Middleburg Community Information

This area of Loudoun County features a myriad of recreational opportunities. The Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah National Park offer everything from hiking and biking to river rafting and fishing. The nearby George Washington and Jefferson National Forests feature 1.8 million acres of scenic drives, hiking and biking, swimming, boating, horseback riding and other activities.

Other attractions include local vineyards, a number of magnificent bed and breakfast inns, plenty of world-class golf courses, historical homes and farms, equestrian facilities and many Civil War sites. A number of historic battlefield parks are within a short drive including Manassas National Battlefield Park, Fredericksburg, Wilderness, Chancellorsville, Antietam National Battlefield, and Harper's Ferry.

Middleburg was so named because it was midway on the Winchester-to-Alexandria trading route known as the Ashby Gap Road, which is now Route 50. Middleburg is known as the "capital" of horse country for its steeplechase racing and fox hunting. Previously called "Chinn's Crossroads," Middleburg was home to the confederate "Gray Ghost: Colonel John S. Mosby, and is located in the Mosby Heritage Area. The natural beauty of the area provides a backdrop to enjoy Middleburg's unique mix of shops, small town charm, and equestrian events.

There are several inns located within the corporate limits, including the historic Red Fox Inn and Tavern. The Red Fox Tavern served as the rendezvous for Confederate Colonel John Mosby and his Rangers. A century later, President Kennedy's press secretary, Pierre Salinger, held press conferences at the Red Fox in the Jeb Stuart room.

Across the street is another gracious reminder of the past, the Windsor House Inn, circa 1824. During the Civil War it was known as the Colonial Inn and was run by Catherine Broun. Although Catherine sympathized with the South, she generously served meals to Union troops at the inn as well when they occupied Middleburg in 1862.

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