the cornerstone will be opened. The Hill School’s first year was held on the second story of the bank building in 1926. From Gen. Billy Mitchell’s—who owned Boxwood at the time—aerial photograph of Middleburg in the late 1920s, the crossroads shows the Middleburg Inn with balconies on the northeast corner; the Colonial Inn (Nobel Beveridge House) with balconies on the northwest corner; the two-story retail building on the southwest corner now owned by brothers George W. and W.H. Adams; and the new Middleburg National Bank on the southeast corner. For the next 30 years into the mid20th century, Middleburg continued its prosperity and notoriety in the horse world, with Glenwood Race Course by Daniel Sands opening on the north axis of town, now Foxcroft Road, in 1932 and 703.889.8558


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Middleburg Bank circa 1924.

Aerial shot of intersection of Washington and Madison streets taken by Gen. Billy Mitchell.

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ing class of 1971. She is a member of the Historic District Review Committee in Middleburg and the Envisioning Committee for the Comprehensive Plan of Middleburg, and would like to acknowledge and thank Ed Wright, Phil Thomas and Trowbridge Littleton. Information from written articles and photographs include: The Pink Box, the National Register of Historic Places, the Red Fox Inn, The Story of Middleburg, Virginia 1787-1958, and A Walking Tour Into the Past, Middleburg, VA.]

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Sprout Changes Lives Through Horses

This black pony, Blackberry Storm, is a 12-year-old Welsh with rider Addison Balsis of Bristow.

By Tricia Booker For Middleburg Life “Here, Mom.” Parents often hear these two simple words uttered from the mouths of their small children shortly after they begin to speak. However, for one particular mother, it was six long years before her son called her mom, and that special moment occurred during a lesson at the Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center in Aldie. Many parent testimonials share similar stories, where a child’s life has been transformed, or even saved, through horses and therapeutic riding. Although there are many different catalysts that bring each student to Sprout, they all share one important connection: Brooke Waldron. Waldron, 29, is a petite, energetic horsewoman who combines a love of horses, teaching and giving back to the community. She fondly remembers that day her student, with Down syndrome and apraxia of speech, broke a huge barrier. Waldron was finishing up the lesson on a warm afternoon, which in addition to riding, included exercises in fine motor skills using a sponge, a vase and

flowers. After the student filled the vase with water by squeezing a wet sponge, he filled it with flowers and carried it to his parents while mounted on the horse. “And so we go back and forth, riding from one end of the ring to the other, bring a flower, drop it in the vase, go back for another, get the water, squeeze it,” Waldron explained. “So, finally, after this lesson, going back and forth across the arena, he gets it done and he holds it in his hands and he says, ‘Here, Mom.’ “And she said, ‘That’s the first time he’s ever said mom.’ And she started crying,” added Waldron, who paused the lesson for them to revel in the moment. “To her, that was huge. He was 6 years old and had significant complications several times, and he finally said mom. That word was the biggest thing ever.” Waldron witnesses these life-changing moments on a daily basis, and it is for this reason that she’s altered her own life and livelihood to become a certified therapeutic riding instructor, to establish Sprout and serve the community. “I sometimes forget that the littlest things really matter,” she said. “And being a person who has ridden my whole life, I wondered if I’d feel fulfilled teaching mounting to everybody or teaching these small things. But the reaction you

get from the student and the parent is totally worth it.” Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center celebrated its oneyear anniversary Oct. 18 and has grown from five students to more than 30. The facility includes a 10-stall barn, fenced paddocks and a spacious indoor arena, along with a heated classroom and viewing area, all designed specifically for therapeutic riding clients. The property has come a long way from the soybean farm it once was when Waldron’s family members purchased it through a trust specifically to serve the special needs community. In addition to the traditional therapeutic program, Waldron also has included programs for at-risk youth through the Loudoun County Juvenile Court Service Unit and local shelters as well as vocational instruction through Loudoun County Public Schools. For her many accomplishments in Sprout’s inaugural year, Waldron was named a member of Loudoun Business’ 30 Under 30 Class of 2012. Providing a much-needed outlet for special needs and at-risk youth in the public school system is particularly meaningful for Waldron, who left a teaching position at Stone Hill Middle School in

Loudoun to pursue her ultimate dream of working with horses and teaching students. Waldron’s goals for 2013 include expanding upon her established programs as well as including Inova Loudoun Hospital for a hippo therapy program and establishing a veteran’s program. “My dad was in the Vietnam War and has a Purple Heart. He was shot, and it just really matters to me to help veterans,” Waldron said. “The suicide rate for veterans is alarmingly high, and that’s something we’ve got to do as a community, to help and support these people the way they’ve helped us. So that’s big for me.” While Waldron has big goals for Sprout in the long-term, she’s realistic and understands that resource limitations—such as funding and volunteers—will dictate how quickly her programs are implemented. “Thankfully, we’ve had some great individual donors this year. As our programs grow, and we’re serving more clients and we need more horses for that, we’ll need more funds,” Waldron said. “Everybody here on staff is still a volunteer, so we’re waiting for next year to start to take salaries. “We’ve done this so far because it’s right and what the community needs, and we’re going to be here to help people. And when the money comes in, we’ll be grateful.” There’s a distinct cheerfulness and feeling of optimism that permeates the facility, from the welcoming volunteers to the fat, sleek horses and smiling children and playful dogs. It’s not surprising, then, that many of Sprout’s students, with Cerebral palsy, Autism and traumatic brain injuries, see their time at Sprout as a highlight of their lives. “We have one client who is 190 pounds and in a wheelchair. This guy isn’t going to walk and isn’t going to talk,” Waldron said. “For him, to feel what it’s like to get out of his wheelchair and walk on a horse is huge. It might be the only time during the whole week when he’s awake and out of the wheelchair. “Sometimes, I take it all for granted. But my riders have opened up my eyes and said, ‘Really, you can’t take anything for granted.’ That’s what’s really cool about this job.” For more information about Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center, go to

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Bites Brenda Boran is a stay-at-home mother of six who has been baking cakes virtually her entire life, mostly for family and friends. About a year ago, she decided to start selling cakes and cupcakes to the public from her new business, Horse Country Cakes, in Marshall.

