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Learning more about the origins of Airlie, an interview with Harry Groome

Maya Angelou once said “You can’t really know where you are going until you know where you have been.” Deep, right? At Airlie, we’ve been through a lot over the years, and are still striving to learn more about the humble beginnings of our property. While bits and pieces have come together through various sources of research, there has been something missing – the personal piece. Who was Harry Groome? Why did he decide to make a home in Virginia? More often than not, those intimate details are left out of public records. Fortunately, in fall of 2019 we received…
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Airlie’s Formal Gardens: A Historical Treasure

When I set out to write this blog, the idea was to focus on Boxwood care. After a little bit of research, I was able to find a digitized copy (thanks Google!) of House & Garden Magazine from 1907 which featured Airlie… and down the rabbit hole of history I went. I was entranced by the fact that what started as Harry Connelly Groome’s private residence has now evolved into a beautiful, thriving property for so many to enjoy. Can you imagine Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. walking through the Boxwood hedges while working on ‘I Have a Dream,’ or…
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Airlie founder Harry Connelly Groome was a turn-of-the-century polymath and an active member of the community

Harry Connelly Groome was more than just a wealthy man from Philadelphia who built Airlie House after moving here in 1899 with his wife Mary. He was a man of many talents and accomplishments, including sportsman, soldier, author, farmer, historian, and an active citizen of Fauquier County, Virginia. As a sportsman, Groome was an avid golfer, served as delegate for the first polo club in Virginia (the Fauquier County Polo Club), and frequently hosted the Warrenton Hunt on his property. His wide-ranging literary accomplishments include a history of the colonization of Fauquier County, a military handbook for the First Brigade…
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