Charmed by a Snapshot in Time

This quiet countryside has so much to offer!

If you want a taste of country farming without the work, The Wilson House near Monterey, Virginia will accommodate your needs.  The house is a century-old farmhouse, and the 80 acres on which it sits once were actively farmed. Today, cattle simply roam through the fields and meadows, munching on blades of grass. 

In summer, you and/or your children will be able to see cattle up close. Occasionally, they wander to the yard’s fence, examining you from a distance. Farm buildings remaining on the property include a root cellar with a carpentry workshop, a wood shed, and a building in which milk was once processed into butter or cheese, and pork hams were hung from the ceiling.  A stroll through the fields or a peek into an outbuilding may reveal farm implements once used with horses.  

The water source is a mountain spring.   A walk from the house to the spring is a vigorous hike.   

Set near the edge of a wooded area and on a hill above the highway (State Route 84), The Wilson House has become a favorite of birding groups.  During your stay, you’ll most likely observe not only a variety of birds but also plenty of deer, squirrels, and groundhogs. Deer sometimes wander into the yard, especially if apples are available.  An observation deck offers hours of relaxation while viewing miles of the Blue Grass Valley. No wonder The Wilson House is a haven for artists!

The house, although renovated in recent years to make your vacation experience comfortable, maintains facets of early 1900’s farmhouses. The country kitchen is spacious, with a large pine table originally built for processing meats.  An old wood cook stove sits along the wall and may prove interesting to examine. One might imagine retrieving flour or other grains from the large walk-in pantry’s pull-out bins, then kneading bread on the countertop’s workspace. Those sleeping in two of the house’s bedrooms gaze up at rare chestnut-wood* ceilings. The kitchen cabinets are handmade of knotty pine, and several floors are solid oak.  

A stroll on a path through the woods behind the house reveals gardening plows, hay rakes, an old unpainted building.  The path soon leads to a hiking trail up Back Creek Mountain. The mountaintop, which is the east property boundary for The Wilson House, is at 865 feet elevation above the house’s front yard.  Rigorous hiking indeed!

Mary Wilson Lovelady, Owner/Host


*Note: After a fungus attack in 1904, American chestnut trees virtually became extinct from Eastern US forests.

Nearby Activities

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High’s Restaurant

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Virginia Trout Company

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Back Creek Farms

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Cultural & Music Events

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Farmers’ Market

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Cass Scenic Bald Knob Trip

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Garth Newel Music Center Experience

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Lake Moomaw Boat Rentals

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Highland | VDGIF

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Monterey, Virginia Trails & Trail Maps

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