DIVIDING WATERS FARM
~ A Virginia Century Farm ~
Settled in 1790, and known as the “jewel” of the Blue Grass Valley, Dividing Waters Farm encompasses 875 +/- acres of fertile valley nestled between Monterey Mountain to the east and Lantz Mountain to the west. Located in Highland County, Virginia's Little Switzerland, this property rises as high as 3800+ feet with plenty of crisp, pure mountain air, and provides the perfect location for cattle and sheep farming with lush pastures and meadows. Several large stands of sugar maples are presently used for the production of maple syrup. Abundant wildlife including deer, turkey, eagles, hawks and mountain trout can be found. In every direction there are sweeping panoramic views of the mountains with their changing fall colors. The farm has been featured in national and regional publications such as The Washington Post, the Richmond Times Dispatch, National Geographic, Travel and Leisure, and the Country Journal and pictured on the cover of Virginia state atlases and maps.
On the market for the first time in seven generations, Dividing Waters presents a rare opportunity to own a Virginia Century farm. This designation means the farm is inhabited and/or farmed by a descendant of the original owner, has been in the same family for at least 100 years (in this case over 200 years), and has an annual income of at least $2500 from the sale of products from the farm. The name of Dividing Waters comes from the farm's location on the watershed divide where the rainwater off the south side of the horse barn runs to the Jackson River and on to the James, and that off the north side ends up in the Potomac.
The bright, sun-filled home was constructed from 1913-1918 mostly from wood found on the farm. The manor is in excellent condition, has been well maintained, and features 15 large rooms with high ceilings, a multitude of windows including bay windows, lovely original woodwork, wood floors throughout, three fireplaces, nine original mantles, a large wraparound porch and spectacular views in all directions. Three separate staircases lead to the second floor. With a total of 8 bedrooms and 2 full baths, there is abundant room for family and guests.
Adjacent to the manor house is the "wash house" where a mountain spring still provides fresh water. There is also a detached two car garage, garden house, smoke house, wood house, and cellar.
The old fashioned country store at the intersection of Rt. 250 and Rt. 640 was built in 1922, and became a community gathering spot, local post office and was even used as a voting precinct for “Hightown”. The original counters and shelves constructed of native white oak, embossed metal walls and ceiling, original wood stove and a charming enclosed post office with open mail slots are all still in place.
Additional buildings include a 3-bedroom farm manager’s house, a two unit apartment building, as well as a horse barn, dairy barn, commercial chicken house, hay barns and equipment barns.
The property would be ideal for a number of uses, including a tranquil bed & breakfast, organic dairy farm, both an historical and agricultural educational venue with farm-stay experience, a specialty country store complete with restaurant, or a working cattle/sheep farm. Its location is perfect as a headquarters for many outdoor pursuits including mountain biking, hiking, camping, trout fishing, hunting, bird watching, wildflower viewing, wildlife photography, and painting. It is situated in the home of the Highland County Maple Festival and within an hour of the Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort, and two of America's oldest golfing resorts, the Homestead and the Greenbrier.
The property is also offered as follows:
Tract 1: 90 acres, farm buildings north of 250 and west of 640 for $525,000
Tract 2: House, 40 acres, store building, and spring house for $595,000
OR in its entirety with all improvements and 875 +/- acres for $3,250,000