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children of my own and money was tight, I learned how to cook economically and enjoyed trying new and interesting recipes. I also have several foodallergic children and I’ve had to learn to cook with alternative ingredients. Did you go to formal classes? The only classes I took were the popular Wilton courses offered at Michael’s. The rest of my culinary education is either from the Internet or, with on-line tutorials and my own creative imagination. How did you decide on cakes? I’ve been making all of the family’s cakes for holidays and my children’s cakes for their birthdays, getting ideas from magazines. I really have fun creating new and interesting edible creations. The business was not something I had first thought about but as I learned more, I discovered people really appreciated what I was able to do. It quickly grew into what it is today. How’s business? It’s growing quickly! Some weeks I barely have time to take care of my family responsibilities and finish a client’s cake in time. I’ve had times where I’ve stayed up until past midnight finishing a creation. It truly is a labor of love. What do you like best about it? I love being able to be creative and get paid to be creative, but I feel the best part is the reaction I get from the client and their guests that make it all worth the extra time.

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November 2012 What do you like least about it? The dishes. Making everything homemade there are bound to be many dirty dishes. Not only am I the baker and artist but many times I am the dishwasher. I do have to say that my two oldest daughters jump in and help with that. And many times my husband will come home from work and clean up my mess and then proceed to make dinner when I am still working on an order. Have you done any cakes for famous people? Not yet but that is on my list of goals with this business. One day!

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What is your hope for the future of the business? I’d like to have a shop of my own one day and to be well known for my work. For now I’m fine with helping my family with this second income. Do you have another job? Being a mother of six and home schooling them is my primary job. My children are my world.

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Mount Pisgah’s Reverend Lewis By Lauren R. Giannini For Middleburg Life

Photo by Helen Wiley

Rev. Philip Lewis and Edith Brown, the oldest member of Mt. Pisgah church in Upperville.

Three things will last forever-faith, hope, and love--and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 This verse sums up the heart and soul of Rev. Philip Lewis, the pastor of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Upperville. His faith, grounded firmly in the unshakeable belief that through God all things are possible, lights up his eyes. His energy and enthusiasm to do God’s work involves great hope and acknowledgment that the Lord really does work in mysterious ways. “The only thing I want to do for this congregation is be the example of what I want to preach—be the example of love and caring,” Lewis said. “People like to be able to trust you. As Christ said: ‘live by

example.’ If people see me getting all gristled up, they’re going to wonder, ‘Oh Lord, what’s wrong with him?’ You can’t get all reactive. As long as the Lord is leading me, as long as I show love—in Christ all things are possible.” Lewis acknowledges that peoples’ views of the church are different. “It’s a whole new ball of wax— they can watch TV, but you need fellowship to connect with one another,” he said. “People do more emailing and texting, which isn’t the same as talking to each other, and you can’t have fellowship with a TV. If you have fellowship with me, we’ve got to be together.” Mt. Pisgah, located on Delaplane Grade Road, is a small, friendly church where Lewis has been pastor since May 1991. He grew up in Marshall where he became a son of the First Asheville Baptist Church.

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November 2012 “It’s a calling of the Lord, but just because you want to be something doesn’t mean the Lord puts the calling on you,” he said. “When you step forward in front of the people, you have to be willing to take the criticism, not just the praise. When the Lord puts a calling on you, that’s when you know you can be successful.” Lewis announced his calling in 1986, but said, “The Lord had been working on me for about nine years prior to that. I offered him everything else— testifying, serving as Sunday School teacher, serving as a deacon, but I knew that preaching the word and being a minister was much more than a notion. I thought I was doing pretty good. In 1972, the Lord made me a Christian. I had been a heavy drinker. My first wife Barbara had Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS, and the disease kept growing.” Lewis took care of her, their new baby boy and their 5-year-old son, and worked. His faith sustained him over the years, even when he tried to ignore his calling. “If it wasn’t for the Lord…He blessed me with the life I lead,” Lewis said. “About six months before Barbara died, she asked me if I would get married again and I said I didn’t know. She said, ‘Promise me you’ll get married before you do something dumb.’ I asked the Lord to send me someone who had never married or a widow. Christine later told me that she had asked the Lord to send her someone close to Him who had no kids or were grown.” Lewis, Barbara and Christine had attended high school together. After graduation in 1966, Christine moved away. The next year, Lewis married Barbara. It would be 26 years before he saw Christine again. “The Lord blessed me, my first wife, and this church, and blessed me again with Christine. We were married in 1993.” By 2002, the year of the church’s 125th anniversary, his congregation had fulfilled four major items on the wish list: the built-in baptismal pool, new church van, and new floor and carpet in the sanctuary. More renovations are planned—enlarging the kitchen, making the bathrooms wheelchairaccessible and turning the dining area into a

separate large room that can be used for church activities and dinners. “We’re a small church. We work together and rely on others to help us to reach our goals,” Lewis said. “We accept donations of any kind, including materials and labor. We’ll be setting up concert services in the coming year as fundraisers. Every Sunday we set aside what members of the congregation have given for the building fund. The renovations will help us to encourage fellowship and also make the church handicap accessible.” Lewis also is adamant about wanting Mt. Pisgah Baptist to be known as a place that welcomes one and all. “I always wanted us to be a church, not to be known as a black church. We do joint services, I preach in the community,” Lewis said. “It’s about Christ, and Christ is about people. There’s not going to be a black heaven or a white heaven. It’s all one place. If we can’t get along with one another down here, how can we embrace one another in heaven? You have to be honest with God and with yourself.” Most of all, Lewis glows with his love for “all that God hath wrought” and exudes confidence, which can be contagious. One of his friends, Helen Wiley, who belongs to Trinity Episcopal, said: “He is one of the kindest, most caring human beings I have ever known. You come away from Lewis’ service feeling as if you can do anything.” On the eve of Thanksgiving, there will be a joint service at 7:30 p.m. at the Upperville Baptist Church with Trinity Episcopal, Upperville United Methodist and Mt. Pisgah. It will be a grand event—the bells will be ringing, the Mt. Pisgah men’s choir is not to be missed, and Lewis will take to the pulpit. Everyone is welcome.

