Our farm lies on the border of Stokes and Forsyth Counties in Germanton, NC. (CLICK) the image to watch 'Driving Through Germanton, NC'  (at 0:10 watch for our farm on the right).  We have chosen the names for our goat's milk cheeses from our area's interesting destinations. Stop and enjoy our cheeses, shop in our Farm Store and get a glimpse of the goats and sheep as you enjoy a day trek to find out more about our area.
Places to Visit

Stokes County Visitor's Guide 

Germanton Winery & Art Gallery (on NC Hwy 8 in Germanton) 

Tim Bruce Art Studio: Originals, limited prints and sculpture by local artist Tim Bruce.

The Just Plain Country Store: Antiques and Crafters Mall (405 N. Main Street in Walnut Cove)  As the owner says, "If Granny had it, We got it!!" Enjoy a trip back in time! Just Plain Country has a little bit of everything: local art, crafts, primitives, snack bar, bluegrass music, antiques and collectibles.

Mitchell's Nursery & Greenhouses is family owned and operated. It has one of the largest selections of trees, shrubs, perennials, and potted plants.

Priddy's General Store's (2121 Sheppard Mill Road in Danbury) opening as a general store in 1888 is reflected in the old-timey merchandise, including: candy, fried apple pies, glass bottle sodas, local produce & ciders, antiques, local art, overalls, hardware and "good old fashioned" Stokes County hospitality.

Betty's Country Grocery (3701 NC 89 Hwy. East in Walnut Cove) 

Stokes County Arts Council's Apple Gallery's is a quaint historic Danbury market located on North Main Street.

311 Motor Speedway: Dirt track racing.

Hillbilly Hide-A-Way: Restaurant and music hall featuring traditional bluegrass, gospel and country music.

One Way Architectural Antiques: Shop for antique doors, mantels, gates, urns shutters, columns, stained glass, terra cotta and much more. Major antique and crafts show twice a year.

North Carolina State Wine, Winery & Wineries

Foothills Hayride at Jomeokee Campground is a two day Bluegrass and Traditional music event held in the shadows of Pilot Mountain in Stokes County, brings top name performers from across the country as well as local talent to the stage. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the music as well as local art/crafts and delicious food provided by a variety of vendors.

Pickin at Priddy's General Store is reminiscent of a simpler time when friends would get together and share good times with music, songs and laughter. Bring your lawn chair for the outside events in October and May or sit by the wood stove inside during February. Either way, for a couple of hours you can let your troubles float away while the banjos and fiddles play.

Stokes Stomp Festival on the Dan in September is presented by the Stokes County Arts Council, the Stokes Stomp Festival on the Dan offers numerous food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, music and much, much more. Admission and parking are free.

Places to Stay

Chateau Fontaine Bed & Breakfast (1208 N. Main Street in Walnut Cove)

MeadowHaven Bed & Breakfast (on NC Hwy 8 in Germanton) 

Murphy's Castle Bed, Breakfast, & Wedding Garden (317 Summit Street in Walnut Cove)

Dan River Cottage: Located in Historic Danbury, along the Dan River and convenient to Hanging Rock State Park, completely furnished with two bedrooms and a queen sleeper sofa, kitchen, TV, VCR.

Double T Farms: Camping and lodging facilities with stables and a corral located just off the Sauratown Trail near Rockhouse Road.

Hanging Rock State Park Cabins and Campground has six rustic family vacation cabins and a 73 site campground in Hanging Rock State Park.

Moore’s Spring Campground: A family orientated primitive tent camping facility. Includes cold water outdoor showers, port-a-johns, fire rings and picnic tables and is located along the Dan River.

Old Farmhouse Inn: The log part of the Old Farmhouse was built before the Civil War. The house is finished in antiques and has numerous farm memorabilia. Two suites are available for rent.

Sauratown Stables: Camp and stable your horse overnight near Hanging Rock State Park.

Serenity Stables: This equestrian campground is located in Pinnacle.

Southwyck Farm Bed & Breakfast: Six luxury accommodations with gourmet breakfasts and four course dinners.

Whippoorwill Inn in Danbury offers family style accommodations.
Local History

Bank of King (1914): Two-story brick building.

Benjamin Bailey House (mid 1800’s): One of Stokes County’s largest Greek Revival dwellings.

