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i^ i '~ 'M|h ~ i~ ißi ... \ . . teffeaa. "tm&m . nn^ Sft!^‘j J BGHb 7 " MUTUAL CURIOSITY —LittIe Cecilia McGhee peers inquiringly at the peacock, hoping it will choose to show off its magnificent plummage. The bird is just one of the many farm friends which thrill a little tot—not to mention grown-ups! HAYSEED SAGA Faimer's Delight Is McGhees, Too By SELWA ROOSEVELT “How’re you gonna keep them down on the farm?" All you need Is a manor house, swimming pool, tennis court, a stable, jumps and other horsey accoutrements, a nice little lake with canoes, motor boats and well-stocked with fish: a log cabin nearby, plus a large assortment of animal life. Yes. it’s no problem at all for former Ambassador to Turkey and Mrs. George McGhee who own a beautiful 350-acre farm, with all the above items, where they take their six children each summer. Known as Farmer’s Delight, the McGhee estate near Middleburg, Va., more than lives up to its name. Although equipped with many luxuriant trappings, the place is also a real working farm in the heart of the Virginia country side. It might better be named Children’s Delight, for six little McGhees, ranging in ages from 1 J 2 to 15, find themselves every summer in a youngster’s paradise. There each has a chance to develop his particular interest or sport. Swimming classes are held at the pool for various age groups. Daughter Marcia gets tennis lessons, while Dorothy McGhee is obviously destined to acquire ribbons by the hun dreds as she becomes an accomplished horsewoman. Michael McGhee, the 8-year-old Huckleberry Finn of the family, loves to ride the hay wagon and follow the farmers around but, according to his mother, he la “of doubtful assist ance.” Already, eldest son George can manage a praetor and his hands have acquired an appropriate layer of callouses. He's earned enough pay to open his ow r n bank account. Perhaps the nicest thing children leam from life on a farm is a love of nature and naturalness around animals. Even tiniest tot Valerie, still in diapers, gets frequent tours of the farm where she learns to talk to the animals. She can make the proper “moo” sounds at the Aberdeen Angus herd, and "tttak” noises for the pigs, which, incidentally, are her favorites. As a family, the McGhees' favorite pastime is picnics and barbecues. “But we seemed to have carried It pretty far” says Mrs. McGhee. “First we built a large barbecue pit near the top ter : ""‘:X v;/ "'''"'v;V; ; :'- ; '' n«iyHi«Eßwr ' SK^^MBlHiißSMmßi^ißM^^BE^fl^HEl^rm,.:. p. § j|. 11 : iW9m™*~ ; ® B "* is ■ VbWBLuMM aB IrilW'AUinHl ■ rlmif <Ulstl^ . — T , ,"■<& 9 P"P ' : " <^'> A U'Jwßw l **” ” . v-s «-';f ; ; »»»•** * ' *.- .*»* .» <g .~ lll ■■■ • - ■ * ,i *‘ <^f', ?liß^!2WHHißiMffr aww>iSs>>i<t»i ni 11........., „^w^mbhbihhhhihiihbhhpmhmihi SUMMER RETREAT —On a lazy summer afternoon Mr. and Mrs. McGhee can sit on the porch of the lakeside eobin and watch young Michael McGhee TODAY f* - SOCIETY WASHINGTON, D. C„ AUGUST 14, 1955 race for large parties: then we built one on the beach at the lake, then one below the dam and finally I realised this had to stop. So we got a portable grill and now there isn’t any spot on the place where we haven’t cooked!” > When the McGhees bought the farm in 1947, they had only three children. “Luckily, this house seems to absorb any number of young sters, plus their guests and friends.” says Mrs. McGhee, who's as beautiful and young looking as her eldest daughter. The big house boasts a history dating back to 1771, when James Lane, a sheriff of Loudoun County built it. He died In 1777, and later it was the home of Col. Joseph Lane, who is buried on the place. His tombstone is marked 1803. Mr. McGhee says he has not been able to trace the history of the property during the early 1800 s. In the Civil War era it was the property of the Gregg and later the Cockerill families and in 1918 Henry Frost purchased the farm and changed the name to Frostfleld Farms. When the McGhees bought it, they returned to the original name. The present owners have made a number of changes. They created a 14-acre lake, said to be the largest in the county, complete with an island in the middle, plus two smaller lakes. These lakes provide an excellent irrigation system during dry spells. Near the big lake is a log cabin which the McGhees had moved from Leesburg. It dates from the late 1700 s and is used for picnicing and camping out. In back of the main house are handsome terraces and formal gardens and at one side is a grape arbor supported by a series of 13th century French columns purchased from the Hearst estate. During the winter, the McGhees live in Washington on Kalorama road. As soon as weather permits they take off for their country place on week ends. Their summer stay on the farm is guided by the children’s school schedules. Although Mr. McGhee is no longer with the Government, he is a busy man managing his oil interests in Texas and Louisiana. His work keeps him down South for days at a time, but he hates to be away from the farm too long, so he commutes by plane. man the canoe. The McGhees built the 14-acre lake which also serves a very practical purpose—irrigation during summer month dry spells. Rhß-V % ' m mb** I a BglMfar smMFIItr Jr HHBhmK. IrYTI ■«,. - EflaLaar 'V Hr • v m s BBS - , W 31 Mr, MB aft fli ' '/ < ■ 7MBL, MmmmM - MM “ Wkk * .. A -- mslv (ffask wmmm - Mp** ' McGHEES AND MORE McGHEES— Its quite a job to get all eight of the George McGhee clan together for a family photo. Above, they are pictured on the terrace of their D-1 summer home at Middleburg, Va., known as Farmer's Delight. Left to right Dorothy, age 10; Michael, 7; Mrs. McGhee; baby Valerie, 1 Vi; Cecilia, 4; Mr. McGhee, who '-; r - ' Hp -t. t ■pi A M A f ij'- WKfr A w%m jfflL i. ** Jr^ JS*jF —y JS |P|r ,i i t HHBhMB - . ..... , • . , . ‘ . THE FARMER'S DAUGHTER Morcia McGhee (left), the eldest daughter, is shown here with her house guest, Miss Ann Giese of Washington, at one of FAR FROM RUSTIC —BuiIt in 1771, the main house at Farmer's Delight is a beautiful example of Georgian Colonial architecture. In back i,s a handsome series was former United States Ambassador to Turkey; eldest daughter Marcia and her brother George, age 13. From the terrace there's a magnificent view of the Virginia countryside. the farm's most popular spots —ye olde swimming hole. In the background a group of younger children line up for swimming instructions. of terraces with formal gardens and all around art huge old boxwoods. —Star Staff Photos by Randolph Routt.