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A storied past

Discover Middleburg, Virginia

Welcome to Middleburg, Virginia, a picturesque town nestled in the heart of Loudoun County. Known as the "Nation's Horse and Hunt Capital," Middleburg's story is woven with the threads of American history, equestrian tradition, and a vibrant community spirit.

A Colonial Beginning

Founded in 1787 by Revolutionary War Lieutenant Colonel and Virginia statesman, Leven Powell, Middleburg was originally known as "Chinn's Crossroads" before being renamed to reflect its location midway between Alexandria and Winchester on the Ashby Gap trading route. Powell purchased the land for Middleburg at the surprisingly low price of $2.50 per acre, a humble beginning for what would become a center of American heritage and culture.

A Rich Equestrian Legacy

By the 20th century, Middleburg had established itself as a premier location for fox hunting and steeplechasing, attracting prominent visitors from across the United States and abroad. The town's rolling hills and sprawling landscapes made it an ideal setting for horse breeding and racing, activities that continue to define the area today. The Middleburg Spring Races and the Virginia Fall Races are annual highlights, drawing crowds eager to witness the thrilling beauty of equestrian sports.

Historic Landmarks and Architecture

Middleburg is home to an array of historic buildings and estates that stand as testaments to its long and varied history. From the Red Fox Inn, established in 1728 and reputed to have hosted President George Washington, to the elegant 19th-century homes that line the streets, the architecture of Middleburg offers a glimpse into the past. Each building and byway tells the story of the generations who have walked these grounds and shaped this community.

Cultural Richness and Community Spirit

Beyond its historical and equestrian prominence, Middleburg is known for its strong sense of community and cultural vibrancy. The town hosts numerous events throughout the year, from art shows and wine festivals to the much-anticipated Christmas parade. These gatherings not only celebrate the seasons but also the tight-knit fabric of Middleburg's residents and their shared love for this unique locale.

Middleburg Today

Today, Middleburg blends its historical charm with modern-day amenities. It is a haven for antique lovers, food enthusiasts, and those seeking a peaceful retreat from the bustling city life. Boutique shops, fine dining restaurants, and cozy inns make it a perfect destination for tourists and a delightful lifestyle for residents.

Visit The Paradise Antiques in Historic Middleburg

At The Paradise Antiques, located in the heart of this historic town, we draw inspiration from Middleburg’s rich tapestry of history. Our collection of antiques and custom fabrics reflects the quality and elegance that Middleburg has represented for centuries. Visit us to find a piece of history and to experience the enduring charm of Middleburg, Virginia.