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PUBLISHER: Greenhill Media LLC EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Michelle Baker | EDITORIAL ASSISTANT: Laura Pizana INTERN: Rosie Powers COPY EDITOR: Chelsea Rose Moore ADVERTISING SALES MANAGER Christian Bentley | ADVERTISING SALES REPRESENTATIVE Jennifer Richards | Rebekah Greenhill| Nickolas Barylski| Vicky Mashaw| ACCOUNTS ADMINISTRATOR: Joanne Maisano CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Heidi Baumstark, Callie Broaddus, Kerry Phelps Dale Kaitlin Hill, Dulcy B. Hooper, Richard Hooper Chelsea Rose Moore, Beth Rasin, Ashley Bommer Singh CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Callie Broaddus, Tony Gibson, Nancy Kleck Randy Litzinger, Joanne Maisano Julie Napear, John Nelson ON THE COVER The National Sporting Library and Museum hosts the 2019 Polo Classic on Sunday, Sept. 15. The cover images are from the F. Ambrose Clark Scrapbooks Collection, MC0031, NSLM. The Westchester Cup was founded in 1867, and was played for between the two countries seven times before the teams met cagain in June 1921 at the Hurlingham Club.

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ON THIS PAGE Argentine polo pro for Greenhill Winery, Justo Mourino, rides Mimosa at Twilight Polo, a weekly arena match held in the Greenhill Stadium at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va. The final night of Twilight Polo this season is Sept.14. Photo by Andrew Markowitz.


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he oldest living Kentucky Derby-winning horse Sea Hero, our hero, died last month at the age of 29. The Jokey Club of Turkey where he had resided for the last 20 years made the announcement via Twitter on July 12. “We are deeply saddened by the news of our pensioned stallion, oldest living @KentuckyDerby and @TheNYRA’s G1 Travers & G1 Champagne Stakes winner Sea Hero’s passing at the age of 29,” the tweet read. Bred by Paul Mellon and trained at Rokeby Stables in Upperville, Sea Hero, foaled in 1990, was by Polish Navy and out of Glowing Tribute. He delivered a gold Kentucky Derby trophy to Mellon and veteran trainer

MacKenzie “Mack” Miller in 1993 when he won the Kentucky Derby, winning an upset over Prairie Bayou. Tucked within the boxwoods at the National Sporting Library & Museum in Middleburg one can drop by to pay their respects at a bronze sculpture of Sea Hero by Tessa Pullan. The statue, commissioned by Paul Mellon, a huge supporter of NSLM, was

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n the time it takes someone else to to strap on their toolbelt and open their ladder, Jimmie Emmett has stapled new upholstery on the seats of six chairs, hung a gallery of paintings up the stairway, glued and clamped a rickety chair, waxed a dull, timeworn table to a gleam and is already planning what to do next. That’s the Grandma Emmett in him. “She knew how to take care of life. She was self-sufficient and all about getting things done. She



taught me to weed,” Emmett laughs. “Grandma Emmett was a basic country woman. She grew wheat and barley and canned in gallons. Raised chickens and cut off their heads.” Then, there’s the artist Emmett, a man who embraces all that is aesthetic. He designs houses and their interior spaces. He is a master gardener and has many acclaimed garden designs to his credit. He paints canvases in oil and watercolor and has created many large murals in homes along the east coast. A custom designed chandelier of his hangs in a Middleburg home; his favorite shoes are

designed by him. He’s designed fabric and crafted custom jewelry, chairs and benches. And there’s the most beautiful 3-foot tall heron bronze that he designed and cast. That’s the Grandma Beard in him. “She was worldly, traveled a lot when she was young,” says Emmett. “She knew art; she was more of a scholar than an artist herself. I was surrounded by old and beautiful things at Belmont, her big 1700s antebellum home in the valley. To earn money to run the place, she grew and sold saffron, raised and Artist | Page 6

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Gracious GeorgianCounty Manorlocation home, 11,000 sf, built Prime Fauquier minutes fromin 1930 | Updated and suitable for finishes large scale entertaining Middleburg | Unbelievable throughout | | 7Antique BR, 7 1/2floors BA, 7and FP mantels, | High ceilings, gardens vaultedformal ceilings | 6 5 full, 2 half| BA | 6 FP gourmet | &BR, private setting Belmont style stablekitchen w/30 stalls Improvements include stone cottage and 2 apartments | 4 BRoffice/studio, guest house/entertainment with office, spa, guest house, pool and lighted complex, 4-car garage w/office | 4 restored tenant tennis court | Landscaped grounds with stream, houses, skeet range, pool & tennis court | 241 acres waterfalls, boxwood and special plantings | 61 acres recorded in 3 parcels | Land mostly open & rolling with $8,750,000 bold mountain views, numerous ponds and vineyard

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Prime Country Fauquierhome, Countywith location minutesinfrom French renovations 1999 | Unbelievable throughout | &Middleburg 2017 | 4 BR, 5 full & 2 halffinishes BA, 5 FP , hardwood floors, flagstone | Beautiful drive to hilltop Antique floorsterrace and mantels, vaulted ceilings |6 stetting pond, lakegourmet & mountains BR, overlooking 5 full, 2 half BA | 6 FP kitchen| |Improvements include pool, 2-car garage, 2 BR guest Improvements include office/studio, stone cottage house & apartment | Lovely boxwood gardens | with office, spa, guest pool |and lighted Kitchen allowance to behouse, provided 79.89 acres tennis court | Landscaped grounds with stream, $3,900,000 waterfalls, boxwood and special plantings | 61 acres

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Wellprotected protectedFauquier Fauquierlocation location| | 6 6 bedrooms bedrooms | | Well full and2 half 2 halfbaths baths| | 33 fireplaces fireplaces || Great 44 full and Greatviews views | |Pool Largecounty county Poolwith withlarge largeflagstone flagstoneterrace terrace | Large kitchen 4-car detached detached garage garage with with apartment/ apartment/ kitchen| | 4-car office Covered arena arena | |Outdoor Outdoor office| 9-stall | 9-stallbarn barn | | Covered ring | 4 stall shed row barn | 51 fenced acres ring | 4 stall shed row barn | 51 fenced acres

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home, recent | 203French acres in Country Fauquier w/nearly 1 mile ofrenovations Rappahannock 4 BR, 5 full| & 2 halfstone BA, & 5 FP, hardwood River frontage Elegant clapboard housefloors, | 5 BR, 4 full flagstone & 3 1/2 BA terrace | 4 FP | Wood floors drive | Gourmet kitchen | | Beautiful to hilltop Gunnite setting pool withoverlooking stunning viewslake overlooking Blue Ridge & mountains | Mtns and private pond | Situated amongst properties Improvements include pool,protected 2-car garage, | 5 stall Jim Fletcher barn with pristinely maintained 2 BR guest house apartment | Lovely paddocks, pasture and gdns & | 2-car garage with in-law suite boxwood gardens | 79.89 acres | Old dominion Hunt territory | VOF Easement

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Historic Farm; Italianate and styleThe main house| circa 1755Montana | Between Middleburg Plains (1850), stone house & (1840) meticulously Additions inpatent early 1800’s 1943 each | Home recently restored | Unique scoredrolling stuccoacres | 3 BR, 1/2 BA, 2 restored | 62 gently in 2Orange County Hunthigh | 4 ceilings, bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths,& old FP | Wood floors, stone terrace 6 fireplaces | Improvements include salt water boxwoods | Renovated tenant house | Mountain cabin | pool barns house,including large party house/studio, Severalpool, restored restored pre-Civil War 2 tenant houses, stone walls and pond bank barn | Run in shed & excellent fencing | 222 acres, $2,950,000 west slope of Cobbler Mountain | 60% open & useable acres | Frontage onM “Big Branch” | Spectacular valley Paul Mac ahon 703.609.1905

acres of rolling pasture landwithin in theavillage A 17 remarkable property located private of Rectortown | Convenient 50 enclave just minutes from townto| both StoneRoutes and stucco manor main level master suitewith | 7 & 66 | house Newlywith renovated | Private setting additional BR | mountain 5 stone FP | Beautiful gardens, magnificent views | 4 bedrooms, terraces, salt water pool, cabana, carriage house & 4 full bath, 1 half bath, 2 fireplaces | Heated stable with 2 paddocks | Lovely finishes throughout pool lawn & spato| 2private bedroom guest house Creek | & sweeping trails to Goose | shed elegant & 2-car & garage 31 acresLarge | Private, convenient

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Hilltop beautiful distantvalley views| | Hill topsetting settingwith in highly protected Farm house and circarising 1920,acres completely restored and 100 rolling | Property partially enlarged | 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 fireplaces, wood fenced, spring fed pond with private terrace | floors, large country kitchen | 129.15 rolling & Houseacres built in 1992,equipment stone and stucco exterior useable | 3-bay shed/work shop, withhouse, metal 4-stall roof | 4barn bedrooms, 3 full baths | guest complex, riding ring, spring-fed pond and stream In-ground pool, detached 2-car garage, lovely

6 bedrooms, 5 1/2 baths, 5 fireplaces High | Hilltop setting with beautiful distant| views ceilings, large rooms with good flow | Formal Farm house circa 1920, completely restored and garden overlooks Cedar Run | Large pond | enlarged | 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 fireplaces, wood Pool with pool house | Barn could have 4 stalls | floors, large country kitchen rolling & Rolling land, very private| 129.15 - yet very useable acres | close 3-bayto equipment shed/work shop, Warrenton


gardens | Interior of house has been gutted, $1,650,000 needs interior finishing

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guest house, 4-stall barn complex, riding ring, $1,550,000 spring-fed pond and stream

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A17 rare example of late medieval acres of rolling pasture landarchitecture, in the villagecirca 1890 & 1935 with massive central chimneys, of Rectortown | Convenient to both Routessteep 50 & 66lines, | Newly renovated | Private setting roof and unusual brick patterns • Five with BR and magnificent mountain views | 4 bedrooms, 3 full & 2 half BA • Double barreled ceilings, winding 4 full bath, 1 half bath, 2 fireplaces | Heated staircase, generous sized rooms & decorative pool & spa | 2 bedroom guest house | fireplaces Large shed & 2-car garage

Circa1850’s 1850’slog logand andframe framehome homemoved movedand and Circa rebuiltatatsite site| 3| 3bedrooms, bedrooms,22baths baths| |Exposed Exposed rebuilt beams beamsand andinterior interiorlog logwalls walls| |Stone Stonefireplace fireplace | Barn Barnalso alsomoved movedand andrebuilt, rebuilt,has hasapproved approved 2 bedroom perc site | Large pond, many streams, 2 bedroom perc site | Large pond, many streams, multiple building sites | Private Fauquier location multiple building | Private Fauquier location outside villagesites of Scuffleburg | 305 acres

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• Situated on 111.74 acres • Strong stream, stable $2,475,000 with cottage & stone-walled terrace gardens

outside village of Scuffleburg | 305 acres | Also available house$1,935,000 on 203.69 acres for $1,600,000



Absolutely custom home fieldstone on 50 acres Stunningimpeccable setting | Classic Virginia with lake minutessite from Marshall home onfrontage 13 acres 10 | Elevated amidst large | Beautiful millwork, extensive plantings, porches farms in a grove of massive oak trees | Heart & terraces | Fantastic mountain views from pine floors | 6rolling fireplaces | 5 bedrooms oversized windows, pasture & private| dock Gorgeous sun roomsfloors | Swimming pool | well | 5 BRs, 3 FPs, hardwood | Extremely builtGarage home with endless amenities | Very special | Mature gardens | Pastoral views | home in pristine condition Very protected location between



circa 18905frame and 5log home completely 6 bedrooms, 1/2 baths, fireplaces | High ceilings, updated restored | Interior wallsgarden exposed largeand rooms with good flow | log Formal | Vaulted ceiling in great room with exposed beams, overlooks Cedar Run | Large pond | Pool with stone fireplace | Beautiful floors, 3 bedrooms, 2 pool house 4 stalls | Rolling full baths and| 1Barn half could bath |have Guest house, active land, private - yet very close to Warrenton stonevery spring house, numerous outbuildings, old stone walled barn all overlooking 3 acre pond $1,395,000 with island | Mountain views | 29.69 acres

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Quiet country living on in 33 desirable acres withMelmore great proximity Charming home | Adjacent to the town of Middleburg offering to the conveniences of nearby shopping, restaurants, proximity to town & privacy almost 4 acresand | schools & hospital | Rare find toofget this acreage High light-filled rooms, newenjoying kitchen with have ceilings, FIOS - work from home while the granite counters & stainless appliances | Family privacy of your own farm | Rolling acreage, stable, room with fireplace, screened-in porch | fencing & bold creek bright | 5 BR home been 3 BR including masterhas suite | well maintained | Southern exposure with great light & Home office, finished LL and 2-car garage lovely views | Main floor master suite & 2-car garage

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Charming home in desirable| Melmore | | Village Hamlet | 3 bedrooms 2 1/2 baths Main level master bedroom | Fireplace | Adjacent to the town of Middleburg offering Gourmet granite counters | | proximity tokitchen town & with privacy of almost 4 acres Hardwood floors throughout | Lovely terrace High ceilings, light-filled rooms, new kitchen with and gardens | Garage with workshop | granite countersFreshly & stainless appliances | Family painted room with fireplace, screened-in porch | $680,000 3 BR including bright master suite | Home finished and 2-car garage Pauloffice, MacM ahonLL 703.609.1905

