Over the Moon: Presidential Escape

by Editorial

Middleburg has been a haven for many prominent political figures over the years
By Vicky Moon

President John F. Kennedy relaxes with  John Jr. on the patio of Wexford, his Middleburg retreat on November 10, 1963. (Photo by Cecil Soughton, The White House)

President John F. Kennedy relaxes with John Jr. on the patio of Wexford, his Middleburg retreat on November 10, 1963. (Photo by Cecil Soughton, The White House)

Once President Barack Obama and his family settle into their hectic and very transparent life in the White House, might they also consider a get-away weekend in Middleburg? After all, many other politicians and diplomats have visited or lived in this somewhat sleepy village. The awe-inspiring countryside has captivated the Kennedys, the Harrimans, Senator John Warner and Elizabeth Taylor, and Col. Oliver North, to name just a few.
Grande dame Millicent West entertained many distinguished Washingtonians at her “Journey’s End” estate, including President Lyndon B. Johnson, who came out for the Middleburg steeplechase races. She still recalls calling ahead to alert officials in case they needed to make security plans.
“I told them I was having the president over for a tailgate,” she says. “And they asked, ‘The president of what?’”

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