Century Old WV Barn Loft at our Strawberry Farm

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Rated Top 11 most unique places to stay in West Virginia for 2022! We welcome you to stay in our rustic century old Barn! A step above camping. Located in Clendenin, WV- Elk River Trail biking, hiking, kayaking, ATV trails plus local restaurants. Guests can hike on property (some fitness required), fish in our spring fed pond, and pursue the strawberry fields. This listing will reflect the night temperatures outside. Outhouse only. No shower. Scenic back road to New River National Park.

The Barn Loft has two beds-one full size and the other a twin surrounded by insect netting. The listing will sleep three. There is an outhouse to use the bathroom and a well house to get a bucket of water if u need it-there is no shower. Think camping but no set up of a tent. We offer clean sheets but guests may want to bring their own towels. Since one will be sleeping in the Barn, he may want to consider that there may be unusual smells, insects, dust, and other possible surprises. You may be waken by a chicken, duck, or rooster making a sound in the early morning or during the night. It may even be warm at night or cool depending on when you make your reservation. If this adventure sounds a little too rustic for you or you are traveling with children, please check out our two other listings-The Farm House and the Cellar House. Both these listings include air-conditioning and full bathrooms and breakfast. The Farm House and Cellar House are Heated too. We are not set up for wedding ceremonies but often do provide lodging for guests who are attending a wedding locally. Some folks have rented out the Barn loft for the use of a photo shoot.

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ubusuku obungu-7 e- Clendenin

Jun 5, 2022 - Jun 12, 2022

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Clendenin, West Virginia, i-United States

West Virginia can be full of exciting surprises for folks who want to learn about her history and explore the natural beauty of her hills and water. Our farm also has much history that can be experienced by staying in our 135-year-old Farm House, Cellar House, and Barn Loft. Our buildings were crafted from the materials available on the property-that’s how folks used to homestead.
Coal and timber were the first industries in the area. Many of our neighbors have worked in area mines or have timbered much of these beautiful hills over the years. Native Americans who were the first guests on this land and used to hunt Elk, Deer, and Turkey. They had a large settlement by the Elk River near one of the many area salt springs.
Salt was a serious industry in the Charleston area back in the 1850’s but before then, the area Indian tribes would take turns using the springs to collect brine and dry off the valuable salt used for medicine and to preserve meat, fish, and flavor dishes. Unique fish lived in the Elk River because of the salt content. Many unique fish still exist today such as the Muskie and Needle Nose Gar. As you can imagine the Native Indians did not want to let this life-giving area to go to the earliest settlers and fought very hard to keep white men from getting settled here.
Settlements did not really get a foot hold until the late 1790’s and once people came to these West Virginia Hills it was hard to get them to leave and still is. Many families have been here for 100’s of years with their descendants still growing family gardens, canning, hunting, and foraging the land for edibles (mushrooms, ramps, paw paws, black walnuts) and ginseng. My family grew tobacco, raised chickens, and grew huge gardens. Everything we ate growing up we grew. Its an old way of life but one worth considering for today. It’s a way that is slowly dying and many children do not know where their food has come from as do many young adults today.
Part of what we love about our property is we can give the younger generations an upfront look at how people used to live in earlier times. Our Dairy Barn gives a great example of housing cows for milking but also having the ingenuity to collect and save manure for use in naturally fertilizing gardens and pastures.
Our Cellar House gives a great example of using earth to provide insulation to cool and keep warm stored produce for the season. Rough cut lumber forms the walls of the upstairs living space too and gives the perspective of the craftsman ship that our early neighbors held to.
Our Farm House shows how one family used their home to house several families in times of need with placement of doors and room additions. The doors could be opened in such a way to capture the cool summer breezes that would come out of the holler each night (guests can still feel these same breezes when they walk to the back of our property). Early West Virginia families were especially resourceful and still are.
A 1940’s Public Works Outhouse still sits on the property that guests are welcome to use. The old Welford Post office was moved here in the 1970’s when the interstate was being built and has been converted into a working office for our family. Some West Virginia families may still use an outhouse but most have indoor pluming today. But when I get local folks talking, many have stories of using the outhouse as children. The Farm House got indoor plumbing for the first time in the late 1960’s.
The great American Chestnut tree was becoming extinct around the country at the turn of the century. In the 1970’s one of the last West Virginia Great American Chestnut trees grew at the back of this property. Scientists would come out each year to conduct tests and marvel how this tree had resisted the blight that had destroyed all the others around the country. Neighbors say the chestnuts that this tree produced where huge and sweet-no other chestnuts could compare. The tree is no longer here. We have had locals stop by and ask to search for its remains. Guests are welcome to explore as well.
One of the Earliest Settlers Gabriel Little page lived about a quarter mile down the road in a cave formation that is easy to visit. He lived on the land with his dog. Gabe Road and Gabe Creek are named in his memory along with Littlepage Drive up the road. There are many folk stories circulating about his death but the locals feel that he died when the rocks from his cave fell on him and his dog while they were sleeping. The full story is available on our website if you care to read it.
Today when guests visit, they are welcome to walk our berry fields. Depending on the time of year we may have Strawberries, Blueberries, Black Raspberries, Black Berries that can be picked. We grow Shiitake mushrooms and asparagus. Paw Paws can be foraged in mid-September from the Paw Paw thicket in the back of our woods along with Black Walnuts that cover our back field each Fall. We incorporate much of our produce that is grown on our farm into our breakfasts for our guests. All dietary restrictions are considered when preparing breakfast for our guests.
One of our older neighbors asked us if we had found the old orchard up in our woods. She had memories of being a 14-year-old girl carrying down 100-pound sacks of apples she had picked. She then would take the sacks to the kitchen and can them after picking earlier in the day.
We have searched for several years and we finally found this orchard area from her childhood. We also found the rock that has a year-round natural spring. The bucket that collected the water to drink while working in the orchard was still there. Unfortunately, none of the fruit trees were still living but we have cleared and fenced a section for future peach trees. Our son dug out the dilapidated bucket from the still flowing spring. Hopefully peaches will be available for picking in 2027. We can tell you where he spring rock is if you want to find it. The water looks very clear but I have not had a drink from it.
While walking on our steep trails at the back of the property you can still see large piles of stones covered in moss from the original clearing of many areas used to grow corn and other fruit trees. We have only cleared one section of this vast area that the family used to grow persimmons, apples, and pears. Their orchard was huge. The need for flat land in West Virginia has always been a challenge and our property is a great example of how resourceful our early neighbors were to utilize every piece of land to grow something necessary for survival.
While exploring our trail, guests are also welcome to visit our spring fed pond. Catch and release only and please bring your own tackle and bait. The spring has never gone dry. There is also another natural spring a short-ways down the road that flows year-round and provides refuge for many frogs. This was cleaned out in the past to provide a water source for livestock but for now it just serves a wetland area up in our woods. Keep in mind that our trails have steep inclines followed by flats that require some level of fitness.
Many guests take time to visit New River National Park. There is a scenic back road that takes you from our farm through Clay County and past the home of the Golden Delicious Apple to Gully Bridge, Hawks Nest, and Fayetteville where the New River and white-water rafting is located. Some guests have tried out the ziplines or have spent the day hiking the numerous trails in the park. I always enjoy a quick visit to Babcock state park after stopping at the Falls, Hawks nest, and the Bridge over look. Sometimes I will take the interstate way back home but sometimes returning the back country way through Clay County is just what I need.
Many guests just want to stay nearby and enjoy swimming and kayaking the local Elk River-it is a beautiful river. My family enjoys swimming and fishing near the Queen Shoals Bridge Beach. There are two rental companies that can help you enjoy your day on the river with tubes or kayaks. Locals own their own kayaks. There are many local places to eat too. Clendenin is an ATV friendly town and you can drive on main roads and off roads-there are many trails in the area. You many see my neighbors driving by on their ATV’s going to town.
Bike riding or walking on the Elk River Trail can also be an adventure. Many new bridges and parking areas to access the trail have been constructed in recent months. Bike enthusiast locally and out of state are just finding this natural beautiful bike trail system. There has been talk about someone offering bikes to rent in Clendenin. But as of now I would plan to bring your own bike with you if you are interested.

