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Front view of the Red Fox Inn
Photograph courtesy of Scenic America: Deborah L. Myerson

One of the Virginia hunt country's best-known landmarks, the Red Fox Inn, occupies a site used for a tavern since the 18th century. The Red Fox Inn 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. Rawleigh Chinn, who originally owned the land on which Middleburg developed, reputedly built a tavern near this intersection in 1728. Chinn's Ordinary served travelers on the wagon trail, and later stagecoach route, that ran east-west generally along the present U.S. Route 50.

The present stone building may incorporate earlier fabric but was mostly constructed in 1830 for Nobel Beveridge, who stated in a newspaper advertisement that year:

Red Fox Inn
Photograph from National Register Collection

"A new House of Entertainment has been built . . . with all the rooms comfortable and well-furnished. The subscriber's bar is well-appointed with choice liquors." Beveridge's tavern since has been remodeled and enlarged several times. During the Civil War, the Beveridge House was often used by the Confederates. Most notably, General Jeb Stuart is said to have met with Colonel John Mosby and his famous Rangers here.The Inn's present appearance, largely dating from a 1940s renovation by local architect William B. Dew, is designed to attract its clientele with an old-fashioned ambience. The tavern has since become an area institution and remains a fashionable venue for lodging and repast.

Red Fox Inn is located at 2 East Washington St., Middleburg and is still used as a hotel and restaurant. Call 1-800-223-1728 for further information, or visit the website at


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