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November 2012


Brookside Exudes Farmhouse Excellence

Set on Nearly 5 Acres, Middleburg Property Showcases Style, Grace

Our featured property – Brookside – represents the opportunity to aqcuire an exceptional farmhouse set on nearly five acres on the east side of Middleburg. Situated on a quiet cul-de-sac for privacy and serenity, the home, constructed in 2005, incorporates gracious living spaces with exceptional rear-yard amenities that include glorious landscaping and hardscaping, a lovely pool area, gazebo, porch, pond, and two-story carriage house. Attention to detail and upgrades galore are found throughout, with both formal spaces and informal spots working well in tandem – making this a dream home for those who enjoy entertaining in style. The property currently is on the market, listed at $2,750,000 by Shellie Womelsdorf of Long & Foster Middleburg. An impressive, classic front will enchant first-time visitors and welcome back others with stylish lines and architectural detailing. From there, we are ushered inside to explore the property’s many charms. The formal living and dining rooms are expansive and welcoming, with elegant design that enhances the visual appeal of the spaces.

The kitchen is designed for the gourmets among us, with amenities galore, top-quality appliances and a casual-dining area. This space opens to the family room, with a lovely fireplace, and you can access French doors that take you out to the marvelous vistas of the rear yard. The first of the home’s five bedrooms is found on this level, as well, with a full bath. Each of the home’s four upper-level bedrooms enjoy en-suite baths, and the master retreat is an aesthetically glorious space of relaxation. The bath in the master suite is a study in sumptuousness. The walkout lower level complements the other two levels of the home, with a great room, library, exercise room and full bath. The 900-square-foot carriage house is an

added bonus, with two bedrooms and two baths (one on each floor), gourmet kitchen with dining area, a one-bay garage and copious storage. As noted earlier, the five acres of grounds are as carefully considered as the design of the home. Nature’s beauty shines through. In sum, Brookside is a glorious property, ready for its new owners to add their stamp to its lovely personality. 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 (571) 333-6273.

Facts for buyers Address: 23502 Light Horse Court, Middleburg. Listed at: $2,750,000 by Shellie Womelsforf, Long & Foster Middleburg (540) 687-8530 or (703) 862-1799.


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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



Exquisite  details  throughout  this  incredible  12  bedroom  Georgian Steeped in Piedmont Hunt History, the land and manor Revival manor home built in 1936. Situated on over 191 acres. This home  of   Clifton  Farm  is  understated  elegance.    As  one lovely  home  boasts  a  Reception  Hall  and  a  white  Carrara  marble crests  the  knoll  of   the  long  winding  drive  the  home  sits Flying Staircase accessing 3 levels. Over 1/2 mile of  Rappahannock nestled in its own protected  environment of   297 acres of River frontage,   spectacular views, springs, ponds and rolling pasture                             some  of   the  most  beautifully  open  and  rolling  land.


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Tremendous Easement Potential.                           $6,999,000

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 a VOF Conservation Easement.                              $5,500,000




Near  Middleburg  sBeautiful  Brick  Georgian  style  home built in the mid 19th century on 165 acres s7 Bedrooms, 8 Full  Baths,  2  Half   Baths  s double  Parlor/Living  Room, Paneled Library, Dining Room sPool s4 Bedroom Tenant House s9 Stall StablesConservation EasementsPiedmont  Hunt.                                                                    $4,500,000 


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

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.        $2,750,000

Located on the prestigious Atoka Road and surrounded by large  estates,  this  43-acre  estate,  sits  high  with  spectacular views of  the Blue Ridge Mountains  and Bull Run Mountains. The  manor  home,  renovated  in  2001,  offers  7  bedrooms including a first floor master suite, 7+ baths, 4 finished levels, 3-car  garage  and  9-stall  barn  with  8  paddocks,  each  with automatic waterers and a run-in shed barn.                $2,500,000





164  acres  in  an  ideal  location.  Beautiful  Open  and wooded land near Bluemont in the heart of  Piedmont Hunt  Territory  with  spectacular  mountain  views  and scenic  vistas  and  great  home  sites.  Open  Space Easement and Fox Hunting Easement. Property is in 2 parcels and may or may not be combined.     $2,459,850


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 3bedroom, 2 bath Managers house.                                    $1,895,000




NEAR THE PLAINS - 142 acres. Great location South of The Plains. Mostly wooded with views. $1,400,000 MERSEY/DOVER ROADS  - 5  parcels,  3+  acres each, just on the outskirts of Middleburg ranging in price. $257,250 - $350,000 48+ acres                                                                     $645,000 Offers subject to errors, omissions, change of price or withdrawal without notice. Information contained herein is deemed reliable, but is not so warranted nor is it otherwise guaranteed.


The 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

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

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CLIFTON LAND  -  126.11  acres of mostly open, verdant land in great location, just north of Upperville with pastures and views of the Blue Ridge. Fully fenced, multiple home sites, tributary Pantherskin Creek.Ideal for easement potential and could benefit from excellent tax credits.Piedmont Hunt. $3,600,000

Step  into  this  beautifully  designed  village  home  with  its  open feel.  From  the  foyer  enter  the  double  living  room  with  wood burning fpl.; a wall of  windows & doors lead to the stone terrace and gardens. 1st floor master bedroom w/2 baths and spacious sitting  room.  2  brs  on  second  level  w/excellent  storage.  2  car garage. Recent improvements include new appliances, heating and cooling equipment.                                                     $695,000






