Historic Property, Modern Hospitality

Now in Our Fourth Century

Established in 1728, the Red Fox Inn & Tavern rests in the heart of the historic village of Middleburg, Virginia on open ground between the Bull Run and Blue Ridge mountains. Steeped in the lore of the Revolutionary and the Civil Wars, the Inn & Tavern maintains the traditions of days past providing locals and travelers with a timeless setting in the heart of Hunt Country.

Many notable politicians, authors, musicians, athletes and celebrities have walked through our front door. Some of these include President John F. Kennedy, who held a press conference in the JEB Stuart Room. The lovely and kind Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis frequently overnighted at the Inn while on fall foxhunting holidays. Ambassador Pamela Harriman, a local foxhunting resident entertained hopeful Democratic presidential candidates with us. Elizabeth Taylor and the local Virginian and U.S. Senator John Warner often dined together in the Tap Room during their courtship and after their marriage. Hollywood’s finest regularly entertain friends here, notable ones have included Joan Woodward, Paul Newman and Tom Cruise to name a few.

Over the last four decades the Red Fox Inn & Tavern has been owned and operated by three generations of the Reuter family. Today it is managed by the husband and wife team of Matilda Reuter and Jonathan Engle. Combining their passions for regional history, local food and attentive customer service. Matilda and Jon invite you to join them soon to experience the taste of the Piedmont in a bona fide Virginia landmark.

Red Fox Fine Art

Not only are the patrons of the Red Fox Inn and Tavern delighted by fine food and courteous service, but guests are treated to a special ambience created by nineteenth and twentieth century animal and sporting paintings and bronzes which are on display throughout the dining rooms and pub.

Red Fox Fine Art was established by Turner Reuter, Jr. in 1979. Reuter, a published author and dealer for over forty years is an avid practitioner of many field sports and has spent a lifetime exploring the relationship between art and country life. His book Animal and Sporting Artists in America was first published in 2008 by the National Sporting Library and Museum in Middleburg. Now in its second edition the book is the first comprehensive, scholarly reference work devoted solely to animal and sporting painters and sculptors. The gallery is open daily during the week, evenings and weekends by appointment.

Red Fox Fine Art Website

The Red Fox Timeline


Joseph Chinn built his Chinn’s Ordinary from local fieldstone in a village then called Chinn’s Crossroads.

Circa 1748

An enthusiastic young surveyor named George Washington surveyed the route between Alexandria, Virginia and the frontier town of Winchester, known today as the John Mosby Highway (Route 50). Local lore places Washington as a patron of Chinn’s Ordinary during this time.

Revolutionary War: 1775 – 1783

Young colonists with visions of independence and smartly uniformed British soldiers alike were able to forget battles while sheltered within the buildings thirty inch stonewalls.


Chinn’s Crossroads and fifty acres were sold to the newly chartered town of Middleburg for $2.50 an acre. Middleburg, so-named because it was a day’s ride by coach or horseback from Alexandria to the frontier town of  Winchester in the Shenandoah Valley. Chinn’s Ordinary provided the overnight resting stop for travelers and horses making the seventy mile journey.


Chinn’s Ordinary, christened the Beveridge House, was enlarged to thirty five rooms and an extensive new wine cellar was added.

Civil War: 1861 – 1865

The Beveridge House was often used by the Confederates. Most notably here General JEB Stuart met with Colonel John Mosby and his famous Mounted Rangers. And at the beginning of the Gettysburg campaign, as fierce cavalry battles raged around Middleburg, the Inn remained both headquarters and a hospital for the South. While strategy was planned upstairs in what today is the JEB Stuart Room, wounded soldiers were cared for in the tavern rooms below. The pine service bar, currently in use in the Tap Room, was made from the field-operating table used by an Army surgeon who served with General Stuart’s cavalry.


The Beveridge House was renamed the Middleburg Inn, and continued offering fine food and accommodations in the best Virginia tradition. While Middleburg prospered and grew in reputation as a foremost area for foxhunting, thoroughbred breeding, and racing the Middleburg Inn remained a prominent destination for the area’s social and economic activities.


A local citizen saved the venerable building from the wrecking ball and renamed it the Red Fox Inn. The historic structure was remodeled with the help of a young local architect, William Dew.


Purchased by Nancy B. Reuter, The Red Fox Inn & Tavern began a new era of transformation which continues today under the management of her granddaughter Matilda.


Turner Reuter, Jr took the reins from his mother. Following her lead he continued careful renovations and maintenance of the original building while adding other contiguous properties to the operations. He is still regularly seen walking the floors and grounds of the facilities.

The Red Fox Inn & Tavern team, 1979.