Chuck Kuhn, founder and CEO of JK Moving Services, and his wife Stacy Kuhn, announced Thursday they have purchased the 90-acre property that housed Middleburg Academy, and are in final negotiations to lease the building to a private school operator.
Middleburg Academy, a private school founded in 1965, closed its doors last June and was scheduled to be put up for auction April 29, according to a previous Times-Mirror report.
The Kuhns finalized the purchase terms on Wednesday, which includes the land, school buildings, and historic manor house built in the 1920s.
According to spokesperson Shawn Flaherty, the Kuhns plan to place the land into conservation easement to protect it and the historic manor house from future development.
“By buying this property, we are continuing to serve as stewards of Virginia’s beautiful and historic lands, helping preserve its natural habitats and ecosystems," said Chuck Kuhn in a prepared statement. "Protecting the environment and history are important for future generations.”
“Since this abuts the Middleburg Training Center — which we own and conserved — we plan to use a small portion of the land to expand the Center’s operation,” he said.
The land adjoins the 149-acre Middleburg Training Center, which the Kuhns purchased, placed into conservation easement, and revitalized. A portion of the Middleburg Academy land will be used to expand the training center’s equine disciplines by adding more barns and riding arenas.
Earlier this year, the Kuhn Family purchased both the historic White's Ferry and Wolver Hill farm in Middleburg.
The 496-acre farm, previously owned by the Iselin family, includes a historic home dating back over one hundred years and has a rich history in the horse racing community. To protect the land, the Kuhns are in the process of putting it into conservation easement.