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home in desirable circaCharming 1800 | Living room with FP Melmore | Exposed| log outbuilding | Original floors | offering Well Adjacent to the town ofwood Middleburg proportioned | Master 2000 proximity torooms town & privacyBR of addition almost 4inacres | with ample storage | Large screened in porch off High ceilings, light-filled rooms, new kitchen with kitchen overlooking private yard | Mature trees, graniteincredible counters western & stainless appliances | Family garden, views of the Blue Ridge room| with fireplace, Mountains All the perks ofscreened-in quiet villageporch living,| with privacy and convenient Routessuite 50, 17| and 66 3 BR includingaccess brighttomaster

Primelocation, location,offoffSprings SpringsRoad Road| | Surrounded Surrounded Prime byby large largefarms farms&&estates estates| | House House circa circa 1890 1890 with 2 2BR, , hardwood BR,1 11/2 1/2BA, BA,FP FP, hardwoodfloors, floors,new newkitchen kitchen || Garage | 2 sheds/studio potential | Tenant house Garage | 2 sheds/studio potential | Tenant house | Property shares large spring fed pond | | Property shares large fed pond | Private setting on spring 13.21 acres

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Private setting on 13.21 acres | Also available house on $550,000 7.75 acres for $400,000

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Artist | From page 4 slaughtered rabbits and sold the fur and meat.” The two grandmothers took over the care of Emmett after his mother died when he was 18-months-old. He grew up living with his paternal grandmother Emmett during the school year and his maternal grandmother Beard in the summers. “They were my mothers,” says Emmett. Powered by the force of two strong, independent and resourceful women, 21-yearold Emmett left the Shenandoah Valley for New York. In New York, the budding artist continued building on the rich education of his childhood. Emmett first went to work for the renowned gardener and florist, Georgia Vance, where he helped to grow, dry and stylize flowers for public installations, the State Department, Mount Vernon, and the like— “she was a world-class floral designer,” he says of his first official mentor. Soon Emmett was putting his drawing and painting talents to use and showed and sold his mostly Virginia-countryside original works in New York galleries. “I took classes in architecture, antique identification and restoration, and art history,” says Emmett. What he garnered from his grandmothers was the springboard, “I learned so much from watching them. I’m like a little sponge and I don’t forget anything.” It wasn’t long before Emmett had his fingers in dozens of pots. He painted murals and furniture for clients, restored houses, designed gardens, opened a Georgetown antique shop. “He is the best faux painter there is,” says friend, client and folk-art collector Bailey Davis. Davis asked Emmett to faux a door to look like her 18th century log bedroom. Emmett created a three-dimensional façade for a door out of wood and molded fiberglass to match the horizontal logs and chinking. Perfection. “You can’t tell there is a door there.” “There’s nothing he can’t do,” Davis continues. “If an ear is missing off of a piece of my folk art, for instance, he makes another, and you can’t see it’s been repaired. He’s absolutely amazing.” Well, there is something he can’t do, according to the quintessential Renaissance man. “I can’t weld,” confesses Jimmie. “But I want to take a class and learn.” As one of the partners in the Middleburg



shop, Another Blue Moon, Emmett provides the artistic direction and all the can-do attitude imaginable. He sets up vignettes from the diverse items in the high-end consignment shop, moving and rearranging every few days. It is his expertise that determines the value of items and the providence of antiques. If a piece needs a little repair or complete restoration, Emmett is on it. Often Emmett’s own creations and pieces from his vast

She knew how to take care of life. She was self-sufficient and all about getting things done. She taught me to weed. - Jimmie Emmett

collections are among the shop’s offerings. It was the birthday gift from Grandma Beard when he was an 8-year-old that sparked his lifelong passion for antique Chinese snuff bottles. Nestled in a plain wood cigar box were a pocket knife, mechanical pencil and notebook, a silver signet ring, pair of dice and his very first snuff bottle. That first snuff bottle, made of quartz with insects and flowers painted on the interior, sat

ceremoniously on his dresser for 10 years. “I decided it needed company, so I bought one, then another and another,” says Emmett. “I caught the bug.” Now Emmett’s antique Chinese snuff bottle collection totals 793, many of which are on loan for public display. “It was fun collecting them for 35 years,” says Emmett. “The beauty of them, knowing someone took 300 hours to paint or carve one. It makes you smile.” Among his vast collection are two of his favorites: a tiny imperial snuff bottle made of red coral with tropical plants carved into it and sitting atop an ivory stump, and a 500plus carat hollowed-out ruby with a 10-carat sapphire stopper. Emmett also has a personal affinity for antique Imari, the multi-toned Japanese porcelain, and has quite an extensive collection of plates and bowls. And, he loves unusual art glass, too. Beautiful things and nature have always provided joy to Emmett. From the gardens and jardinières of plants and flora he grew up with at Belmont and his first foray into gardening and floral arranging in New York, Emmett has found flowers provide him with the greatest of creative inspiration--in their color, form and intricacies, “and how they come back every spring.” Adding to his unending list of skills and talents, “He cooks great meals, and loves to try new recipes and ingredients,” says his partner Tim Ohlwiler. No surprise there since Emmett hails from a family of renown chefs on his mother’s side. If you ask Emmett about his deep well of artistic gifts and practical abilities, he changes the subject or explains a process, as if you, too, could do what he does. His positive attitude is as remarkable as his humility. “He makes heavy things lighter and has the most contagious laugh,” adds Ohwiler. “But one of the greatest things about Jimmie’s personality is how he can tune into others’ needs.” Emmett says his retirement might include someday having a small farm where he would grow and sell cut flowers and arrangements. No doubt the likenesses of the rudbeckia, peonies, iris, zinnias and the rest would end up on a canvas, a mural, or a piece of furniture. Channeling Grandma Emmett for the toiling and harvesting of the garden and Grandma Beard for the creation of art. For Emmett it always comes back to his beginnings. ML




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summer rain provided relief. For days, I had watched the soil crack in the hot sun, the weeds extend their spindly probes, and the flowers wilt with thirst. I dreaded the garden trowel and soon discovered I misplaced it. Searching in the humidity just made me more sluggish. My mother in Nevada and aunt in Florida felt the same way. Both long-time gardeners, they were also sweltering and suffering along with their plants. We had started so strong in spring. Had we taken on too much?   Every gardener wants to try new things, and this year was no different. Thinking big, I added a brick garden over the winter that formed a mosaic in the open space. New combinations in the patterned squares were doing well while there were still gaps that needed filling. White catmint, echinacea, agastache and Russian sage were the stand-outs, both physically and visually. Their pale violet, fuschia and white tones melded together in a restful background. The ‘Karl Foerster’ grasses planted to provide the much needed winter structure were taking their time. And the new verbena in the flower path was rising up stiffly like little dinosaurs and spreading its small purple heads and stems. Of verbena, Graham Stuart Thomas wrote in Perennial Garden Plants, “A single plant is curious, three together are beautiful, and a large group is a splendid sight.” He suggested Cornus alba ‘Spaethii’ as a companion. Over at a friend’s farm, ‘Little Lime’ hydrangeas and pink geranium ‘Rozanne’ that we had planted earlier together were coexisting and flowering with abandon. She wrote, “The hydrangeas are a playground for butterflies. It’s delightful.”  But these wins – the blooms and butterflies – can seem small compared to the invasion of weeds. One day, I decided to just get at it. The former head of US Special Operations, Admiral Bill McRaven, suggests making your bed every morning to set the day off with a task completed. He delivered a famous commencement about it that became a great little book. Weeding your garden - or gardens one by one - is no different. It gives you the sense of accomplishment you need to get other Heat | Page 9



Heat | From page 8 things done at work and at home. I tackled the small gardens around the house, tugging weeds from the daisy and aster flower path, adding cosmos seeds and milkweed to the pollinator garden, and cutting Alliums and phlox for the table. My clothes were soaked through. When I wondered what I got myself into, my mother and aunt kept me going.  Aunt: I am raising black swallowtails! I have my first chrysalis!  Mom: Look at my bee balm! Most blooms I’ve ever had!  A neighbor regularly texted “tomatoes, cucumbers?” and would leave them on the front gate, bags of summer to savor. On those days, dinner is simple and satisfying: chopped fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and feta cheese can accompany almost anything. Gardening can connect and unite us. This year, as I was about to give up on my overgrown jungle, I swapped gardens with my family. Like succession planting, we took each other’s places for a time. I flew west to my mother’s garden. My aunt drove north to mine.  

What a revelation. My mother’s garden in the mountains was a such a welcome change that I eagerly grabbed the shovel. We worked side by side digging new gardens and tending to the ones we had planted together in previous years. The Monarda and pure white Shasta Daisies were in full bloom when I arrived, while mine were already passed. My aunt came up with a fall plan for my gardens, excited by a new project: adding more asters, Caryopsis, Chelone, chrysanthemums and fall crocus to help extend the season. Speaking of crocus, now is the time to

order spring bulbs. From snowdrops to tulips to Alliums and daffodils, plant what you love. This year I am ordering Camassia leichtlinii ‘Blue Danube’ to go under our young apple trees. Gardening is an endless process, dispiriting in drought and flood but most often joyful and surprising. Efforts now in late summer will bring happy smiles for years to come. ML Page 8: Top: Butterflies on Allium ‘Millennium.’ Bottom: A garden of Echinacea. Page 9: The new brick perennial garden.

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CIVIL WAR SITES TO EXPLORE Story and Photos by Kaitlin Hill


olling hills dotted with aging stone edifices and lined with miles of split rail fencing are undeniably part of Hunt Country’s bucolic beauty. But more than aesthetic appeal, these characteristic elements are markers of the area’s rich history and its pivotal position during the American Civil War. Also known as Mosby’s Heritage Area, the road from Leesburg to Delaplane to Manassas is home to a wealth of pristinely preserved period structures, some well known and others hidden gems, that tell the story of our past and are waiting to be explored.

enced officer’s blunder. Union Captain Chase Philbrick mistook trees for tents and reported the presence of an unguarded enemy camp. Though later engagements would make Ball’s Bluff battle look minor by comparison, the event had a significant impact on the Union Army’s chain of command logistics. This area is also remembered as the place where Colonel Edward D. Baker, a senator from Oregon and friend of President Lincoln, died. Though he isn’t buried in the minuscule National Cemetery onsite, 54 Union soldiers are. This burial ground, which backs up to a scenic overlook, is the smallest National Cemetery in the nation. On Oct. 19, the site will commemorate the 158th anniversary of Ball’s Bluff with a Civil War-era band, cannon firing and plenty of re-enactors. Guided tours are offered every Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. from April to November.

tion, and later added a mill on Goose Creek. The estate, now a National Historic Landmark, offers programs educating the public about its 200 year history, including its role during the Civil War. Confederate Colonel Nathan George “Shanks” Evans retreated to Oatlands as Union troops in surrounding areas swelled. He briefly used the area as headquarters, though did so without the permission of his superior. He was quickly ordered to return to Leesburg on Oct. 19, 1861. Some scholars believe that the battle at Ball’s Bluff would have occurred at Oatlands had it not been for certain coincidences and miscommunications. Oatlands has something for everyone with tours of the house, grounds, and gardens. 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg, VA 20175

Ball’s Bluff Rd NE, Leesburg, VA 20176

Ball’s Bluff Battlefield – Leesburg Ball’s Bluff Battlefield hosted the second largest Civil War conflict in Loudoun County as part of the Eastern Theater in 1861. It is believed t his sk irmish was the result of an inexperi-



Oatlands Historic House and Gardens – Leesburg

Mt. Zion Old School Baptist Church – Aldie

In 1798, George Carter, a descendant of one of Virginia’s first families, inherited a sprawling 3,408-acre property in Loudon County and broke ground on the towering Federal-style mansion in 1804. As the plantation expanded, so did its purpose. Carter fashioned it for wheat and wool produc-

Mt. Zion Old School Baptist Church was established in 1851. Its position at the intersection of Old Carolina Road and Route 50 gave it a front-row view to many notable Civil War engagements and its proximity to battlefields made it an ideal outpost used as a meetSites | Page14




Sites | From page 12 ing ground, prison, battleground, and medical facility. Specifically, in June of 1863 Union soldiers used the church a field hospital during the cavalry skirmishes in Middleburg, Aldie, and Upperville. The adjacent graveyard is the final resting place for many Civil War casualties and even one soldier from the War of 1812. The church is also a place of significance for journalists. A war c or re s p on d e nt for the New York Herald, Lynde Walter Buckingham, suffered a fatal fall from his horse while being pursued by Mosby’s men in 1863. He died at Mt. Zion and is buried in the graveyard. His friend, famed Civil War sketch artist Alfred Waud, dug his grave. The Society of Professional Journalism designated Mt. Zion Old School Baptist Church and Graveyard as a Historic Site in Journalism on June 14, 2013.

