In March 1865, a month before General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Confederacy at the Battle of Appomattox Courthouse, a tired and lonely infantryman wandered onto this knoll above the North Fork of Venable Creek to rest for a while. Shandy Perkins knew that before winter’s song came to sing, he needed to build his home here, and with more skill than expected from a rifleman, more strength from a war tired Virginian, he crafted the timber framed summer kitchen, tongue and groove by lap and joint, one oak and pine beam at a time.
While the history of this farmstead is present in our minds, the use and preservation of the land is foremost in our hearts. It used to be the Perkins place, it used to be Boxwood Farm, then it was Ms. Kate’s place, but Heartmoor Farm, as we call it today embodies all of these special memories unified into a single mission: We rebuilt this place for individuals to learn to build themselves in body and mind.
The original Summer Kitchen was neglected for years and was carefully documented and dismantled. Other buildings were lost to fire or disuse. Today, the original farmhouse dating to 1865, has been through many renovations and upgrades while maintaining it’s character and charm. The corn crib is the only other building standing after all these years. We hold it in the careful hands of our family.
In the spirit of the rural lifestyle, we grow the traditional crops of Virginia, heritage breeds of fowl and swine, goats, and plant the herbs and medicinals the bees love. You will feel the calm, connected spirit the Powhatan people felt when they camped at this bend in the creek for centuries of winters.