2017 Honorees

Betsy Davis  & Bill Hamilton

ELIZABETH (“BETSY”) COSTIN DAVIS

Betsy is the current Mayor of Middleburg, VA. She has served her community in that role for more than a decade. Growing up in Middleburg as the daughter of a professional photographer and retail store owner, Betsy has been an integral part of the Middleburg community her entire life. As mayor, she has succeeded in preserving the idyllic charm of the historic town she knew and cherished as a child.

After attending a workshop focused on developing a vision for the town of Middleburg, Betsy became interested in getting involved in the operations and future of her town. Her first foray into political office was as a member of the Board of Zoning Appeals. She was elected to the Middleburg Town Council in 1998 and as mayor in 2006. During her tenure as mayor, Betsy was instrumental in the creation of the Middleburg Economic Development Department which has helped increase revenue to the town and enabled it to modernize its infrastructure.

Perhaps even more important than her public service as mayor of Middleburg, is Betsy’s volunteer service to her community. She is a tireless worker for numerous philanthropic causes that benefit the underserved populations, the Humane Society, area schools, and the Middleburg Community Center. As an active member of the Middleburg Volunteer Fire and Rescue squad, and having served as an EMT since 1980, Betsy has had a positive impact on the lives of countless accident victims, many of whom owe their lives to her and her teammates. It was on a rescue call that she met her husband Mark, who was on the police force. Betsy and Mark have three daughters, Brooke, Liza, and Lauren.

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WILLIAM (“BILL”) H. HARRISON

Bill’s motto reflects that of his Alma Mater, Virginia Tech, which is “Ut Prosim” (“That I May Serve”). And serve he has. His significant impact on the agricultural community in Loudoun County is felt in today’s rise in agri-tourism, especially in the burgeoning wine industry.

Born and raised in the Herndon/Chantilly area (now Franklin Farm), Bill was a third generation dairy farmer who grew to love his tight knit, supportive farming community. Beginning his career as the County Agent in 1963, Bill brought the latest technologies and techniques to Loudoun County farmers including the implementation of no-till farming. During his time as County Agent, Loudoun’s Dairy industry became the 2nd largest in the state.

Bill retired early at age 54 after nearly 29 years as the county agent. His retirement allowed him to focus on supporting numerous service organizations including: founding the Keep Loudoun Beautiful initiative; becoming a founding Member of the Loudoun Health Foundation and the Loudoun Education Foundation; helping in the formation of four Ruritan Clubs in Loudoun County; establishing the local Salvation Army chapter; starting the Master Gardener program and serving as a 4-H Leader. Bill has devoted significant effort to preserving the history of agriculture in Loudoun County through the founding of the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, a 12,000 square foot museum in Claude Moore Park. He currently serves as the President of its Board of Directors. The museum is dedicated to preserving over 300 years of history of the men and women who worked the land in Loudoun County.

Bill has been married to Polly Cox Harrison for 56 years. They have three sons Steven, Greg, and Doug.