for both Union and Confederate soldiers, Aldie Mill is the site of a confrontation between the 2nd New York Cavalry and the 2nd Virginia Cavalry, as well as the incident known as the “Aldie Races.” Legend says that men from the 1st Vermont stopped near the mill for a coffee break where they were ambushed by Mosby and sixteen of his rangers. Other northern soldiers, upon seeing Mosby just east of the mill, hopped into wheat bins and grain hoppers to hide. They were later captured and brought to Middleburg. The mill was also famously visited by James Monroe who lived at nearby Oak Hill. The mill still stands today and is open mid-April through mid-November for guided or self-guided tours. From Aug. 2-11, Run Rabbit Run Theater will put on a production of “All for the Union” at the Mill. This play tells the story of Virginia’s female editors of The Waterford News, Lida and Lizzie Dutton and Sarah Steer.

tity remain today. The service bar in the Tap Room was made from a Civil War-era operating table. In the 1930s this historic building was set to be leveled but was saved by a local citizen who renamed it the Red Fox Inn in 1937. In 1976, Nancy Reuter purchased the inn, which is now run by her granddaughter, Matilda. The Red Fox Inn & Tavern is a favorite among locals and out-of-towners for exquisite food and a bit of history in a lovely country setting. 2 E Washington St, Middleburg, VA 20117

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1st Maine Cavalry Monument at Mt. Defiance Historic Park – Middleburg The Red Fox Inn & Tavern – Middleburg

40309 John Mosby Hwy, Aldie, VA 20105 Aldie Mill Historic Park – Aldie Built between 1807 and 1809, Aldie Mill proved to be a hot spot of Civil War activities in the 1860’s. In addition to providing grain



In 1728, before Middleburg was even Middleburg, Joseph Chinn built his tavern in the center of what would become the town’s main street nearly six decades later. Chinn’s Original, which was christened The Beveridge House in 1812, became a Confederate meeting place during the Civil War. At the start of the Gettysburg Campaign, it was used as headquarters as well as a hospital for the South. And, was the spot where General J.E.B Stuart met with Colonel John Mosby and the Mounted Rangers. Traces of its former iden-

On U.S. Route 50, just past Middleburg’s main stretch, is Mt. Defiance Historic Park. Considered a critical Southern position during the Battle of Middleburg, this park surprisingly contains a monument dedicated to Union Soldiers of the 1st Maine regiment. The memorial is made of gray granite, native to Portland, Maine, and lists the names of 17 cavalrymen who died during combat at the battle of Aldie, Middleburg or Upperville. In addition to the commemorative structure, there is a walking path of the grounds peppered with historical markers and a few Sites | Page 16

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would serve in the 11th, 12th, and 13th cavalries as well. His younger brothers, Isaac and Abner Jr., would fight under Mosby’s banner. Incredibly, all the Settle children would return home unscathed. Today, the main house and other period structures are reminders of what life would have looked like for the Settle family during the Civil War.

original Civil War-era buildings including a cottage and blacksmith’s shop. Guided tours run each Saturday from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Register online through the NOVA Parks webpage. 35945 John Mosby Highway,

11012 Edmonds Ln, Delaplane, VA 20144

Middleburg, VA 20117 The Caleb Rector House - Atoka Minutes from Middleburg and Mt. Defiance Historic Park, is The Caleb Rector House, headquarters of The Mosby Heritage Area Association. The stone house was built in the early 1800s and owned by Caleb and Mary Ann Rector during the Civil War. John Mosby organized the 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry in the home’s parlor on June 10, 1863, and J.E.B Stuart placed his center of command there during the Gettysburg Campaign. The house is open to the public and invites guests to tour the parlor. In addition, the Rector House is a treasure trove of information with many brochures on recommended walking and driving tours and historic scavenger hunts. The friendly staff is passionate about historic preservation and education and will gladly assist you. 1461 Atoka Road, Marshall, VA 20115

Goose Creek Stone Bridge – Atoka It’s easy to envision what the lay of the land may have looked like to Civil War participants when visiting Goose Creek Bridge. Built in 1803, the arched bridge of local fieldstone is thought to be not only the oldest,



but also the longest, of its kind in Virginia. Over 200 years later, the causeway remains in excellent condition and the surrounding valley and trickling creek have been left untouched. The spot boasts natural beauty and historical significance. It was the location of a cavalry and artillery duel between J.E.B Stuart’s assembly and the Federal soldiers led by Alfred Pleasonton that took place on June 21, 1863. The bridge can be viewed from afar or crossed, allowing visitors to walk in the footsteps of those who came before them. Right off U.S. Route 50, just west of Atoka The Winery at Bull Run – Centreville

Mount Bleak at Sky Meadows State Park – Delaplane Loved by nature enthusiasts and avid hikers, Sky Meadows is known for its breathtaking views, winding trails and idyllic picnic spots. However, more than a scenic day trip, Sky Meadows has strong Civil War ties that start with the Settle family and their home at Mount Bleak. The Federal-style house was built in 1843 for Abner and Mary Kyle Settle whose three sons would fight in the Civil War. Thomas, the eldest, was a regimental surgeon for Turner Ashby’s 7th Virginia Cavalry. He

The Winery at Bull Run, which opened in 2012, is surrounded by and steeped in Civil War history. The 225-acre property sits on the edge of Manassas National Battlefield Park where the first major land battle of the American Civil War took place in 1861. In addition to sweeping views of this Civil War landmark and the winery’s award-winning wine, visitors are treated to a display of military artifacts collected by winery owner, Jon Hickox. The Winery at Bull Run even has its own ruins — the foundation and chimney of the Hillwood house — which served as a hospital during the First Battle of Bull Run and is said to be near where Union Lt. Peter C. Hains would fire his three-ton rifled cannon, named “Baby Waker,” into Confederate encampments. Interestingly, this property also became a popular viewing post for Washingtonian tourists seeking a prime seat for the battle action. Hickox and his team offer historical tours and tastings — the perfect pairing of education and alcohol — that are wonderfully fun. ML 15950 Lee Highway, Centreville, Virginia 20120

Horse in Art WILL STEAL YOUR HEART Photos by Michelle Baker


on’t miss the opportunity to catch “The Horse in Art III” before it closes at on Aug. 18 at Artists in Middleburg (AiM) gallery on Washington Street. J Douglas’ equestrian painting “Seven and a Half ” won “Best in Show” in the “The Horse in Art III” exhibit. AiM Executive Director Sandy Danielson,

who also serves as president of the board of directors of AiM, will be happy to show you around. The staff enjoys sharing stories about the works of art on display to visitors who live near or travel far. In 2015, Danielson founded AiM, a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides ongoing educational programming for the community through art classes and workshops, monthly juried

exhibitions, outreach/support to local schools, and presentations. An opening reception for the next exhibit “Water, Water Everywhere” is planned for Aug. 24. The exhibit will run from Aug. 24 Sept. 22. ML The exhibit “The Horse in Art III” continues until Aug. 18.



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FOXLEASE POLO CLUB’S SUMMER 8-10 LEAGUE FUN IN THE SUN! Photos by Crowell Hadden Foxlease Farm in Upperville, former estate of John Archbold, a co-founder of Standard Oil, is today home to the Foxlease Polo Club, JS Polo, and CO’R Equestrian.



In the late 90s, it was bought by Eric and Jeffrey Steiner. Today, Foxlease Farm has turned into a one of a kind equestrian facility operated by Julia Steiner. ML



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2019 POLO CLASSIC By Michelle Baker

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE POLO CLASSIC Save-the-Date for the National Sporting Library & Museum’s 2019 Polo Classic! The National Sporting Library and Museum (NSLM) is the ticket to fun in September. Here is what you need to know and can expect at Great Meadow on Sunday, Sept. 15. This event is fun for the whole family with pipes and drums, the parade of hounds, and a day of polo. As the sole fundraising event for the National Sporting Library & Museum each year, the Polo Classic supports everything they do. From exhibitions to educational programs to preservation of collections and more, your ticket purchase helps them fulfill the mission: to preserve, promote, and share the literature, art, and culture of equestrian, angling, and field sports. Founded in 1954, the museum is a nonprofit arts organization that consists of a research library and fine art museum. The library houses more than 20,000 objects and includes rare books and archival material dating from the 16th century. It is the only organization of its kind with a focus exclusively on turf and field sports.





The striking 2019 Polo Classic poster (on Page 22) was designed by Greg Montgomery. This image, Pure Pendulum, was created for a poster to commemorate the NSLM’s 2019 Polo Classic. The American artist is known for the long-running annual poster series he began creating for the Travers Stakes in Saratoga in 1986. He applies his bold and colorful graphic style to the wide range of scenery one might encounter at equestrian events, whether a polo match or a horse race. Montgomery received his formal art training at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM, where he studied painting and lithography, and at the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY, where he studied serigraphy.

The National Sporting Library and Museum in Middleburg is dedicated to preserving, promoting, and sharing the literature art and culture of equestrian, angling, and field sports. In a nod to that, the August cover shows a few of the priceless pieces in the collection. The cover is comprised of photos of the international match between England and the United States for the Westchester Cup, 1921. The Westchester Cup was founded in 1867, and was played for between the two countries seven times before the teams met again in 1921. The Americans won the best of three series, and the cup would remain in American hands until 1997. These images are from the F. Ambrose Clark Scrapbooks Collection, MC0031, National Sporting Library & Museum.

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2 Photos: 1. Remember parking is premium. You won’t get to park on the field so get there early to find a spot. More than 1,000 are expected to be in attendance. 2. Prematch events include the traditional parade veteran and honor guard, the The Saint Andrew’s Society of Washington, D.C. Pipe & Drum Corps and the Orange County Hounds. Gates open at 10 a.m. 3. You may want to begin thinking about your outfit now for the 2019 Polo Classic. In addition to a serious game of polo, everyone seems to be serious about their look. Find a hat and join in the hat contest.

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“The 2019 Classic is a perfect opportunity to experience NSLM’s Mission in Motion.” Jacqueline be Mars, Chair, 2019 Polo Classic Vice Chair NSLM Board of Directors All of this takes place in support of NSLM’s mission to preserve, promote, and share the literature, art, and culture of equestrian, angling, and field sports. Proceeds from the event fund NSLM’s educational programs and exhibitions throughout the year. Turn to Page 26 and read more about what is happening at the NSLM. ML

• Back Shot – Hitting the ball in a direction opposite to that in which the player is traveling. • Chukker – A period of play. Each game has six chukkers of play, each one seven minutes, thirty seconds long. • Hook – A defensive maneuver, in which a mallet is used to block a player’s shot at the ball. • Knock-in – This occurs when the ball goes over the back line, wide of the goal mouth. • Line of the Ball – The imaginary line created by the ball as it travels. • Near-side – The left side of the pony. • Neck Shot – A ball hit under the neck of a pony. • Off-side – The right side of the pony. • Safety – When the ball rolls over the back line wide of the goal mouth as a result of being touched by a defending man, the attacking team is allowed to hit a safety from 60 yards out to a defended goal. • Tail Shot—A ball hit behind the pony. • Throw-In – The throw-in begins at the start of the game, after each goal, and after the ball goes out of bounds. The ball is bowled in between two lines of players.

2019 POLO CLASSIC • Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019 • 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. • Great Meadow Foundation • 5089 Old Tavern Rd, The Plains, VA 20198

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National Sporting Library & Museum’s

New Exhibit Pairs Science & Art

By Heidi Baumstark


nique pairings. When blended well, they yield beautiful results. The National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM) in the historic village of Middleburg has struck the perfect combo of science and art through its new exhibition NSLMology: The Science of Sporting Art, which debuted April 12 and runs through Sept.15. NSLM is a six-acre property that includes a library and research facility in one building; and in another building—the historic 1804 brick house called Vine Hill—an art museum where the NSLMology exhibit is located on the second floor. NSLM is dedicated to preserving, promoting and sharing the literature, art and culture of equestrian, angling, and field sports, stewarding more than 20,000 rare books (literature dating from 1523 to the present). In addition to books and archival collections, NSLM has over 1,300 works of art within its permanent collection



spanning from circa 1690 to the present, including paintings, sculptures, works on paper, photographs, dog collars, trophies, and decorative objects. NSLMology allows people to learn how science is at work in various art forms incorporating scientific principles: motion, weather, ecology, color theory, and chemistry. Visitors of all ages will experience scientific principles within three centuries of paintings, sculptures, and works on paper. Hands-on activities and a Family Activity Guide serve as tools to use while viewing the exhibit’s five areas of scientific exploration. NSLM’s Executive Director Elizabeth von Hassell said, “NSLMology uses the museum’s permanent collection—which is comprised of art generously donated or bequeathed to the institution—to explore these five scientific principles, looking at sporting art in a different perspective and places it into context.” For example, prominent American sporting artist, Ogden Minton Pleissner’s (1905-

1983) The Covey Rise, is a watercolor that shows two men, guns raised, and taking aim at a covey of quail, grasses surrounding them with a small pool of water nearby. Clouds fill the sky, but not overly overcast. The men are hunting bobwhite quail, birds known for living in a habitat like the one depicted. These quail were once prevalent throughout the eastern United States but have been in sharp decline since 1966 due to habitat loss. The clouds appear to be stratus clouds, which is generally indicative of a light rain or fog. “Viewing this artwork from a scientific view, the loblolly pine trees shown in the back and the lone oak tree on the right are unique to the southeastern United States, placing the scene in a very distinctive wetlands setting,” von Hassell pointed out. Combining these scientific principles in nature with pieces of art offers a holistic, well-rounded experience. “This is just one example of how we are using the works in our permanent collecArt | Page 27

Art | From page 26 tion to add scientific context. In addition to paintings, there are bronze sculptures (one you can touch), a weathervane, a decorative art screen, photographs, and prints,” von Hassell said. Jody West, marketing manager for NSLM, said, “NSLMology is the first of its kind as a hands-on activity exhibit for NSLM. People learn best when integrating topics and with an interactive approach.” The motion and color theory sections have hands-on activities, and another room focuses on the science of chemistry in works of art where bronze sculptures are displayed. To teach how bronze pieces are made, a video plays to show lost-wax casting, a process by which a duplicate metal sculpture is cast from an original sculpture. Claudia Pfeiffer, the George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. curator at NSLM, said, “We want to be a stopping point—a destination— for educators, parents, and students.” One of those educators is Ashley Sullivan who is in her third year of teaching at Middleburg Community Charter School. A graduate of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design in D.C., Sullivan brought her fourthand fifth-grade students to the exhibit in May. She believes in the importance of an integrated approach to learning instead of what she called teaching “siloed” subjects. Last fall, Sullivan began building a professional relationship between NSLM and her school. “I learned about this new exhibit coming in 2019 and discovered it fell in line with the Virginia SOLs [Standards of Learning],” she said. While visiting the exhibit, Sullivan’s students enjoyed a hands-on activity learning about the zoetrope, an old Victorian-era (1837-1901) pre-film animation device that produces the illusion of motion by displaying a sequence of drawings or photographs in progressive phases of motion. It was a form of entertainment in that era. During the group tour, Pfeiffer led a discussion about animals in art pieces and asked questions to help students think, such as, “Why is there hay in the chicken coop?” And comparing/contrasting questions such as: “How can you tell if animals are healthy?”

