I grew up reading Middleburg Life. The magazine has always had a place on our coffee table. I’d pick a copy up after riding at the Middleburg Pony Club camp and thumb through it as I ate my cow puddle cookie from The Upper Crust bakery. Its pages were full of the stories and photographs of people and places we all knew in our beloved hunt country.

When I travel, I always tell people about this extraordinary place where I grew up, with its charming little towns, rolling hills and picturesque farms. I’ll mention fox hunting or polo matches as eyebrows raise and questions start pouring out. It’s exciting to live in a place that others can only imagine, a place that seems more like a fairytale than real life. As I drive down these back-country roads, with the Blue Ridge mountains receding in the distance, I smile and remember how eternally grateful I am to call this beautiful place home.

I know so many of us share this same sentiment and this is what connects us. We are proud of where we came from and we hope to preserve it, just as it has always been, for generations to come.

As editor-in-chief, my goal will be to share the magic and charm of Middleburg with others and remind those who may have forgotten why we call this special place our home. Cheers to 2020 and all the new and wonderful changes it may bring! ML

This is Jennifer Gray’s first issue as editor of Middleburg Life. Prior to joining Greenhill Media, she shaped her career for a role in this capacity working as a professional photographer, marketing director, graphic designer and in publishing as a freelance writer, photographer and advertising representative for Georgetown Media Group (The Georgetowner & The Downtowner) and Northern Virginia Magazine. Jennifer was born in Fauquier County, Virginia and has lived in the region nearly her whole life.

This article first appeared in the January 2020 issue of Middleburg Life.