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Welbourne Historic 8th generation family home in Middleburg, Virginia’s Piedmont Hunt Country

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Merry Christmas from all of us at Welbourne!🎄Wreath courtesy of  and
12/24/2022

Merry Christmas from all of us at Welbourne!🎄

Wreath courtesy of and













At the darkest time of year, Lord Yule laid down his beard of snow and cloak of frost and ice to illuminate the gloom ~S...
12/22/2022

At the darkest time of year, Lord Yule laid down his beard of snow and cloak of frost and ice to illuminate the gloom
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12/17/2022

When the Upperville Garden Club decorates your house for Christmas.🎄

Our grandmother was an active member of the Upperville Garden Club and used to lobby for the December meeting to be at W...
12/15/2022

Our grandmother was an active member of the Upperville Garden Club and used to lobby for the December meeting to be at Welbourne so she could get the house decorated for Christmas!

Front entrance decorations courtesy of the UGC.















The Upperville Garden Club decorating for their Christmas party at Welbourne. Stay tuned for their creations…..
12/14/2022

The Upperville Garden Club decorating for their Christmas party at Welbourne. Stay tuned for their creations…..















12/12/2022

It started with a photo shoot last fall for , and with photographer .

Lisa Harris of , now a regular guest at Welbourne, created this beautiful video from that photo shoot.













Christmas in Middleburg is one of the many things that makes this town a great place to live and a charming place to vis...
12/06/2022

Christmas in Middleburg is one of the many things that makes this town a great place to live and a charming place to visit.

📷: Jill Gentile














Yesterday’s Christmas in Middleburg Hunt Parade kicked off the holiday season! 🎄📷: Jill Gentile
12/04/2022

Yesterday’s Christmas in Middleburg Hunt Parade kicked off the holiday season! 🎄

📷: Jill Gentile














11/28/2022

November 26, 2023. Piedmont Foxhounds meet at Welbourne

Piedmont Foxhounds annual Saturday-after-Thanksgiving meet at Welbourne. Photo #1 credit: Meg Forsberg
11/28/2022

Piedmont Foxhounds annual Saturday-after-Thanksgiving meet at Welbourne.

Photo #1 credit: Meg Forsberg


Thankful for our guests who amaze and delight us.
11/25/2022

Thankful for our guests who amaze and delight us.














Welbourne last night. Pierre Bognon discussed his new book, A Tour of French History: From a Province of Rome to the Kin...
11/23/2022

Welbourne last night. Pierre Bognon discussed his new book, A Tour of French History: From a Province of Rome to the Kingdom of France.

“If you are not familiar with [French] history … that should not prevent you from enjoying la belle France, but if you anchor your discovery in a historical context, your experience will be more profound and memorable. Hence this book.”

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11/21/2022

Just a normal everyday occurrence in hunt country.

Does this not happen in your backyard?

Video by Piper Brady Morison Jacobs


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Welbourne aglow. Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area (VPHA) Historic Homes Dinner fundraiser last night. Dinners were hosted...
11/14/2022

Welbourne aglow.

Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area (VPHA) Historic Homes Dinner fundraiser last night.

Dinners were hosted in several local historic homes. The money raised goes to youth education programs that teach local history in schools across the Heritage Area.




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The Scout Guide Hunt Country Volume 10 launch party Wednesday night at Glenstone Gardens. Welbourne was the location for...
11/11/2022

The Scout Guide Hunt Country Volume 10 launch party Wednesday night at Glenstone Gardens. Welbourne was the location for the and photo shoots.














As part of the End Room bathroom renovation we replaced the 1980s vinyl peel-and-stick tiles with what I call “New York ...
11/08/2022

As part of the End Room bathroom renovation we replaced the 1980s vinyl peel-and-stick tiles with what I call “New York City pre-war brownstone bathroom” hexagonal ceramic tile.


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The End Room facelift included a bathroom renovation. We wanted a more period sink and salvaged what we thought was a su...
11/05/2022

The End Room facelift included a bathroom renovation.

We wanted a more period sink and salvaged what we thought was a suitable antique (2). But the plumber couldn’t get old pipe threads to match up with new pipe threads. With guests arriving the following day, and no time to order a “new vintage” sink, a facebook marketplace search and a quick trip to WV solved the problem (1).


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In recognition of National Authors Day: Both F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe stayed in the End Room in the 1930s. T...
11/02/2022

In recognition of National Authors Day:
Both F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe stayed in the End Room in the 1930s. They came (separately) at the suggestion (insistence?) of their editor, Max Perkins, and the invitation of our great great aunt, Elizabeth Lemmon. Perkins wanted them to spend some time in the country, away from the alcoholic temptations of city life, hoping they would be inspired to write.

Although they both wrote short stories while staying at Welbourne, in all likelihood, they encountered those same temptations….










Monogrammed marble doorstop in the End Room. JSL = John Southgate Lemmon. Our great great grandfather. .and.rufus
10/31/2022

Monogrammed marble doorstop in the End Room. JSL = John Southgate Lemmon. Our great great grandfather.