Bethabara Park, a National Historic Landmark, this 1753 site of the German-speaking, Protestant settlement nestles in a picturesque, wooded 175-acre wildlife preserve with 126 kinds of area birds.
Bynum-Watts House (ca. 1870’s): Originally a 1700 acre tobacco plantation, this historic old home was once a frequent retreat for tobacco baron R. J. Reynolds and was known as the Squires Inn in later times.
Christ Episcopal Church (ca. 1886): Representative of the small Gothic Revival board-and-batten churches built across America during the mid to late nineteenth century. Still very active today, the congregation members enjoy sharing the history of this beautiful and unique house of worship.

Covington House (ca. 1820): The big two and half story frame house was built in two side by side sections - for planter William Covington and his son James. It was joined by a broad, 2-tier porch which was generally rare on houses in the Piedmont.

Culler Roller Mill (ca. 1900): Roller mills generally functioned under steam or electric power and were more often found in towns then alongside streams. It remains in operation, producing flour, cornmeal and animal feed and is now known as Monitor Roller Mill.

Culler-Scott House (ca. 1895): The Culler Scott house combines Second Empire, Italianate, and Queen Anne style elements with its 3-stage mansard-roofed tower, asymmetrical massing, and sawn ornament.

Danbury Presbyterian Church (ca. 1893): Today is it known as the Danbury Community Church.

Danbury Public Library: The Stokes County Historical Society maintains a Stokes County History Room in the Library.

Davis Chapel (ca. 1922): Began as a place of worship on the James Davis Plantation soon after the Davis family settled on the Dan River in the 1700’s. The original building burned in 1922, but was immediately rebuilt by the old plan.

Dodson Hotel (1912): Built in 1912, this three story hotel was demolished in 2013.

Dr. Ellington Homeplace: Doctor James Hardy Ellington had a medical practice at this location for 50 years.

Ed Styers House: Edward J. Styers, a local merchant, built this house in 1887.

George’s Mill (ca. 1881): The 2-story frame corn mill served farmers for a half-century and then was converted to produce parachute fabric during World War II.

Horne Creek Farm - At Horne Creek Living Historical Farm, a multi-year project is underway to reconstruct the physical environment and seasonal work cycle of an early 20th-century family farm in the North Carolina piedmont.

Isaac Spainhour House (1890): According to local tradition this is the oldest house remaining in King.

James Robert Hutchins House (1905): The original owner operated a sawmill near Sauratown Mountain in Stokes County.

Jessup’s Mill (ca. 1910): The complex powered by the Dan River includes the 3.5 story frame turbine-powered roller mill, a 1913 stone and concrete dam with millrace and the former miller’s house.

Jomeokee Campground: Jomeokee Campground connects with the corridor horse trail of Pilot Mountain State Park and nearby Horne Creek Living Historical Farm.

Joseph Edward Johnson Farm (ca. 1904): The well-preserved early 20th century farmstead retains a smokehouse, a privy, a corncrib, feed barn, woodshed, a tobacco pack house, animal pens, and other outbuildings.

King Drug Company (1926): This building was constructed in 1926 as a joint drugstore and doctors’ office. Still in operation, and you can enjoy lunch at the soda fountain.

King Milling Company (1920): Built in the early 1920’s and remains in operation today, producing flour, cornmeal, and animal feed.

King Moravian Church (1925): The 1925 King Moravian Church building makes obvious reference to Home Moravian Church in Old Salem. The church features round-arched doors and window, round-arched door hoods, tiny gable windows, and a small belfry atop the steeply-pitched gable roof.

King’s Cabin (1775): A reconstruction of the original log cabin kitchen (circa 1775) built by the first settler to King, John Jacob Spainhour. His descendants still live in the community today.

Lash Store (mid 1800’s): The former Lash Store illustrates a typical mid 20th-century remodeling of the first story and interior, yet the second story windows and the decorative corbelled cornice reflect the late 19th-century origin of this brick building.

Leake-Browder House (ca. 1865): Built for David Leake, the two-story Greek Revival house of brick is akin to “Pine Hall”.

Livery Stable (1900’s): The one-story structure with parapeted façade and fourteen segmental-arched stall windows along the north side was converted to a Buick dealership after the popularization of the automobile, and subsequently it has housed a variety of commercial uses.

Matthew Moore House (ca. 1786): The 18th century house is one of few instances outside Winston-Salem of the architectural traditions seen in Moravian and Quaker buildings.

Mercantile Building (1900): A large two-story brick structure whose well preserved second-story features nine bays divided by pilasters into three sections and a decorative brickwork cornice.