“The exhibit lends itself to lots of classroom ideas that become relatable for those who aren’t necessarily ‘sporting people’. “The idea of looking at weather, ecosystems, habitats, etc. in combination with field sports and how all of these work together deepens our understanding of art. Once you starting thinking in that direction, it opens up a broader educational approach that link principles together,” said Pfeiffer. Sullivan spoke of the importance of building relationships with this local, world-class museum. “It’s within walking distance from the school,” she said. “To have a museum take such thought and care that meets SOL standards [in this exhibit] is really great. We want to take advantage of it and definitely plan to take students to future exhibits and utilize the research library, too. We work hard at our school to cultivate interest in art—in all its forms—including music, drama, dance, poetry, and visual arts.” “This exhibition allows us to connect with the community, kids and families, in a broader way during the summer months. Big picture, our main goal is to be a hub for visitors of all ages to engage with our sporting art and literature in traditional, contemporary, and scholastic ways,” said Von Hassell. Sullivan ended, “Hopefully our relationship with NSLM grows.” Now that’s a pairing that makes sense. Originally known as the National Sporting Library, the non-profit was founded in 1954 by George L. Ohrstrom, Sr., president

of the Orange County Hunt and Alexander Mackay-Smith, editor of The Chronicle of the Horse. The library, built in 1999, was designed as a facility for book stewardship and research; it includes the Forrest E. Mars, Sr. Exhibit Center and the Founders’ Room for public events. The culture and history of country sport—horsemanship, polo, coaching, steeplechasing, foxhunting, flat racing, angling, shooting, and wildlife—are the subjects to explore inside its generous stacks of rare books, archives, and art collection. Other events for the whole family include Open Late, a free community summer evening concert series held on the museum lawn the last Friday of the month, May through August. Concerts are free and open to the public; the next one is Aug. 30. Gallery Talks are scheduled every Wednesday at 2 p.m. when staff offer attendees a peek at traveling exhibits, new acquisitions, or pieces in their permanent collection. Admission is free and reservations are not required. Sunday Sketch is another free program for all ages held the first Sunday of the month from 2-4 p.m. Each month, a local art teacher or artist leads sketching sessions in the art galleries. Supplies (pencils, paper, sketch boards, and clipboard) are provided and pre-registration is encouraged. ML NSLM is located at 102 The Plains Road in Middleburg. Call 540-687-6542 or visit Page 26: Claudia Pfeiffer speaking to students sitting on floor. Page 27: Pleissner’s, The Covey Rise. Page 27: NSLMology Family Activity Guide.



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Rare, 760 Acre Working Farm, 5 minutes north of the Town of Leesburg, currently in crops, hay, cattle and sheep. Four residences include the historic main house and 3 tenant homes. Substantial Rt. 15 road frontage. This open land features streams and pond. Currently in 2 large tracts and 1 small parcel. Potential for Conservation Easement Tax Credits. $8,600,000





TULEYRIES Boyce ~ Exquisite Federal Style Mansion, c.1833, features 12’ ceilings, dramatic curved stairway and 5 en-suite bedrooms. Sited on 406 Acres in 3 parcels with Easement Potential. Built by Joseph Tuley, Jr., it was later purchased by Graham Blandy, who bequeathed over half of the original estate to the University of Virginia (State Arboretum of Virginia). Estate also includes 3 tenant houses, 12 stall stable with renovated 3 bd. $5,000,000 apt. & numerous historic structures.

HIDDEN TRAIL The Plains ~ Magnificent horse property in the midst of the serene countryside. From the picturesque Young Road two driveways access the 107 acres of Hidden Trail Farm. The first leads to one of the finest indoor arenas surrounded by exquisite ride out. The second is the graceful, parklike drive, which parallels a creek and then gently curves $4,900,000 up to the elegant manor home.


SMITTEN FARM LANE The Plains ~ Finely built custom residence on 16 Acres minutes from Middleburg in Prime Orange County Hunt Territory. Designed for Grand Entertaining both inside and outside. The rooms graciously open into one another and lead out to the deep porches, which wrap the home and overlook $3,500,000 the pool, grounds, gardens and conservatory.







The Plains ~ 108 gorgeous Acres, This Stately and Historic Estate with its grand rooms is in prime Orange County Hunt Territory, minutes to Middleburg. It also features a pool and pool house, 5 bay garage with office, 2 tenant houses, newly remodeled 11 stall center aisle stable with apt. & office, riding arena and exceptional ride-out to wooded trails and open pastures. $8,250,000


Hume ~ Impeccably maintained, exquisite 118 Acre horse farm with ten fields and paddocks with 4 board fencing, gently rolling land & panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains with glimpses of Skyline Drive. In addition to the stucco and stone main residence, there are guest and tenant homes, numerous barns and run-ins to house 25 horses comfortably, and an indoor dressage ring. $2,000,000


Nestled on 100+ Acres in pristine Rappahannock County, Stonehaven offers a picturesque and tranquil retreat. Sited at the end of the private drive is the historic Stone residence, c.1745 with additional stone cottage for guests or office and tucked into the woods, beyond the home, is a charming and beautifully restored 2 bedroom log cabin. Gardens, lawn, barns, paddocks and tremendous ride out potential provide an outdoor haven. $1,845,000

CROSSWINDS Delaplane ~ 72 Acre Horse Property in Piedmont Hunt Territory. Features Handsome 7 stall stable perfectly sited for cross ventilation, built by P. J. Williams and features an upscale 1 bedroom + den apartment with screened porch. Generator. Perfect for training Cross County/Eventing. Uphill gallop with good elevation, 100’ x 200’ riding ring with all weather footing, 5 fenced paddocks and 2 run-in $1,050,000 sheds.

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(Adjacent to OATLAND VIEWS SECTION 1) ALDIE ~ 379.75 Acres on the north side of Oatlands Road between Rt. 15 and Snickersville Turnpike. Currently divided into 16 HOMESITES developed under the Low Density Development Option. Homesites range in size from 13.83 Acres – 38.12 Acres. Open Space Easement in place with potential for tax credits. $7,500,000



Upperville ~ 474.26 Acres. The Manor House with first floor master suite, sits high on this land and enjoys gorgeous views overlooking Loudoun County. This land has been home to both horses and cattle, plus the southeastern facing slope also lends itself to grapes. Find peace and serenity in this historic and sought after corner of Loudoun County. $5,500,000





(Adjacent to CHUDLEIGH FARM SECTION 2) ALDIE ~ 271 Acres on the north side of Oatlands Road between Rt. 15 and Snickersville Turnpike. Divided into 11 HOMESITES ranging in size from 13-41 Acres with private road frontage on Clear Creek Lane. 10 of the 11 parcels have wells and Certification Letters for 4 bedroom septics. Land protected by Loudoun County Open Space Easement. $5,500,000





Marshall ~ Handsome custom built Residence with first floor Master Suite and perfect mix of open and traditional floor plan beautifully sited on 50 Acres. Special features include: Swimex Swim Pool, 2 Stocked Ponds, High Speed Internet, Whole House Generator and Geothermal Heating and Cooling. For the equestrian: located in the Orlean Community Trail System and adjacent to a Premier Equestrian Center with stables, riding arenas and trails. $2,900,000



VERY PRIVATE 137+ Acres within minutes of Historic Middleburg. The northern boundary of the property includes approx. 3,765’ of frontage on Little River, a tributary of Goose Creek. Open Space Easement, gently rolling fields with mature hardwood forest, Orange County Hunt Territory, great ride out, pastoral views in all directions. $2,534,500

145+ Acres of land in sought after location on Mountville Rd. near Foxcroft School. Several home sites with wonderful views and vistas yet extremely private, half wooded and half pasture with over 2,000’ of Goose Creek frontage. Minutes from Middleburg with easy access to Dulles International Airport & Washington DC. Middleburg Hunt Territory. $2,465,250




GOOSE CREEK Marshall ~ 7.43 Acre Horse Farm in a coveted area of fine large estates and gorgeous views. The 4 bedroom, 4 bath home underwent extensive renovation in 2010, the home was enlarged again in 2014. Broadband Internet was recently installed, as was a new generator with new gas lines and upgraded electric. $975,000

YELLOW SCHOOL HOUSE Bluemont ~ Charming farm with tranquil pastoral setting features classic 1800’s farmhouse, guest house and tenant house. The bank barn offers 6 stalls on the lower level, 4 board fenced fields and paddocks with run-in. A year round creek runs through the property. Wonderful location with easy access to Route 7 bypass and the Dulles Greenway. Between Purcellville/Round Hill and Upperville. $875,000

HULBERT’S LANE Middleburg/The Plains ~ 7.41 Acre Parcel, Minutes from Middleburg, this stunning 7 acre parcel sits high offering beautiful views and potential building sites. In an area of large estates this property offers road frontage on Halfway Road and Hulberts Lane. Potential for additional 5 acres with “as is” cottage. $495,000

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By Kerry Phelps Dale


housands of miles away in the Land of a Thousand Hills, Maddie Dale met, fell in love and was forever changed in a matter of months. As part of a group of 12 students from 12 different American colleges and universities, Dale landed in Kigali, Rwanda for a four month study abroad program, Post Genocide Restoration and Peace Building, and a six-week independent study and thesis in February. When Dale was contemplating where she wanted to study for a semester, one of her Africana Studies professors at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York suggested Rwanda.



Although it wasn’t a Hamilton College program, it was highly-praised by the professor. “I knew I didn’t want the stereotypical abroad experience in Europe,” said Dale. “I wanted something that would be a challenge for me—getting me out of my comfort zone.” “I’d been interested in learning more about the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi,” said Dale. “I’d taken International Relations classes, mostly in my American Government major. I knew the United State’s side of the story and that made me want to learn more about it. To get the real story.” Dale’s classes in her Africana Studies minor had already informed her in small part

to understanding, “socially constructed ethnic identities which happened to play a major role in the conflict in Rwanda.” Upon arrival in the city of Kigali, Dale met her fellow students, instructors, and advisors as they embarked on a week of acclimation before meeting and going home with their host families. “Throwing yourself into the lifestyle by staying with a host family and learning their language, was a good way to connect with the people,” said Dale. “Hearing the stories of survivors or perpetrators who are willing to speak about the past to inform you on how far they’ve come Studies | Page 31

Studies | From page 30 and how fast they’re moving forward- It was very emotional, but I don’t think there is a better way to do that than through the experiential learning model,” Dale said of the program. “We visited five to seven memorials, ranging from museums to actual killing sites to a mix of both. We also visited farmers and businesses to explore Rwanda’s development since 1994.” In addition to the curriculum about the genocide and the reconciliation efforts, the group learned to speak conversational Kenyarwanda, and were given a choice between an internship or independent study project. She chose the latter and did a research paper titled “Engaging Men: Research on the Effectiveness of a Male Centered Approach to Gender-Based Violence in Rwanda.” The Rwanda study happened to coincide with the Commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Leaders from around the globe

gathered to honor the survivors and learn from the country’s model of reconciliation and reconstruction. The students were fortunate to also attend the Kwibuka 25 Kigali International Conference. “To see a population capable of overcoming such an atrocity made me hopeful and more aware of situations where peacebuilding is necessary,” said Dale who plans to pursue a master’s degree in social work. “I think those peacebuilding skills and attitudes could be very valuable in family and relationship conflicts, too.” Dale recalls the most memorable of her Rwandan experiences was a group bus trip to a homegrown women’s cooperative in a village in a southern province of the country. They met in a tiny building with a tin roof, and it began to rain. “It was so loud, we just kept moving in closer to hear. The women had their arms around us, holding our hands.” The wives of slain Tutsi met with the wives of perpetrators whose husbands were imprisoned. Though both had lost their husbands,

the perpetrators’ wives could visit theirs, cook for them, take them gifts. The purpose of the meetings was to affect forgiveness. The group of students witnessed firsthand the power of authentic, grassroots reconciliation. “The strength of these women was so moving. By the end, we were all in tears.” Dale was not surprised to find how much she loved the Rwandan people and the way they honor each other and their country. She was captivated by the beauty of the diverse landscape, from the farmland blanketing the rolling hills, to the savannahs, to the forests and lakes. “I made so many friends there and it is such a warm and welcoming country. I know I’ll go back someday.” ML The four-month study abroad program, Post Genocide Restoration and Peace Building, forever changed the heart of one young student. Maddie Dale is the daughter of Middleburg Life writer Kerry Phelps Dale. Photo courtesy of Maddie Dale.

