One half mile road frontage on state and county roads, no county zoning.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

House Information

Oral history states this farm was originally a land grant from King George II; house and farm are eligible for inclusion in Virginia Department of Historic Properties.

In the 1870's, Shadrach White purchased the land and brick house for $300 in back taxes owed since "The Late, Great Unpleasantness".  During Christmas holidays of 1899, the brick house caught fire and a hired man was sent, on horseback, to tell Shad his house was on fire. The owner, playing a few hands of poker down at the road at the Joe White store, was said to have exclaimed, "Let 'er burn. I'll build me a bigger and better one!"

In 1900 Thomas Hawkins, Master Builder, was hired to rebuild the house but Shad (pronounced in the English manner as "shade") asked for a clapboard house, "because a brick house would burn". Mr. Hawkins was a large man, weighing around 300 pounds, and, during the building process, would stand in the window frames of the house and bounce. If the frames moved the slightest bit, Mr. Hawkins had the workers re-build them. The original windows are about 9 feet by 3 feet with storm windows and screens added and windows have the original weights and pulley system restored and intact.

When adding central heat and electricity, the original slave made bricks were found being used as insulation in the interior walls; some of those bricks are stacked behind the house. The insulation value was R-1 and the decision was made to install R-19 insulation instead in both interior and exterior walls.

There are three porches, the front porch seen above, an L-shaped back porch and a porch off the sun room...all with incredible views. 

The house is approximately 5,500 square feet and, with few exceptions, remains true to the original floor plan. On the first floor, a half bath, sun room and bathroom were added. Adding a half bath under the front stairs made the first floor bedroom and parlor a mother-in-law unit. The sun room is approximately 30x16 feet and uses West windows (guaranteed for life), approximately 5x4 feet, to take advantage of the magnificent view seen in the header photo. The main tiled bathroom includes a two person Whirlpool tub, handicapped shower and toilet.
First floor

The house design is four up, four down with an L shaped addition; on first floor left are parlor and bedroom. The hall runs the center of the house, upstairs and down with two doors to outside. The downstairs rooms are approximately 20x20 feet and the sun room is approximately 16x30.

First floor right are formal dining room, living room, kitchen, pantry, mud room, sun room and handicapped accessible bathroom. A bedroom has door access to the back porch.

There are two sets of interior stairs, the primary are formal with additional "cook" stairs accessible from mudroom. The mudroom has back porch access and leads both into the kitchen and upstairs to the laundry room and rest of house.

On second floor left are bedroom and bedroom. On the opposite side of the hall are bedroom, two rooms which could be either bedrooms or offices, bathroom with original claw foot tub and a laundry room. The back stairs, accessed from the mudroom, exit into the laundry room. The second floor bed rooms are approximately 18x18 feet. The upstairs has a heat pump which supplies air conditioning.

second floor

The kitchen has a 1914 Acorn cook stove with seven propane stove top burners, three working electric ovens and a warming oven. David Livingstone, Massachusetts stove restorer, said this was one of two such stoves in existence; the other is in Ralph Lauren's Colorado home.
Acorn 1914 working cook stove

There are ten fireplaces; the living room has a working Woodstock soapstone stove, the kitchen and an upstairs room have propane gas logs.

The sun room has a free standing propane gas fireplace and wall air conditioner; the bathroom has a wall-mounted propane gas heater.

A mobile phone booster ensures cell phone service and satellite service provides i-net access or television.

The well is drilled to a depth of 650 feet and produces 75 GPM (gallons per minute). the limestone water is sweet and cold...perfection!

Two two-hundred seventy-five gallon oil tanks in the basement feed hot water pipes throughout the house. Should the power go out, the 1,000 gallon propane tank fuels the house generator to ensure heat, electricity in downstairs main living area, television, radio and computer. A Woodstock soapstone stove provides wood heat and a barn contains a winter's worth of seasoned hard wood. A heat pump provides back up heat and air conditioning.

In 1997, a 50 year roof was added.

Farm is less than 2.5 hours from 6 regional airports (in VA - Bluefield,  Tazewell, Roanoke; in WV - Charleston and Beckley and TRI in Bristol, TN), 3.5 hours from NC Charlotte International Airport and 2 hours from Amtrak in Hinton, WV.

Water Troughs

water trough serving stables, barn and pasture. water for livestock is fed from underground river and serves five farms.

small water trough serving 2 pastures

large water trough serving pasture, alfalfa/hay field and another farm.
seasoned hardwood for one winter

Landscape and Outbuildings

 mature sugar maple, oak, hemlock, walnut and tamarack trees

mature apple tree

12 x 12 office or studio with metal roof, poplar siding, propane heat and air conditioning 
former chicken house, now garden shed, with metal roof, water sealed, electricity available
Mennonite made 12x20 garage with storage loft, metal roof, electricity; "5 year Fix it All Warranty" (2016).
barn: on right -  one run-in shelter; on left front - one winter's worth of wood for house stove; in rear a run-in shelter. Metal roof, sided with rough cut hemlock, has electricity 
 5 horse stall stable with tack room, storage and run-in shelter on right, hay loft and, on left, equipment storage  with run-in shelter behind. Metal roof, sided with rough cut hemlock and access to water trough.
 Livestock scales building with metal roof, sided with rough cut hemlock, antique scales certified by VDAC (VA Dept of Agriculture) yearly. 
 Granary with electricity; water is available. Has four grain storage tanks upstairs and three rooms downstairs; could be made into farm cottage. Cement floor, run-in shelter on left and paddock behind; three windows are double pane. Metal roof and sided with rough cut hemlock.
 Metal grain storage tanks.
Metal shop building with electricity and cement floor; building has heat, both separate bathroom and office are tiled.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Farm Animals and Wildlife

Current farm use include horses, sheep and alpacas; in the past, cattle, steers and hogs were raised both for market and for the table.  Lush grass provides both pasture and hay and is among the richest forage in the world. 

The farm is within fifteen minutes of one of the top ten trout streams in the USA. Wildlife includes deer, black bear, elk, turkey and smaller game. 

~ wildlife in abundance ~

~ birder's paradise ~