The Presidency: Home on TheMountain


It was going-home time for the President last week. Six months after their seven-bedroom retreat was built on Rattlesnake Mountain near Middleburg, Va., the First Family was off to spend their first weekend there.

The Virginia home had been rented for $1,000 a month during the summer —first to Washington Stockbroker Dana Hodgdon, then to San Diego Oilman Ogden Armour. But now the Blue Ridge Mountains were flaming in fall color. Besides, the foxhunt season had opened and Jacqueline Kennedy seemed anxious to ride to hounds again.

Early in the week, after...

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