Moody Tavern (ca. 1860): The two-story frame building was the headquarters for General Stoneman’s troops in 1865.

Moore’s Spring House: For many years, water from the nearby springs was sold for medicinal purposes. Advertisements for the Stokes County waters claimed the water could cure such ailments as constipation, indigestion, kidney and bladder trouble, rheumatism and skin diseases. The gazebo-like structure was positioned over the spring where visitors would bathe.

Moratock Iron Furnace (ca. 1843): Smelting furnace built by Nathaniel Moody in 1843. It supplied iron to Confederacy, 1862-1865. Stands 3/10 mi. NE. NC 8/89 (Main Street) at Shepard Mill Road in Danbury.  One of the best preserved structures remaining from the antebellum period in North Carolina. Stokes County was one of many Piedmont counties that contained iron ore deposits. The Moratock was used to produce usable bar iron and is constructed of rough-quarried granite blocks, measures approximately 28 feet square at the base.  

Pine Hall (ca. 1859): One of the most substantial plantation houses in the northwestern piedmont. The nearby railroad town of Pine Hall, a brick-making center, took its name from the plantation.

Pioneer Village Campground: A stream is nearby for fishing and swimming, access to bath house, laundry facilities, hiking trails and picnic tables near Pinnacle. It has sixty sites including 39 full hookups.

Prabhupada Village: A spiritual community based upon simple living. Organic gardens of flowers, vegetables, fruits and herbs, natural healing and examples of alternative housing types.

Priddy General Store: This two-story frame country store was built around 1888 and also served as a post office, voting place, and bank. Enjoy “Pickin’ at Priddy’s” live bluegrass music events.  The store is well-known for antiques, newtiques, old fashioned candy favorites, overalls, groceries, hardware and more.

The Rock House: The Rock House Ruin (ca. 1780’s) is one of the oldest structures still standing in Stokes County. During the war years, the Rock House was used as a fort against the Indians and Tories as well as the headquarters and a rallying point for the militia. You can still see the gun ports built into the walls.

Salem, established in 1766, was born from the Protestant Moravian commitment to create church-organized communities where people lived together in harmony.

Sertoma 4-H Center: Located at the historic Vade Mecum Springs near Danbury, the Center covers over 800 acres five minutes from Hanging Rock State Park. It is available for family reunions, retreats and weddings and operates as a summer youth camp, June-July.

Sheppards Mill: The mill operated until the early 1950’s when Hurricane Hazel washed away the wooden dam. In the 1960’s the dam was rebuilt with concrete and the mill was totally restored, yet was never put back into operation.

Simeon Wesley Pulliam House (1907): Constructed in 1907 by the first Postmaster of Kings Cabin, Simeon W. Pulliam.

Stack-Bickett Law Office (ca .1888): A two room frame building typical of 19th Century offices. It is now the Town Office for the Town of Danbury.

Stokes County Courthouse (ca.1904): The Old Stokes County Courthouse (1904) is one of several similar courthouses featuring porticoes and mansard cupolas.

Stokes County Jail (ca. 1904): The former Stokes County jail is a two story brick structure featuring segmentally arched doors and windows, a corbelled cornice, and a slightly projecting corner tower with a pyramidal roof.

Stokes Grocery Company (1914): The Stokes Grocery Company was a prosperous wholesale business houses in the ca. 1914 one-story brick structure with large front windows flanking a central double-leaf entrance and a slightly recessed a brick panel across the upper part of the façade.

Vade Mecum Hotel (ca. early 1900’s): Vade Mecum is one of the three late 19th and early 20th century mineral spring resorts operated in Sauratown Mountains. One of the biggest draws for the hotel was the healing water at the mineral springs. The resort offered dancing, bowling, tennis, golf links, croquet, rocky mountain burro parties, swings for the ladies and children, and fun toboggans from terraced heights to Diamond Lake. Today Sertoma 4-H Center is operated on the property.

The Vineyard Camp: Covers 250 forrested acres on Brown Mountain. The Vineyard is more than just an outstanding sports camp and conference center, it is a ministry dedicated to discipleship.

Walnut Cove Colored School (ca. 1921): The Walnut Cove Colored School is a 1 story, 5 classroom frame school building with clipped gable front. It is Stokes County’s only school built with the assistance of The Julius Rosenwald Fund.  Julius Rosenwald, a Sears Executive, helped to aid African American schools in the south.

Wilson Fulton House (ca. 1860) Wilson Fulton, born in 1819, built this large house in Dancury around 1855. The house is still often referred to as simply the "Brick House."

