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Eleven-year-old homestead for sale


Aerial photoOur farm is now SOLD!

Flooded creek

Before you get excited, please be aware that access is this property's major downfall. It's what you might call Extremely Private. You'll have to cross half a mile of Carrying a goat across a creekoff-road terrain between the parking area and core homestead and the creek floods past its banks a few times a year.

That said, for the right owner, the resulting tranquility and isolation is an asset rather than a curse. Pet owners will never find a safer paradise for their cats and dogs. Okay, yeah, and maybe for your wife's goats, mules, chickens, and other critters as well. Don't say I didn't warn you.

Gathering mushrooms and firewood

Anyway, back to the selling points....

Our farm is 58 acres, but only the center acre or so is in use. The rest is forest that ranges from 20 to 50+ years old and offers woodland walks, abundant firewood, and tasty mushrooms.

Farm in 2013

The interior includes a little over half an acre of no-till garden. The area looks considerably weedier at the moment than is shown in this picture from October 2013, but the soil is rich and ready to go. I even planted a bed of fall lettuce to get you started!

Bearing perennials currently include raspberries, strawberries, grapes, apples, hardy kiwis, asparagus and more. Basically, we've been feeding ourself almost entirely off this property for over a decade. It will be easy for you to step in and do the same.

Star plate barn

Milking stanchionAnother half acre of the homestead is fenced with cattle panels and contains a 110-square-foot, five-sided barn. Rotational pastures outside and a milking stanchion inside make this space move-in ready for your small herd of dairy goats.


Okay, okay, you know where the goats are going to live...but what about you? The center of the homestead is a 10x50 foot mobile home (1960s era) with a new metal roof and two large porches. We're leaving behind most of the furnishings, including the fridge, Trailer interiorstove, and chest freezer, so it won't cost much to get your center of operations up and running.

I should warn you that the trailer interior is very rough in places, but it's livable. Utility hookups include electricity, phone, and cable internet fast enough to stream Netflix.

Two water systems are also available --- drinking water from a well (pumped through a sediment filter and UV light for purification) and irrigation water from the creek (stored in a 1,000-gallon tank that gravity feeds into the house). The creek pump can be hooked up directly to a system of sprinklers as well.


Composting toiletAdditional living space is found in the 8x16 foot cabin with porch and metal roof. Meanwhile, the 36x45 foot tobacco barn (pictured previously) was reroofed in 2012 and is full of potential. Finally, a composting toilet/deer blind rounds out the outbuildings.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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I have never understood where or how they grew tobacco on your farm? Here in SW Ontario it is always the sandiest farms.

Comment by Chris Fri Sep 8 16:02:59 2017
Just wondering if your property is still on the market? I did a search & came up with conflicting info as to whether it is on or off the market.
Comment by Lady Angel Mon Jul 16 16:35:17 2018
Lady Angel --- it's still available! We've had some nibbles, but no solid bite yet. :-)
Comment by anna Mon Jul 16 20:04:46 2018

Hello Anna & Mark! Thank you for the reply, & apologies for not getting back to you sooner.

I am sending you an email, rather than make a long comment here.

Comment by Lady Angel Thu Aug 2 17:10:27 2018
I wonder where your farm is located? I mean, what country or state?
Comment by Theodore Rigley Sun Sep 9 21:11:58 2018
Excellent question! Can't believe I forgot to put that in the post... The farm is in extreme southwest Virginia, near the tiny town of Dungannon.
Comment by anna Tue Sep 11 19:05:45 2018
Send you a email.
Comment by Anonymous Fri Oct 5 12:44:41 2018
You have a beautiful place!! If I could scrape 13K together, I would grab it in a heartbeat... just bad timing on my part. Sigh...
Comment by Jean L Finley Sat Dec 1 10:03:09 2018
Email me about your property please.
Comment by Rick Lee Mon Dec 10 14:43:23 2018
Sent you an email.
Comment by Robert Taylor Thu Dec 20 15:27:56 2018
I am very interested in your property. i have off today and tomorrow I would like to come see it. I live about 5 hrs away.
Comment by gretchen whittman Tue Jan 1 09:50:34 2019

How much are the taxes?

The parking area and the 1/2 mile trek you mention -- is that all on your property?

If not, whose property(ies) must you cross, and what kind of access (can't remember the right legal(?) term) do you have?

Comment by searc99 Tue Jan 29 21:44:16 2019
Wow! This place looks amazing! Is it still available?
Comment by Beverly Tue Feb 5 08:40:41 2019

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