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OLD OX BREWERY OPENS IN MIDDLEBURG By Chelsea Rose Moore Photos by Joanne Maisano


iddleburg’s first brewery opened its doors and is ready to pour. Old Ox Brewery, a family-owned brewery in Loudoun, opened its second location in the heart of Middleburg. “Our mission is to be a staple within the community,” said Jason Cannan, director of operations at Old Ox. “Everything we do is about [fostering] good relationships. That’s the beer community within itself: It’s a relationship-based community. Getting to know everybody here is really important to me.” The inaugural location in Ashburn is home to a 30-barrel brewhouse. With the capacity for such large batches, Old Ox has been able to take their signature beers to Wegman’s, restaurants and hotels throughout the region, and Nationals Park. They’ve built a large and successful brand beloved by locals,



but with the Middleburg location, they have a slightly different focus. The Middleburg space has a separate brew-house, giving Old Ox the opportunity to do small-batch and experimental brews that will be served up exclusively in the tasting rooms. They’re growing an herb and vegetable garden on-site to use in their brews. With small batch production, they’ll be able to test unique brews and gauge customer feedback. Middleburg’s location has 12 beers on tap, with two rotating beers served exclusively at Middleburg. Old Ox is rolling out a series of events, including trivia and board game nights at the brewery. The large space behind the building is perfect for outdoor events, and the staff already has a few ideas up their sleeves. They are planning to host outdoor movie nights, farmer’s markets, and obstacle-course races. Their Ashburn location hosts a run club, with

runners starting at the brewery, running together, and then finishing with a beer social at the brewery. Similarly, the Old Ox team is hoping to host races at the Middleburg location by challenging other brewery partners to compete in beer Olympics and complete a series of obstacles. “Any event we can do that brings tourism to the town and supports other businesses… at one point, we were considering having a shuttle from our Ashburn location to Middleburg, to bring [people] out to eat at the brewery and shop in Middleburg, and then hop back to Ashburn. We really want to embrace and promote Middleburg,” said Cannan. With a soft opening on June 21, the brewery’s grand opening was held almost a month later on Saturday, July 27. They opened their doors to the town of Middleburg for a “Neighbor Night” in late July, giving a locals Ox | Page 33

Ox | From page 32 an opportunity to experience the new location for themselves and take advantage of a 30 percent discount. According to Cannan, they are planning to offer discounts to educators and service members. “We are very community oriented,” said Cannan, “We are very family-oriented, and we are pet friendly. We want to see people out with their families enjoying the space.” The Middleburg location even has a service window outside, so groups sitting outdoors can order without going back inside. Because good beer and good food are synonymous with each other, Old Ox purchased a food truck to keep on location. Their long-term plan is to have a kitchen space in Middleburg and move the food truck to Ashburn, but for now the food truck is home in Middleburg. Manuel Alvarez, the former chef of the Middleburg Tennis Club, is cooking delicious eats for customers. He’s serving up burgers, sandwiches, and brats, in addition to small plates, charcuterie platters, and appetizers.

Soon, they’re planning to roll out a weekend brunch menu, which will include Monte Cristo sandwiches, breakfast tacos, and French toast sandwiches. Everything on the menu will be made to order. Order chips and guacamole? The chips will be made fresh for your order. They are looking to build relationships with farmers to source produce locally. “We want to have fresh produce, fresh cheeses, fresh eggs. We want to know the people and know where [our food] is coming from,” said Cannan. Tasting room manager Abigail McIntyre has been working with Old Ox for four years and is enjoying getting to know Middleburg locals. Her vision for the new location is to create an environment where guests feel comfortable bringing their families and staying for the afternoon. “It means you don’t have to drive all the way to Leesburg for a beer,” she said. ML Find Old Ox Brewery at 14 S. Madison Street, Middleburg. Learn more about events and brews on Facebook at @oldoxmiddleburg.

Page 32: Left: Middleburg Mayor Bridge Littleton and owner Chris Burns cut the ribbon. Top right: People were pouring into the Grand Opening. Bottom right: Manuel Alvarez joins the team.

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Equestrian Organization Formed To Develop Sport of Working Equitation in NOVA By Michelle Baker


orthern Virginia supports many communities laden with horses and equine activities making the area perfect for the addition of the new Northern Virginia Working Equitation (NOVAWE) organization.   Working Equitation (WE) is a hot new sport in the U.S.  While WE is prevalent on the West Coast, its popularity is spreading East and NOVAWE organizers Elizabeth “Biddie” Lowry of Gainesville, Diane Hutchinson of Leesburg and Laura Guillaudeu of Hillsboro are teaming to help the sport’s growth along.   NOVAWE is a new non-profit member organization with a mission to promote growth of this exciting equestrian sport through education and mounted events.  WE has origins in European and South American ranch work, and the sport welcomes all breeds and disciplines to participate in its dressage-based, approach to arena obstacle execution.  There aren’t yet many WE shows in the Northern Virginia area, but NOVAWE is working to change that.  Lowry, who is the current president for the organization, put on two play days, four clinics and one Ease of Handling Schooling Show in Prince William and Loudoun Counties over the last year. Lowry’s popular Facebook page, Northern Virginia Working Equitation, has a strong following with more than 250 members. She posts useful and instructive information to help riders interested in WE, including information on how to join NOVAWE.   The club has a website under construction. The site will be a portal for nonmembers and members alike. “The best part about learning WE is it’s fun for both horse and rider and therefore a favorite for cross training all horses, from trail horses to Grand Prix dressage horses and top jumpers, as well as Western style horses,” said Diane Hutchinson. “The mental challenge of obstacle work provides the horse a welcome change from his regular work – most horses embrace the obstacles happily.”  Learn how to navigate the 22 different WE obstacles and understand the ample rules of WE before attempting a WE show. NOVAWE will provide local riders with opportunities to learn and to improve their horsemanship and



precision through WE practice opportunities like play days.   For those that develop ambitions for WE competition, NOVAWE will prepare members for the three phases called “trials,” said Hutchinson. First, riders learn to ride a WE dressage test, followed by an area obstacle course where each of at least 10 obstacles, and the transitions between them, are scored with value between 0  to 10, plus collective marks.  A third trial is the obstacle course ridden for speed, fastest time wins, penalties get converted to seconds. 

The founders want to reach younger riders, too. The Children’s Level as well as the Intro Level (Level 1) are Walk-Trot levels and do not participate in the Speed Trial, but Levels 2 through 7 do participate in the Speed Trial. A WE show can offer a fourth trial, the Cattle Trial. This is a team event working with cattle and can also be offered for individuals. Dressage (which literally means training) work is important for any horse said Hutchinson. Couple dressage with obstacle execution, Equestrian | Page 35

Equestrian | From page 34 the results will be increased precision, useful in any discipline – from foxhunting to show hunters. Transitions become crisper, and navigation improves.   “WE is great cross training for all horses, including those who ride in other obstacle and pattern competitions from Judged Pleasure Rides to Ranch Riding,” said Hutchinson. “My horse, who I compete in lower level United States Dressage Federation (USDF) dressage schooling shows, loves to walk into an arena and see the WE obstacles,” she said. “Her ears go up, and I know she is thinking ‘Oh boy, obstacles, fun!’”  Hutchinson has competed in two rated WE shows, but both were over a three-hour distance away.  She is anxious to help grow the sport right here in her Loudoun County and the surrounding areas.  “With such a large and active sport horse community where we live, we can support and offer numerous WE events locally.” Guillaudeu agrees.  She was introduced to WE through Tri-State Riding Club who offered some WE lessons last year.  “I’ve been hooked ever since, and I’ve ridden in every

event NOVAWE has put on,” she said, adding that she is excited to help NOVAWE advance WE by volunteering to serve as its membership coordinator. “Many folks NOVAWE introduced to WE through play days and clinics feel the same – they love WE and want to do more,” said Guillaudeu. Truly WE has something for just about everyone.  “It is so fun, first of all.  My mare Skye loves it!,” said Adair Soho, who rides a reining mare. “I never started with Working Equitation thinking it would become my thing, but I love it and my horse loves it,” she explained.  “And I love all the wonderful and supportive people I’ve met.”  Soho’s Another Turn Tack Shop in Purcellville, has joined NOVAWE as a business member.  Soho participates in mounted events and represented NOVAWE in July at the rated WE Eastern Region Andalusian Horse Club (ERAHC) show at Birchtown Stables in Forest City, PA where she won the Level 1 Intro Amateur Grand Championship. All six of the NOVAWE riders that attended the July Pennsylvania WE show were successful.  Lowry won the Novice A Amateur Dressage and Ease of Handling trials on her

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registered Quarter Horse Oliver Red Tari. She accredits the NOVAWE team’s success to their thorough preparation and knowledge of WE, something NOVAWE stresses in its clinics. “I can’t thank Allison Reed of Bella Vita Stables in Catharpin, Virginia enough for her instruction and training at all of the clinics,” said Lowry. Reed is a regular NOVAWE clinician/trainer and has coached all the NOVAWE riders.   “I’m proud the NOVAWE riders were so well prepared and successful in Pennsylvania,” said Lowry, who is already busy coordinating more practice days and clinics for NOVAWE riders to prepare for the next rated show coming up at the Virginia Horse Center on August 24-25. ML Page 34: Top: Biddie Lowry of Gainesville, rides Oliver Red Tari and carries a garrocha pole during the second Working Equitation trail, called Ease of Handling, whereby riders are judged on the accuracy and smoothness in which they navigate the obstacles. Bottom: Laura Guillaudeu of Hillsboro, rides her horse Dreamer over the bridge. Photos by Shannen Johnson.

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he Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles Summer of Love Music Festival finale on Saturday, Aug.17 features one of music’s most unique voices, Michael Glabicki, from the popular 90s band Rusted Root. He will bring his new group, Uprooted, to headline the finale at B Chord Brewing Company in Round Hill. Presented by iHeart Radio and part of Visit Loudoun’s Summer of Love tour, the finale will feature various local musicians beginning at 1:30 p.m. before singer and songwriter Michael Glabicki takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, with a portion of the proceeds going to Loudoun Hunger Relief. People are also encouraged to bring a canned food item. This is a rain or shine event. “I’m excited about bringing Uprooted to the Summer of Love finale in Loudoun County,” Glabicki said.  “Uprooted is an incredible new project I’m working on that expands the Rusted Root material to a whole new level.  We play new versions of the old favorites as well as new material of our upcoming album. It all gels together into an amazing experience.” Glabicki left college to pursue a career in music and his vision led to the formation of multiplatinum band, Rusted Root. While Rusted Root is on hiatus, Glabicki has dedicated his time to creating an entirely new soundscape and solo project, Uprooted. The band features members from the most recent Rusted Root band including Dirk Miller, Zil Fessler and Bobby Schneck.  Before Glabicki takes the stage, popular local songwriter Todd Wright’s band will perform as well as The Band-Changed, which is a rhythm and blues, rock and soul band; as well as Hungry on Monday, which is an alternative rock band that fuses funk and hip hop to create an electrifying sound.   “Visit Loudoun is thrilled to welcome Uprooted to Loudoun County as well as showcase the fabulous talent we have right here,” Visit Loudoun President and CEO Beth Erickson said. “The variety of musicians will appeal to people of all ages. And, what better



place to listen to live music than one of our farm breweries, featuring breathtaking views of the countryside.” The day will also include food vendors- no outside food is permitted- and the specially commissioned 50 Years of Love

beer from B Chord Brewing and wine from Tarara Winery. The music festival marks the end of Visit Loudoun’s campaign to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the iconic Virginia is for Summer | Page 37

Summer | From page 36 Lovers slogan. Since June 1, the tourism agency has partnered with more than 20 events around Loudoun, bringing a vintage VW bus from Lindsay Volkswagen to each stop for photo opportunities and giveaways. “The Virginia is for Lovers brand is one of the most iconic brands in advertising and we enjoyed developing this creative campaign to commemorate the anniversary,” Erickson said. “The Summer of Love tour highlights the diversity of experiences in Loudoun but also encompasses some of the cultural touchstones, like music festivals of 1969.” For tickets and more information, visit ML The Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles Summer of Love Music Festival finale marks the end of Visit Loudoun’s campaign to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the iconic Virginia is for Lovers slogan on Saturday, Aug.17. Visit Loudoun’s Summer of Love vintage VW bus stopped by the Middleburg Community Center and Salamander Resort & Spa last month. Photos courtesy of Visit Loudoun.

