The Middleburg Mystique: A Peek Inside the Gates of Middleburg, Virginia

The Middleburg Mystique: A Peek Inside the Gates of Middleburg, Virginia

by Vicky Moon


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Middleburg Mystique reveals the charm of this village of 650 residents and the surrounding swath of horse farms just 50 miles west of Washington, D.C. Through the years, there have been scandalous stories of divorce - when actor Robert Duvall’s wife ran off with the poolman - and murders among the rich such as when arms heiress Susan Cummings shot her Argentinean polo-playing lover. It is a community that will gladly gossip about your misdeeds then turn around and protect you as if you were family. It is also a town that has captivated many well-known personalities from the Kennedys, Elizabeth Taylor, Robert Wagner, and Oliver North - all of whom have called Middleburg home. A peek behind the grand stone entrances of massive estates with names such as "The Meadows" or "Heathfield" that belong to families such as the Firestones, Mellons, and Marriotts and along dirt roads named "Frogtown" and "Sally Mill", where you will find that, yes, there must be something in that well water.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780961768317
Publisher: Waverly Lee Media LLC
Publication date: 05/10/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 188
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Vicky Moon has chronicled prominent and powerful personalities in Washington, D.C. for People Magazine, The Washington Post and Town and Country. She is a columnist for the influential Washington Life magazine. Through the past several decades she has covered inaugural balls, interviewed members of Congress and White House insiders. Her contacts include ambassadors, well-known fellow journalists and behind the scenes handlers and consultants in the Nation’s Capital who strive for smooth landings and happy endings at all costs.
Ms. Moon lives in the nearby posh horse country of Middleburg, Virginia, made famous when President John Kennedy and his equestrian-enthusiast wife, Jackie, discovered the rolling, verdant countryside where their children, Caroline and John, romped on long weekends. Ms. Moon’s book, The Private Passion of Jackie Kennedy Onassis: Portrait of A Rider, portrayed the vital role horses played throughout the life of the iconic First Lady.
This pocket of posh, one hour west and a lifetime away from the stress and mess of petty politics, campaign strategy and intrusive lobbyists, has been home to Senator John Warner, who married his second wife, actress Elizabeth Taylor, at his Atoka Farm. (For those counting he was her sixth husband.), television journalist Brit Hume and Academy Award-winning actor Robert Duvall. Presidents Johnson, Reagan and Clinton have all spent time here. All of which led to Ms. Moon’s best-selling The Middleburg Mystique: A Peek Inside the Gates of Middleburg, Virginia.
A lifelong equestrian, Ms. Moon has written articles on racing, polo, steeplechasing and show jumping. As a garden and design aficionado, her articles on homes and gardens have been published in Southern Accents, Veranda and House and Garden. Ms. Moon was a co-founder, publisher, editor and consultant for The Middleburg Life, a monthly publication in the Virginia horse country. Her eight books include: The Official Middleburg Life Cookbook, Best Dressed Southern Salads, A Sunday Horse: Inside the Grand Prix Show Jumping Tour, Equestrian Style, Golf Style and The Stylish Life: Equestrian.
Ms. Moon was a producer and appeared on Dominick Dunne’s “Power Privilege and Justice” about the murder trial of arms heiress Susan Cummings and also appeared on A&E City Confidential. She lives in Fort Lauderdale, FL and Middleburg, VA with her husband, sportswriter Leonard Shapiro. She can be reached at or

Table of Contents

Chapter 1201181
Chapter 2Jackie, Paul, and Pam18
Chapter 3Fame and Fortune33
Chapter 4Style50
Chapter 5Making Middleburg Tick63
Why Did We Lose So Much in 44 Years?71
Chapter 6Horse Tales73
Chapter 7Vulples Cinereoargenteus88
Hunting Terms102
Chapter 8Crime and Punishment111
Chapter 9Best Bloom128
Chapter 10Never a Dull Moment139
A Year in the Life of Middleburg164
Chapter 11Real ... Estates171
Chapter 12Easement Does It186
A Welcome to Middleburg and the Hunt Country205
Chapter 13Death in the Afternoon209
Chapter 14Onward Christian Soldiers217

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