Nestled in the fertile valley of southern Virginia, just a few miles from the birthplace of country music saddled between the North Fork of the Holston River and AP Carter Hwy is the Crooked River Farm. A historic mill originally located in Ohio and crafted from virgin oak, was dismantled, restored and re-erected in Mendota, VA to create an event center for wedding gatherings and family events.
Breathtaking westerly views of the winding river valley and colorful sunsets abound, while the southern select flagstone patio offers a serene outdoor experience where the landscape and exterior massing fuse in an overwhelming feeling of wholeness and awe. The exterior vertical wood siding offers deep charcoal hues achieved via the Japanese shou-sugi-ban technique pulling rich blues and grays from the heavy stone facade of the east elevation. Joining the southern exterior space to the interior volume is a massive double-sided fireplace and hearth consisting of the same stone where guests comfortably warm themselves as the reception and the first moments of a couple’s new life together unfold in a truly fantastical setting. The interior features warm honey patina wood walls and a home-style kitchen tucked neatly below the grand cantilevered balcony where guests can experience a birds eye view of the festivities and wonder at the incredible rolling landscape in every direction just beyond the numerous French-style casement windows.
The overall composition of setting, form, texture and color unite in such a brilliantly natural and simultaneously striking manner that Crooked Creek Farm feels nostalgically familiar and becomes immediately impossible to leave. Visitors returning again and again is predictably inevitable.
|Originally Built||circa 1835|
|in Bellefontaine, OH|
|Now Restored In||Hiltons, VA|
|Dimensions||40 x 70|
|2800 sq. ft.|
|Photography||Kent L Ervin|