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Ayrshire Farm, the first farm in Virginia to be both certified humane and certified organic, brought the country to town in June in more ways than one.   On June 29, Gentle Harvest, a local, organic food market in Marshall, welcomed two Shire horses belonging to Sandy Lerner of Ayrshire farm for a visit. The local farm provides Gentle Harvest and Hunter’s Head in Upperville with all their meats and produce. While visiting the Shires, customers also had the chance to purchase fresh produce from the farm and even buy a bag of organic compost.   The Shires keep the skill of horse powered farming alive at Ayrshire and are an instrumental part of keeping the land organic. They are the largest and strongest of the heavy horse breed, weighing in at one ton. Despite their size, they are extremely gentle and docile and have excellent temperaments. ML Photos: 1. Danny Castaneda feeds one of the Shires with some help from dad. 2. Fresh vegetables brought to Gentle Harvest for sale from Ayrshire Farm. 3. Evelyn Bradner spending some time with the Shires. 4. Ayrshire Farm sells organic compost.




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he National Sporting Library and Museum saw wonderful weather and record attendance on July 26 at the third concert in this year’s Open Late Concert Series. The crowd sampled concessions by Blackwater Beef, Powers Farm & Brewery, Greenhill Winery & Vineyards, and Moo Thru Ice Cream, while enjoying the music of the Silver Tones Swing Band. This is the fifth year of the NSLM’s Open Late Concert Series and it continues to gain in popularity each year. In conjunction with the July Open Late, many of Middleburg’s shopkeepers and restaurant owners stayed open late to welcome the crowd of concert goers. Visitors were able to make an evening of it, exploring the town, listening to the music,

eating great food, visiting the Museum, and relaxing with friends. NSLM hopes to continue this trend with the upcoming concert on Aug. 30, where the Shenandoah Conservatory will perform a Broadway hits medley and also feature a saxophone quartet. Pirate Rooster Pizza will be back for concessions, as well as, Powers Farm & Brewery, and Greenhill Winery &

Vineyards. Partners for this concert are: A Place to Be, Shenandoah University Alumni Association, and Sky Meadow State Park. As always the concert includes free parking. Picnics are welcome, there is no rain date, and pets must be leashed. No glass containers and no outside alcohol is permitted. For more information please visit: ML


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Fledging chicken farmers are getting their wings across Northern Virginia.


f you’ve noticed an increase in egg sales from your neighbors, it’s not just you. Raising chickens has been growing in popularity over the past several years. Local families are connecting more deeply with nature and honoring Loudoun’s farming heritage by developing a firm grasp on how their food is being raised. The region is mixed with farmers raising chickens for decades, to young families becoming fledgling chicken farmers. But regardless of the number of years they’ve farmed, every local chicken farmer carries a deep love for the birds and the land. Beth Cole, a Clarke County mom of



two kids, has been keeping chickens for three years. “I wanted fresh eggs and compost, which is really good for my garden,” she said. “I wanted to know what was going into my chickens and what wasn’t. I wanted to teach my kids how to take care of things. It’s been really educational for our kids, teaching them about life cycles and about responsibility.” Facebook groups like “Lovettsville Chicken Owners” and “Western Loudoun Chicken Chat” have provided support for chicken owners. Cole said she has been grateful for these resources. If something unusual occurs with the chickens, she can post a photo in the group, and dozens of chicken owners will chime in with advice and feedback. Other times, a person will simply share a funny story with other chicken owners who can relate. Questions in the groups range from ideas on keeping chickens cool during extreme summer temperatures to recommendations on best veterinarians for chickens.

Keeping chickens in Clarke County has been a wonderful hobby for Cole and her family. However, across the mountain in Loudoun County, some farmers have made chicken raising their life’s passion. Dorothy Butler-Landes has been keeping chickens since the 90s. Today, she is a 4- H Poultry Club leader and runs a small poultry farm in Hillsboro with her husband. Her love for chickens started as a child, but in recent years she has noticed an increase in people keeping chickens. “I think there’s a real push to get back to the way things were: raising your own food and getting to know where your food comes from,” she said, “Chickens have really unique personalities. Dogs, cats, and birds are not the only [pets] with unique personalities. [With chickens], you have this pet you love and care for, and they feed you at the same time. It’s a unique relationship: you’re feeding them, and they are feeding you. It’s an easy way to be in Chickens | Page 41

Chickens | From page 40 touch with where your food is coming from.” As a 4-H Poultry Club leader, one of her biggest goals is education and outreach. Her group is loaning Purcellville’s Southern States an educational display on eggs from various poultry breeds, from peacocks to quails. The 4-H group designed the display and will be showcasing it for a few weeks at Southern States. One of Butler-Landes’ favorite things about the chicken community is its willingness to embrace new chicken owners. “As a kid, I had to go to the library to research what I was doing. Facebook is just such a wonderful resource. You ask a question and there’s an immediate response. Everybody is really helpful. People want [other] people to keep chickens.”

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Chickens | From page 41 their family from Leesburg to Lincoln, they wanted to raise their children in a more rural area. Once they moved, they found themselves raising chickens, too. She has close to 40 chickens now and runs the “Western Loudoun Chicken Chat” Facebook group, which has grown to over 150 members since its inception two months ago. As she has seen an uptick in backyard chicken ownership over the past few years, she has noticed women are primarily the chicken owners and caretakers. “It’s not a coincidence why women really love to raise chickens,” she said, “There’s a natural mothering component and a natural care taking component to it. There’s a sense of accomplishment, in terms of raising these birds and raising your own food.” Having fresh eggs has been one of Scott’s favorite parts of chicken ownership. She gifts eggs to teachers and bus drivers and loves the taste of farm-fresh eggs. Grocery store labeling can be deceptive, she said. Even if the egg carton lists “pasture-raised” or “free-range,” there are still loopholes for factory farmers. These terms can mean that chickens have a one-foot-byone-foot space to move inside the coop. It does not mean that they can roam across pastures and forage for bugs and other food. “Chickens that lay a lot have weakened calcium and iron content,” Scott said, commenting on the conditions of commercial egg farmers. “They don’t see the sun to get Vitamin D and they don’t get to eat worms and bugs. If you look at store- bought eggs, you’ll notice the yolk is very light, pale yellow. The farm fresh egg yolks are typically bright orange, which show that the chickens are eating well. The protein component of a farm-raised yolk compared to store-bought...there is a real, huge difference.” Jennifer Damon Ricciardi lives in Catharpin in Prince William County about a mile from Loudoun’s border. She breeds heritage and rare breed poultry and water fowl on her five-acre farm, Loose Goose Farmstead. She is dedicated to preserving these threatened breeds, and has selected breeds from the livestock conservancy threatened list. The eggs she collects from her hens are a rainbow of colors: blue, white, pink, green, brown. The difference between commercial and farm-raised eggs is drastic, she noted, even in the way it affects a consumer’s health. “The supermarket eggs can be up to 60 days old,” she said, “The farmer has up to 30 days



to get it packaged. Then once it’s packaged, they have up to 30 days to sell it commercially. The [factory-farmed] chickens don’t get to eat from nature, which affects the taste of the eggs. Chickens are naturally bug-eaters and foragers. That adds to the taste and quality of the eggs they are producing.”

LITTLE FARMERS Michaela Van Mecl has 20 chickens in her Round Hill backyard, known as Lost Acre Homestead. Her interest in chickens was birthed from a desire to focus on sustainability. With 20 chickens, she gathers anywhere from 60 to 80 eggs per week, enabling her family to eat what they need and sell the rest. She keeps a cooler on her porch for buyers interested in local egg pickups. “I think people are getting really tired of paying top dollar for really crappy products at the grocery store,” she said, “Chicken culture is booming. That’s why people live out here, especially in Western Loudoun, to be closer to [agriculture]. These towns used to be primarily agriculturally based.” She believes it’s important to honor Loudoun’s agricultural past through backyard farming and raising one’s children to be responsible stewards of animals and nature.

Involving children is a great learning experience for them. “[Kids] enjoy all aspects of being little chicken farmers,” she said. Ready to become a backyard chicken farmer? Contact your county to learn about zoning ordinances and neighborhood association regulations. Join local Facebook groups for support and advice. Most towns and counties have their own Facebook groups for chicken owners. Find “Purcellville Backyard Chickens,” “Lovettsville Chicken Owners,” “Western Loudoun Chicken Chat,” “NOVA Poultry Owners,” and so many others! ML

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EGGS THREE WAYS Story, Recipes, and Photos by Kaitlin Hill


hef, author, and food activist, Alice Waters once said, “To have a basic ingredient that can be prepared a million different ways is a beautiful thing.” Of all imaginable ingredients, this is perhaps most true of the humble egg. From breakfast favorite to unseen yet essential dessert ingredient, eggs are extremely versatile and, for most, quite healthy. They are packed with roughly seven grams of protein, a healthy dose of iron, and even antioxidants. It’s no wonder the average American eats nearly 300 eggs a year and egg sales have a hit 50-year high, according to The Washington Post. You can put your dozen to good use and enjoy eggs all day with my recipes for Classic French Omelette, Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs, and an egg dependent dessert, Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlées.

Breakfast: Classic French Omelette Unlike a two-fold American version, a Classic French Omelette is distinguished by its pure yellow, three-fold or rolled appearance and creamy inside made up of justcooked small curds. Achieving the perfect French omelette requires a little more finesse, enthusiastic whisking, and a lot of butter, but the end result is so worth it. Serves 1 Ingredients: • 3 eggs •

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salt, to taste

fresh chives, for garnish

Method: • Place the eggs in a medium bowl and whisk until the white and yolk are combined and the mixture is completely uniform. There should be no spots of egg white or yolk remaining. Whisk in a pinch of salt. •

Place a non-stick pan over medium-low heat and add the butter.

Once the butter has melted, add the eggs. While shaking the pan vigorously, move the eggs around with a rubber spatula to create small curds. This should take about 1 to 2 minutes.

Press the eggs into a circle and cook until the edges begin to hold their shape.

Using your spatula, begin to roll the eggs over on themselves. Tilting the pan will help.

Once the omelette is completely rolled up, transfer it to a serving plate with the seam side down.

Sprinkle with chopped chives and serve immediately.

Appetizer: Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs Classic deviled eggs are effortlessly reinvented with the addition of smoked salmon and fresh herbs. This easy recipe comes together in a snap and is perfect for your next tailgate, cocktail party or even as a quick afterschool snack. Get your kids in the kitchen and have them help peel eggs and pipe filling for a fun activity with a delicious reward. Serves 4 – 6 Ingredients: • 8 eggs •

2 ounces of smoked salmon, finely chopped

1/3 cup of mayonnaise

1 – 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon of fresh chives (or dill), plus more for garnish

salt and pepper, to taste

Method: • Place eggs in a large pot and cover with

Combine heavy cream, vanilla bean pod, vanilla bean seeds, and salt in a small saucepan set over low heat. Cook until the cream just starts to bubble around the edges. Turn the heat off and let the mixture sit for a few minutes to cool slightly and for the vanilla bean to steep.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar. Whisk until thoroughly combined and light in color. While whisking, slowly pour a quarter of the warm cream mixture into the egg yolks. Touch the egg yolk mixture with your finger. If it is warm to the touch, add the eggs to the pot with the remaining cream and stir to combine. If the eggs aren’t warm, add in a little more hot cream to bring up the temperature before adding the eggs to the remaining cream.

Dessert: Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlées

Divide the crème brûlée base between four 6-ounce ramekins. Place the ramekins in a brownie pan and fill the pan with about two inches of boiling water, or enough to come halfway up the ramekins.

Impress guests with restaurant quality but secretly easy Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlées. Just five ingredients and mastery of your oven’s broiler button is all it takes to achieve creamy centered, crispy topped, perfectly torched crème brûlées. They are great for those daunting dinner parties with endless to-do lists, as they can be made a few days ahead and charred just before serving.

Transfer the baking dish to the preheated oven and bake for 35 – 40 minutes. The crème brûlées are finished baking when they are mostly set with just a slight wiggle in the middle.

Remove them from the oven and cool to room temperature. Transfer the ramekins to the fridge to set up for at least 4 hours or overnight.

When you are ready to serve, remove crème brûlées from the fridge and sprinkle each with a teaspoon of granulated sugar. Place the ramekins under the broiler and cook until the sugar is a deep brown color and is crispy, about 2 minutes. Don’t walk away during this step, the browning time will depend on your oven’s broiler and can happen quickly.

Remove the crème brûlées from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes before serving. ML

water by about two inches. Bring the water to a boil and then reduce to a simmer and cover. Cook for 10 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and carefully drain the hot water. Run cold water over the eggs and peel immediately. •

Once all the eggs are peeled, cut them in half lengthwise and carefully remove the yolks, placing them in a medium-sized bowl. Set the egg whites aside while you make the filling.

Using a fork, mash the egg yolks until they are finely ground. Add the salmon, mayonnaise, chives, salt, and pepper. Mix to combine. Add the vinegar a little at a time until the mixture is creamy but thick enough to pipe and has your desired level of acidity.

Transfer the filling to a piping bag and fill the cavities of the egg whites. You can also use two spoons to distribute the filling.

Top with extra chives for garnish and serve.