An English country estate. Main house, c1790 with later additions, Beautiful rolling farm land with pastoral and mountain views, is  stucco  over  log  and  frame,  has  heart  of   pine  floors,  beamed stone  walls,  and  riding  trails.  This  54  acres  is  ideal  for  your ceilings, guest bedroom on the first floor, 5 fpls, 6 brs 5 full ba, and horse farm. Property includes 3 bedroom farm house, 1-bed2 half  bas. Old boxwood and  perennial gardens. Cozy stone guest room tenant house, 8-stall barn, and 6-stall barn. Near The cottage,  c  1770,  is  3  floors  with  1  br,  1fba  overlooks  pond.  Pool Plains  with  easy  access  to  I-66,  1  hour  to  Washington,  45 House has flagstone floors, pickled walls, great for entertaining,2 minutes to Dulles.                                                          $950,000 fpls. 2-car garage, barns, sheds on 12.5 acres.                $1, 550,000                   





Extrordinary estate on over 180 acres  sIdeal for horses s 7 Bedrooms sNew Gourmet State of  the Art Kitchen & Baths s gorgeous full wall  windows, overlooking 10 acre lake s10 stall  stable sPaddocks with run-in sheds sPool and poolhouse with fireplace, spa and new tennis courts.                                                             $3,900,000   



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



Nestled behind a line of  trees, this charming and beautifully remodeled 3 bedroom home sits on over 3 acres.The efficient  design  of   this  property  also  includes  a  1  bedroom  guest  cottage,  3  bay  garage  with  attached  4  stall barn, run-in shed, potential paddock and lovely lawn with perennial gardens.                                                 $775,000


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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  storageopen to 4 paddocks with automatic waterers. Great rideout in prime Piedmont Hunt                                                    $675,000



BLUEMONT  LAND  -  5 parcels in Piedmont Hunt Territory ~ Mostly open, rolling and fully fenced land and accessed from 3 roads. 2 homes, one of stone and one of clapboard enhance this beautiful property. Options for purchase include: 20+ acres for $440,000 50+ acres for $588,000, 71+  acres  with  a  clapboard  3  BR  home  (2  parcels) $995,000 MIDDLEBURG  -  26.12  acres  convenient to Middleburg, $410,000 additional parcels available.



Charming  1740  brick  and  stone  home  sited  on  .5  ac. adjacent and including the 3 acre parcel containing the original Mill on Pantherskin Creek. Pool within the ruins of  the Mill. Beautiful, year round pavilion is connected to the summer kitchen by a bougainvillea covered pergola. $595,000

30+ acres                                                           $485,000

ThoMAs AnD TAlBoT ReAl esTATe A STAUNCH ADVOCATE OF LAND EASEMENTS LAND AND ESTATE AGENTS SINCE 1967 (540) 687-6500 Middleburg, Virginia 20118

Middleburg Life 17

November 2012


Brookside Exudes Farmhouse Excellence

Set on Nearly 5 Acres, Middleburg Property Showcases Style, Grace

Our featured property – Brookside – represents the opportunity to aqcuire an exceptional farmhouse set on nearly five acres on the east side of Middleburg. Situated on a quiet cul-de-sac for privacy and serenity, the home, constructed in 2005, incorporates gracious living spaces with exceptional rear-yard amenities that include glorious landscaping and hardscaping, a lovely pool area, gazebo, porch, pond, and two-story carriage house. Attention to detail and upgrades galore are found throughout, with both formal spaces and informal spots working well in tandem – making this a dream home for those who enjoy entertaining in style. The property currently is on the market, listed at $2,750,000 by Shellie Womelsdorf of Long & Foster Middleburg. An impressive, classic front will enchant first-time visitors and welcome back others with stylish lines and architectural detailing. From there, we are ushered inside to explore the property’s many charms. The formal living and dining rooms are expansive and welcoming, with elegant design that enhances the visual appeal of the spaces.

The kitchen is designed for the gourmets among us, with amenities galore, top-quality appliances and a casual-dining area. This space opens to the family room, with a lovely fireplace, and you can access French doors that take you out to the marvelous vistas of the rear yard. The first of the home’s five bedrooms is found on this level, as well, with a full bath. Each of the home’s four upper-level bedrooms enjoy en-suite baths, and the master retreat is an aesthetically glorious space of relaxation. The bath in the master suite is a study in sumptuousness. The walkout lower level complements the other two levels of the home, with a great room, library, exercise room and full bath. The 900-square-foot carriage house is an

added bonus, with two bedrooms and two baths (one on each floor), gourmet kitchen with dining area, a one-bay garage and copious storage. As noted earlier, the five acres of grounds are as carefully considered as the design of the home. Nature’s beauty shines through. In sum, Brookside is a glorious property, ready for its new owners to add their stamp to its lovely personality. 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 (571) 333-6273.

Facts for buyers Address: 23502 Light Horse Court, Middleburg. Listed at: $2,750,000 by Shellie Womelsforf, Long & Foster Middleburg (540) 687-8530 or (703) 862-1799.


November 2012

Middleburg Life Lions—eye van, citrus sale, Santa Stumble, as well as meat processing for the Seven Loaves food bank—they also chop and deliver firewood for local residents.

The Emmanuel Church Christmas Shop had the opening gala as if a storm never blew through these parts. And they were off and running with holiday gifts and goodies galore. During the three-day event local elves help the shop owners sell and wrap their wares

Nancy and Howard Allen.

in business. The colorful department store opened in 1956. And it should be noted that Howard Allen continues his work as a photographer and is currently at work on a book.

Virginia’s Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd HayPhoto by Betsey Allen Davis more recently unveiled the first of three Shenandoah AVA road signs as part of a new wine region sign program aimed at attracting more visitors to wineries. The sign unveiling occurred at Veramar Vineyards in Berryville. Veramar is owned and operated by the Bogaty family. Veramar sits on a 100acre private estate with 15 acres currently under vine, producing international award winning wines. Two Middleburg Academy seniors, Caswell Bennett of Sterling, and Alex Rossi of Leesburg, have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program for their exceptional academic promise and achievement. Caswell Bennett was named a Semifinalist in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program, and Alex Rossi has received word she is a Commended Scholar.

