Where black people and nature meet
I'm really excited about a new resort opening a short ride away from my home. It will be located in a town known across the world for its equestrian events and lifestyle, land and lots of money. Horse country, Middleburg, VA, the place where the first African American female billionaire, Sheila Johnson will open the Salamander Resort & Spa. I simply enjoy when we make progress; I like resorts and I like stories of passion, belief, persistence, and courage. In 2007 when Johnson first broke ground on her newly purchased 340 acres, the resistance was immediate. Community leaders and some residents yelled more traffic, strain on public utilities, water, pollution, more taxes, and a lot of trivial things. Johnson addressed those issues and actually made improvements, even built a new water treatment facility for the town. In addition to the resort, she owns a restaurant and a gift shop on the main street and a home in The Plains, a neighboring town. She's helping; so what's the problem? There's no resistance to the other inns and resorts dotted throughout the area. She's making progress in a town where our history last concerned the lives of slaves. Congratulations Ms. Sheila C. Johnson, modern history!
I'm looking forward to the nature and fitness programs, hiking and biking trails, swimming, family and kids events and programs, as well as the many other features the resort will offer.
This is a big deal Outdoor Afro! Opening in 2013, I'm sure it will be well worth the consideration when planning your vacation.
Explore the website. http://www.salamanderresort.com/
A few links for those who would like to learn more and get a better feel of the subject and area.
1. Sheila Johnson: http://atlantapost.com/2011/03/30/women-in-the-front-office-top-bla...
2. Town of Middleburg: http://www.middleburgonline.com/
3. Area Black history: http://www.balchfriends.org/blackhistory.htm
4. Elizabeth Taylor lived there: http://www.tbd.com/articles/2011/03/elizabeth-taylor-made-middlebur...
5. Washington Post 2007 ground breaking article: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/washbizblog/2007/10/ground_broken_...
6. Early (2005) citizen discussions, The Chronicle of the Horse: http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/showthread.php?t=25385