Serves 4 Ingredients: • 2 cups of heavy whipping cream •

1 vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

A pinch of salt

5 egg yolks

½ cup of sugar, plus 4 teaspoons for topping

Method: • Preheat your oven to 325°F. •

If using a vanilla bean, split it lengthwise with a sharp knife. Using the back of the knife, scrape out the seeds of the vanilla bean. Keep both the pod and seeds.

Kaitlin Hill is a Culinary Institute of America trained chef and the creator of the Emotional Eats Blog, where she shares her original recipes and studies in food history. To read more, visit





or those who have not had the chance to see jewelry designer Elizabeth Locke’s private collection of micromosaics, there is still time. The exhibit is dedicated entirely to Locke’s collection and runs through September 2 at Richmond’s Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA). Before becoming a jewelry designer (and local fans are well acquainted with Locke’s flagship shop, “The Other Elizabeth,” located in Boyce as well as Elizabeth Locke Jewels on Madison Avenue in New York City) Locke was introduced to antique micromosaics while living in Florence and studying at the University of Florence. Locke lived next to the Boboli Gardens near the fabled Pitti Palace, where admission to view the collections was free on Sundays. Locke was most drawn to Il Museo deli Argenti (The Silver Museum) and the micromosaics. For hundreds of years, large wall and floor mosaics adorned upscale residences and were



notable in early Christian churches of the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantium). These mosaics, made of marble, stone and glass, depicted “pictorial displays of otherworldly figures having in the ether between heaven and earth.” These larger-scale mosaics date back to ancient Mesopotamia around 2500 BC. The small-scale micromosaics came about much later and were popular from approximately the mid-eighteenth to late-nineteenth centuries. The small-scale glass enamel collages were designed in Vatican workshops and sold to well-heeled tourists, who collected them as souvenirs while on “grand tour” to such Italian cities as Florence, Rome and Venice. Similar to antique postcards, the micromosaics (comprised of hundreds, if not thousands, of shards of glass covered in colored enamel) depicted buildings and monuments, along with portraits of people and animals. Locke began collecting micromosaics in the 1980s. As described in a foreword in the VMFA exhibition catalog, Locke began Mosaic | Page 47

Mosaic | From page 46 “ . . . hunting them down with the fervor of Nabokov and his butterflies.” Her early searches led to an antique stall on Portobello Road in London, where she purchased an entire tray of micromosaics. By that time, having begun her career as a jewelry designer, she was able to remount some in her signature neoclassical style with hammered 19-karat yellow gold and precious stones. “I feel that most of the original settings for the micromosaics do not do justice to the beauty and refinement of the art that they surround,” she said. “For me, the joy and challenge of what I do is taking an unset micromosaic and creating a setting that enhances its beauty.” Locke has been actively collecting and transforming micromosaics for around 30 years. While she initially purchased the pieces (most of which date from 19th century Rome) to reset and sell, she eventually wanted to hold on to her favorites. Locke’s collection spans the era of the Grand Tour and beyond. “Micromosaics were

sold as souvenirs of the Grand Tour,” said Locke, “and I always imagine how pleased a nineteenth-century lady would have been on a gray Monday day when she looked at her wrist and saw a bracelet depicting the famous sights of Rome that she had visited in a previous summer.” (VMFA exhibit catalogue) The exhibit includes examples dating from the late 18th and 19th centuries and features subjects from Renaissance paintings, landscapes, and architecture to animals, and birds. In addition to the 92 pieces featured in the exhibit, Locke has an additional 30 or so “squirreled away here and there.” While most of the micromosaics on display have been reset as Elizabeth Locke jewelry designs, some have been retained in their original form — including one of her favorite pieces, a micromosaic plaque of a seated poodle posed in its original box. And for those fans for whom once is not enough, “A Return To The Grand Tour” will move on to the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina, next year. ML

Page 46: Top: A micromosaic of St. Peter’s Square surrounded by eight views of Rome mounted as a paperweight. Second: A micromosaic of doves and flowers set in gold and surrounded by moonstones. Third: A micromosaic of a head of a greyhound set in gold and surrounded by red spinels and suspended from a red spinel bead necklace. Bottom: A micromosaic of a head of a greyhound set in gold and surrounded by red spinels and suspended from a red spinel bead necklace. Top right: A tea and coffee service manufactured in Berlin about 1820, and painted in a faux micromosaic pattern. Page 47: A greyhound micromosaic surrounded by malachite and set into stone as a paperweight.

HENRY N. WOOLMAN III (HANK) Henry N. Woolman lll, at age 87, left this life on July 27th, peacefully, at his home with his wife Marcia. Hank was well known and respected in the Middleburg/The Plains area among the fox hunting and fly-fishing communities, as he was well known for being a Joint MFH for the Orange County Hunt in the mid-sixties. After losing the fingers on his right hand in a farming accident, he returned to hunting at the bidding of Eve Fout to be the Honorary Huntsman for the MOC Beagles (Pony Club) for 22 years, assisting in nurturing many future fox hunters. Hank was also a Hound Show Judge for over 30 years. He was well known for his handmade bamboo flyrods and hand tied flies in his Middleburg Outdoorsman Shop. For some 20 years he donated a bamboo fly rod as a fund raiser to the Rapidan Chapter of Trout Unlimited, which he founded in the late 1970s. From their summer home in Silver Gate, MT, in his retired years, he was a fishing guide in Yellowstone Park for ten years. Hank is survived by his loving wife, Marcia, sister Joan Glenn of Glenmore, PA, two sons Michael ((VA) and Andy Woolman (CA), while oldest son Henry IV (Hal) pre-

deceased him. Other surviving family are five grandchildren; Hank Woolman V (VA), Katie Woolman (VA), and Daniel Woolman (CO), Bethany and Paige Woolman, (CA), also four great grandchildren. Hank was a native of suburban Philadelphia, attended Episcopal Academy, Amherst College in PreMed, and an additional degree in Agriculture from Penn State. Fox hunting and cattle farming brought him to Virginia where he enjoyed a full and productive life. Hank was a lineal descendant and member of The Society of the Cincinnati, a Life Member of Trout Unlimited, and a relative of John Woolman, an 18th century minister in the Society of Friends (Quakers), and an influential abolitionist. Hank’s family history includes, since 1907, maintaining a summer cabin in Pennsylvania, where he developed, at a young age, his love for fishing and the outdoors. Memorial Service will be held at Grace Episcopal Church in The Plains, on September 7th. In Lieu of Flowers, please send donations in Hank’s name to Trout Unlimited in Alexandria, VA or Heartland Hospice in Warrenton, VA.




A MEETING OF THE MINDS Story by Michelle Baker | Photos by Joanne Maisano Old Dominion Hounds has a history that spans nearly two centuries. On July 28, the members of ODH and non-members gathered at the Leeds Ruritan Club Park to meet the new ODH Huntsman Steve Farrin, former Huntsman for the Amwell Valley Hounds in New Jersey, who will take them on the next journey. Hunting season goes from September to midMarch most years. Founded in 1924, the Virginia hunt is approximately 25 miles count and west of Middleburg, bordering Piedmont Fox Hounds to the north and east and the Warrenton Hunt to the south. In “The History Of Old Dominion Hounds-As Remembered By Sterling Larrabee, MFH,” originally published on Feb. 3,1978, the first Master of the Old Dominion Hounds detailed how it all began. According to Larrabee in 1923, the Warrenton Hunt had a row with the Masters of Foxhounds Association, resigned from the association and from the National Steeplechase and Hunt Associ-

ation (NSHA ) and consequently was an unrecognized hunt for several seasons. (The National Steeplechase Association (NSA) eventually dropped the “H” from its title and stopped being associated with hunting.) Once “Mr. Larrabee’s Hounds,” the hunt name changed to “Old Dominion Hounds” in 1931. “The hunting in Warrenton at that time was so poor as to be almost non-existent,” Larrabee states in the piece. “I had offered my place (Arborvitae Farm) for sale, and was planning to buy either at Middleburg or in the Orange County Country. Whilst discussing this proposition with Louie Beard, he said: ‘Why in hell don’t you go up in Rappahannock—that’s the best country in America today…’” More on how the hunt came to be and the people who were instrumental in growing the hunt can be found at or on the ODH Facebook page. The hunt is headquartered in Marshall. ML





Photos: 1. Jt MFH Jack Hutcheson and Debbie Welch. 2. ODH Huntsman Steve Farrin let the dogs out. 3. Kennelman Bryan Wood, Huntsman Steve Farrin and whip Jennifer Rogers-Farrin. 4. Members and non-members of Old Dominion Hounds gather at the Leeds Ruritan Club Park to meet their new huntsman Steve Farrin. 5. Road Whip and former field master Ed Weaver with Leroy Ryan, huntsman Steve Farrin and Charlie Brown.










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Sandy Long, Senior Administrative Assistant Story and photo by Kerry Phelps Dale


or 15 years, Sandy Long has been the first person to greet visitors and clients of Yount, Hyde & Barbour, PC of Middleburg, usually sitting at the front desk with a cheerful welcome, a big smile and if you’re lucky, her hearty, contagious laughter. She loves her clients; they are the highlight of her job. “The clients are number one. Haven’t you heard,” teases Sandy. “But I really do like my clients.” Many of them have become friends, she said. In the past several years Sandy’s job has blossomed to include marketing. “I’m starting to do community stuff—chamber of commerce and business associations.” At home, Sandy likes to sit outside with her husband, Ray, their two dogs and a glass of wine. At her home in Winchester, she often walks her dogs and stops to visit with one or a couple of her clients who have moved into Westminister Canterbury Assisted Living. One woman even bakes and hands out dog biscuits to Sandy’s two dogs, a 14-year-old Dachsund and a 19-month old Miniature Australian Shepherd. She’s not a fan of television and invites her friends to “stop in and let’s have a chat,” she says, “and, of course, a glass of wine…or two.” “I love to travel, but we just don’t get the chance as often as I’d like.” Sandy thinks an RV might be in her future. “It would be fun to get in the RV with the husband and dogs and head down the road.” It will be pretty easy for the Longs to take off for road trips when the time comes: no gardening or mowing for Sandy or Ray. They’re pretty clear on that with no apologies. “That’s why we moved where we live. HOA mows the lawns.” Sandy makes the bank run for the accounting firm every day. Sometimes with a colleague or trainee in tow. “People know me,” she says. The accompanying co-worker invariably asks, “Does everybody know you?



Do you know everybody?” After 15 years with YHB and 5 years working in town before that, yes, Sandy knows a

lot of the Middleburg Community. And for anyone who doesn’t know Sandy yet, her infectious laugh will draw you in. ML






Pair your tastings with a selection of hand crafted cheeses & charcuterie.

From barrel to bottle, our passion for wine is evident in every single glass.

Book a carriage ride or miniature horses for your next celebration.





Photo by Michelle Baker


he Middleburg Arts Council and the Town of Middleburg invites people to stop by the Artists in Middleburg Gallery to watch a dream come true this month. Work has commenced on the highly anticipated bronze fox statue for the town. Its name and future home are still under wraps. Artists in Middleburg Vice President Goksin Carey unveiled the beginning form on July 31. The well-known local equine artist and her students are sculpting the nearly 6-foot bronze fox statue at the gallery this month. Want to keep up with the daily progress? Everyone is

encouraged to stop in to see the artists at work. Once completed in a few weeks, the figure will be shipped off to the foundry. Its name and future home are still under wraps. The clay life-sized replica of the future statue which was on display at the annual Art in the Burg celebrations now watches the progress from the gallery front window. Keep an ear open for more news on how to suggest a name for the new town sculpture. The gallery is located at 102 W. Washington Street, Middleburg. ML Equine sculpture Gorsin Carey shows off the plans and the form for the town’s nearly 6-foot bronze fox statue.

2019 Big Book Sale! Saturday & Sunday, August 10 & 11 in the Library Come peruse our large collection of duplicate books (some rare) and periodicals!

On sale for $5 and up Select pieces of art for sale, on view in the Main Reading Room of the Library.

All proceeds support the care of the Library’s collections







parked.) Contact Paul Smith ( for more information.

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“Endless Summer” at The Byrne Gallery (11 a.m. - 5 p.m.) Catch The Byrne Gallery’s exhibit “Endless Summer” featuring the latest paintings by Gerald Hennsey and Lida Matheson Stifel before it closes. This lovely exhibition continues through Aug. 18. The Byrne Gallery is located at 7 W. Washington St., Middleburg. Operating hours are Monday and Tuesday by appointment only, Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon5 p.m. Contact the Byrne Gallery for more information at 540-687-6986.


Twilight Jumpers at Great Meadow (6:30 p.m.) Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Events begin at 7 p.m. with the $500 Child/Adult Classic followed the $5,000 Mini Prix at 8:30 p.m. Tailgating, VIP Boxes, bonfire pit, DJ and dancing. Admission is $40 per carload. Want a tailgate spot for 2019? Call 540-454-6673 to reserve. Great Meadow is located at 5089 Old Tavern Road, The Plains. Rain date is 8/11.

