“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Atoka in Fauquier County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)


Welbourne Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 22, 2007
1. Welbourne Marker
Inscription. One mile northwest stands Welbourne (ca. 1770), which has housed members of the same family since the 1830s. It is a significant example of a late-18th-century stone farmhouse that evolved into an imposing mansion. Welbourne was the home of Col. Richard H. Dulany, C.S.A., who founded the nation’s oldest foxhunting club (Piedmont) in 1840, and the oldest horse show (Upperville) in 1853. Visitors during the Civil War included Stuart and Mosby. In the 1930s F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe stayed at Welbourne. Each writer published a story using the house as a setting.
Erected 1995 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number B 34.)
Location. 38° 58.526′ N, 77° 48.382′ W. Marker is near Atoka, Virginia, in Fauquier County. Marker is at the intersection of John S. Mosby Highway (U.S. 50) and Atoka Road (Virginia Route 713), on the left when traveling west on John S. Mosby Highway. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Marshall VA 20115, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mosby’s Rangers (here, next to this marker); Rector’s Crossroads (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rector House
Two Markers near Atoka, Virginia image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 22, 2007
2. Two Markers near Atoka, Virginia
(about 700 feet away); Attack at Goose Creek Bridge (approx. 0.9 miles away); Battle of Middleburg (approx. 2.1 miles away); History of St. Louis (approx. 2.7 miles away); Battle of Unison (approx. 3.7 miles away); Upperville (approx. 3.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Atoka.
Regarding Welbourne. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s story is called “Her Last Case” and was published in the November 3, 1934, issue of The Saturday Evening Post. It is also available in the out of print The Price Was High short story collection. —Ed.
Also see . . .
1. The Dulanys of Welbourne. A book dealing with both the house and the family. Offers some excerpts and citations. (Submitted on June 29, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Crazy Like a Fox. This 2003 independent film was shot in and around Welbourne just before its recent renovation. “The house is practically a character in the film…" (Submitted on June 30, 2007.) 
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Welbourne image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 22, 2007
3. Welbourne
Welbourne stands on the south side of Welbourne Road (Route 743), reached after a short mile drive north on Saint Louis Road (Route 611).
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,505 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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