YMCA Camp Hanes: Offers an opportunity for children ages 6-18 to learn, have fun, and explore new challenges in a scenic mountain environment.

Stokes County: "a short experience to remember"

Some of the above information for locations in Stokes county adapted from the Stokes County Tourism's Treasures of Stokes County brochure dated 8/2005
Local Adventures on Land

Germanton Park (on Hwy. 65 east of Historic Germanton)  was established by members of the Germanton community in 1985.  It is a public space that includes swings, play equipment, volleyball court, walking trails and picnic shelters. The park is funded by the proceeds of the Park Breakfast, held twice a year.

Carolina Ziplines offers the adventurous souls a thrilling opportunity to soar through the forest treetops high above the forest floor. The canopy tour involves traversing from one platform to another along a steel cable suspended up to 50 feet above the forest floor and spanning distances of 100-1000 feet.

Hanging Rock Gem Mine's guests e
njoy the unique experience of sleuthing through mineral buckets to find the treasures hidden within. The Gem Mine encourages the education of geology, minerals, rocks and the Earth.

Horizons Park and Happy Hounds Dog Park is located 2 miles south of the farm at Horizons Park on Memorial Industrial School Road. This dog park is designed for dogs to legally run off leash in a 2-acre fenced area with separate lots for small and large dogs. 

Horne Creek Living Historical Farm: Once the Hauser family farm, Horne Creek (part of North Carolina Historic Sites) enables visitors to experience farm life in North Carolina's northwestern Piedmont circa 1900. The site features the family's original farm house, a tobacco curing barn, a corn crib, adjacent fields under cultivation, and even a heritage apple orchard. Through programs ranging from old fashioned ice cream socials to an annual corn shucking frolic, Horne Creek Living Historical Farm provides a unique opportunity to learn about our rural past. Open:  Tuesday - Saturday--9 a.m.-5 p.m., Closed Sundays, Mondays, and most major holidays. No fees except for events sponsored by Horne Creek Farm's support group (nominal fees). Donations are accepted and appreciated.

Dr. Jack Fowler Park located on Main Street in Walnut Cove adjacent to the Walnut Cove Library, Dr. Jack Fowler Park was established in 1990 by a committee formed to honor Dr. Jack Fowler. The park offers a setting of natural beauty and a public pic-nic shelter. Owned by the Town of Walnut Cove, the park is managed by a committee of volunteers.

Jessup Mill and Farm on the Dan River is Stokes County’s most unique outdoor recreation destination. Jessup Mill is the 100-year-old restored grist mill, standing on the banks of the Dan River, less than 30 minutes from Hanging Rock State Park and Pilot Mountain State Park.

King Central Park (off Kirby Road in King) includes a beautiful outdoor amphitheater, a historic log cabin, numerous walking trails that wind their way around a lake complete with decks and park benches.

Hanging Rock State Park (Danbury) is a 6,968 acre park with more than 18 miles of maintained trails leading to vistas, waterfalls, sparkling streams, a 12 acre lake and historic Civilian Conservation Corps facilities. Hanging Rock State Park encompasses the highest peaks of the Sauratown Mountains, an ancient range named for the Saura Indians. Campgrounds and cabins, picnic areas, fishing, seasonal swimming and boat rentals, observation tower and rock climbing by permit.  Hanging Rock was Park of the Year in 2012.

Pinnacle Lions Park is located near Pinnacle Elementary School and the base of Pilot Mountain, Pinnacle Lions' Park is the site of two tennis courts, a picnic shelter and horseshoes. Pinnacle Park is owned by Stokes County and is managed and operated by the Pinnacle Lions Club.

Pilot Mountain State Park

The Sauratown Trail, running almost 31 miles through Stokes and Surry Counties, offers varying degrees of horseback riding and hiking challenges, in a beautiful, mostly wooded setting. Part of North Carolina’s Mountains to Sea Trail (MST), it stretchs from Clingman’s Dome in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park to Jockey’s Ridge State Park by the Atlantic Ocean.

Singletree Gun and Plough is an elegantly rustic bed and breakfast hunting lodge located adjacent to Hanging Rock State Park, three miles from Danbury.  They have 1,000 acres of natural wonderland bordered by the rushing Dan River on the North and 7,000 acres of State Park on the south. They offer guided Whitetail Deer and Turkey hunts and Fly-fishing. 

