The Middleburg Barn® our story

The Middleburg Barn®, is our version of rustic luxury at its finest!  This is the newest addition to the remarkable legacy of Fox Chase Farm located in Loudoun County’s hunt country.  Designed and built with a tradition of preservation and conservation in mind. 

Warm details, like Virginia Southern Yellow Pine post and beam timbers, custom ambient lighting juxtaposed with Swarovski crystal chandeliers, and 35 foot majestic ceilings, are just a few details of our beautiful venue.

We are in a landmark location, open four-seasons with a comfortable atmosphere for any time of the year.

Unlike most barns, we have large windows embracing the natural light flowing from overhead cupolas and windows from the loft, billowing into the space to the French glass doors to our covered verandas.

Guests can enjoy the beautiful views of the surrounding Middleburg countryside, making a stunning backdrop for memories that will last a lifetime!

The barn is fully heated and air conditioned, seats up to 400 guests or 700 theater style an offers plentiful parking. Whether you are hosting a film festival, charity dinner, corporate event or wedding, this venue is perfect for anyone who wants a sophisticated event evocative of the spirit of hunt country with the comforts of today. 

Farm History

The farm’s recorded history dates back to 1876, when it began a long and illustrious trajectory of being a well-known thoroughbred breeding farm and later a preeminent equestrian facility. 

Benny O’Meara (brother of Jane O’Meara Sanders, wife of the presidential candidate Bernie Sanders) acquired the property in 1964 when he quickly rose to the status of icon in the equestrian community. 

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Ben O’Meara circa 1964

During his short but meteoric career as a show rider and trainer (he was tragically killed in a plane crash at the age of 27) he trained horses that went on to compete in the Olympics and win numerous and notable championships. 

O’Meara’s family ran the farm until it was purchased in 1975 by a group of investors who included Lucien Laurin, Secretariat’s trainer, as well as Billy Kilmer (former Redskin). 

Of the 60 horses that at one time resided in the barn, one of the most famous was Spanish Riddle, a remarkable stallion who continued to live a long and fruitful life post a career-ending accident with the help of an artificial leg and hoof. 

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Spanish Riddle before his fateful accident circa 1969

After the horrible racing accident, Lucien Laurin looked at his groom and asked, “You’re with this horse every day, what do you think?” The groom replied, “Boss, I’m green, but if any horse can make it this horse can make it.”

And that is how Spanish Riddle survived broken bones, torn ligaments and an amputation to become a stallion, a veterinary pioneer and a model of how the spirit can sometimes overcome circumstance.  The celebrated stallion is  buried at the farm. 

Years later, the farm was purchased by the founder of USA Today, Allan Neuharth, the focus of its mission was changed from an exclusively thoroughbred haven to a lesson facility.  Many a person rode here and took lessons and came from all over the Washington DC area.

This is where the Hanley family stewardship of Fox Chase Farm begins.  For the past 21 years, Maureen Hanley, a horse enthusiast, renamed the farm to The Middleburg Barn® at Fox Chase Farm (The Middleburg Barn® for short) and has really put a lot of hard work to make it the incredible place it is today! Loudoun county barn wedding venue, outdoor wedding venues Loudoun County

The Middleburg Barn ®  newest ‘Gucci barn’ she envisioned and designed has take the farm in a new and exciting direction and has created lifetime of memories for thousands! 

The Middleburg Barn® at Fox Chase Farm had a deep and rich history in Loudoun County, something the Hanley family has taken great pride in preserving. 

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Versatility of Space

The Barn was a highly versatile space capable of holding the 200+ invited guests. It had the rustic barn atmosphere that my daughter was looking for yet was elegant with its beautiful crystal chandeliers and breathtaking programmable lighting system making it magical.
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The Barn was a highly versatile space capable of holding the 200+ invited guests. It had the rustic barn atmosphere that my daughter was looking for yet was elegant with its beautiful crystal chandeliers and breathtaking programmable lighting system making it magical.
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Everything about the barn was perfect - from the color of the floor to the up lighting and the bridal suite. Even the bathrooms are gorgeous. Thank you again!
2018-09-25T16:35:30+00:00
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Everything about the barn was perfect - from the color of the floor to the up lighting and the bridal suite. Even the bathrooms are gorgeous. Thank you again!
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The Middleburg barn is gorgeous. We received so many comments from our guests on how beautiful the barn and property are. I would highly recommend The Middleburg Barn, it was absolutely perfect. I actually hope we have an occasion to use this as a venue again in the future!
2018-09-27T18:57:47+00:00
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The Middleburg barn is gorgeous. We received so many comments from our guests on how beautiful the barn and property are. I would highly recommend The Middleburg Barn, it was absolutely perfect. I actually hope we have an occasion to use this as a venue again in the future!