The Estates of Virgina
Middleburg, VA, exists as an oasis nearly untouched by time. But now even the most modern visitor can find untold surprises
Written by Lauren Waterman
Photographed by Jason Schmidt
Styled by David Vandewal
When in Middleburg, foxhunting is the main sport on the agenda. Founded in 1840 by Welbourne's Col. Dulany, the Piedmont Hunt is the oldest foxhunting club in the country. Highly trained hounds pursue their vulpine quarry, attended by horse-riding hunters, until the fox goes to ground. (Of course, back then, the fox was usually killed. The spectators, also known as hilltoppers, keep pace in their cars, another modern alteration.) The current huntsman, Spencer Allen (pictured at right with some of his 98 hounds), wasn’t born into the job—he came from out west, working cattle and riding broncos, and served as a marine in Iraq before discovering the sport. Participation tends to run in families, and it’s not uncommon to find several generations riding together every fall, continuing a tradition that's changed little over the past century and a half.
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