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LAND TRUST CELEBRATES

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Happy New Year to the Middleburg-based Land Trust of Virginia (LTV). They ended 2019 on a high note with fellow community members conserving shared history, environment, open fields and farms.

LTV's Easement #181 is 222 acres in Rappahannock and Culpeper Counties. Thanks to the Henselstone family, the property is now permanently protected. It’s a combination of forest, fields and pastures with a beautiful rolling topography.

In the final steps of 2019, the LTV completed five easements in 36 hours totaling 625 acres, concluding their overall yearly total of 1,728 acres. The LTV now holds 188 easements protecting a total of 20,867 acres in 16 counties across Virginia. Happy New Year.

WILLISVILLE

The original Willisville schoolhouse

The Mosby Heritage Area Association has announced that the historic village of Willisville near Upperville has been named to the National Register of Historic Places. This marks the culmination of a project several years in the making, and is a tremendous honor for the community.

Willisville is an early 19th century settlement in Loudoun, which pre-dates the Civil War, and it is now Loudoun's only African American village individually listed on the Register. The project began in January, 2018 when MHAA partnered with Willisville resident Carol Lee, who had been cataloguing the history of the village for over a decade. Ms.
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OVER THE BARREL-AGAIN  

The original Willisville schoolhouse

The controversial and highly unpopular Barrel Oak hotel project near Marshall — which was rejected by Fauquier County’s Planning Commission in October —is now on the Board of Supervisors agenda for February 13th at 6:30 p.m.

Those opposed to the Sanctuary at Barrel Oak project believe that this commercial hotel, restaurant and event center has no place in an area zoned rural/agricultural. The project flies in the face of the county’s comprehensive plan and its approval could lead to similar commercial businesses in rural
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A BABY IS BORN

Triple Crown champion Justify filly

Woo Woo for our friends at Audley Farm in Berryville. They have the bragging rights for the first foal of 2020 by Triple Crown champion Justify. The filly, born at Coolmore in Lexington, Kentucky, is out of the mare Foreign Affair, by Exchange Rate.

Audley Farm purchased Foreign Affair with the Justify filly in utero for $385,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Mixed sale.
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LATE BREAKING

Sam Coleman family

The Town of Middleburg recently honored the late Sam Coleman, the popular long-time local FedEx deliveryman who passed away December 7th, for 25 years of dedicated service. On January 9th, the council passed a resolution that read, in part, “Mayor and Members of the Town Council… hereby recognize Sam Coleman and express our sincere appreciation for his invaluable services to the Town of Middleburg and to the greater Middleburg community from 1994 through 2019.”

Coleman’s wife, Cassandra, and their two children, Sam Jr. and Maria, attended the ceremony at the town office.




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