2024 Spring Letter from the Chairman

Dear Members and Friends of the Museum,

What an exciting Spring this has been with the recent opening of our museum’s extension in the historic Duffey House of Middleburg, Virginia.

On March 14th, Middleburg’s Mayor Trowbridge Littleton officiated at the ribbon cutting ceremony. An enthusiastic crowd enjoyed a tour of the three galleries, followed by a garden reception under the sunny skies. Our guests viewed oils by John F. Herring Sr., Benjamin Herring, Sandra Forbush, Jean Bowman, Ben Marshall, Julian Chamberlain, and others – all fox hunting scenes or foxhound studies. Our exhibit featured Middleburg’s renowned photographer Howard Allen’s photography depicting racing, hunting, and the notable horse men and women of the Piedmont hunt country. Bronze sculptures from the museum collection and others by equine artists were displayed with several for sale.

Museum events are being planned, such as fireside chats and talks featuring art, artifacts, foxhunts, and related subjects. Educational program for children will aim to inspire young foxhunting enthusiasts. Guest speakers will educate and entertain at our special events. The former Memorial Reading Room will be available at our Middleburg location to members for their reading and research pleasure.

On Saturday, May 25, as a joint benefit, our museum will host the Old Dominion Hounds for their 100th anniversary at Leesburg’s Morven Park mansion. A sizeable art show of paintings and bronze sculptures will be featured for sale in the main gallery and the ballroom.

With these two museums we wish to expand the educational experience of members and visitors on the significance of foxhunting and its value for land conservation throughout the country.

We are grateful for your support and continued visits to both museums. For an annual or lifetime membership, please subscribe at mhhna.org/join or with the enclosed membership form. Members receive a museum lapel pin and are invited to exclusive events throughout the year. Please refer to our website mhhna.org for news, museum artifacts, and collection information.

We invite you to visit the museum in Middleburg at 11 West Washington Street, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11:00 to 4:00 PM and on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27.

My Regards, Nancy G. Bedford

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