Photo by Vicky Moon

Melissa Gregory and Audrey Lee Gregory.

and Melissa Gregory and daughter Audrey Lee Gregory stopped by Nancy Baldwin’s Windlands Farm Art and Antiques to lend a helping hand. And speaking of the holidays— mark your calendars for the big Middleburg Parade Saturday, Dec. 1. The day begins with Breakfast with Santa, Middleburg Hunt Review down Washington Street at 11 a.m., a craft fair at the Community Center, Greens Show at Emmanuel Episcopal Church and the grand Christmas parade at 2 p.m. Nancy and Howard Allen, founders of The Fun Shop in Middelburg recently greeted customers, guests and visitors as they celebrated 56 years

The American Legion Hall on the edge of the village was transformed into a German Bier Garden for the Lion’s Club Oktoberfest. Leading the way on the decoration committee was none other than Paul Eden, president of the organization with assistance from his wife Sandy. Streamers, garlands and party favors were donated by The Christmas Sleigh and owners, Dieter Rausch and Linda Tripp, whose shop in the middle of town has a German flair. Members of the local arm of the international Lions Club organization work year round to raise funds and donate back to our community. Among the events and efforts of the Middleburg

croft Winery; and Mandar Shetye from JW Marriott in DC. Over in Warrenton, middle and upper school students at Highland School tuned in for a live global webcast featuring author J.K. Rowling in early October. During the event, Rowling answered questions submitted by students from schools around the world, and shared stories about writing the Harry Potter series, developing the Pottermore online community, and her plans for future writing projects. This also from Warrenton: World class cyclist John Anderson, who has completed The Race Across America twice, will speak about the challenges he has faced as a diabetic. The public is invited to attend the event at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 8, in Fauquier Hospital’s Sycamore Room. And finally, here is another must on your calendar: The Hill Holiday Marketplace from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. It’s a community marketplace with more than 15 different vendors selling everything from sock monkeys, jewelry, art, quilts, knitted hats, hand painted boxes and much more. Contact hwalsh@thehillschool. org or 540-687-5083.

Nine local residents recently completed the Certified Tourism Ambassador Program offered through The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the unparalleled natural, cultural and historic resources within a four-state, 15-county region. Held at Bella Villa Antiques in Aldie, those who completed the program include: Hannah Adlam and Courtney Smith from Springhill Suites Ashburn Dulles North; Ashley Brumbaugh and Amy Orr from Middleburg’s own Goodstone Inn; Michelle Eurich and Deborah Martinez from Photo by Vicky Moon Marriott Springhill Suites; Cheri Garvin from Leesburg Pharmacy; Paul and Sandy Eden prepare for the Middleburg Lions Kathleen McGuire from Willow- Club Oktoberfest.

Middleburg Life 19

November 2012

Breakfast of Champions

Dickie Moore, general manager of racing

Rents by the week for $1400 from Sunday noon to Saturday noon. Extra night $200, if available. Sonny Jurgunsen and Bobby Mitchell

Hall of Famer Chris McCarron

They trotted out Hall of Famers from professional football and thoroughbred racing at the annual Breakfast of Champions at the Charles Town racetrack on the morning of Oct. 20 in conjunction with the West Virginia Breeders Classic later that night. Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron, perhaps best known for riding the great Alysheba and John Henry, was the featured speaker at an event attended by more than 200. McCarron has retired from the irons in Lexington, KY, where he now runs a training program for jockeys. “Jockeys don’t have coaches, they have mentors,” he said. “They give you tips, at least until you start to beat them.” McCarron was seated on the dais with a number of former Washington Redskins, including Middleburg’s Sam Huff, the Hall of Fame linebacker and broadcaster, who is CEO and chairman of the weekend of events in his home state. Carol Holden, president of the classic, coordinated the many activities including the breakfast. Joining Huff were fellow Hall of Famers Sonny Jurgensen, Charley Taylor, Bobby Mitchell, former NFL MVP Mark Moseley as well as Ron Saul—who now lives in Charles Town—

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Roy Jefferson, Jimmie Jones and Ted Vactor. Nationally known racing broadcaster Chris Lincoln served as Master of Ceremonies, and Redskins radio play-by-play voice Larry Michael also took part in the program. Later that night, Lucy’s Bob Boy won the $500,000 Classic—part of the nine-race card worth $1.345 million— with jockey Gustavo Larrosa in the saddle. “We felt this was the right time,” trainer Sandra Dono said. “Last time out she galloped out really strong to the three-eighths pole, and we knew it was time to go in the big race. When Gus dropped her head at the threeeighths pole all I thought was go, go, go! Gus and her are so in sync. They are perfect.” “We proved everybody wrong tonight,” Larrosa said. “A lot of people doubted us and came up with all kinds of reasons he couldn’t win. The plan was to go to lead if it was slow or take back if it was fast. I looked at the 1/4 first time by the board and saw 24 [seconds] and took a little hold. He was 100 percent right tonight. I want to thank Sandra Dono for riding me tonight. I have been riding races now for close to 30 years and this is my biggest one.”

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Upperville - Historic estate renovated and enhanced to include top shelf facilities, maintaining its 1850’s architecture & original handcrafted details. Georgian manor, stone cottages, barns, paddocks, pool. 60 ac in easement. Views and endless ride-out in Piedmont Hunt territory, near show grounds and polo fields. Just west of Mburg. Easy access to D.C. and airports. $5,300,000 Andy Stevens 703.568.0727

Middleburg - "Locochee Farm" is a gorgeous 95 acre equestrian property. Exquisite manor is meticulously updated to include a 1st floor MBR suite, sunroom, and state-of-the-art kitchen. Property also features a beautifully constructed 18-stall center-aisle barn, 100’ x 200’ indoor arena, 150’ x 180’ outdoor arena, lrg paddocks, riding trails, ponds, cottage, and more. $3,400,000 Marci Welsh 703.906.5802

Aldie - Sweeping views on 65 ac working horse farm in sought-after Mburg hunt territory & historic village of Aldie. 7 perc sites! 4BR/3BA contemporary colonial w/2-car garage. 4-stall barn, riding ring, pastures, paddock w/sheds, ride out, 60Ksf concrete pad for indoor Olympic size arena/40 stalls. Sited in land use/ forestry. Call agents: Rich Raab 703.371.8913 $1,500,000 Chateau Gardecki 703.728.7766