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My name is Angela and I used to be an avid traveler until my feet became "tied with children". So since this not my season to travel we have unexpectedly discovered that meeting folks from all over the country and the world has been just as enjoyable. My children and husband,John, really enjoy meeting all the different families and couples who make their way to our 130 year old farm for a restful break from driving cross country, meeting half way for a rendezvous , to vacationing in our state full of wonderful surprises. John and I REALLY enjoy making and serving breakfast in the morning to our guests. In fact it has become one of our FAVORITE things that we do as a couple. I especially enjoy the challenge when I find out a guest may be a vegan, gluten free, or on some other diet that is critical to good health. I am constantly on the outlook for fresh local produce to incorporate into our menu but many of our ingredients come from our farm. I am a dietitian and used to catering to different dietary needs (thought I wold throw that mention in there.). I also enjoy hosting families with children and giving them a chance to interact with our chickens, ducks, and turkeys. Children also enjoy climbing our trees, playing in the creek, and hiking up in the woods. So to describe myself in a short sentence-I love to travel, I love to cook breakfast, and I love seeing families enjoy our property. Oh and I love strawberries-this is a strawberry farm! of course!
My name is Angela and I used to be an avid traveler until my feet became "tied with children". So since this not my season to travel we have unexpectedly discovered that meeting fo…


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We live on the property and we love to check in guests when it is convenient for them. But we also realize arrival times can be difficult when one is traveling. We will text directions (usually the day of the arrival) and find out when you think you will arrive. and we can go from there. It is not uncommon for us to leave the barn door open and the lights on for you to enter on your own when you arrive. The outhouse is to the back of our property and you can see if from the back window that holds the white fan.
We live on the property and we love to check in guests when it is convenient for them. But we also realize arrival times can be difficult when one is traveling. We will text dir…

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