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The Middleburg House

105 S. Madison Street, Middleburg, , 20117
  • 3 baths
  • 4 beds
  • 4,400 sq ft
  • 0.35 acres
, Date Posted: June 21, 2018

$895,000

Circa 1790

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About This Old House

The “Middleburg House” is a fine two story period home of stone and stucco with standing seam metal roof and copper chimney caps. The original portion, a circa 1790 log cabin, has been expanded over the years with extraordinary attention to detail in preserving and emulating the historic integrity of the property. An inviting front porch opens into an impressive entry hall with original exposed logs and random width heart pine flooring.French doors to the right lead to the formal living room (16’ by 14’) with beamed walls, a large fireplace, chair rail and original pine floors.

The formal Dining Room (20′ by 10’5″) is adjacent and features built in china cupboards, chair rail and pine flooring. Step down to the gorgeous sun-filled Family Room/Orangery (20′ 4″ by 15′ 6″) with walls of windows. Mexican tile flooring and French doors to the terrace. Another set of glass paneled French doors opens to the light and airy Breakfast Room.The Breakfast Room (16′ 5″ by 15′ 3″) has Mexican tile flooring and two additional sets of French doors opening to the lovely terrace and meticulously landscaped grounds. It is very quiet and peaceful to sit on the patio and view the blooming flowers and different birds. There is a small goldfish pond and fountain which also adds to the charm.From the Breakfast Room step up to the modern and delightful Kitchen (11’ by 8’) with Palladian window, glass fronted cabinets, new pergo flooring, double Thermador ovens and center island and new cooktop. The cabinetry was custom built and features an enormous amount of storage space.The cozy study (17’ by 10′ 5″) with beamed ceiling, original exposed log wall and stone fireplace is also off the entrance hall.

SECOND LEVEL: Original 19th century mahogany banister and pine steps lead to the second level. The spectacular master bedroom suite (18′ by 14′) and sitting room (17′ by 11’) features a fireplace, mexican tiling and pine flooring. It has french doors to the upper balcony, a spacious walk-in closet and luxurious Master Bath. The second Bedroom (16′ by 5’) and sitting room (17′ by 11’) also has french doors to the balcony and a shared tiled bath with the third bedroom (16′ by 14’). Pull down stairs access the enormous attic.

LOWER LEVEL: Currently used as a separate apartment, this charming space was the original “Tap Room” with large fireplace, logged ceiling, and pine floor. It has a living area, a kitchen and full bath.

Surrounding Area

The town of Middleburg is 40 miles west of Washington, DC. This is commutable for employees, and a wonderful location for tourists to visit the city memorials, mall, museums, White House, Capital Hill, Smithsonian, Treasury, Kennedy Center, Lincoln and Jefferson Monuments, to name a few. This location is a treasure for residents and tourists.

Airport, Train and metro stations are nearby. Dulles Airport is only 20 minutes away, and Reagan National is near the city. Union Station provides train service throughout the United States. And the metro, which continues to expand, reaches from DC to many suburban areas.

Middleburg is an equestrian area and it features the Virginia Gold Cup races nearby. Polo games and many horse events are held in or near Middleburg. Numerous vineyards dot the area and provide fun havens for wine tasting. Oatlands Plantation is about 15 minutes away.

There are many up-scale shops in Middleburg, a grocery store, the prestigious Salamander Resort, as well as many different culinary restaurants. These are all in walking distance to the Middleburg House.

Middleburg has it all. Nearby attractions to visit, and the peace and solitude of the town when desired. The town is opposed to any disruptions to its beauty and history. Therefore, you will see no commercial franchises. It is like stepping back in time to a village of friendly people and beautiful surroundings.

History

The “Middleburg House”, circa 1790 is one of the oldest homes in the village of Middleburg Virginia. The village of Middleburg was named because at that time it was the halfway (i.e. middle burg) point between the thriving port of Alexandria, VA and the outpost of Winchester, VA. The town council and planning commission approved this house to be called after the village because of its historic nature.

The “Middleburg House” and town is seeped in history and thus, the property could be a prestigous home, a lucrative commercial store or office, a B&B, or an air B&B.

Levin Powell founded the town, and the original plat shows “The Middleburg House” and 70 properties mapped along 2 main streets: Washington Street (east to west) and Madison Street (north to south). It was required that each home have a stone or brick chimney and a tree planted in honor of George Washington. George Washington was a surveyor of Middleburg and the surrounding county.

The town was the unofficial headquarters of John Singleton Mosby, The “Grey Ghost of the Confederacy”, who would ride behind Union enemy lines as a disruption. There was a restaurant named “Hidden Horse” where Mosby would hide his horse during the Civil War. He was known to hide in a hot attic for days while the Union searched in vain for him.

The Middleburg House is near the intersection of Madison and Federal Streets where there was a pony express stop. Rain water would flow down Madison to a nearby creek and children would fetch buckets of water for pennies.

There is a “ring of stones” in the Middleburg cemetery which was constructed after the war for unknown soldiers killed in action. There is the former Freedman’s Bureau in town which was the first bureau in Virginia to provide advice to former slaves on housing and employment. And of course there are numerous battlesites nearby to tour.

During the Civil War, Middleburg churches were used to house the wounded soldiers. The tavern bar table in one of the well known restaurants, “The Red Fox” was used as an operating table.

JFK and Jackie owned a summer residence in the equestrian town of Middleburg, not far from The Middleburg House. There is a commemorative plaque to Jackie at the Middleburg Information Center, “The Pink Box.”

Many Hollywood stars were known to stay and visit Middleburg. In the mid 1900’s there was a “Hollywood Theatre” near the intersection of Madison and Washington Street. Elizabeth Taylor would be on the front steps in her blue jeans and mink coat to greet Frank Sinatra and other stars.

Middleburg was used as a town in the filming of “West Wing.” Other stars come and go. Robert Duvall, who lives in the adjacent town of “The Plains” has been spotted at the deli, “Danks’s Deli” eating a sandwhich and chatting with the residents.

The Middleburg House and the village is loaded with history and charm.

Recent Improvements

In 2017-2018 $60,000 of major improvements were made. A new metal roof was added. New gutters and downspouts were installed. A new dormer was constructed on the roof, and new crown molding and exterior wood was constructed. The stucco on the exterior of the house was sealed, and the house was newly painted.

The front yard of the home was completely landscaped with beautiful blooming perennials.

The home is in incredible condition, especially for a 1790-1800 home. When the home was expanded, the newer section was designed by an architect to provide continuity of the old with the new. At this time all the plumbing and electrical systems were updated.

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