Middleburg - Spectacular estate nestled on 5+ private ac. 10,000sf regal residence w/exquisite architectural details, elegant living, ready for entertaining. Beautiful curved staircase, 2-story great rm, sunrm, library, Butler’s pantry, Au Pair/In-Law suite, mud rm, breakfast/morning rm, slate patio, magnificent stacked stone fence. 20 min to Leesburg & Village of Mburg. $1,499,900 Mary Wisker 703.577.6015

Leesburg - Serene Setting on 10+ acres with Goose Creek frontage! Rustic Contemporary with 3+ bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. First floor master bedroom suite with luxury bath. Private setting with abundant wildlife, fabulous deck, patios and screened porches. Only 15 mins to Leesburg or Middleburg, and 30 mins to Tysons Corner. #HZNNP2 $679,000 Joyce Gates 540.771.7544

Aldie - Gorgeous 4BR/3.5BA home with 3,778 sq ft of living space; backs to trees with a huge level backyard. Features millwork, 2-story family room w/stone fireplace; kitchen w/granite & island; MBR w/sitting & spa-bath; 3-car side-load garage; deck with cabana. Convenient to shopping & Dulles. Established Lenah Run community has great pool & new playground! $699,900 Steven Wydler 703.851.8781

The splendor of yesterday; the modern conveniences of today. Steeped in history high atop a prominent knoll surrounded by gently rolling pastures and the Blue Ridge Mountains, this 78 acre estate listed at $6,950,000. Middleburg - **MOTIVATED SELLER** New price. Below recent appraisal. 3 private acres. Totally renovated. First floor master suite w/walk-ins. Gourmet kitchen with stainless steel, granite, tile floors, and 4 fireplaces. Finished lower level with kitchenette, full BA, rec room and guest room. New 2-zoned HVAC. Pool and 3-car garage. Home warranty. $673,000 Joy Thompson 540.729.3428

Bluemont - One of a kind opportunity! 50 years, family owned business. Includes 98% of machinery, tools and supplies, 2 firing ranges (above & under ground), 2400sf steel building, 5 acres, pond, 3BR residence w/1744sf (main lvl), retail shop w/2100sf (lower lvl). Located minutes from Mount Weather Government Installation. A rare find indeed! $600,000 Bobby Kirk 703.728.8602

Long & Foster Real Estate is proud to announce the sale of the historic Ramsay estate, near Charlottesville, Virginia. Andy Stevens, Associate Broker of Long & Foster’s Middleburg office, represented the buyer.

Paris - Privacy & beautiful mtn views! Built in 2008, this quality-constructed home on 10.65 ac features a rustic contemporary interior, GR w/stone FP & floorto-ceiling windows, 1st floor office, separate MBR suite, 3 car garage and full walk-out basement. Relax on the 54’ front porch. Hike, hunt & enjoy here or the 1,864 ac park & river nearby. Approx. 30 mi to Dulles. $575,000 Joyce Gates 540.771.7544

Boyce - Potential hunt-box, bring your barn and fencing. Conveniently located, completely renovated! 3BR/4BA, spacious floor plan, bamboo flooring, 2-car garage. Separate 2BR studio/in-law/nanny suite has kitchen and it’s own septic. 6 acres, beautiful mature landscaping. Geothermal heat/AC throughout. Close to schools, Berryville & Millville. Additional DUR. $495,000 Bobby Kirk 703.728.8602

The Plains - A car enthusiast's dream home! Large rambler has finished basement, hardwood floors in foyer, cathedral ceiling in den, kitchen with granite countertops. Basement has rec room, wet-bar, office, full bath. Attached 2-car garage. Swimming pool w/ sun deck. Detached 4-car garage w/car lift is a show piece and has central AC & heat. Surround sound. $649,999 Lori Jones 703.297.0157

Round Hill - Wow! Affordable farmette on historic Snickersville Tpk. Grass riding ring, paddocks and runin. Brand new barn w/H2O and office. Remodeled home just needs your touches. New kitchen, laundry, new bamboo floors. Open floor plan w/layout to maximize space and fuel efficiency. Lrg backyard boasts tall trees, hen house, veg garden and privacy. $399,000 Kimberly Hurst 703.932.9651


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Three Fox Vineyards in Delaplane offers visitors “an escape to Tuscany in Virginia…just 40 minutes from the beltway.” It also offers a wide array of estate varietals, including its current featured wine called Alouette Cabernet Franc. Three Fox bills itself as a vineyard that prides itself on “the passion of crafting hand-made wines in the Old World tradition. Our way of being takes your heart away to north central Italy, to Tuscany or the Piemonte.” As for the Aloutte Cabernet Franc, the vineyard’s website describes it as “loaded with black cherry, mocha, espresso hints and subtle oak notes.” According to Holli Todhunter, the co-owner of the vineyard with her husband John, and a biochemist by training, the Aloutte is “a wonderful French red varietal. It’s a wine that will go with about any food. It’s even excellent with chocolate. You can serve it for the entire meal, including dessert. That’s what’s so nice about it. It’s one of our most popular wines. We sell out every year.” Traditionally, Three Fox Vineyards has two blessings of the vines each year. The annual blessing of the harvest was held in early September with Fr. Richard Martin, assisted by Sr. Donatella Merulla, and Sr. Mary Attilia Todaro. They are from the Church Of The Nativity in Burke. Earlier this year, the annual bless-

ing of the growing season was held in midMay with R e v . Wi l l i a m Schardt, pastor of St. Ste- Photos by Middleburg Photo phen the Martyr Catholic Church in Middleburg, officiating. Holli Todhunter, a vintner and head of marketing, was responsible for naming the vineyard, founded in 2002 and located on 50 rolling acres in Delaplane, hard by the Crooked Run creek. Apparently, the day she and her husband were being shown the property, she spotted three foxes on a nearby slope, and the rest was history. The vineyard offers a brick outdoor patio, several grass bocce courts, creek-side picnic areas and even hammocks in a nearby meadow. In addition to the Aloutte Cabernet Franc, other estate varietals made from grapes grown on 15 on-site acres include Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Pinot Grigio, Merlot and Vigonier. All are available for tastings at the vineyard, as well as being served at a number of area restaurants, including the Red Fox Inn and Common Grounds in Middleburg.

