-- Stoneleigh Member Jud M.
Stoneleigh blends a rich history of excellence with preeminent service in a family-friendly private club. Nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge and Snickersville Gap, Stoneleigh offers members and their guests a private club experience with a unique blend of local history and outstanding service.
Turn of the 19th Century
Stoneleigh’s clubhouse typifies “great bones”, constructed of local field stone, it was built at the turn of the 19th century. The result is a charm and warmth that is rarely duplicated by modern constructed clubhouses.
The manor house, named Mt. Silvia, was owned and occupied by Loudoun County’s James family. The date stone in the largest chimney at Mt. Silvia reads “MJ 1852,” which stands for Mason James. The stone manor is one of the best examples of the handiwork of this renowned family of stonemasons. This beautiful enclosed courtyard is now where weddings and member events are hosted.
An adjoining stone barn, also built by the Jones family, was set afire by Sheridan during the Civil War, but was saved by the great presence of mind of Eliza James (later Mrs. Harris) who simply “climbed up and put it out.” The barn is now used for storage.
U.S. Ambassador to Germany, William E. Dodd, took possession of Mt. Silvia. The old stone manor house presently stands on a beautiful rise once covered with cherry and chestnut trees.
Bernard Kelley began his thirty year dairy farm operation at Stoneleigh Farm. Helped by rich soil, abundant water supplies and rail service that ran from Alexandria to nearby Bluemont, Loudon County was one of the leading dairy farming industries in the country for most of the 20th century.
The golf course now lies upon some of the 850 acres that made up Colonel Frank Sleeter’s Hill High Orchard. At the height of Sleeter’s success, it was one of the largest apple and peach-producing orchards on the eastern seaboard. Across Route 7 from the golf course, an old covered wagon sits in front of a large white building. The building was originally the apple packing house and cold storage for Sleeter’s Orchard. Today, members and their guests have the luxury of eating these delicious apples by reaching up along one of the many paths lined with the apple trees.
Mr. Kelley sold Stoneleigh Farm to U.S. Representative Robert Mollohan and the dairy farming days of Stoneleigh ended soon after.
Horses replaced cows in the pastures surrounding Stoneleigh.
After the farm changed hands several times, Bob Lewis and his Stoneleigh partners purchased Stoneleigh to develop the golf club and housing development. Golf Course Hall of Fame architect Lisa Maki completes the design of the course in 1992.
Stoneleigh golf course architect Lisa Maki is inducted into the Golf Course Hall of Fame.