Mosby Heritage Area Association will host a rare opening of historic Pelham, one of the area’s most stylish Victorian homes, on Sunday, July 10th.  The programthey  will begin at 2 p.m. in the nearby Middleburg Academy ballroom located at 35321 Notre Dame Lane, Middleburg, VA 20117.   

Morven Park’s Director of Preservation and Education Jana Shafagoj, will speak on “Victorian Architecture and Style” as relate to Pelham to prepare guests for the visit.  The program will conclude at the historic house with a tour and refreshments.  Pelham is located about a mile from Middleburg Academy at 34300 Welbourne Road, Middleburg, VA 20117.

Pelham was built by Colonel Richard H. Dulany as a wedding gift for his eldest child, Mary Carter Dulany, whose wedding was November 1st, 1876. Mary went on a “Grand Tour” honeymoon in Europe with her bridegroom, an Irishman named Robert Neville, and returned to find their new home had been established as part of a neighboring farm, Crednal, another Dulany-Carter family property.

Robert and Mary Neville named their new home Pelham, after Confederate Major John Pelham, who Mary became fond of during his visit to her home, Welbourne, in October 1862 when she was in her early teens.  Pelham was killed just five months later at Kelly’s Ford, and young Mary never forgot him.

Tickets are $30 for MHAA members and $40 for non-members. Please telephone 540-687-6681 or visit the website at www.mosbyheritagearea.org to purchase tickets.