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100 +/- ac. • Includes 1915 stucco farm house • Needs to be restored • Ca.1786, 2 story stone home • Stone bank barn • Spring house • Land rises with great views • Scenic easement • Also Aavailable, 20+/- ac. • Gently rolling • Improved by 1915 stucco farm house • Ready for restoration • High ceilings • Original woodwork • Small barn • Spring fed pond• $650,000 Paul MacMahon (703) 609-1905

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Excellent location • Brick home completely updated • 5 BR with master suite on first floor • 3 1/2 BA • 2 FP • 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

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Exceptionally well built house • 10 open acres • Geothermal heat system with 5 zones & radiant floor heat • Open floor plan offers excellent views • Master suite on main floor • 2-3 BR on lower level • Exercise room with access to patio Ann MacMahon (540) 687-5588 Helen MacMahon (540) 454-1930

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Immaculate end unit town home feels like a private cottage • Completely renovated • New kitchen & baths • New hot water heater • 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

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Flying Doctor By Leonard Shapiro For Middleburg Life


William Rogers, known to his friends as “Beep,” wears a variety of hats as an administrator, teacher and practicing emergency physician. He’s also a frequent flyer as a colonel in the District of Columbia National Guard, usually occupying one of the most important places on a C-17 cargo plane that is his principal mode of military transportation. In late September, Rogers, who splits his time between his home in Alexandria and a family farm in Upperville, was on his second deployment to Germany. He is a member of the Critical Care Air Transport Team, or CCATT, which flies severely wounded warriors from battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan from a military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, back to the United States for further treatment and rehabilitation. He’s the emergency doctor in a three-person, in-flight team that also includes a critical care nurse and a respiratory therapist—to better assure patients will survive the long journey back home to recover from their frequently

catastrophic wounds. There are usually between three and six patients on every flight “and it’s our job to make sure they get here as safely as possible,” Rogers said. “If a kid dies on the flight, I have failed,” he continued. “I won’t take them in the plane unless I’m damned sure they’ll be fine when they get back here. Some of these kids are 18, 19 years old, the same age as my son. What’s more important than making sure these kids survive their injuries? What better way to give back?” Rogers has been giving back to his country and his community for most of his adult life. He joined the Marines right out of St. Albans High School in Washington, DC, before leaving the service and enrolling at the University of Virginia, where he also earned his medical degree. He was a longtime member of the Navy Reserves, before becoming a flight surgeon with the DC Guard in 2006. His deployments with CCATT usually last about five weeks, and he generally handles one four-day mission a week between Germany and the United States. Although he served in Iraq in 2003, he has yet to be deployed to Afghanistan, where CCATT flights initially

take patients to Germany, but he said that’s always a possibility. “It’s a very tragic thing to see so many of these injuries,” he said. “We’re taking kids who are really, really messed up. It’s also gratifying to be able to use my skills and training to get them back to the states in the best condition they can be. That’s extremely satisfying, no question.” No question, too, that while there are mostly good days in accomplishing the mission, there are sad times, as well. Rogers recalled recently being at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center with a patient he transported who lost both legs and an arm to an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan and suffered a head injury that left him in a coma. His mother came to visit, but could only stay in the room for about 15 minutes before she had to leave, overcome with emotion. “Her son sacrificed everything for his country, and at such a young age,” he said. “The soldiers and Marines I’ve transported have made an immense sacrifice. I am deeply moved by their courage and their patriotism, and it’s a great privilege to help bring them home.”

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aThrong of Tartan

Photos by Vicky Moon

Chief Maj. Sir Fergus John Matheson of Matheson

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Charles Matheson, Sr., Malcomn Matheson III and Roger Mathison

Malcolm Matheson III, Gail Matheson, Chief Maj. Sir Fergus John Matheson of Matheson and Gus Person

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Bagpiper Gus Person

At the Virginia Scottish Games held at Great Meadow kilts were welcome, but not required. There were Scottish dogs—West Highland Terriers, Deer Hounds, Border collies and those adorable Skye Terriers. However, no Dandie Dinmonts were in sight. And what’s a fling without a Scottish fiddle? And of course, there was highland dancing and a wee bit of

Guinness consumed along the way. The honored guests were Clan Moffat and Chief Jean Moffat along with Clan Matheson and Chief Maj. Sir Fergus John Matheson of Matheson (7th Bt.) Later in the evening Clan Matheson, which includes many local members, gathered for drinks, dinner and a private serenade of bagpipes.

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Patapsco, oil on masonite by Lyn Bolen Warren

By Leonard Shapiro For Middleburg Life The works of 11 artists from the Piedmont Region of Virginia will be on display at a special exhibition at the National Sporting Library and Museum in Middleburg Nov. 7-21, with an opening reception at the museum 5-8 p.m. Nov. 7. The show, Painters of the Piedmont, will include 30 paintings, all of them for sale, with proceeds benefiting the Piedmont Environmental Council as part of the organization’s 40th anniversary. Curator for the show is William Woodward, professor emeritus of fine arts at George Washington University, whose own work will be included in the exhibition. Woodward also will deliver a lecture, “Cavalcade: The History of The Horse in Art,” at 4 p.m. Nov. 18 at the museum. The lecture is free and open to the public. According to the PEC, the 30 works chosen for the exhibit “will highlight a cross section of artists who, by their creativity and ability, make us all aware of the abundant resources of the region. They work in various mediums and approach their art in different ways. All share a sense of place that is the Virginia Piedmont.” PEC Vice President Doug Larson

said the goal of the exhibition is not only to raise funds for the organization, but also to “bring together the artists of the region and celebrate the work they do. These are not necessarily a series of paintings of the Piedmont, though there are some works that do that. But these are all artists from the Piedmont. Some are well-known in this area, but not wellknown in Charlottesville. Some are well-known in Charlottesville and not well-known in this area.” The exhibit already has been on display both in Charlottesville and Montpelier and, according to Larson, “it’s been very well-received. There are so many wonderful artists in the region and we could have had many more. Next year, instead of our 40th anniversary show, it could be the PEC’s annual art show.” In addition to Woodward, Honorary Chairman Clarice Smith of Upperville will exhibit three works: “Twilight Race,” “Virginia Farm” and “Floral Triptych.” The other artists are Nancy Bass, Michelle Gagliano, Lara Call Grasbinger, Becky Parrish, Lincoln Perry, Maggie Siner, Chris Stephens, Richard Weaver and Daphne vom Baur. The PEC was founded in 1972 with “the purpose of preserving the most important attributes of the Northern Piedmont region of Virginia while recognizing the importance of economic vitality. The attributes are the open space, natural viewsheds, historic features, agricultural activity and the clean air and water that make living, working and viewing the region so special.”

