Middleburg, Virginia

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Middleburg, Virginia
Town of Middleburg
Aerial view of Middleburg
Aerial view of Middleburg
Motto(s): "Semel et Semper"
Middleburg is located in Northern Virginia
Middleburg is located in Virginia
Middleburg is located in the US
Coordinates: 38°58′6″N 77°44′15″W / 38.96833°N 77.73750°W / 38.96833; -77.73750Coordinates: 38°58′6″N 77°44′15″W / 38.96833°N 77.73750°W / 38.96833; -77.73750
Country  United States
State  Virginia
County Loudoun
 • Mayor Bridge Littleton
 • Total 1.5 km2 (0.6 sq mi)
 • Land 1.5 km2 (0.6 sq mi)
 • Water 0.0 km2 (0.0 sq mi)
Elevation 148 m (486 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 673
 • Density 420.7/km2 (1,083.3/sq mi)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern Time Zone (ET))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes 20117–20118
Area code(s) 540
FIPS code 51-51448[1]
GNIS feature ID 1470422[2]
Website www.middleburgva.gov

Middleburg is a town in Loudoun County, Virginia, United States. The population was 673 at the 2010 census.


The town was established in 1787 by American Revolutionary War Lieutenant Colonel and Virginia statesman, Leven Powell. He purchased the land for Middleburg at $2.50 per acre in 1763 from Joseph Chinn, a first cousin of George Washington. It had been called "Chinn's Crossroads", and was then called Powell Town. When Leven Powell declined to have the town named after him, the town was called Middleburgh, and later, simply Middleburg. The village is located midway between the port of Alexandria[3] and Winchester, Virginia, on the Ashby Gap trading route (now followed by U.S. Route 50).

In 1863, Middleburg witnessed two skirmishes during the Gettysburg Campaign of the Civil War.

From the early 1900s, Middleburg began welcoming visitors who participated in foxhunting and steeplechasing. The village soon earned a reputation as the "Nation's Horse and Hunt Capital", attracting prominent visitors from across the U.S. Middleburg is the home of the 15,000-square-foot (1,400 m2) National Sporting Library research center for horse and field sports, which publishes Thoroughbred Heritage on the Internet. A new addition is being made to include an art gallery and museum.

Cabin near Middleburg, Loudon, by Frances Benjamin Johnston, ca. 1930s. Photo shows African American man and woman, outdoors, standing at the corner of a house near the chimney

In 1961, activist of the Civil Rights Movement pressed John F. Kennedy on local segregation issues during his residency outside town.

The Middleburg Historic District, comprising the 19th-century center of town, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The oldest building in town, the Red Fox Inn & Tavern,[4] was originally established in 1728 by Joseph Chinn as Chinn's Ordinary and is billed as the oldest continually operated inn in the U.S. Also listed on the National Register of Historic Places are Benton, the Burrland Farm Historic District, Green Pastures, Huntland, Mill House, Gen. William Mitchell House, Much Haddam, Unison Historic District, and Welbourne.[5][6]


Middleburg is located at 38°58′6″N 77°44′15″W / 38.96833°N 77.73750°W / 38.96833; -77.73750 (38.968411, −77.737631).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.6 square mile (1.5 km²), all land. The elevation is 486 feet.[8]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 419
1890 429 2.4%
1900 296 −31.0%
1910 263 −11.1%
1920 283 7.6%
1930 298 5.3%
1940 629 111.1%
1950 663 5.4%
1960 761 14.8%
1970 833 9.5%
1980 619 −25.7%
1990 549 −11.3%
2000 632 15.1%
2010 673 6.5%
Est. 2016 828 [9] 23.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 632 people, 322 households, and 171 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,083.8 people per square mile (420.7/km²). There were 364 housing units at an average density of 624.2 per square mile (242.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 76.58% White, 20.25% African American, 0.16% Asian, 1.27% from other races, and 1.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.27% of the population.

There were 322 households out of which 20.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.2% were married couples living together, 14.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.6% were non-families. 39.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.96 and the average family size was 2.57.

In the town, the population was spread out with 16.9% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 29.4% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 21.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 72.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 71.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $40,625, and the median income for a family was $60,313. Males had a median income of $41,875 versus $32,708 for females. The per capita income for the town was $32,643. About 6.7% of families and 9.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.7% of those under age 18 and 10.3% of those age 65 or over.

In popular culture

Middleburg was named as the location of the mysterious crop circles in the horror film spoof Scary Movie 3 (2003). The film shows an actual map of the Middleburg area, complete with actual surrounding towns and Route 15 pictured on the map.

The New Hampshire scenes in the season three "Manchester" episodes of The West Wing were filmed in Middleburg.

Notable people


  • Middleburg Eccentric: Middleburg's only locally owned and operated newspaper.
  • Middleburg Life: Monthly lifestyle publication/news service. Middleburg’s oldest and most respected locally owned and operated newspaper covering the people, lifestyles, and trends of the countryside.
  • Purcellville Gazette: Weekly newspaper, based in Purcellville, Virginia, serving Middleburg and western Loudoun County.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ From Middleburg Virginia book by Kate Brenner & Genie Ford, viewed at Google Books preview page 7
  4. ^ Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission Staff (December 1981). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Middleburg Historic District" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  5. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  6. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 12/23/13 through 12/27/13. National Park Service. 2014-01-03. 
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ "Middleburg, VA Maps, Facts & Figures". hometownlocator.com. 2011-01-04. Retrieved 2011-01-04. 
  9. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ http://www.virginia.edu/uvatoday/pdf/sheila_johnson_bio.pdf[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ Wendy Pepper Biography
  • Moon, Vicky. The Middleburg Mystique: A Peek Inside the Gates of Middleburg, Virginia (2001) Capital Books ISBN 978-1-931868-02-0 www.middleburgmystique.com
  • Hunt Country Stable Tour
  • Civil Rights Movement in Middleburg Virginia

External links

  • Visit Middleburg: official tourism site of the town of Middleburg
  • www.townofmiddleburg.org, Town of Middleburg's official website
  • "Middleburg Historic District", at The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising national awareness of the history in the region from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to Charlottesville, Virginia
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