The phrase “one traffic light town” may evoke visions of the Old West or even a country western song, but the truth is there is something completely magical about this kind of small town. Virginia’s own Middletown lives up the idea of a quaint and charming place where everyone just might know your name. Here’s more on why you should plan your trip to Middletown as soon as possible:
Middletown is located in Northern Virginia, more specifically, in Frederick County. Its population is just over 1,200, according to data from the 2010 census. The town evolved around Belle Grove Plantation, currently located just a mile south of the town.
Beautiful Belle Grove was settled in 1750 and is notable for its Federal-style architecture. The building itself was completed in 1797 and is considered to be a National Historic Landmark. It is currently owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and has been open to the public as a house museum since 1967. More recently, the mansion became part of the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park.
Historically, Middletown served as an important location for Civil War military operations, most importantly during the Battle of Cedar Creek. Of course, the town was founded earlier than the Civil War and therefore has a fascinating antebellum history. This is apparent in buildings such as the Wayside Inn, which happens to be the longest-running Inn in the country.
Just next door to the Wayside Inn is the Wayside Theatre, a relatively new building but still one of the oldest professional theaters in Virginia. The town is filled with several other buildings of historical significance, such as the Old Forge Farm, St. Thomas Chapel, and Long Meadow. Visitors could easily fill a day touring all of these places.
In addition to the historic sight-seeing, stepping into Middletown will also be an entertaining journey. Make sure you save time to stop by the Backroom Brewery. With a charming outdoor patio and a great selection of brews, it makes for a great resting point during your day in town.
By far, one of the most striking aspects of Middletown is the scenery. Whether it’s a vision of a hot air balloon against the open skies or the sight of cows along the scenic Route 11, you’re in for a memorable visit.
Have you visited Middletown recently, or are you lucky enough to call this town home? We’d love to hear from you!