Carya sp. (hickory leaves), watercolor on paper by Lara Grasbinger

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November 2012

Welcome To The Wild By Marcia Woolman For Middleburg Life Having been blessed with an amazing, if not record-setting acorn crop this year, it appears that the native wildlife is enjoying the bounty. Recently the Orange County Hounds got to play cat and mouse with a young black bear while its mother nearly ran over one of our car followers who ventured out of his vehicle momentarily. Wild turkeys also seem to be in abundance in areas where they are rarely seen. And, the deer could not be happier after several years with little or no acorns. The acorns are drawing a crowd. There are so many acorns on the ground in the woods that it is like walking on marbles. I am sure the deer will be well fed this year, so plan to get one early and put it in the freezer. The deer season runs for such a long time, that putting off taking one until later might cause the loss of some of the good weight they will gain while living on these small, but abundant morsels. If you own land, and permit others to hunt it, ask them for a couple of packages of the stew meat. To encourage more hunting and use of venison, which I call the “original organic,” I will share with you one of my favorite recipes. (Sorry, I don’t have one for bear.) But before I do I would like to share some tips on using the correct cuts of meat for various recipes as that will make the biggest difference. Here are my tips in the order of importance. 1. Don’t overcook it. Follow your cooking temperatures for lamb when preparing the more tender cuts such as the filets or a loin as well as the steaks that are cut from the top of the hind legs. 2. Cook the remaining parts of the deer for an hour or more. Once venison goes past medium rare it begins to toughen, and then must be cooked until it becomes tender.

3. Use the same recipes as you would for beef when cooking the usual family fare such as meatloaf, stews, spaghetti, lasagna and chili. 4. Venison hamburger is often dry and almost pulpy so it is important to mix it with something to lard it so as to make it palatable. Suggestions might be to purchase the least expensive beef hamburger you can find and mix it 40 percent with 60 percent venison. The venison will actually soak up any extra oils, and it will make it very serviceable. A second suggestion is to add pork or a little suet, which is the fatty edge that the butcher cuts off of steaks. Now for the favorite recipe, which can be doubled as it freezes perfectly for later servings. Take 2 pounds of stew meat cubes and cut them into four halfinch cubes or pieces; a half-pound of bacon; 8 ounces mushroom slices; 1 cup chopped onions; 2 cloves of garlic; 1 cup ketchup, one-quarter cup red wine vinegar; one-quarter cup soy sauce; onequarter cup Worchester sauce; half cup brown sugar, 1 cup burgundy wine; salt and pepper to taste. Cooking instructions: Cook bacon until crisp, set aside. In bacon grease, cook meat until browned. Pour off excess liquid, return meat, bacon (crumbled), and all other ingredients to a pot. Bring to boil and reduce heat, stirring occasionally for 60 to 90 minutes. Serve over rice or linguini with garlic bread and a glass of good Burgundy wine. These suggestions are offered to encourage removing some of our overabundant deer who endanger our cars on the roadways, devour our shrubbery, carry deer ticks that bring Lyme disease…and the list goes on. Every year before hunting season, when I see a deer I think venison filets, not beautiful, graceful, creatures with big brown eyes. More folks need to eat venison and help to solve the deer problem.

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The varsity field hockey entry didn’t quite make it

Judges and officials Elizabeth Maurer, Brenda Singh, Ron Sykes , Tamera Fennell, Charles Britton, Chris Rehm, Rodney Ferguson

Just over the Goose Creek and up the lane to Middleburg Academy, students, families and friends recently celebrated Spirit Week. Activities included an open house in the historic Mary House. The highlight of the celebration was the fourth annual Couchfest, where students, faculty and staff rode wheel-enhanced, decorated couches down the long slope of the school driveway with special prizes in a variety of categories.

Steering is sometimes possible Ellie Parva, Laura Renzi, Alex Rossi, Lexi Houlihan, Cate Ramundo, Catherine Soltesz, Katie Hill

Aidan Bruecken, Luke Miller, and Kim Hafner (teacher-advisor)

Yes indeed the race is a wonder Some of the decorated entries

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Bennett and Stephen Sheppard pushing Robert Xu and Drew Henry

Eli Lewis- before (above) and after (at left)

The vollebyball team entry takes a wrong turn - Bailey Cunningham, Ashlynn Goff, Cori Singh, Sidney Murrary, Sydney Garrell, Sabrina Duff and Rachel Malinowski

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Circa 1815s Grow a vineyard, shoot over your gun dog or become a hermit! sSited on a knoll over the Hazel River sRestored to its original elegance sOrnate Plaster and Carved Mantels sFlemish Bond 20” thick brick wallss 2 Barns s135 acres sAcreage is made up of very rich soils and being actively farmed. $1,865,000

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110 Acres in VOF Easement - Bull Run Hunt Fixture and close to 3 other huntss11 foot ceilings on first floor, crown mouldings and carved archways, 3 working fireplaces s 2010 Renovation of Kitchen, Bath and Paints Center aisle stable created out of dairy barn with wash stall, tackroom, lounge and loft. 2nd dairy barn is being used for storage & huge loft with outside balcony overlooking the pasturess Large run-in shed with electricity. $1,195,000

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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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