About the Owners
I am an empty nester who enjoys the Brevard area with my husband who is an Emeritus Professor at Brevard College. My favorites are waterfall exploring, hiking, trail riding my horse, hand-spinning wool, knitting, natural soap-making, and interior design. This area provides plenty of nature, people and resources to help you explore. It doesn’t get any better than this!
We love the pastoral setting, but really fell in love with the unique barn-wood interior and original beams throughout this home converted barn. Interior design is one of my passions, so furnishing the home was super fun. Living on the farm, we love the area and are happy to share it with our guests.
About the Property
Before and After Video
We purchased the farm in 2011 when it was in foreclosure and sadly neglected. The pastures were overgrown with heavily thorned multiflora roses up to 10′ tall. Several bush hoggings and a flock of sheep later, the pastures are a beautiful mix of fescue grass, various clovers, rasberries, blackberries, queen anne’s lace, and other natural wildflowers that feed our animals and attract many species of flora and fauna. Wild turkey, deer, white squirrels, pileated woodpeckers, red-shoulder hawks and many more animals can be seen here. The barn house required updating of electrical, plumbing, heating, and structural systems. Light fixtures and bath fixtures were replaced including new countertops and Kohler sinks and faucets. All new appliances, new porch ceiling and railing, and the list goes on! Outdoors, some dilapidated structures were demolished, new pasture animal watering systems were dug in and some new fencing and gates installed. Next came the new barn and finally our new house at the end of the drive!
Photo History Video
This area was originally Hawkins Farm. The original farmhouse was situated above our house near King Road but burned down many years ago. The barn house was originally a working hay barn that was converted to a house in 1985 for Five Crows Farm. The pasture has been home to cattle, goats and horses over the years. Developers were eyeing the property around 2008 but then the market turned south, thereby saving the barn house and lovely pasture for us to enjoy for years to come. The mountain you see behind the farm is Fodderstack Mountain, which is in a land conservancy so won’t be further built upon. To the west are Mother Earth News Mountains which are still owned by the founder of the famous homesteading movement magazine from the 70’s. That was all started right here! There are 1000’s of acres of natural land right behind us as well as in nearby DuPont State Forest and Pisgah National Forest.