Catherine Hulbert Harts died peacefully at home in Middleburg, Virginia on January 16, 2016 with her beloved cat, Coco, by her side. 

She was born and brought up at “Stonehedge” in Middleburg. Her love of ponies, horses and foxhunting started at the early age of one and continued until her death.

As a child, she hunted with The Middleburg Hunt and later with The Orange County Hounds, where she was Field Secretary from 1990-2004.

She chronicled the early years of her life in her recent book, The Way It Was, which she published at age 94.  Richard Viets, US Ambassador to both Tanzania and Jordan, who helped the family ready the manuscript for publication described it as “  . . . an enchanting histoire of a wonderful childhood lived during a wonderful period . . . and a huge contribution to the education and enlightenment of our community.”

A long time friend and public servant of the Town of Middleburg, Mrs. Harts is survived by her daughter, Middleburg Town Council Member Catherine C. Murdock.

Graveside services were held Friday, January 22nd at 4pm at the Sharon Cemetery in Middleburg with a reception following at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church Parish House.

Donations in Mrs. Harts’ memory may be made to Middleburg Community Center, P.O.Box 265, Middleburg, VA 20118.