About Eldon Farms
Eldon Farms is not a new operation, we’ve been around for decades, quietly caring for the land and the plants and animals it nurtures. But farms across the state are faced with the growing challenge of balancing rising costs with falling profits. More and more farms are finding themselves unable to generate the revenue they need to stay in business by solely focusing on agriculture. A little flexibility and creativity go a long way in these efforts.
This is a familiar focus for Eldon, finding new ways to use the land has been part of what we have done for decades. The orchards of years past gave way to the cattle operation of today. And that cattle operation, while continuing to run strong, is now making room for other ways to conserve, protect, and enjoy this beautiful area.
Like so many of our fellow farms, we are turning to Agritourism. The very act of creating curated tourist experiences that showcase Eldon’s unique appeal will help preserve that appeal for both current and future visitors. We value our membership in the Rappahannock community, and want to strike a lasting balance between preserving and improving. Because the land is our greatest asset, we want to implement sustainable systems which will create the necessary income to continue to be good stewards.
It has always been understood that we can’t make more land. And while the land is our most valuable asset, it’s central purpose has always been to support the people. We invest in people, people who are smart and creative and can be good stewards and employees, people who care for the land so that it can, in turn, continue to care for the people.
We realize that we can’t always preserve by simply keeping things the same. 60 years ago, there was some alarm in the county due to the report that some “foreigner” (we suppose Chicago could be considered foreign 😉 ) was buying up all the land. That alarm was short lived as people realized that Mr. Lane was both a good neighbor and a good businessman.
We continue to uphold that legacy. The time has come for Eldon Farms to change in an effort to preserve, in new ways, the land that is in our care. Throughout this process, we want to create meaningful ways to connect people, foster business growth, educate, and inspire. We look forward to the exciting possibilities that will unfold through our efforts and the collaborative relationships that we plan to build.
Our cattle operation is led by western superheroes. No joke. They are part cowboy, part animal whisperer, tractor driver extraordinaires, calving experts, logistics wizards, and they live on way too little sleep. We would not be who we are without them.
Our foremost conservation enthusiast is also cleverly disguised as our accountant. We don’t know any accountants anywhere who hike as much as she does, or who are as knowledgeable about all things nature.
Our recreation initiatives are new, exciting and all kinds of In. The. Works. A collaborative effort between many team members, ideas are constantly flowing between us and local experts and business owners. We welcome collaboration.
So, this cool little log hut is not where you would actually stay. But we love it anyway. We’re lucky enough to have a building expert helping us prep and manage our lodging projects. Plus a heavy equipment operator, and several kick-butt carpenters.
Visions of the events that we can host here keep us awake at night. Well, some of us. Ok, maybe just the photog. But the possibilities are exciting and we can’t wait to see where this road leads us and the business relationships we'll form along the way.
It takes a dedicated team with a diverse skill set to run an operation like ours. And we are fortunate to claim the loyalty of an amazing group of people. Even the cattle pull their weight by helping preserve the open hills and meadows of Eldon Farms. And we all hold true to these guiding principles (except the cattle who are pretty much in it just for the feed):
- Preserve the natural beauty of the land
- Promote meaningful connections
- Provide ways to experience nature more fully
Everything we do here is centered around the land, and we consider ourselves fortunate to be stewards while also inviting the larger community to foster connections and make memories here at Eldon Farms.
This land has been witness to all the joy and heartache of the human condition. We consider it an honor to begin the daunting task of collecting the stories that are rooted in our farm land. If you or someone you know has knowledge of the people, homes, or history at Eldon, please reach out to us here. We will feature what we unearth on our blog, and plan to begin hosting regular history nights at Clover Hill.
We are proud to work with local and state agencies involved in agriculture education and improvement initiatives. We take our role as a member of the global community seriously and realize that we can effect much greater change through collaboration than competition. For information regarding any upcoming events, please check our calendar.
The chance to observe and explore nature in all its glory is a thrill. Which is why we are in the process of developing nature clubs and events which will allow the larger public to share in that thrill. In order to offer a healthy array of options, we’re looking for local experts and enthusiasts who would be willing to collaborate with us as we develop new programs. Please contact us here if interested.
We are excited at the possibility of offering guided forays into the vast expanse that is Eldon Farms. From bird walks, to hiking, to horseback riding and atv trails, we are bursting with ideas. These new opportunities will be announced through our social media channels and put on our calendar. Please check back often.
We are finishing up some remodeling projects in preparation for our first airbnb to hit the market. These rentals will be available soon through a link to airbnb, which will be added here once it’s ready. If you’d like to stay updated on any pre-release activities, please follow us on social media or check our calendar.
With a great combination of community events open to the public, and private, bespoke affairs, there will be something here for everyone. Keep an eye out for news of our portrait sessions, nature and art classes, picnics, bonfires, festivals, and weddings! And don’t forget to read the buzz about the John Jackson Festival happening this fall!
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