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Washing the floor in the End Room with Murphy’s Oil Soap. Three times. On hands and knees. We opted not to sand the near...
10/29/2022

Washing the floor in the End Room with Murphy’s Oil Soap. Three times. On hands and knees.

We opted not to sand the nearly 200 year old pine floor for fear of losing the patina. The “before and after” is remarkable - the floor readily absorbed the oil from the soap, the color is so much richer and it smells good!


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The End Room Restoration Project begins in earnest. Herbert scraping and plastering. Many know this as the Fitzgerald Ro...
10/27/2022

The End Room Restoration Project begins in earnest. Herbert scraping and plastering.

Many know this as the Fitzgerald Room as this is where F. Scott Fitzgerald stayed during his visits to Welbourne.


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10/24/2022

Frosty October morning. Piedmont Foxhounds meet at Welbourne 10.22.22

How to kick off a wedding weekend with style:Bluegrass, BBQ and taco food trucks, a tap truck, picnic tables, fire pits ...
10/22/2022

How to kick off a wedding weekend with style:

Bluegrass, BBQ and taco food trucks, a tap truck, picnic tables, fire pits and heaters. Friends and family. Oh, and Welbourne, of course!

Local darling Olivia Jane Johnson and her nearest and dearest celebrate with her and her fiancé, Tim Duffy. Lucky wedding guests get to stay .

Refurbishing the End Room bath. We removed the towel racks so we could paint and found this charming wallpaper. The hous...
10/20/2022

Refurbishing the End Room bath. We removed the towel racks so we could paint and found this charming wallpaper. The house has so many stories waiting to be uncovered.


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The sun freshens naturally (and it’s free!). The vacuum cleaner is hard on these old rugs so a good  shaking followed by...
10/17/2022

The sun freshens naturally (and it’s free!). The vacuum cleaner is hard on these old rugs so a good shaking followed by a five day airing worked wonders.


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While a guest of our great-great-aunt Elizabeth Lemmon, novelist Thomas Wolfe wrote to his mother on November 18, 1934 a...
10/03/2022

While a guest of our great-great-aunt Elizabeth Lemmon, novelist Thomas Wolfe wrote to his mother on November 18, 1934 about Welbourne:
“Yes, I did make the trip to Virginia and had a fine visit in one of the most beautiful old plantation houses you ever saw.”

Today would be Thomas Wolfe’s 122nd birthday (October 3, 1900-September 15, 1938).

Read more about Wolfe and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s visits to Welbourne in the Autumn 2022 issue of the local publication, Country Zest & Style.

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Guests and visitors frequently ask about the art in the Welbourne Parlour. Our four greats uncle, Hal Dulany, collected ...
09/28/2022

Guests and visitors frequently ask about the art in the Welbourne Parlour. Our four greats uncle, Hal Dulany, collected it on his travels to Europe during the late 19th C.

Today’s highlight is a copy of Portrait of Beatrice Cenci. The original is attributed to Guido Reni circa 1600.

Beatrice was a Roman noblewoman who murdered her abusive father and was executed by Pope Clement VIII in 1599. The tragic story is long and twisted if you care to learn more on Wikipedia.

I have seen this painting all my life but see it so differently now that I know her tragic story.


















One-room Schoolhouse. Sketch by Henry Morland Williams, Welbourne, 1938. His great grandson, Richard Ayers, inherited hi...
09/19/2022

One-room Schoolhouse. Sketch by Henry Morland Williams, Welbourne, 1938. His great grandson, Richard Ayers, inherited his sketches and shared this with us. We presume Williams was a guest of our great grandparents. The schoolhouse still stands today in the garden.
















09/12/2022

Half the wedding guests came from Turkey, but jet lag didn’t stop them from dancing the evening away!





















“Lost Generation” Authors F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe Visit Welbourne. A fascinating talk  given by The Virgini...
09/06/2022

“Lost Generation” Authors F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe Visit Welbourne. A fascinating talk given by The Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area’s Director of Education, Travis Shaw.

Travis regaled guests with the story of the platonic love affair between Scribner’s editor Maxwell Perkins and our great great aunt, Elizabeth Lemmon. It was at Perkins’ request and her invitation that Fitzgerald and Wolfe came to stay at Welbourne.

The talk was followed by a rollicking reception at Welbourne where guests walked in the footsteps of FSF and Wolfe while enjoying Manhattans and French 75 cocktails.

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Why are porch ceilings painted light blue?Popular in Southern coastal cities such as Charleston, Savannah and New Orlean...
08/28/2022

Why are porch ceilings painted light blue?

Popular in Southern coastal cities such as Charleston, Savannah and New Orleans, “haint blue” was thought to bring good luck and protect the home from evil spirits. The legend is that “haints” don’t like to cross water which the blue ceiling represents.

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The Artists In Middleburg (AiM) hosted a plein air painting session at Welbourne in June. Two of the paintings of Welbou...
08/20/2022

The Artists In Middleburg (AiM) hosted a plein air painting session at Welbourne in June. Two of the paintings of Welbourne are available for purchase at the AiM art gallery!