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Happy Hour at Zest (3 - 6 p.m.) Join Zest every Friday for wine, cheese and new arrivals in Middleburg. Jump into fashion and high spirits at 9 E. Washington St. For more information, email



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Scenic Cinema at Salamander Resort & Spa (8:30 - 10:30 p.m.) Grab your family, friends and a blanket for a free movie under the stars this summer at Salamander Resort & Spa, 500 N. Pendleton St., Middleburg. Showings include: • Aug. 9 – “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” • Aug. 16 – “Bernie the Dolphin” • Aug. 23 – “Mary Poppins Returns”

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Middleburg Community Farmers Market (8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.) Middleburg Community Farmers Market, located at 105 W. Federal St., happens every Saturday morning from 8 a.m.- noon. Shop local fresh produce, baked goods, herbs, teas, and fresh eggs.


The 4th Annual Grace Episcopal Church Car & Truck Show for Rise Against Hunger (1 a.m. -3 p.m.) Head out to 6507 Main Street, The Plains for the annual car show on Saturday, Aug. 10 (rain date Aug. 17). Bring the family to this fun community event in the beautiful village of The Plains. Gorgeous, vintage vehicles, great food, a live DJ with hits from the 50’s/ 60’s, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and a $100 cash prize for the Best in Show. There is a $20 day-of-show fee to display a vehicle. No reservations needed. (First come, first

Twilight Pol o at Great Meadow (5:30 - 11:30 p.m.) Twilight Polo features three fast-paced polo matches and halftime games for the children in the Greenhill Stadium. Following the final match, the evening continues with music and dancing in the pavilion. General admission seating is on the grass covered berm overlooking the arena so bring a blanket and/or chairs. Pack a picnic or purchase food and drinks the on-site vendors. Please, leave dogs, tents and grills at home. VIP reservations, including ringside boxes, entertainment decks and tailgates can be made in advance Each car pass covers entry for all the occupants of the vehicle.


Olympian Boyd Martin Clinic at Rutledge Farm (8:30 a.m - 5:45 p.m) Join Rutledge Farm, 22962 Carters Farm Lane, for a high-performance Eventing Clinic with PanAm Games Gold Medalist and Olympian, Boyd Martin. This 1-day clinic is limited to 4-6 riders. Note that the advanced, intermediate, and preliminary are combined into one section. Cost is $200 per rider, and $20 per auditor. For more information on this or upcoming clinics, see


Library Wine Tasting (11:30 a.m-4:30 p.m) Cana Winery will conduct a special Library Tasting of some of the earliest vintages, spanning 20102013. The winery is releasing a small lot of Cana favorites for an exclusive, small-group tasting and discussion. Three tasting sessions are offered at 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person ($30 for Harvest Club Members). The winery is located 38600 John Mosby Highway, Middleburg. Purchase tickets online.


Summer Pig Roast (5 - 7 p.m.) Join Greenhill Winery & Vineyards for a Summer Pig Roast. Tickets are $45 per person and include food prepared by Hog Wild Catering, music by the Short Hill Mountain Boys and a glass of wine of your choice. Kick back and enjoy summer overlooking the pond and rolling hillside at the historic club house. Greenhill Winery & Vineyards is located at 23595 Winery Lane, Middleburg. Tickets available at


Banbur y Cross Sunday Polo - Preppy in Pink (3 - 6 p.m.) Two action packed polo matches, full bar, food truck, pony hop races, divot stomp, and free champagne at halftime. Gates open at 2 p.m. Admission is $10. Children 12 and under are free. Pack a picnic, carry your chairs and tailgate. More:

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C arriage R i d es with Doc & Molly (2 - 5 p.m.) Grab some sparkling Blanc de Blancs and your favorite cheese plate and enjoy a ride through the vineyard at Greenhill Winery & Vineyards with driver Molly and “Doc Holliday.” Rides are first come, first serve and seats up to three people. Free.


Biz Buzz (5:30 - 7:30 p.m) The Middleburg Business and Professional Association’s monthly networking event, Biz Buzz, is held the second Tuesday of each month. The August Biz Buzz will be held at Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn, 23130 Briar Patch Lane, Middleburg. RSVP via Facebook or by e-mail to info@visitmiddleburgva. com. Members free, future members $10. Fees payable by cash or check at the door.


Creative Mankind Paint & Sip at Chrysalis Vineyards (1 - 4 p.m.) Spend a fun afternoon laughing, listening to music and creating masterpieces at Chrysalis Vineyards, 39025 John Mosby Highway. The $40 fee for this event includes art supplies. Chrysalis will have a selection of wines and cheeses available for purchase. No art experience is necessary, the instructors will walk budding artists through each step of the creative process. RSVP online.


Battle of Middleburg Mt. Defiance Historic Park Guided Tour (2-3:30 p.m.) Tour Middleburg’s

battlefield with local historians and preservationists. Take a look at site features and the battle events in context, and hear about strategic military aspects of the battle, landscape features, and engaging human-interest stories. Book online at NOVA Parks.


Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy Yoga Fundraiser (9-10 a.m.) Enjoy a one-hour outdoor yoga workshop on the grounds of Salamander Resort & Spa in a tranquil forest clearing. Bonus: 100% of the proceeds benefit Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy. Tickets are $30 per person. Reservations required, call 540-326-4060.

8/22, 23, 24, 25

MARS Great Meadow International (#MARSGMI) MARS Great Meadow International (#MARSGMI) is back with new dates and new levels. Redesigned and repackaged, this action packed experience is for spectators, competitors, sponsors, and canine companions. Enjoy FEI two-star (CCI3*-S and CCI2*-S), three-star and fourstar level competition (CCI4*-S) with more than 200 horses to watch. Competition: Aug. 22-23: Dressage; Aug. 24: Show Jumping; Aug. 25: Cross Country. Leashed dogs are welcome and can enjoy amenities including cooling tents, treats and samples. The event will be held at Great Meadow International, 5089 Old Tavern Road, The Plains. Tickets: Admission is free on Thursday 8/22, $5 on Friday 8/23, and $10 each day on Saturday 8/24 and Sunday 8/25. A weekend pass is $20. Children 10-yrs-old and under are free. Weekend passes are available in advance by purchasing online. If purchasing at the event gate upon arrival, it is cash only.

working for Leslie’s Illustrated. During his time with Sheridan’s army, Taylor brought the war to life with his detailed sketches that covered all aspects of military life and the surrounding countryside. Visit some of the locations sketched by Taylor and compare how much these views have changed since 1864. Artists are welcome to bring along a sketch pad and try their hand at recreating these scenes. Bus departs MHAA office at 1461 Atoka Road, Marshall at 9 a.m. Lunch included. Seating is limited. Ticket: $60. Purchase online at


Open Late Summer Series (6-8 p.m.) Join neighbors on the lawn of the National Sporting Library & Museum and enjoy a performance by the Shenandoah Conservatory at the Open Late Summer Concert Series on Aug. 30. Wine and beer will be available for purchase. The museum will be open late and free of charge to the public, too.

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Olympic Gold Medalist Will Simpson Show Jumping Clinic (8 a.m. - 6 p.m.) Olympic Champion Will Simpson is coming to Rutledge Farm to teach a high-performance 2-Day Clinic as part of the Rutledge Farm Sessions Olympic Medalist Clinic series. Each class is limited to six riders. Three Classes will be taught each day. Day 1: Gymnastics. Day 2: Course Analysis and Execution. The 2-day clinic is $700. For more opportunities see

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The Art of War: The Civil War Sketches of James E. Taylor (9 a.m.- 3 p.m.) As Union forces advanced into the Shenandoah Valley in 1864 they were accompanied by James E. Taylor, a sketch artist

An Evening with Gershwin in Middleburg (6 p.m.) Internationally acclaimed virtuoso pianist Thomas Pandolfi performs at Middleburg Hunt Country private estate Elysian Fields. Event begins at 6 p.m. and includes cocktails, concert and dinner. Only 100 tickets will be sold to this event. Reserve tickets at, email at, or by mail at Middleburg Concert Foundation, P.O. Box 1967, Middleburg, VA 20118. For more information visit or call 540-592-1660. ML



An Evening With

Gershwin in Middleburg


ne hundred privileged guests will enjoy a mesmerizing musical evening of George Gershwin piano classics and other favorites, performed by internationally-acclaimed virtuoso pianist Thomas Pandolfi during a gala benefit concert for the Middleburg Concert Foundation on Sept. 7. Pandolfi has won critical acclaim for his passionate artistry, breathtaking showmanship, enthralling interpretations and brilliant pianistic technique. At the gala event, Pandolfi will perform on a rare 1877 Steinway Centennial Model D Concert Grand Piano in the magnificent Great Hall of the Middleburg Hunt Country private estate Elysian Fields. Cocktails will be served at 6 p.m., followed by the concert at 7 p.m., and dinner will be catered by Savoir Fare. Admission is $250 per person. Only 100 tickets are available. Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite or




by mail from: Middleburg Concert Founda-

more information call 540-592-1660 or email

tion, P.O. Box 1967, Middleburg, 20118. For ML


Discover Moments Like This SOUNDS OF SALAMANDER Join us every Sunday from 4 - 7 p.m. on the Gold Cup Terrace for the Sounds of Salamander, a spectacular late afternoon of live acoustic music, al fresco dining and seasonal beverages. For reservations, please call 877.840.2063.





Middleburg ~ Magnificent Estate on 100 acres. The stone house boasts 22 elegant rooms, 9 fireplaces, high ceilings, all superbly detailed and beautifully appointed. Brilliant gardens surround the heated pool. Fabulous 11 stall stone stable with 2 staff apartments. Riding ring, green house all in pristine condition. Additional 227 acres are available. $8,495,000

Mary Ann McGowan 540-270-1124



Hume ~ Unspoiled land with rolling, verdant fields, lush woodlands and a spring fed pond, on 435 acres. Offering four parcels of 100+ acres each, this property is ideally located off scenic Leeds Manor Road, amongst other beautiful estates, many in conservation easements. Easy access to I–66 and within an hour of the nation’s capital. $5,000,000

Mary Ann McGowan 540-270-1124


Jeffersonton ~ Unique 4 BR country house with pool and outbuildings. One and 1/2 mile of Rappahannock river frontage. Open, rolling fields. Investment, horse farm, brewery, B&B, farming or winery potential. All around views, flowering gardens, privacy and peace. 15 minutes to Warrenton. $1,991,000 on 239+acres or $1,443,000 on 142 acres

Rein duPont 540-454-3355





Upperville ~ One of the village’s masterpiece period homes. Stately Greek revival fully restored with 4 BR/4 BA on 2.28 acres. 8 fireplaces, original hardwood floors & English Kitchen with new stone countertops. Spectacular 3,000 sq ft Pool/Guest house. Boxwoods, mature trees & lush gardens. 2-car detached garage. $1,575,000

Cricket Bedford 540-229-3201

Upperville ~ Extraordinary historic Church (circa 1825) plus an absolutely charming cottage with full kitchen, sitting area & bath. The Church is currently used as an office, (1500 SF) Village Commercial zoning in place. The cottage boasts high ceilings, gleaming wood floors & every amenity as a perfect rental, or residential living quarters (Approx. 960 Square Feet). Pristine condition, stunning décor, ample parking and magnificent views from the spacious rear grounds. $890,000

Mary Ann McGowan 540-270-1124


Delaplane ~ Unique opportunity to complete this unfinished home sited on 5+ acres. Seller took old rambler down to the sub-flooring and created this wonderful new Craftsman style home with million $ views! Floor plan features an open Kitchen, Dining Room and Living Room. 1st floor Master BR with luxury BA and large Walk-In. Separate Office and Laundry/Mudroom. 2 Guest BRs on 2nd level with 2 BA. Rec. Room in lower level. Ideal commuter location with easy access to I-66, Marshall, Middleburg and more. $789,000

Cricket Bedford 540-229-3201





Upperville ~ Fully renovated c. 1843 Greek Revival style home in the historic village of Upperville. 4 BR, 3 BA, Front and rear covered porches. Fully fenced yard behind with professionally landscaped gardens. 2-car detached garage and potting shed. Can be Commercial or Residential. Priced well below appraised value. $735,000

Cricket Bedford 540-229-3201

Middleburg ~ Great opportunity to own income producing property just two miles West of the village of Middleburg on 2+ acres. Three separate rental units with efficiency kitchens, spacious living rooms with catherdral ceilings and brick fireplaces, main level bedrooms, full baths and W/D. Extra loft space on 2nd level for office or storage. Private rear patios overlook large, open backyard. Each unit has private parking spaces. Newly upgraded 3BR septic system and well installed in 2007. Two units currently rented. Priced below assessed value! $685,000

Cricket Bedford 540-229-3201


1st time offering. Brick rambler on 3.35 acres ideally located less than a mile from Middleburg. 3 BRs, 3 full BAs & beautiful hardwood floors. Formal Living Rm w/fireplace, Dining Rm, and a Family Rm off the Kitchen. Vast sunroom overlooks gardens & orchard behind. LL has large Rec Rm w/fireplace. 2-car garage. Renovations include major yard cleanup, updated septic system, repaired chimney and more. Nearby shopping, schools and restaurants. $650,000

Cricket Bedford 540-229-3201

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Middleburg Life | August 2019  

On the Cover: Photos of the international match between England and the United Stares for the Westchester Cup, 1921 at the Hurlingham Club....

Middleburg Life | August 2019  

On the Cover: Photos of the international match between England and the United Stares for the Westchester Cup, 1921 at the Hurlingham Club....