Town of Middleburg, VA

VIRGINIA FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FOIA)/

PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST

 from Mayor Bridge littleton:

Browse among the delightful array of quaint shops and inns. There are approximately 670 people currently residing in the town. Established in 1787 by Revolutionary War Lieutenant Colonel and Virginia statesman, Levin Powell, he purchased the land for Middleburg at $2.50 an acre from Joseph Chinn, first cousin to George Washington. Previously called "Chinn's Crossroads," Powell chose the name Middleburg because of the town's location midway between Alexandria and Winchester on the Ashby Gap trading route (now Route 50).

Since the 1730s, Middleburg had been a staging point for weary travelers along the Ashby Gap Road. The legacy of the colonial era continues today at Middleburg's charming inns that provide first rate accommodations to visitors from around the world. There are several inns located within the corporate limits, including the historic The Red Fox Inn and Tavern and Middleburg Country Inn.  The Red Fox Inn and Tavern is billed as the "oldest original inn in America". The Red Fox Tavern was a meeting spot for Confederate Colonel John Mosby and his Rangers. A century later, President Kennedy's press secretary, Pierre Salinger, held press conferences at the Red Fox in the Jeb Stuart Room. In 2013, The Salamander Resort and Spa opened to offer travelers another type of stay; accommodations like none other in this area. 

Across the street is another gracious reminder of the past - the Windsor House Inn, circa 1824. During the Civil War, it was known as the Colonial Inn; and, was run by Catherine Broun. Although Catherine sympathized with the South, she generously served meals to Union troops at the inn as well when they occupied Middleburg in 1862.

After the turn of the century, Middleburg began welcoming a new wave of visitors that descended on the town for foxhunting and steeplechasing. The charming village soon earned a reputation as the "Nation's Horse and Hunt Capital," attracting prominent visitors from across the United States.
Serving as a host community for more than 250 years, it is no surprise that Middleburg has developed such a high concentration of fine inns, shops and restaurants.

Middleburg was recognized in 2008 for its historic preservation efforts by being designated a Preserve America Community by then-First Lady Laura Bush.  

​It is my great honor that I write this welcome message as the incoming Mayor for the Town of Middleburg.  I want to recognize retiring Mayor Betsy Davis for her 20 years of service to our Town.  She has been an outstanding Mayor and public servant to our community and has led Middleburg through many ups and downs.  From shepherding us through the recession of 2009 to modernizing our outdated utilities to the opening and success of the Salamander Resort, Betsy worked tirelessly for all in our community and we owe her a tremendous debt of gratitude.


Building on this success, the current Council Members and I are committed to seeing that we continue moving forward in a way which honors our past and traditions, while seeking continuous improvement through purposeful change.  The Council has taken the last two months to thoughtfully look at the critical needs and key priorities facing our town and citizens and has developed a set of strategic initiatives to meet these challenges.  There are 15 in total, ranging from economic development to continued infrastructure improvement to fiscal policy enhancement.  Each member of Council will lead several of these strategic initiatives and work closely with staff and members of our community to ensure success.  We welcome your help and support on these initiatives and encourage anyone who would be interested in participating to contact the Town Office to volunteer. 



In the area of current Town projects and initiatives, I am pleased to report that our Ridgeview watermain replacement project was completed on time and on budget.  This was a critically needed capital infrastructure improvement as many of those lines were over 50 years old.  I commend our talented staff and contractors for their efforts and thank the residents for their patience during the work.  The completion of this project also allowed us to begin the refurbishment of our town's roads and streets - something that was last done over 30 years ago.  By scheduling our watermain replacement to occur just before VDOT began the street project, we were able to avoid huge road repair costs to the town's taxpayers.  VDOT is nearly halfway through their street project and we anticipate they will be finished on schedule.  Again, thank you for your patience as we finish the much-needed improvements to our streets and roads.  It will enhance the beauty of our town, but more importantly, it makes our streets and public areas safer for all.


As we head into fall, Middleburg is bustling with activity from the many events on our calendar.  These include such staples as the Virginia Fall Races (Oct. 13), the Middleburg Film Festival (Oct 18-21) and the new Fall Art in the Burg Show (Sept 22). Be sure to come out and support these great events and invite your family and friends to visit.  Information can be found on this website, as well as www.visitmiddleburg.com.  All of the events in and around our town do a tremendous job of attracting visitors, which support our local businesses and enhance the "Middleburg Experience".  We thank those event organizers and local businesses for your hard work and efforts that make the Middleburg Experience a unique one for residents and visitors alike.  And, to everyone, please remember:  "BUY LOCAL".


In closing, let me take this opportunity to thank the many members of our staff and police force for their hard work in serving us all.  They make it easy to be Mayor.  The Council and I look forward to hearing from you on any issue and are excited by all of the positive things which are happening in our community.  Should you have any questions or concerns, please email me at blittleton@middleburgva.gov.


All the best and have a great fall!

Bridge


 






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To request records from the Town of Middleburg, please direct your requests to Rhonda S. North, MMC, Town Clerk. She can be reached by phone at (540) 687-5152; via email at townclerk@middleburgva.gov; in person at 10 West Marshall St.; in writing at P. O. Box 187, Middleburg, Virginia 20118; or via fax at (540) 687-3804. You may also contact her with questions about requesting records from the Town. In addition, the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council is available to answer any questions you may have about FOIA. The FOIA Council may be contacted by email at foiacouncil@dls.virginia.gov or by phone at (804) 225-3056 or 1-866-448-4100 (toll free).

Click here for a copy of Middleburg's Rights & Responsibilities: The Rights of Requesters and the Responsibilities of the Town of Middleburg Under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act

Click here for a copy of the Town's FOIA Application Form to assist you in making a request should you wish to use a form.

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