I posted one by Amy Scala on June 27. Here is the other, titled “Welbourne Inn,” by Vicky Zhou, which won Honorable Mention in their exhibit “Local Artists, Local Scenes.” Watercolor, 14x18, $450

The Artists in Middleburg
102 W. Washington St, Middleburg, VA
Hours are W-Sun, 12-5 or by appointment
540-687-6600

08/10/2022

Richard Henry Dulany, 1820-1906, our great-great-great grandfather, who lived his whole life at Welbourne, would be 202 today. We honor his birthday with a social media post, something that would be completely foreign (and more than a little alarming) to him.


















Welbourne is pet-friendly, but this is a first!
08/07/2022

Welbourne is pet-friendly, but this is a first!















Meet Macey. Named for the four English friends, Muddy, Annabel, Caroline and Elspeth (the “y” added for pronunciation re...
07/29/2022

Meet Macey. Named for the four English friends, Muddy, Annabel, Caroline and Elspeth (the “y” added for pronunciation reasons) who gave Grandpapa the Basset Hound after the loss of his first one, Bossy, whom he adored (in the early 1960s).

Grandmama later found the ceramic one, a near perfect likeness, which has adorned the front hall ever since.


















This is a butter ball. We serve these with breakfast on a Dulany silver butter plate. Our guests have all sorts of theor...
07/24/2022

This is a butter ball. We serve these with breakfast on a Dulany silver butter plate. Our guests have all sorts of theories about how they’re made. Swipe for the answer…

Take a lump of butter and manipulate it with these paddles until you have a perfect sphere. Easier said than done!















A collection accumulated over decades, even centuries.Photo inspiration:
07/20/2022

A collection accumulated over decades, even centuries.

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We are honored that The Scout Guide Hunt Country chose Welbourne for a photo shoot for Edition #10!Featuring Jackie Wynn...
07/15/2022

We are honored that The Scout Guide Hunt Country chose Welbourne for a photo shoot for Edition #10!

Featuring Jackie Wynn for Mcenearney Associates and Mo Baptiste modeling for Tri County Feeds. Fabulous photography by Ronda Gregorio and, of course, sensational styling by Nelina Loiselle.








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The year of our country’s independence saw the building of the oldest part of Welbourne, the Dining Room, ca. 1775-1776....
07/05/2022

The year of our country’s independence saw the building of the oldest part of Welbourne, the Dining Room, ca. 1775-1776. That makes the original stone part 246 years old.
Happy 4th!🇺🇸

Thank you to neighbors Pat and Brian Walker for the patriotic flowers!













I asked the  if any were willing to share their plein air paintings from the day they painted .inn and I got this jewel ...
06/27/2022

I asked the if any were willing to share their plein air paintings from the day they painted .inn and I got this jewel from .













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22314 Welbourne Farm Lane
Middleburg, VA
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Last week, students in Mr. Findler's Virginia History summer course traveled to historic Welbourne in Middleburg, VA. Welbourne is an eighth generation home that is not only a Virginia Historic Landmark, but is also the family home to the current Innkeeper (and former Wakefield parent), Ms. Rebecca Morison Schaefer.

Instead of listening to the history of the home, students were charged with researching life on an 18th-century homestead and making short presentations during the trip. These presentations were designed to help each other learn more about how life would have felt for the people living here once upon a time. They covered topics such as the purpose and construction of smokehouse and spring houses, early 19th century food preparation and dining, and the use of dumbwaiters. The students then received a tour of the home and stopped for ice cream on the way back to school. A good time was had by all!

Many thanks to Rebecca Morison Schaefer for sharing her home with our students. To learn more about Welbourne, visit www.welbourneinn.com.
Welbourne Wellness was off to a great start
Lovely visit today
As Valentine’s Day approaches, consider a romantic getaway to Middleburg! Visit Loudoun highlights Welbourne Inn and Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn in this article on cozy B&Bs in Wine & Country Life.
Sharing a photo of my parents-in-law at Welbourne at my wedding in 1998.
Just left today. Favorite place to be. Thank you for taking such good care of Dusty!
Gwynne asked me to send this link to you:
Thinking fondly of porch sitting with Nat and the gang and sending lots of love to Welbourne
Throwback from our shoot last month for Middleburg Life. So grateful to be partnered with such amazing people.
Location Welbourne Inn
Model Shannon Venezia
Outfitter Middleburg Tack Exchange
We are published, once again!! ✨Make sure you go pick up a copy!!
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Loved working with Middleburg Life, Welbourne Inn & Middleburg Tack Exchange for this fall spread.
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Big thank you to everyone who helped make this vision come to life and to Welbourne Farm and Jo Motion, owner of Middleburg Tack Exchange, for preserving the history of our region that we all hold so dearly to our hearts. Make sure you read the article so you can learn more about Jo Motion and Welbourne Farm.
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Location: Welbourne Inn
Fashion Outfitters: Middleburg Tack Exchange
Models: Shannon Venezia & Grant Baker
Me and my husband cutting our wedding cake on the porch at Welbourne in 1998.
Fabulous and fun people! Beautiful countryside
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