Welcome to Eldon Farms
We began as a cattle operation in the 1960s, and are dedicated to raising top-notch beef through cutting edge genetics and good old hard work. But with over 7,000 acres, Eldon Farms has much more to offer. We are located (we would really love to say nestled here, but 7,100 acres don’t exactly nestle) in the rolling hills of Rappahannock County, a stone’s throw from Shenandoah National Park. Our view of Old Rag is splendid, and often helps us navigate the natural expanses of the farm.
We are also home to several rental properties, hiking and horseback trails, nature clubs, unbelievable views, and an impressive variety of birds and wildlife. We have an array of visitor experiences we plan to offer and would love to share our wild wonderland with the surrounding community. We have some fabulous open air spaces which could be used for weddings, corporate events, and boutique birthday parties. If you’re interested in visiting the farm, be sure to visit our contact page.
More than 50 years ago, Bill and Andy Lane fell in love with the beauty of Woodville, Virginia and the surrounding area. They began purchasing tracts of land, eventually putting together 9,000+ acres in Rappahannock, Culpeper, and Madison Counties. The properties in Culpeper and Madison were sold several years ago, but today, the majority of the Rappahannock property is still owned and operated by their descendants. To a large degree, their efforts were instrumental in the preservation of the Southern end of Rappahannock County as undeveloped, open space.
But naturally, the 1960s are not the beginning of the story of this land. There is a rich heritage of history that extends from Colonial times through the chaos of the Revolutionary and Civil wars, and which brings the land, homes, and people through the 20th century. And as always, we are mindful that the efforts of today are writing the history of tomorrow. Learn more on our history page.
Throughout the years, Eldon has been involved in several agricultural endeavors. In the 1970’s apple, corn and soybeans made up the bulk of our output. When these products became less profitable, Eldon moved to grazing cattle on its vast, rolling hills. As John Genho, our friendly resident geneticist, puts it, we’re grass farmers and we use the cattle to harvest the land.
We are in the perfect location and climate to grow an abundance of forage, and our goal is to develop cattle that can efficiently harvest what naturally grows here. Historically, cattlemen have made great efforts to adapt the land to suit the animals it supports. But when John Genho joined the Eldon Team as the general manager, he developed and refined a genetics-based program which adapts the animals to the land itself. His groundbreaking perspective has garnered widespread attention and he has become a world-renowned geneticist whose expertise is sought out by cattlemen around the globe. Learn more here.
We believe fiercely in maintaining the open, wild spaces of Rappahannock County. There is such transformative beauty that’s found in nature, and that beauty needs to be both protected and experienced. As stewards of this land, we understand the importance of navigating ways to preserve a workable balance, maintain healthy populations, and also honor cultural traditions.
"Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land.” ― Aldo Leopold
We’re striving to develop community events, volunteer networks, and a pool of local experts to advise, motivate, and teach. We want to not only preserve, but share the gift nature has given us in this wilderness. For more information on Eldon’s conservation efforts, click here.
While we believe that the land is our greatest asset, we also believe that the very act of sharing what it offers will help preserve it. Agritourism provides ways to both maintain farm land and allow people to create meaningful connections to it. When done right, it’s a self-sustaining cycle. Our plans to offer trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, birding, and nature clubs are in the works. Or maybe you want a breathtaking backdrop for a portrait session, or a quiet scene to paint, or even a place to host an event. We have no shortage of amazing spaces to explore. Check out our recreation page and calendar for more information in the coming months. We are in a transition phase, and are working hard organizing what we will offer.
If you’re looking for a quiet retreat, a place to truly get away from the hustle of city life, look no further than our lodging options. We have a few homes that should be available in the near future, all of which provide the unique sensation of being immersed in nature. Our short-term rental will be booked through airbnb, and a link will be added here when renovations are complete. We also plan to offer a variety of lodging upgrades which will enhance your stay and ensure that your time spent at Eldon is memorable, so be sure to check those out on our lodging page in the coming months.
Our long-term rentals are all currently occupied.
Rappahannock County offers a great variety of activities for the savvy traveler to enjoy. We are near Shenandoah National Park, Luray Caverns, and a host of other attractions in Rappahannock County.
We hope to offer a great combination of community events open to the public, and private, bespoke affairs. Please check our calendar regularly, as we will be expanding our selection of events in the coming months. Keep an eye out for news of our upcoming portrait sessions, nature classes, art opportunities, and birdwalks.
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