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4 Hunt Country estates open for Garden Week

Apr 18, 2018

Nestled against the Blue Mountains with commanding views of the Crooked Run Valley, Ovoka Farm is situated in one of the most painted and photographed settings in the Eastern United States.

Historically significant as part of the George Carter land grant of 1731 surveyed by a young George Washington, the property also served as a temporary headquarters for both armies during the Civil War. Built in the late 18th century, the home is an excellent example of American Federal architecture, boasting a columned front portico, an elliptical fanlight and sidelights, a foyer stretching the length of the residence, 10-foot ceilings, double-hung windows, original millwork, including eight hand-carved mantels, authentic hardware and period paneling of pine, walnut, oak and cherry harvested onsite.

Completely renovated in 2006, Ovoka today is a vibrant family home filled with elegant furnishings and antiques. The owners raise black Angus cattle on their working farm, which is under conservation easement and surrounded by 2,000 acres of protected land. Numerous agricultural outbuildings include an 18th century log cabin and an early 19th century carriage house, while orchards, mature shade trees, magnolias and boxwoods complete the bucolic setting. The entrance and terraces surrounding the house are planted with spring bulbs.

Source: Fauquier Now

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