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The sign in front of the restaurant (left) and a horse hitching post (right). Below a deer in the field as we approached the restaurant.

Goodstone Restaurant and Inn is one of our favorite places to have a leisurely lunch during the week. We always make reservations in advance and ask to please be seated by one of the window tables as the views are spectacular. Sometimes Goodstone is privately booked, in its entirety, so do call ahead. We usually order the tasting menu paired with wine picks although we have also had many of the other dining delights. Since we live right downtown in the District of Columbia it is always lovely to enjoy the ambiance of the country. What better place than beautiful, horsey Middleburg? I might add that the service and the cuisine are outstanding. After dining, if you have time, enjoy the heart of Middleburg, too.

The article below on Goodstone is a direct quote from information provided to me by Goodstone with permission to use on HorseHints.org:

"In 1768 'Jamie the Scot' Leith settled down to buy a plantation, a somewhat fancy name for land on the frontier of the Virginia Colony. Winchester, then just a town of some 20 houses, was the last outpost against the French Americans west of Loudoun County allegedly killed the brother who is said to have emigrated with James. The plantation that James bought for the sum of 240 Pounds Sterling consisted of 640 acres 'on Goose Creek'. It was from this original farm that James supplied stores and provisions to the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.

During the Civil War, three of the second-generation Leith sons fought for the South, two along side Colonel John Singleton Mosby's Rangers, and one who served with Confederate General J.E.B Steuart. It was one of William's sons, Benjamin Franklin Leith (1841-1916), who settled on the old family property overlooking Goose Creek, now known as Snake Hill Farm.

The Goodwin family purchased the land in 1915. They renamed the property Goodstone and built the Goodstone Dairy. They also constructed the Goodstone mansion that was destroyed by fire in 1937. The only piece of the mansion now standing in the ivy-covered façade the location of the heated swimming pool, bathhouses and arbors, added by Frederick Warburg in 1943.

...Mr. Frederick Warburg further expanded the estate after purchasing it in 1943. He was a member of the famous New York banding family that helped finance the Harriman railroads. The Warburgs built the present manor house on the estate to replace the Goodwin mansion after the fire. The Warburg family used the farm during foxhunting season and intermittently throughout the year as a fall and winter residence. It continued to operate as a full-time dairy and horse farm during the Warburg's ownership. Frederick Warburg renamed the estate Snake Hill Farm, in part because of the winding road around the farm, now Snake Hill Road. ..."

First posted: June 9, 2014, 2014
Last update: Jun 8, 2014