Located in Loudon County, the community is removed from the buzz of Washington, D.C., while still in close proximity to the city. The town’s idyllic setting at the foot of the Blue Ridge mountains attracts residents and visitors.
American Revolutionary War Lieutenant Colonel and Virginia statesman John Leven Powell established Middleburg in 1787. Originally known as Chinn’s Crossroads, the town became known as Powell Town. However, Leven Powell humbly declined his namesake for the town, causing the final name change to Middleburg. Despite its small size, the town has experienced a fair share of the region’s history; it stood witness to two battles during the Civil War’s Gettysburg Campaign. The Red Fox Inn, established in 1728, still operates to this day. Gaining the reputation as the “Nation’s Horse and Hunt Capital” in the early 1900s, Middleburg’s foxhunting and steeplechasing attracted visitors to the area. With its storied past, great lengths have been taken to maintain the traditions of the area. Many find the town reminiscent of Old Town Alexandria.
In the town’s national historic district, the architecture includes Georgian revival, Federal, and Colonial styles. From townhomes to spacious county estates, Middleburg offers a wide range of housing opportunities. New builds with contemporary designs are also available, providing modern amenities. Residents appreciate the friendly atmosphere and beautiful countryside appeal, no matter the neighborhood.
Despite its esteemed reputation as horse country, Middleburg’s cultural offerings include more than just equestrian activities; the region boasts over twenty wineries, making it one of the top wine destinations in the world. If the exceptional vineyards weren’t enough, Middleburg also has its fair share of distilleries and cider mills. Downtown, cozy cafes and local boutiques line the brick walkways. There’s no better place to search for antique treasures than the town’s shaded streets. At the National Sporting Library & Museum, visitors can explore foxhunting, angling, and more at the renowned facility. The Middleburg Community Center is a nonprofit with private facilities as well as public outdoor space. A public pool, ball field, and even a secluded herb garden can be utilized by residents. For outdoor excursions, the 1900-acre Sky Meadows Park sits to the east. Middleburg’s location places residents within fifty miles of Washington, D.C., and Frederick, Maryland. Both destinations provide countless cultural opportunities, not to mention the region’s surplus of restaurants.
The main road running east to west through town goes by many names—Washington Street, Ashby’s Gap Turnpike, and Route 50 to name a few. Middleburg’s convenient location puts it around 45 miles from downtown DC, via Interstate 66 and Route 50. Dulles International
Airport is 35 minutes away. Loudon County offers Metro Connection and commuter bus services, providing access to the region’s Metro Stations.