Local Adventures on the River

Danbury General Store rents tubes for floating down the Dan River and shuttle services are available. Tubing season runs from late May through mid-September.

Hanging Rock Outdoor Center is located at the entrance to Hanging Rock State park, the Outdoor Center offers white water and scenic canoe and kayak trips on the Dan and Mayo Rivers. They have canoe and kayak instruction, and full service outdoor store.

The Dan River Company's riverside facility, adjacent to Hanging Rock State Park’s Dan River Access, provides canoe and kayak rentals that include transportation.  DRC an arrange trips from 2 hours to 2 days, covering up to 40 miles of the Dan River.

Dan River Trail: The “Mighty Dan” River flows for roughly 60 river miles through Stokes and Rockingham Counties. The five public access points enable canoeists, rafters and tubers to select the ideal length for their trip.

Local Golf Courses

Stonewall Golf Course (3200 South Friendship Road in Germanton) The perfect shot-makers course with Bermuda fairways and bentgrass. It is located eight miles north of Winston-Salem and hails itself as a mountain course in the Piedmont.

Riverview Golf Course: The nine-hole course alongside the Dan River in Pine Hall.

Hemlock Golf Course: A scenic mountain golf course located by the Dan River with Bermuda fairways and bentgrass greens. Open year round.
Area Portrait Studio

Fantasy Photography has been creating dreamy portraits of little birdies all over the Triad since opening their studio in 2007. It is the work of Giulia and Jonathan Smith.

They are a natural light portrait design studio and boutique located just ten minutes north of Winston-Salem, North Carolina in beautiful, historic Germanton. They are NOT a formal studio - they love jeans, simple dresses, bare feet and outdoors!

Fantasy Photography specializes in outdoor photography sessions, maternity and prenatal photography, newborn photography, baby photography, children's photography (including photography with our farm's baby goats in the Springtime), children's limited edition fantasy portraits, family photography, pet photography, portrait parties, birthday party photography, custom framing, greeting cards, birth announcements and other custom boutique photography items.
1. Germanton Fresco & Germanton Methodist Church (ca. 1856): “The Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes,” a 64 square foot Fresco (a fine art painting executed into plaster using a centuries old technique) by artist Gerald Steinmeyer in 1990 graces the altar of the small church building. National Register of Historic Places
2. St. Phillips Episcopal Church (ca. 1885): St. Philips was set back on its lot and separated from its surroundings by an ironwork fence and a well preserved representative of the small Gothic Revival board-and batten churches influenced by Richard Upjohn built across America during the Mid-to-late 19th Century. The unpainted interior of St. Philips carried out both the simplicity and the Gothic Revival character of the exterior. St. Philips had never been electrified. The congregation had always been small, and for most of its existence, the church had the status of an unorganized mission. The largest number of communicants, 22, was reported in 1895. Two Eucharistic services were held each year; Thanksgiving Day and 1st Sunday in May. Services were held by lamplight, and a woodstove remained to heat the building.  The church remained in Germanton for 121 years until it was uprooted and moved to Chapel Hill, NC in 2012 after an effort by local residents failed to keep the building on its historical site.
3. Pepper-Blackburn-Petree House (early 19th C.): Dr. John Pepper entered the Civil War at the age of 66 as a physician to the 21st N.C. Regiment. At the age of 77, he began The Danbury Reporter which survived as the oldest weekly newspaper in the country until 1994.

4. Rainy-Savage House: Burea Jefferson Savage, born in Stokes County, became close friends with Call of the Wild author Jack London and Rex Beach, author of The Spoilers, while a gold miner in the Klondike region of the Yukon Territory (1896-1906). Burea returned to Stokes County and purchased this home (below) in 1907.
5. Chaffin-Vaughn Hotel: The hotel served as a boarding house primarily for teachers and traveling salesmen who would arrive by train and venture out into the countryside to sell their wares.

6. Ed Styers House: Edward J. Styers, a local merchant, built this house in 1887.

7. Alice and Mollie Hill House (Ca. 1880’s): One of Germanton’s most prominent citizens, Dr. Lauriston Hill, lived here. He traveled all about the area delivering babies and ministering to the sick.

8. Chaffin House:
The original owner of this Victorian cottage is not certain.  However, around 1900, it was the residence of Will and Mildred Chaffin.

9. Germanton Winery & Art Gallery: The winery and art gallery offers consumers a variety of quality North Carolina wines harvested from this country setting.  In addition to excellent wines, Germanton Gallery represents over 80 artists from around the world.

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